Tray of Brownies

It’s too cold outside to do anything but bake. Let’s make brownies. Yeah, brownies sound good right about now. Fortunately, this is a pretty basic recipe that gets a minimal number of dishes dirty in the process. The result is rich, warm and chocolatey — just right for a cold day in February.

Cocoa powder brownies

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup plus 4 tbs. butter

1 tbs. vanilla extract

1 cup sugar

2 tbs. vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 cup flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with foil.

Melt butter in the microwave using a large, microwave safe glass mixing bowl. Stir cocoa powder into melted butter. Mix in vanilla, sugar and vegetable oil. Allow to cool and add eggs one at a time, beating to combine. Add flour and mix until combined.

Pour brownie batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean.

Allow to cool and serve.

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