Remember eating leftover cake or brownies for breakfast when you were a kid? Wasn’t it the best treat in the world? Especially when there is only 2 weeks of school left, you’ve spent the last few weeks working hard at track and field and you just want that extra little weekend breakfast treat.
And it gives you that extra kick you might need to motivate your kids to go out and clean horse stalls.
If you make these the night before for a snack while watching your favourite family tv show, there should be some leftover to freeze for some lunch pail snacks and a couple for breakfast the next day.
These are quick and easy to throw together. In 45 minutes, you have brownies ready to eat. We usually leave out the nuts so that the kids have the option of taking a brownie in their lunch to school. I love them because they use cocoa and you don’t have the mess of melting chocolate.
We don’t even bother to frost these – just a little sprinkle of powdered sugar is pretty, if you get that far. You can try to make them healthier by switching some applesauce for some of the butter, but for an occasional treat I’m not sure that I would bother.
Quick and Easy Chocolate Brownies
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup walnut halves (optional) or chocolate chips
Melt the butter and mix all ingredients in the order given. Bake at 350F for 20 to 30 minutes in a 9 x 13 inch greased pan.