Heavenly Brownies

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. 

Heavenly Brownies
recipe from Marianne (from one of her cookbooks)

6 Tbsp. coca
1 c. butter
2 c. sugar
4 eggs
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).