Brown Sugar Brownies

We are in a very sad situation at our house right now: we are out of chocolate. We’re even low on cocoa powder. We are also really trying to stick to our grocery budget, so I haven’t gone out to get any. In the absence of chocolate, I decided to satisfy my sweet tooth with something I remember from my childhood: Brown Sugar Brownies. I got the recipe from my mom years ago but have never made them… until now. They’re super simple and quick to make, and soooo yummy! Light and crisp on the outside, gooey on the inside… they’re also very sweet and rich, so don’t cut the pieces too big.

Brown Sugar Brownies

  • 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter (I suppose you could use margarine, but why would you want to?)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 chopped nuts, optional (I didn’t use any)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9×13 baking pan.

Cream together sugar and butter. (Note: you really can’t “cream” melted butter and sugar, but pretend that you can–just beat them together well.) Add vanilla and eggs and mix to combine. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt; fold this into the butter/sugar mixture. Stir in nuts, if using.

Pour/spread batter into prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into squares while warm.