Fruits and vegetables are seasonal – they come and go. But brownies – ahhh… Brownies are ALWAYS in season!
Have you wanted a brownie recipe that turns out great every time and is quick to throw together?
I know what you’re thinking. A box brownie always turns out right, doesn’t it? That’s why they were invented: So people could get the same kind of brownie every time. Even if you couldn’t cook to save your life.
Don’t worry, I’m not judging! After all, I only used box brownie mixes for years..
Cooking and baking hasn’t always come easily for me. Often my homemade brownies would turn out dry or the recipe was so involved that it took too much time. I just wanted to make food as quickly as possible get on with the rest of my life. Can you blame me?
And let’s be honest: Brownies can be challenging to make from scratch. They follow the traditional structure of wet ingredients meeting dry ingredients, but you also have that melting chocolate to contend with. Plus all the extra wet ingredients, and the different amounts of eggs from recipe to recipe… it’s amazing that we have any consistent brownie recipes out in the world at all!
I know a woman who swears that brownies aren’t “real” brownies unless they contain melted chocolate chips, as opposed to bars or baking chocolate. Have you ever heard such a thing?
Brownies Problem Solved!
But, no confusion anymore!
As the name declares, these brownies NEVER fail!
The original recipe was one I found in my recipe basket from my mother. I can’t tell you how much inspiration has come from that little basket. And it turns out that the brownie recipe I had been searching for was right in front of me the whole time!
With some tweaking, these brownies now turn out perfect every time. They consistently taste delicious and come out of the oven with just the right texture, no matter what your skill level!
In addition to that, this recipe is a winner no matter what your brownie preference may be. I’ve found that people enjoy these brownies whether they prefer a compact, fudge-y brownie or a lighter, cake-like brownie. The perfect balance between the wet and dry ingredients brings it all together. Then add in a few nuts and sprinkle with powdered sugar and you have a crowd pleasing treat!
(Although I have to ask: Who doesn’t like a brownie with a cake-like thickness? I don’t understand.)
A Quick Dessert
So, the next time you need a quick treat to take somewhere or to munch on for your own enjoyment, give this Never Fail Brownies recipe a try. Seriously, it takes me 10 minutes to get these in the oven!
I know what you’re thinking – yes, I did time myself! I wasn’t going to just tell you a time and then not follow it up with the facts.
OK, so I might be a bit obsessive compulsive about all this. But, I am always looking for ways to make tasks more efficient – what else does the mom of a large family have to do?
Seriously, that thought process goes into most recipes I develop for you all. I want you all to enjoy delicious, real food, of course. But I also try to give you the most efficient recipes I possibly can. Why waste time in the kitchen and away from your family if you don’t have to?
I thought about comparing my timing in preparing a boxed brownie mix with the Never Fail Brownie recipe. But no, I haven’t done it – yet! 😉 That really would be the mark of an obsessive person!
The Pitfalls of a Box
Yes, a boxed brownie mix might be a little bit faster to make. But you also have all the unnecessary added ingredients in that convenient box!
Truly, I don’t recognize most of the ingredients on the side of a box of brownies. Why do they need all those fillers, exactly? Brownies can be difficult (not with my Never Fail recipe, of course!), but one thing that they are not is complicated like the back of the boxed mix might lead you to believe. You don’t need to add a bunch of gunk to make good brownies. Just stick with the basic ingredients—chocolate, eggs, sweetener, and a few other common kitchen baking supplies—and you’re good to go!
And what’s the use of saving a little bit of time if the whole family has tummy aches or headaches later?
Yes, that can happen! I definitely know some people who’ve get headaches from eating boxed cake mixes. Those extra ingredients and unnecessary preservatives can really cut into the experience of enjoying a good brownie!
These brownies are perfect for a church potluck. Or for a sewing circle. Or a work party. Or a family reunion. Or a bake sale. Not only are these brownies delicious, they also come out uniformly so you don’t have to worry about serving an unsightly glob to your guests.
Personally, I like to serve these brownies topped with powdered sugar. However, that is purely my preference. If you would like to top them with homemade frosting, small candies, molasses or even honey (yes, it really happens!), be my guest. These are also delightfully chewy and chocolatey with no topping at all!
Brownies are a treat at our house. We don’t always enjoy little treats on a regular basis (I try to stick to the 80/20 Rule), but this is one I definitely don’t mind having more regularly. As I’ve said before, it’s the timing (or lack thereof) of this recipe that I really appreciate. When a treat doesn’t take forever to make, you want to make it more often!
And I have to admit, I love to eat the batter – shhhh, don’t tell the children!
So, when you make the Never Fail Brownies, make sure to lick the beater. And the bowl. And your fingers! That’s an order from me.
- 1 c. butter melted
- 2 c. sugar sucanat or honey
- 1/2 c. baking cocoa
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla make your own!
- 1 1/2 c. flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 c. nuts chopped
- powdered sugar optionalTo make 48:
- 2 c. butter melted
- 4 c. sugar or honey
- 1 c. baking cocoa
- 7 eggs
- 3 1/2 tsp vanilla make your own!
- 3 c. flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 c. nuts chopped
- powdered sugar optionalI buy all my real salt and spices from my affiliate partner Starwest Botanicals because of their superior quality. Their herbs & spices are organic, non-irradiated plus, I think they are more aromatic and full flavored than any others.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Mix flour, salt and nuts in a bowl and set aside.
Using a hand mixer, combine melted butter, sugar and baking cocoa.
Add eggs and vanilla and mix until blended.
Beat in flour, salt and nuts - mix well.
Spread in a greased 9 x 13 (or if making 48 brownies use two 9 X 13 pans).
Bake for 25 - 30 minutes - until a fork comes out clean.
While still warm, sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
Cool completely before cutting.
Note: Nutrition has been calculated using honey as the sweetener of choice.
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