Why hello, hello.
It has been quite an interesting past couple months! Quite very interesting, actually. Lets try to catch up a bit, shall we?
I started a new job. (Which has been a whirlwind of awesome and also exhausting. BIG CHANGES!)
I went on mini vacays to the beach and then to the mountains. (SO much fun! Amazing friends + fun adventures are hard to beat.)
I went to a concert. (Which made Maffa’s life. It was pretty much his most favorite band.)
I saw a few movies. (Gravity and Thor 2! Both excellent.)
I baked a few pies. (CUZ ITS FALL.)
I spent time with some wonderful people. (Beyond blessed to have incredible friends and family who have been extremely supportive of my life in general, and especially during this transition time.)
I went to a few restaurants. (New favorite is definitely Xitomate. I will probably gush more about it in the near future.)
I watched some TV. (Fall shows for the win.)
I shopped with Maffa for his new car. (Didn’t acutally purchase one yet, but test driving is fun! ZOOOOOM.)
I celebrated Halloween, firework style. (Accompanied by the lovely Marilyn Monroe, and the colorful Yukon Cornelius.)
I sipped on quite a few pumpkin spice and caramel brulee lattes. (Its already red cup time?!)
I celebreated Friendsgiving. (Which may officially be my new favorite holiday.)
I studied the Bible. (Specifically Thessalonions and Revelation. God continues to challenge and blow my mind in every single way.)
Oh, and I did not sleep.
With all of the insanity these past few months, I needed some calm. And there is always one thing that remains pure, loyal, and constant…
That’d be brownies.
My most favorite cocoa brownies. And I’m super excited to share them with you.
These brownies and simple and to the point. However, the flavor and texture are nowhere near simple. Moist and fudgy on the inside, with a crisp crackly crust on top.
Yep, these little guys have won over my tastebuds time and time again. Do not underestimate the power of cocoa powder, sugar, and butter ;) They stand up against any unsweetened, dark, semi sweet, and milk chocolate recipes I’ve tried.
Crazy, sane, or whatever status your life may currently be in, I guarentee these brownies will fit right in.
10 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup flour
Preheat the oven to 325. Line a 8×8 baking pan with non stick foil.
In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Then add the vanilla and eggs. Stir in flour until just combined.
Spread the batter evenly in the lined baking pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Cool completely, then refrigerate or you can serve these at room temperature. It is your brownie prerogative.
Devour that deliciousness!
TINA’S TIP: These are incredibly delicious in their purest form, but if you want to add some nuts or chocolate chips…I say go for it!
Inspired by Smitten Kitchen.