Brownies: The Way Mom Used to Make


I can still remember coming home after school and stepping into the kitchen to see a tray full of freshly baked goodness while the smell of chocolate, flour and butter all wafted through the house. My mom loved to cook and she was an especially great baker. Here’s a “from scratch” brownie recipe that’s similar to what I grew up with. It’s simple enough, yet delectably moist and delicious. This time, I had a little helper in the kitchen to make these yummy treats.

Brownie Ingredients:
* 1/2 cup butter
* 1 cup white sugar
* 2 eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon baking powder


Frosting Ingredients: (Optional)
* 3 tablespoons butter, softened
* 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1 tablespoon honey
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan.

2. In a large bowl, melt 1/2 cup butter. Stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan.

Brownie Steps

I added in some leftover mini chocolate chips to my batter before popping in the oven. You can mix in walnuts, almonds or almost anything else your heart desires to make it your own!

3. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

4. To Make Frosting: Combine 3 tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 cup confectioners’ sugar. Frost brownies while they are still warm. The photo below shows brownies unfrosted.


5. Enjoy! These babies are perfectly paired with a tall glass of ice cold milk or can be especially delightful a la mode style!