Servings: 16 2 x 2 squaresPrep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: varies: 20 to 25 minutes
1 cup dark brown sugar (light brown is OK in a pinch)
1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup Black Cocoa Powder (available through King Arthur Flour mail order or you can use Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa with pretty good results)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8 X 8 baking pan. (I used cooking spray).
Beat sugar, eggs, vanilla and butter on medium speed until well mixed.
Add in remaining ingredients, mix until all ingredients are well mixed in, but do not over mix. I mixed them with a wood spoon at this point to avoid over mixing.
Spread into prepared pan and bake until tooth pick comes out almost clean, about 22 minutes in my oven. Use middle rack.
Cool completely, and cut into 16 squares.
Submitted by: squeegee1 on April 1, 2013