My mother-in-law, Marianne, makes the best brownies! I can't believe that I haven't blogged about them yet. Probably because they are always gone so fast that I forget about taking a picture of them. I've been making them for almost eleven years. I haven't found a recipe that I like better than Marianne's.
I've played around with these brownies, substituting applesauce for butter. But they're just not as good. I make them with the original recipe and they turn out perfectly! The middle pieces are slightly doughy with a thin crispy top and the edge pieces are still most and yummy. I can't decide if I like the edge pieces better than the middle pieces.
recipe from Marianne (from one of her cookbooks)
6 Tbsp. coca
1 c. butter
2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
chopped walnuts (optional -- I've never added these)
Melt butter. Add cocoa. Stir in sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes.
These brownies are delicious on their own, or topped with ice cream, or as a brownie shake (mix a little milk, with vanilla ice cream and a brownie in a cup).