Today is my guy’s birthday. I always love spoiling him with fun baked goodies, but this week has been extra special. Since baking is a little hard for me this month (I’m not allowed to look down much), easy recipes are my go to. On Saturday morning I got a craving for these brownies because, well, they really are the best brownies you can make at home and luckily he thought they sounded yummy too!
These “Disgustingly Rich Brownies” are a recipe from a cookbook I used as a kid. The tagline was “these are only for people who’ve been really good recently,” (underline included). I’m pretty sure the recipe was on page 60 and the pages were stuck together due to extensive reference!
The best memory about this brownie recipe with cocoa powder, however, was when my friend and I made them on our own. We were in elementary school and missed the 1/4 teaspoon of salt, reading instead 1/4 cup of salt! Disgustingly rich went straight disgusting in no time! I’d like to pretend we were ahead of the salted chocolate trend, but you know that’s not true…
The Best Brownies
So what makes these the best brownies? Well, you have to make them to really know. They’re rich but not too rich, dense but not too dense, and so easy to make. Short of using a box mix, these homemade brownies are as easy as it comes. The added pecan halves (you could use any nut by the way) are honestly the hardest part – well, besides waiting for them to cool of course!
Brownie Recipe with Cocoa Powder
Apparently brownie recipes exist in this world without cocoa powder, which I think is just crazy! I will say that the cocoa powder gives it a more grown up taste – not so fudgy and sweet (which I also love). This recipe makes the best brownies the day of baking and the day after. IF you haven’t eaten them all by the next day, you’ll notice they start to dry out, but I can’t imagine you’ll have any left by then!
BEST BROWNIE RECIPE
If you like rich brownies, then this is the recipe for you. My favorite thing to make growing up, this brownie recipe page was covered in who knows what. I assume that just made these morsels that much more delicious!
- 1 cup butter melted
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 20 pecan halves
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9 inch square pan with nonstick spray.
- Melt butter in microwave or on stovetop, being careful not to burn butter.
- Meanwhile, mix cocoa and sugar in a stand mixer or large bowl. Add melted butter.
- Beat eggs in a small bowl. Add beaten eggs and vanilla to sugar mixture. Mix well.
- Add flour and salt. Mix until just smooth.
- Pour batter into baking pan. Place pecan halves in rows across top of batter.
- Bake 45-55 minutes until sides just begin o pull away from the side. Let cool. Cut into squares.