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Stress-Reliever Brownies

5 Mar

I’m not going to lie, this weekend has been terrible. A paper proposal due Monday, and two midterms this coming week have turned me into a hermit. Add that to the fact that I missed out on an awesome party on Friday night in San Diego (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, aka Mitchell Pritchett from “Modern Family” showed up at opening night at the theater where my boyfriend works…), I was feeling pretty down last night. But, true to form, I decided that baking would relieve some stress. And just like all girlie-girls, I knew that I needed something chocolate. Luckily, I still had a big can of coco powder in my pantry (from my red velvet cupcake post), and an easy brownie recipe. This recipe only has seven–that’s right, SEVEN–ingredients, and they are all things that you will already have in your kitchen. I found this recipe from Allrecipes.com.

Get ready for a delicious study break!



  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

When I first looked at this recipe, I thought “What in the heck is self rising flour?!” After a quick Google search, I found that you can make your own self rising flour! Mix 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder. That’s it! If you like your brownies less cakey, you can use regular all-purpose flour.


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease (I used Pam) an 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan.

Beat together butter and sugar. Add eggs, and mix well.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, coco, and salt. Slowly add into the sugar mixture (you can add walnuts if you wish).

Spread batter into prepared pan .

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until edges are firm. Let cool before cutting.

Mmm Chocolate-y goodness!

Luckily, they passed the roommate test!

And that’s it! Easy, right? These brownies hit the spot, with a cold glass of milk, and made me forgot all about midterms that the fact that I was in cold Boston instead of sunny San Diego with Mitch Pritchett. Well, at least for a while.

Please, leave comments and let me know how your own baking adventures are going. I hope you guys are enjoying my recipes, tips and advice, as well as enjoying your time in the kitchen baking yummy desserts! Remember–it’s a cake walk!



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