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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.

 

Valentine’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie for two

 

Valentines Chocolate Chip CookieValentine’s Day is less than a week away. Do you celebrate this love holiday? I am a big fan. Flowers, chocolates, cookies, candy, jewelry, and romantic comedy movies. Why not? What’s your plans?

Before having the boys, David and I would eat out and catch a movie, maybe go dancing. Oh how those days are long gone. We are parents now. Some might say, so what if you’re parents, you can still go out. Sure. We could just take our 5, 3, and 2 year olds out with us, wait 45 minutes for a table while the boys are saying “I’m hungry” every 30 seconds, only to get to the table and wait even longer for our food to be served. Not so much a pleasant experience. OR we could pay a complete stranger to look after the boys, since we’re countries away with no grandma near, while having that annoying “I wonder if they’re okay” feeling during dinner. Not so pleasant either. So we prefer to spend Valentine’s at home with the kids. We do dinner with the boys, then after getting the boys in bed, our Valentine’s date begin. We share something sweet while watching a movie. It’s a perfect Valentine’s date for mommy and daddy.

What’s your plans? Need something sweet to share with your Valentine. How’s about a heart shaped Chocolate Chip Cookie for two? It’s sweet, soft and chewy.

Valentine’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie 

Yields: one large cookie

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of Butter, soften

1 large Egg

1/2 cup of Brown Sugar, packed

1/2 tsp of Pure Vanilla Extract

1 & 1/8 cups of Flour

1/2 tsp of Baking Soda

1/2 tsp of Salt

3/4 cup of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a heart-shaped pan or 9″ inch round pan with parchment paper for easy removal.

Cookie PrepIn a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Add vanilla and mix well. In another bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips until combined. Cookie Prep2Spread cookie dough into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or just until lightly golden on top. It’s perfect for sharing!

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comment section below. Enjoy!

For more sweet recipes, try Red Velvet Cupcakes, Chocolate Cream Cheese Cookie Bars, or Blueberry Cream Cheese Squares!