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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Homemade Brownies for You or as a Gift

This post may be a bit incomplete when it comes to the "after" shots because I am using my brownies for a project today and will not have a picture of them all done. I never knew how easy brownies were to make from scratch and they are the perfect thing to put in a jar as a mix for gifts! Here's what you will need.

Brownie Mix
2 cups sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2  teaspoons baking powder
1 vanilla bean
2/3 cup of high quality cocoa powder

Now if you are making a mix in a jar as a gift, just put a label on it that says add

4 eggs
1 cup of oil

Put all the dry ingredients in to a bowl and mix them up. This includes the seeds from your vanilla bean.
If you haven't used a vanilla bean before, you can purchase them in the spice aisle of your grocery store. With a sharp knife, slice the bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds out of the bean. They are moist, so they will stick to the knife, just knock them in to the bowl
Once the mix is well blended you can either add your oil and eggs or put it in a mason jar with instructions as a gift.
Bake in a greased 9x14 pan at 350 for 30-35 minutes (or until tooth pick comes out clean)

You can also add chopped nuts to the mix, or a bag of dark chocolate chips YUM! I'm making cupcakes out of mine. Stay tuned for that recipe.

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