A special birthday treat {easy brownies}

Today is my husband’s birthday and we celebrated with brownies!  Ted loves any kind of sweet.  But brownies are one of his favorites.  And since I have committed to buying very little processed foods I decided to make some from scratch.  And I must say that I will never ever buy a brownie mix again.  Ever.

cocoa, eggs, butter, & sugar

These are delicious!  And very easy to make.  Mix together some simple ingredients, bake for 20 to 30 minutes and voila, the most scrumptious brownies come out of your oven!  I think we have already finished the entire pan.

easy brownie mix

The one thing I decided to do differently is add chocolate chips instead of nuts.  They definitely added a wonderful gooeyness to the brownies that made them even better (if that’s possible!)  So if you make these, go ahead and throw some chocolate chips in there.  You deserve it!

easy brownies

Easy Brownies

2 sticks butter, softened

3/4 c. cocoa (I used Ghiradelli Unsweetened Cocoa)

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

2 c. sugar

4 eggs

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. vanilla

dash of salt

nuts, optional (I added some semi-sweet chocolate chips instead.  Yum!)

Cream together eggs, butter, and sugar.  Mix in cocoa, flour, baking soda, vanilla, and salt.  Stir in nuts (or chocolate chips… or both!)  Pour into a greased 9×13 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes (mine took closer to 25 minutes).

Enjoy!

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