How To: Brownies

sk Corner Brownie
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What’s your favorite?
Corner, edge, or center brownie?

Corner all the way, here.

I love a chewy brownie and the recipe I use always satisfies.

Better than a box, but just as easy, the first set of instructions is how to create your own brownie mix that will be waiting patiently for you when you have a day where you just need to make brownies at 9 o’clock at night after the kid has gone to bed.

Just 30 minutes to bake and so easy.

Brownie Mix Ingredients

4 c. white granulated sugar
3 c. flour
2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ Tbsp. baking powder
½ Tbsp. salt

Dry Mix Directions

1. Place all dry ingredients in large bowl.
2. Using a whisk, gently stir to combine until thoroughly mixed.
3. Store in air-tight container until needed.

I store mine in this container from IKEA (because I’ve had it for years), but whatever you have will work. You need something that can hold about 2 ½ liters/quarts or 10 cups.

Now the fun part!

Brownie Ingredients

2 ¼ c. dry Brownie Mix
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 c. vegetable or canola oil
2 tsp. vanilla
½ c. add-ins (total) – chopped nuts, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, caramel pieces, chocolate mint pieces, etc.

Baking Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Grease 8 in. sq. baking pan.
3. Combine ingredients and mix until smooth. Batter will be thick.
4. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and smooth into all corners.
5. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
6. Cool for as long as you can stand it.
7. ENJOY!

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Favorite Holiday Treats

Have you inherited any recipes from a grandmother, aunt, even your mom and distinctly remember them saying or acting like the thing was SO HARD or SO MUCH WORK to make?

But, then you make the thing and think, “That’s it?!?!”

Now, I’m not saying Grandma lied, but MANY of the the holiday treats she would make for us are not that much work.

Here are some of my favorite treats that are fairly, if not absolutely, easy that you can make last minute if you are still looking for something to make.

Oatmeal Caramel Bars

Cherry Bing Bars

Peanut Clusters

Combine equal parts Almond Bark/Vanilla Candy Coating and Semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Melt together. Stir a LOT.

Dump in a bunch of nuts – I prefer Dry Roasted Peanuts, but anything will work.

Stir well.

Drop by spoonful onto parchment or waxed paper.

Let cool/set.

Try not to eat them all in one sitting.

*No, they don’t photograph well – I’m sorry for that. I wanted to illustrate the different sizes you can make. I make some that are large (multiple bites), medium (probably one big [adult] bite – this works well for MyChild as she feels like she gets a decent size treat and I don’t worry as much about the quantity of sugar she is consuming), and small clusters (awesome pop-able size.)

Dipped Pretzels

Melt Almond Bark/Vanilla Candy Coating according to package instructions.

Stir well.

Drop in a handful of pretzels – I prefer the mini-twists, but any shape works.

Stir gently.

Use a fork, toothpick, skewer, chopstick to get the coated pretzels out of the mix (one at a time) and place on parchment or waxed paper.

Be done and enjoy or add: sprinkles, colored sugar, drizzle with dark chocolate, a piece of small candy, etc.

Enjoy!