I’m a weee bit late to the Thanksgiving recap party, but I want to talk about BROWNIES. My grandpa Bob’s brownies! There’s enough pumpkin pies at the table already, amirite?
For the past couple of years, I’ve cared less and less about food and cooking. Us humans go through cycles, no? I think Japan did something to me, ha! (My herbalist said that year abroad completely depleted and traumatized my entire adrenal system, which is why I haven’t felt much like myself this past year……) But my little sister feels the same way right now, so who knows?!
The good thing is that it illuminates our go-to food favorites. For me, that would be beef tacos, vegetable soup, orange glazed chicken, grilled turkey sandwiches, fried egg sandwiches, roasted brussels sprouts, chocolate chip cookies, and brownies. I’ve made them all hundreds of times. These brownies I’ve made twice in the past couple of weeks for different celebrations: Thanksgiving, holiday parties, etc. And my grandpa made them every Christmas so they’re about to be on heavy rotation this holiday season.
Have at it!
Watch Beyonce 7/11 video and lick the spoon!
Grandpa Bob’s Brownies
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup cold water
Yo, this is a ONE BOWL NO MIXER recipe. (I almost wrote YO BITCHES because I’m on Season 3 of Breaking Bad and hear Jesse’s voice in my mind at random times all day.) Anyway! Simply add all of the ingredients above into a large bowl and mix for about 50 strokes with a wooden spoon. You want to make sure that the eggs are incorporated, but you don’t want to overmix because that can make the brownies tough. Pour into a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.
They need frosting too. I’ve made them without it and it’s no bueno. We like to make a half recipe of Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Frosting and frost when brownies are still warm. It melts into a beautiful glossy chocolate glaze.
A chocolate alternative to all the other Thanksgiving Day desserts:)
P.S. They are even more excellent the next day OR frozen (I did this so I wouldn’t eat all of them out on the counter one time, until I realized they are EVEN MORE DELISH frozen).
P.P.S. Gratuitous Thanksgiving barn cat pictures:)
P.P.P.S. A blog Happy Belated B-day to Allison! We celebrated a bit early during Thanksgiving week with Aunt Marilyn’s homemade cheesecake (an excellent and easy recipe for another day!).
P.P.P.P.S. HELLO WINTER. We just got a big storm in Burlington the other day.