We always used brownie mix…

For years I kept three or four boxes of brownie mix in the house all the time, so the kids could make brownies whenever they wanted to. It was 99 cents a box, it was the simplest possible recipe, and it made something they loved. What could be better?

But now the kids are a little older, and they can cook a little better, so they’ve been promoted to making brownies from scratch. It’s actually a little more expensive than the brownie mix, but everyone thinks it tastes better. And it’s still not very hard to make.

How to make chocolate brownies:

Preheat oven to 350. In a medium-size mixing bowl, put a stick of butter and eight squares of dark baking chocolate, or a bag of dark chocolate chips. Melt in the microwave (about two minutes) and stir. Add 1 cup of sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, and stir. Add 2 eggs, and stir again. Add 1 cup of flour, and stir again. Pour into a greased 9×9 baking pan and bake about 20 minutes.

This is a pretty small recipe, so you might want to double it if it’s for a party or to share.

Vegetarian or vegan

Just naturally vegetarian! Enjoy!

Can I keep this for later?

Sure. Brownies will keep for at least three or four days if you wrap them in a dishcloth or put them in a tupperware. If you can keep the kids away from them.

Published by Karen Carr

Dr. Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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