Saturday, December 10, 2011


When he was a feisty young bachelor, the Brick would make a pan of brownies every weekend, then sit down and help his brother eat the whole pan-ful while watching Saturday Night Live. He still loves a good brownie...and these, thanks to thirty years of tweaking on my part, are pretty darn good.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1/4 pound margarine or butter (1 stick)
8 heaping tablespoonfuls of cocoa
2 teaspoons  vanilla
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup flour (a heaping measure, if you live in high altitudes)

Options: 1/2 cup chocolate chips or chopped nuts


Butter or spray a 9" square or round pan. Microwave butter until melted, then quickly stir in the rest of the ingredients. (This is one baked good you don't want to over-mix, so no worries if it's still a bit lumpy.) Pour into pan -- top with one or both options, if desired -- bake approx. 25 min., until the top is springy when you gently push on it. (Don't check it with a toothpick - it will still be 'dirty.')
Let cool, then cut into 9 squares....or 6, if you're feeling generous.

This recipe doubles beautifully -- use a 9x13 pan. You may want to use 5 eggs instead of 4...but otherwise, just double the ingredients.

Try your brownies with a little icing, as well -- melt chocolate chips (along with a few spoonfuls of milk or sour cream) and spread on top. Bliss.

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