Who doesn't love a good brownie :) This one is super easy and waaaay yummy!! You could even bake a pan or two of these and take them to your neighbors for a Christmas gift all wrapped up cutsie like with a red bow.
1/2 cup butter or oil (butter is better)
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x9 inch baking pan.
2.In a medium bowl, mix together the oil, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; gradually stir into the egg mixture until well blended. Stir in walnuts, if desired. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
3.Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the brownie begins to pull away from edges of pan. Let cool on a wire rack before cutting into squares
If doubling, bake longer- check every 5 to 10 minutes. I also reduce the cocoa just a bit. I use 1/3c and half of a 1/3 cup.