March First!! The day I look forward to all winter long. The day I realize that the weather, as bad as it is, will not be as bad 31 days from today. You can’t say that about January or February!!
As the saying goes, when like gives you lemons, make lemonade. Well, today, when life is giving us snow and ice, we are making brownies–with double the amount of chocolate chips.
Blond brownies are that wonderful combination of chocolate AND brown sugar. The brown sugar gives the brownies a chewy texture with a slightly maple flavor. Try this simple recipe that uses only a microwave, a bowl and a wooden spoon.
This is an easy recipe for kids to make. I used this recipe last summer during my Shorts and Sports cooking camp lessons.
Also, this is a great recipe to feed 20 hungry teenagers a treat. I tripled the recipe, poured the batter into two 9×13″ pans and baked for about the same amount of time. The kids ate every–single–one!!!
Makes 18 small brownies
1 cup flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup chocolate chips (I doubled it using 1 cup!)
–Grease a 9 x 9 inch square pan.
1. With a fork, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl (yes, I said one bowl used–I forgot about this bowl!).
2. Melt butter in a large microwave-safe bowl in the microwave for about 1 minute on high or use “butter” button to melt.
3. Mix into the melted butter the brown sugar and stir until it is dissolved.
4. Add the egg and vanilla to the butter mixture. Mix well.
5. Stir in the dry ingredients.
6. Stir in the chocolate chips and place the batter into the greased pan.
7. Bake in the oven, set at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until the brownies are set and a toothpick comes out clean. Depending on how chewy or not you like your brownies, let them brown longer for drier brownies.
8. Take out of oven and let cool for about 15 minutes — cut into 18 pieces.