Some Days You Just Need Brownies

Easy Brownie Recipe

Last week, after being caught out in two thunderstorms, we decided to make brownies. Regular readers of this blog may remember that I have been sugar free for two years now (my kids have not), but I am happy to say I only ate one brownie. The benefits of giving up sugar are 1. You feel SO much better (after the initial withdrawal period); and 2. if you do fall off the wagon, only a small amount is sufficient to satisfy because everything tastes so much sweeter than it did when you were eating vast quantities of the stuff.

In any case, I didn’t have much time to second guess my decision to make brownies because this recipe takes only 5 minutes of prep. I don’t do things like melt chocolate slivers in a double boiler. That is just crazy talk.


Easy Brownies:

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees, line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper, making sure the paper covers the sides (you could grease and flour pan instead).

Melt butter in a large saucepan.  While butter is melting beat together sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl. Mix in melted butter. Beat in flour, cocoa and baking powder.* Fold in nuts, if you are using them. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from pan by lifting parchment paper out of pan. Cool on rack.

*Tip: for fewer dirty dishes, use a large saucepan to melt butter, and when butter is melted, first beat in sugar, eggs and vanilla, then stir in flour, cocoa and baking powder. All right in the saucepan.

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  1. Petrina says

    Finally took the opportunity to try this recipe today. I'm also sugar-free, and was having trouble resisting the leftover sugar-laden (made from real chocolate) brownies from the batch my husband took to work. So I substituted dextrose for the sugar in this recipe and voila! Fructose-free yum! Thanks :)

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