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Monday, May 24, 2010

Day 24--Brownies #1

As a chocolate lover, of course Brownies are a favorite. And I don't have just one favorite. This recipe comes from a tattered much used and much loved Hershey's Cocoa cookbook.
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"The Best" Brownie 

1/2 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts (Always optional for me)

Blend oil, sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Add eggs and beat well with a spoon. Combine dry ingredients then gradually add to egg mixture until well blended. Stir in those optional nuts. Spread in a greased 9x9 inch pan.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes--or until brownie begins to pull away from edges of the pan. Cool in pan. Frost if desired.

Note: One of my favorite 'frostings' for brownies is to simply pour chocolate chips on the brownie just after it comes out of the oven. When the chips have melted, spread them over the surface. Let cool and enjoy!