Tell me if this ever happens to you.
You are sitting at home, you've just put the kid (or kids) to sleep, and you're relaxing, when all of a sudden it hits.
That sweet tooth craving.
Maybe you crave candy, or apple pie, or ice cream (like my husband).
But if you are like me, you want brownies. And you want them now. But you know that you don't have any brownie mixes in the pantry and you're already in your comfy clothes. A trip to the grocery store is out of the question. So you resort to something less satisfying, like a spoonful of peanut butter, or a soda, or maybe even some leftover Halloween candy.
However, you probably have the ingredients in your pantry to make brownies without running to the store.
Here's a fun recipe, but there are even simpler recipes available online. Search around until you find a recipe that consists of what you have in the pantry.
They are a little messy, but tasty!
- 1-1/3 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup butter
- 1-1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs at room temperature
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups broken walnut pieces, lightly toasted
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
- 1/4 cups plus milk
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x13 pan with tin foil.
Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder together. Make sure to get those ingredients mixed well. In a separate bowl, melt the butter and stir in the cocoa powder. Beat in the sugar and then the eggs.
This batter will be very light and fluffy-unlike anything that you get from a batter from a box.
Next, add in the vanilla and then the flour mixture. Mix it until all the ingredients are well incorporated and free of clumps.
At this stage, feel free to add chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, walnuts, or any other tasty treat your sweet tooth is calling for.
Pour the batter into the baking pan and bake for 30 minutes.
While the brownies are baking, begin making the glaze for the top.
On the stove, melt the butter and mix in the cocoa powder. You can do this in a glass bowl over boiling water, or in a sauce pan, but you'll have to watch it really closely to make sure it doesn't burn. Once the butter and cocoa powder mixture has melted, add the vanilla. Then mix in enough milk and powdered sugar to make the glaze thicken up. Just make sure that it is thin enough to spread on top of the brownies.
By the time you finish the glaze, your brownies will be about ready to come out of the oven. After letting them sit for five minutes, pour or spread the glaze onto the brownies. Then let them sit for a half hour.
These brownies will be gooey, sticky, and delicious. They will make you blow your diet and you'll want to work out extra hard the next day, but they will be worth every bite, and that darn sweet tooth will be satisfied.