This past weekend, Cody was invited to a Super Bowl party and told to bring along his family. Anyone who knows us personally knows the reason we attended the party was not because football is what helps us live and breathe. No, no, no. We went for the social aspect (as did I suspect 75 per cent of the other guests…real big football fans over here, can’t you tell?).
On Sunday afternoon just a couple of hours before we had to head out the door Cody and I were relaxing, watching something on Netflix when I decided I should probably put something together to bring along to the Super Bowl party. With very limited groceries I settled on brownies.
I love to bake, but lately I’ve gravitated towards very simple, but still from scratch and delicious recipes. This brownie recipe definitely fit the bill.
The recipe is from a book I received a few years ago called The Cookie Bible. For anyone looking for a variety of cookie recipes, from very simple but delicious brownies and chocolate chip cookies to more complex recipes requiring a few more unique ingredients – this is your book.
What made this recipe so easy? This last week I have gravitated towards recipes that don’t call for the use of my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Kitchen Aid mixer. It and I have a very good relationship. But lately I’ve avoided it because, well, cleaning a large bowl and a spoon is much easier than cleaning the stand mixer’s large bowl and attachment?
I never said this decision was logical.
Another reason the recipe is easy is because if you bake semi-regularly, you should have most of these ingredients already in your cupboard.
When we got to the party I received a number of compliments on the taste of these brownies, which I always take as a good sign. They were moist, they were cakey without being dry, and they were just the right level of chocolaty.
I had decorated them using a bit of white royal icing, which is what makes these basic brownies go from “just brownies” to “Super Bowl Brownies.” I’ve just started experimenting with royal icing, which means there’s definitely room for improvement, but you get the idea.
Cody did comment that if our complete lack of interest in football wasn’t obvious before, it will be after people check out the brownies.
“Footballs aren’t square,” he said to me. To which my response was, “Would you like me to make them smaller by carving each one out?”
As you can see, Cody opted for larger servings and I didn’t carve each brownie individually.
Anyways, without further delay, here it is, the recipe for these super simple (Super Bowl) brownies.
Simple (Super Bowl) Brownies
Adapted from: The Cookie Bible
- 1 cup margerine, melted
- 2 cup sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease 9x13x2 inch glass baking dish. Set aside.
- Melt the butter completely in a large microwave safe bowl. This took about 40 seconds for me.
- Mix the sugar and vanilla with the melted butter. Stir until well mixed.
- Add in the eggs, one at a time. Mixing well after adding each egg.
- Carefully stir in the remaining dry ingredients.
- Pour batter into the prepared pan and place in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the brownies appear to begin to pull away from the edge of the pan.
- Let cool on a wire rack.
- When completely cool, score the brownies into individual servings.
- Prepare your royal icing (recipe included below) and place in piping bag. Pipe a horizontal line across the top and bottom of each brownie. After you do this pipe lines onto the centre of each brownie to resemble the stitching on a football.
- Finish cutting the brownies and serve!
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 1 egg white
- Mix the icing sugar and egg white in a bowl until smooth.
- Place in piping bag and use as desired.