There is nothing better to have in your dessert repertoire than a simple brownie recipe. This brownie is worth not opening a box of brownie mix for. It is really easy to make and people get really impressed when you tell them that the brownie that they are eating is homemade. Can you mix together some chocolate and sugar? You can? Then you can make these bad boys. The reason why I think that having a good brownie recipe up your sleeve is because it can be the foundation of so many other things. You can use it as the base of an ice cream sundae covered in caramel or chocolate sauce. Or you can crumble it up and use it as the base of a trifle. Or you can sit on the couch and watch reruns of Weeds and eat brownies until you cannot eat brownies any more. No one will know.
*adapted from Simply Recipes
1 1/4 sticks butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups plus 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup flour
On top of a double boiler, melt the butter, sugar, cocoa and salt. Melt, stirring occasionally. Let the mixture cool a bit.
Add the eggs one at a time. Add in the vanilla.
When everything is nice and combined add the flour.
Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment or tin foil. Let the parchment hang over the side of the pan so that you can get the brownies out easily when they are cool. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Put in a preheated 325 degree oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
Pull the brownies out of the pan using the parchment paper and cut into squares.