I found these brownies last year when I was looking for a way to make “box mix” brownies from scratch. I know, I know…why not just make box mix brownies then? I suppose because I like to make things harder for myself — but also because I truly enjoy baking, and it’s just not as satisfying to combine a mix with two eggs and some water. Where’s the challenge in that?
Anyway, I came across this recipe for Quick and Easy Brownies on Pinterest. The recipe is from Lindsay, who blogs at www.lifeloveandsugar.com. Lindsay posts TONS of beautiful, drool-inducing recipes — I keep meaning to try another one, but what always happens is this : I look at the many gorgeous recipes and get overwhelmed and unable to choose, and then I think, why not just make the brownies, though? I already know those are perfect… and thus, I never try anything new. But one of these days!
This is a two-bowl recipe. In one bowl, you combine the wet ingredients (plus sugar), and in another, the dry.
Then you mix them all together…pour them in a pan…and pop them in the oven. It’s quick and fun to put together, and SO CHOCOLATELY. The aroma from the oven while they are baking is phenomenal and just makes you more excited for them to be done.
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup & 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa*
1/4 teaspoon & 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350* and butter a 9 x 9 baking pan (butter it well, or these guys will stick)
Mix the oil, sugar, and vanilla extract
Add in the three eggs and mix well
In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt
Add the dry ingredients to the wet in several installments until well combined**
Pour the batter into prepared pan. It’s a very wet batter, so it should spread evenly all on its own
Place pan in 350* oven for approximately ?? minutes (the original recipe states 25 – 30 minutes, but that was totally off for me, and judging by the comments, for a lot of other people too. originally I set an alarm for 25 minutes and then checked with a toothpick every five or ten minutes. in my oven, they end up taking 50 minutes.)
* Lindsay’s recipe calls for dark chocolate cocoa powder (like Hershey’s Special Dark). I have made it with both dark and regular cocoa powder and they both turned out great, but the dark cocoa powder had a stronger chocolate flavor. Don’t worry if you only have regular cocoa around, though, it’s still very chocolatey!
** By “several installments,” I mean that I added some dry ingredients, mixed until combined, and then added a bit more. I repeated this “add, mix, add” cycle three times, as opposed to dumping all the dry ingredients at once. This makes things a bit easier on you and also helps ensure that the ingredients are better combined and there aren’t any clumps of dry ingredients in the batter.
This is definitely a go-to recipe for me when I’m craving chocolate or we want to have a special dessert and I haven’t planned ahead. I always have the ingredients on hand, it’s quick, and the brownies are so good. I definitely encourage you to go check out Lindsay’s blog for more baking ideas — I know I’m intrigued by the Apple Cinnamon Skillet Blondie (!), No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake, and this Blackberry Champagne Bellini recipe (and no, that’s not a baking recipe…but I am intrigued by it).
Have a great weekend, and I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!