Everyone has a favorite brownie recipe or, more likely, makes brownies from a mix. This recipe is so easy that you can forgo the expensive mixes and make these from items in your pantry. This recipe is from "The Betty Feezor Show," a North Carolina home economics television program that ran from the 1950s until Betty's untimely death in the late 1970s.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cream butter (or margarine) and sugar. This works well with a mixer, but you can do it by hand.
- After creaming, switch to a spoon for mixing. Brownies tend to get tough if worked too much. Add the vanilla and eggs and mix just until smooth.
- Pour in cocoa powder and flour. Again, mix until smooth and lumps are broken up, but don't overmix or work the batter too much.
- At this point, if you want to add extras such as nuts, raisins, or chocolate pieces, just fold those in easily.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes in 2 pans size 8 inches by 8 inches. You can use a larger pan like the 9 x 9 and cook for a little longer, 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. If you use a single pan, then the Scratch Brownies are thicker.