One of the things it is essential to have in your possession is a recipe for really good, really fudgy, really easy, really reliable BROWNIES. Because while it seems like the path of least resistance to just grab the box of brownie mix, I promise that it is just as easy to whip them up yourself with ingredients that are probably in your pantry Right This Minute. Butter. Flour. Cocoa powder. Eggs. Sugar. Vanilla. Vegetable Oil. We don’t need any of that mysterious brownie mix stuff (just say no to xanthan gum and soy lecithin!) when stirring up a batch of rich chocolate goodness, do we? We don’t!
And in case you need a little further convincing, I have an adorable giveaway to help talk you into it…read on!
How many of you have a beloved, slightly battered, read-a-million-times copy of this around the house?
That irresistible mouse! If you give him a cookie, he’s going to want a glass of milk, which is going to lead him to want another whole group of things, which is then going to inevitably lead back to needing another cookie. Because who can eat just one cookie?
Over the years, this adorable book has gotten many friends – a pig with a pancake, a moose with a muffin, a dog with a donut, and a cat with a cupcake. And the mouse has gone on many adventures – he’s gone to school, and to the movies, and now he is out with a new book. And yep, this time he’s all about BROWNIES.
THE CUTENESS! And also, exactly the same expression I make when I make myself a pan full of brownie deliciousness. I think it’s a universal thing. The Brownie Face.
So in celebration of this latest in one of the best picture book series I know, I have a great giveaway for you, but first let’s talk about the easiest, very best brownie recipe on earth, and it goes like this. Dump some cocoa powder and flour in a bowl and stir it up. Now whip some softened butter, a little vegetable oil and some sugar, eggs and vanilla in another bowl. Stir the cocoa mixture into the butter mixture and pour it into a square baking pan (see, I told you this was a snap!). Bake it for about a half hour and then let the brownies cool (this is without a doubt the hardest part. THE WAITING.)
Now cut them up into squares.
Behold the fudgieness!!
And while these brownies are a prize in and of their chocolatey selves, I’m celebrating all things brownies by giving away not only a copy of the brand new book If You Give A Mouse A Brownie, but also the other ten picture books featuring Mouse and Pig and Moose and Dog and Cat and all their delicious adventures. Ten scrumptious books! Just leave me a comment below telling me your favorite picture book, and in a week I will pick one lucky winner to win the set of ten books, and then three more winners who will get a copy of If You Give A Mouse A Brownie. How delicious is that?
In the meantime, go make these brownies. Because we all deserve to be given a brownie now and then.
This giveaway is now closed…but you can still make the brownies!Print
- 1/2 cup flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 4 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325. Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.
- Put the flour and cocoa powder in a bowl and mix with a whisk or a fork until well combined.
- Put the oil and butter in a large mixing bowl and whip with a mixer until well combined. Add sugar, eggs and vanilla and whip again.
- Gently stir the cocoa mixture into the butter mixture. Scrape the batter into the pan and spread to the sides.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes and then on a rack until the brownies are cool.
- Cut into squares and enjoy!
Hi there! I’m Kate, and I’m a recipe writer, food photographer and devoted bacon lover. I started Framed Cooks in 2009, and my mission is to create and share family-friendly recipes that make cooking both easy and fun…yes, I said FUN! My kitchen is my happy place, and I want yours to be that place too. Let’s cook together!