I have to give credit where credit is due – I found this recipe on AllRecipes.com and it is titled “Best Brownies“.

In fact 5,500 people have commented on this recipe and the average rating is 4.5 stars (out of 5) – so this is not mine to receive accolades for.

I’m going to share it anyways though, for those of you that don’t surf for recipes online – and to assure you that it is in fact the “Best Brownie” recipe we have tried.

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup butter (I use salted)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt (I omit this because of the salted butter)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  
Grease and flour an 8″ square pan.
In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter.

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Remove from heat and stir in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla.

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Beat in the cocoa, flour, salt (if you use it) and baking powder.

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Spread batter into prepared pan.
(I made a double batch because they never last more than a day here.)

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Bake for 25 to 30 minutes – until a knife slipped into the centre comes out clean.  Do not over bake.

For the icing –

You will need;
3 tbsp butter, softened
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
(I use a tsp or two of milk as well to thin the icing slightly)

Put all ingredients into the mixer and stir until smooth.

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Frost the brownies while they are still warm.

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  And now the ‘money shot’:

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forgive the terminology – but quite frankly, this is a far better “money shot” than any that might be posted elsewhere.  
(Don’t google it – you don’t want to know)

Makes a great classroom treat for the upcoming Valentine’s Day parties – I’ve had kids actually request I bring more in!

Have a great one!

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