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Easy Chocolate Brownies without the Box!!

Brownies

Brownies were the first dessert I baked without the help of mom or the box when I was just a little girl. And now my little boys love baking them too. It’s a very popular request in our house.

Brownies are one of those really simple sweet comforts to create. No fancy ingredients. And really no frosting necessary either. It’s sweet, fudgy, and chocolatey perfect. Everyone needs a go-to brownie recipe. Get your chocolate fix with this one.

Brownies

 

Hershey’s Chocolate Brownie

Prep time: 15 minutes.  Cook time: 20-25 minutes

Yields: 12 to 16 squares

Ingredients:

½ cup (1 stick) Butter, melted

1 cup sugar

1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract

2 Eggs

½ cup flour

1/3 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

¼ tsp. Baking Powder

¼ tsp. Salt

Optional: ¼ cup of walnuts or ¼ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square-baking pan. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until well incorporated. Mix in cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt until well blended. Next, gradually mix in flour just until combined without over mixing batter. Lastly, and optional, fold in walnuts or chocolate chips. Spread batter evenly in the greased pan.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a thin crust forms over top and brownies begin to pull away fro the sides of the pan. Next and very important and the most difficult part, allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan before cutting. Serve at room temperature or cold. Enjoy!

*Note: For cake-like brownies, use 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder instead of 1/4 teaspoon.

 

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies. My sweet tooth have been driving me to anything red velvet this week. The good thing is that it’s definitely keeping within the Valentine’s theme. The bad thing is, I’ve baked these bad boys twice in two days. They’re so very good and so very addicting. Each bite is sweet, moist, fudgy, and don’t forget the cream cheese swirled in each bite too. I had to share this goodness with you!! Share it with your love on Valentine’s Day or before works too!

This is a very simple recipe. No fancy ingredients. And just 10 minutes to prepare. The hardest part is the waiting part. 30 minutes in the oven. And another 30 to cool. But it’s worth every minute. Happy Valentine’s Day Friends!

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies

Yield: 8 to 12 squares

Ingredients:

Red Velvet Layer:

1/2 cup of Butter, melted

3/4 cup of Sugar

1 teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract

1/4 cup of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

1/16 tsp. or pinch of Salt

1 tbsp. of Red Food Coloring

1 tsp. of Vinegar (white or apple cider)

2 Eggs

3/4 cup of All Purpose Flour

Cream Cheese Layer:

1 8oz pkg. of Cream Cheese, softened

1/4 cup of Sugar

1 Egg

1/2 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8×8 baking pan.

Let’s start with the Red Velvet Layer.

In a large bowl mix melted butter and sugar together. The remaining ingredients need to be added in the following order, one at a time, mixing in between each addition. Add vanilla, then cocoa powder, salt, red food coloring, and vinegar. Add eggs. Next, gradually fold in flour just until combined. Do not over mix. Set aside 1/2 cup of batter for the top layer. Spread remaining batter in the greased 8×8 pan. Set aside.

Now the Cream Cheese layer:

Beat cream cheese until smooth. Mix in egg, sugar, and vanilla until well combined. Scoop cream cheese mixture over the layer of brownie batter. No perfection needed here.Red Velvet prepThen, dollop the remaining 1/2 cup of brownie batter over the cream cheese layer. Red Velvet Prep2Next, using a wooden skewer or tip of a knife, create swirls throughout the layers moving left to right, then top to bottom. Place in a preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes. Now, the most difficult part of the entire recipe, allow brownies to cool before cutting and serving. Enjoy!

And don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

This recipe was adapted from Sunny Anderson of foodnetwork.com with a few changes.

 For more sweet recipes, try: Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting; Valentine’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie