I’ve been thinking about posting this recipe for a long time. This is no small matter, mind you. This is… this is… a treasured family recipe. MORE than that. These brownies will make you love life more. You’ll see your job differently, your spouse, your friends, your untidy house and crazy busy schedule. These brownies have the power to… take over the world.
Laugh all you want, but you true chocolate lovers out there will feel me on this in a half an hour when you’ve whipped these up and are sitting on the couch savoring them, sighing, and feeling closer to Jesus than you ever have before.
Ready for this?
Pre heat oven at 350 degrees F.
You will need:
2 3/4 sticks of butter (you feel the magic yet?) plus a little more for greasing the baking dish
3/4 cup cocoa powder (I like dark cocoa powder from Hershey’s)
2 cups sugar
1 tsp butter and nut flavored vanilla (KEY INGREDIENT. I’ve only found it at Kroger… BELIEVE ME, these brownies will not taste the same without it!!! Normal vanilla’s okay, but this stuff might have as much magic as the butter)
1 1/2 cups flour plus a tablespoon more for the baking dish
- Melt butter in a medium saucepan on medium low heat – you do not want to get it boiling!
- Add cocoa powder and sugar. Mix well.
- Add eggs, beat. Then add butter and nut flavored vanilla and mix.
- Stir in flour, take off heat.
- Grease a 9″x13″ baking dish (I think glass works best) with a tablespoon of butter (I scoop it up with the corner of a paper towel and smear it – that way you can get the butter in the corners). Once the dish is completely greased, drop a couple of tablespoons of flour in the middle of the dish and move it/shake it/however you want to do it till a light coating of flour has stuck to the butter.
- Pour brownie mix in the dish. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean. KEY: Do NOT overcook! If you’re afraid they’re getting a little too done but are still a bit gooey, don’t worry. It’s better to have them gooey than hard.
- Cool (if you can bear it) and then serve with a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream!
** if you like walnuts in your brownies, when you have poured the brownie mix in the 9″x13″, just scatter some chopped walnuts on the top before putting in the oven.
Now that you’ve been welcomed into the circle of trust of Aunt Deb’s famous brownies, treasure this recipe. Guard it with your life. Take care of it. And eat lots of brownies. : )