One of my favorite desserts to make for my family is boxed brownies. I like to wait until they go on sale, use coupons and stockpile them in my pantry :) Today seemed like a good day to bake something chocolate (isn't everyday a good day for that)? These are "double" chocolate because I used cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate morsels. Making these brownies from "scratch" take just a few extra minutes to prepare than boxed brownies (I promise)!!!
Cathy has been "retired" from the paid workforce since 1996 to raise her family which includes one husband, one third grader, one teen and one stepson. She has been cooking and baking for as far back as she can remember for her family and friends in "Cathy's Kitchen." She is excited to be able to share her recipes as well as her cooking and baking hints with other home cooks. Please feel free to comment or ask a question about her recipes or about cooking and baking in general.
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened powdered cocoa
3/4 cup white flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9 x 9 inch square pan with cooking spray. Put all ingredients in the order above into a large bowl and mix well by hand until all ingredients are well combined. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let cool on rack about 1/2 hour.
If desired, you can use powdered sugar for decoration on the top of the brownies. Here's a dual duty tip - since the holes on a salt shaker are small, it seemed like the perfect size to use to sprinkle powdered sugar. Somehow, I ended up with two extra salt shakers and no pepper shaker in my cupboard (not sure how that one happened). I filled one of the extra shakers up with about a third of the powdered sugar and then sprinkled the top of the brownies. You can certainly leave the brownies plain if you want and/or add a small scoop of vanilla ice cream :)
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