Cooking when you have a police officer in the family can be difficult! Even if you are fortunate enough to have your officer on a day time schedule the chances that he will actually get to eat dinner with you and the family are rare. My officer, Officer Hottie, works day shift but still doesn't get home until about two hours after we've eaten dinner so the meals I make need to taste good cold (as he is usually starving the second he walks in the door) and reheated (since I try to make enough to send with him to work the next day).


I hope you can find some meals here that your family will enjoy as much as ours.
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Brownies

Oh Brownies. How I love them. I truly truly love them. And Officer Hottie...well, he loves them too. And so do our children. And so does everyone in Officer Hottie's office. Especially Coach. She really loves them. I got this recipe off of Recipe Zaar and it is my go-to recipe every time. The original recipe calls for nuts (which I am not a fan of in brownies) and also has a glaze (which Officer Hottie thinks will ruin the integrity of the brownies) so I'll show you how I make them but at the bottom of this post you can click for the link that will take you directly to the Recipe Zaar original recipe. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

You will need ...
1 c sugar
1/2 c butter
1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 c flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt



Put the sugar, butter and cocoa powder in a pan over medium heat. Stir until the butter is melted, then remove from heat. You can let it boil for a bit if you want the sugar to dissolve but I've found that leaving it as it actually makes for an awesome brownie. Coach says, "What were those awesome crunchy bits??" So, to dissolve or not to dissolve ... the choice is up to you.



Once the butter has melted, and the sugar has dissolved to your liking, turn off the heat.


Add the vanilla to your eggs and beat them senseles.



I think the next step is called "tempering the eggs". Take a little bit of the cocoa/butter mixture and add it to the eggs. This is to bring the eggs up to temperature so when you add them to the pan they don't cook. At least, I think that's the theory behind it.



Then add the eggs and vanilla to the pan, stirring them in until well combined.


Place the flour, baking powder in a salt in a small bowl. Stir to combine and then add it to the pan with the eggs and cocoa mixtures.



Stir until well combined and then add everything to a well greased 8x8 pan. Or, in my case, a pie plate since for some reason I still don't have an 8x8. Go figure.



Put it in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Then try to feed some batter to your 19 month old. He'll probably run away screaming because he has no idea why you are trying to feed him poop. Or what he thinks is poop. At least, that's the only reason I could come with for the running away.


Feed the batter to your other children who come running in when they realize there is brownie batter and the baby turned it down.



Then the baby will decide to try it.


He will like it. And wont' let go of the spoon.



When you finally pry it away ...


He will have a tantrum.



Until you show him that there are more goodies in the oven.


I didn't have enough cocoa powder so these are a bit lighter than normal and turned out a little less chocolately. Still delcious though.

Enjoy!

For a printable recipe go HERE