The World's Best Brownies
I used to be famous for these and was expected to bring them everywhere I went. They are a lovely, chewy type brownie that needs no icing. The recipe came from an old church cookbook from my childhood.
- Ready In:
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- 1 1⁄2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup cocoa
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup nuts (I like pecans) (optional)
- Beat together sugar, eggs, and oil.
- Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa together.
- Add to sugar-egg mixture.
- Add vanilla and nuts (if desired).
- Pour into two cake pans (8x8x2) lined with foil.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.
- Cut when cool and dust with powdered sugar.
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Hmmm... Okay, I had a few issues with this recipe: 1) Flavor: I noticed that it only calls for 1/3 cup of cocoa; I like my brownies to be very chocolatey so I went with 1/2 cup of Divine Cocoa, which I normally swear by. Still, these somehow came out lacking flavor big time. 2) Sugar granules: Even after I mixed it very well with the oil AND let it sit for a bit before adding eggs and vanilla - were far too obvious in the finished brownie. 3) Time: I had them in a preheated oven for 20 minutes and they were nowhere even close - they would have been raw. Ended up leaving them in for another 10 minutes, and finally they were cooked through enough without being overly done. 4) Oil: Too much. They feel heavy and greasy. Summary: I wanted to love these... I am an 8.5-month-pregnant avid baker with a serious hankering for some good brownies, and these just felt like they were not worth it all around. They weren't worth the hassle (which wasn't much), not worth the cost of nice cocoa powder, and certainly not worth the calories. I gave them two stars because they finally ended up being a decent texture, and they are edible. But that's about the highest compliment I can pay them.Reply
Incredibly quick, easy, and inexpensive. I need recipes with these qualities when I have to send cookies to a school event, or bring a dessert to a shared meal on a moment's notice, so I'll make them again. And there'll be someone in every crowd who loves them. But they aren't what I like in a dessert. Over-the-top sweet (my son took one bite and refused to eat more). And for myself, if I'm going to take in dessert calories, I want all the goodness of butter.Reply
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