Weekend Scratch Brownies

Hi, guys! It’s been a quiet couple weeks around here as we’ve all adjusted to post-GoT life, the beginning of summer vacation, and volatile late-May-in-Kansas weather.

Thankfully I’ve finally found an evening alone at home, and I’m enjoying a marathon of everyone’s favorite arthritic comedy duo: Grace & Frankie. If you’re late to the G&F party, hop over to Netflix and start binge watching. It’s a screaming success regardless of your age, and one of my personal favorites.

Unfortunately, binge watching also means snack cravings and I’ve been good about not keeping snack food in the house. This landed me in quite the junk food predicament, so I took to my trusty recipe Rolodex and dusted the cocoa powder off this gem:

SCRATCH BROWNIES!

In thirty brief minutes, you can be happily bundled into a couch burrito with a pan of ooey gooey warm brownies and your favorite show welcoming you into oblivion.

This recipe is perfect for sudden cravings, “Oh crap, tonight is my night to bring treats to baseball” realizations, or when you feel like treating yourself without running to the store or breaking the bank. It’s easily thrown together with just a few pantry staples. No fancy ingredients, no fancy methods.

Read on, brownie babes. Read on.

SCRATCH BROWNIES

INGREDIENTS NEEDED:

1/2 cup Butter

1/2 cup Flour

1 cup Sugar

1/3 cup Cocoa Powder

2 eggs

1/4 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 tsp Salt

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Optional But RECOMMEND Frosting:

3 tbsp Softened Butter

3 tbsp Cocoa Powder

1 tbsp Honey

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 cup Powdered Sugar

Tiny Splash of Milk

1. Preheat your oven to 350° and grease an 8×8 pan.

2. Melt 1/2 cup of butter in a large saucepan, then remove from heat.

3. Stir in sugar, eggs, and vanilla until combined then beat in the dry ingredients. Do not overmix. Leave it a lil bit lumpy for true brownie authenticity.

4. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Don’t forget to lick this all clean while the brownies bake. Half the fun in brownies is eating brownie batter, right?

5. If you choose to do the frosting, which I highly recommend, dump all the ingredients in a stand mixer bowl and beat until smooth. Use a spatula to spread onto the brownies while they’re still warm.

6. Cut out that middle piece as a reward for yourself. Go on. You deserve it.

And that’s all she wrote, folks. Easy, quick, chocolatey. Better than Duncan Hines. Better than Betty Crocker.

Enjoy them wildly, and with abandon.

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