mmm mmm brownies!

Brownies and Bars, Chocolate, Dessert | 3 comments

Today was a chocolate sort of day – do you know what kind of day I mean? The kind that just seems to never end and when it does you just want some goey dessert to sink your teeth into while you relax. My little guy also had explosive amounts of energy and wanted to play dress up all.day.long., so we needed an activity to do together to get him out of that obsession, at least temporarily. Hence the brownies.

We had lots of fun and he licked the bowl and made a huge mess of his face and then was just so sweet while he helped wash the dishes and load the dishwasher, but the second we were done he was back upstairs changing into dress up clothes!

The thing that’s so great about these brownies is that they are fast to whip up (if you skip the vanilla caramel, which is totally optional) and it’s so easy to have all the ingredients all the time!

Vanilla Caramel Brownies

  • 3/4 c butter
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 c flour

Melt butter and sugar together in a saucepan, stirring to combine. Remove from heat and stir in cocoa powder. Lightly beat eggs in a separate bowl. Stir eggs and flour into the butter mixture, mixing well, but not beating. Pour batter into a greased 8×8 pan and cook in a 350 degree F oven for 30-40 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Hint: cutting brownies into squares is easier if you use a plastic knife. Store cooled brownies in an airtight container.

For the Vanilla Caramel

  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs corn syrup
  • 1 Tbs vanilla

Combine ingredients in a sauce pan and whisk together until butter has melted and sugar has completely dissolved into the mixture and is no longer grainy. Pour on top of brownie batter and swirl in with a knife. Bake brownies according to directions.

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Ashley - January 15, 2009 @ 7:38 pm

    Oh boy. I think I am going to have to make these tonight. I totally know what you mean by a chocolate day. By the way, the blankets arrived last night. Thanks so much!! They are lifesavers.


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    Creed Family - February 10, 2009 @ 9:39 pm

    I have made these several times. They are heavenly!!! I love that it’s an easy brownie recipe that tastes great and is home made. I haven’t had a yummy home made brownie recipe in a long time!! Thanks Katie :)


  • 3
    Carrie - February 12, 2010 @ 3:20 am

    This is such an easy recipe and the batter alone is to die for! They are in the oven right this minute and I know they'll be delicious. I added some semi-sweet and butterscotch chocolate chips. Something tells me these would be even better with walnuts. Can't wait to eat them!


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