The girls at the Offering Hospitality blog are hosting a monthly Recipe Swap, this month’s theme being PICNIC RECIPES. I have to tell you, for someone as hospitality- and recipe-challenged as I, picnics are a tough category. I know what I would like to take on a picnic–my friend Diane’s chicken salad for instance or the pepper jack pimento cheese from the local grocery store’s deli–but when it comes to things I myself would actually make to take on a picnic, well, the list is pretty slim (PB&J and a bag of Sun Chips, anyone?). However, after some thought, I determined brownies would be a great accompaniment to any picnic, don’t you agree? Besides, I make pretty good brownies if I do say so myself…
1 cup butter (the real stuff), melted
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract (the real stuff)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
Grease 9×13″ pan. Stir together butter (melted), vanilla and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Add cocoa, stir together until well blended. Add flour, baking powder and salt; stir well. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until they pull away from the sides of the pan.
You could probably use a mixer but I stir it all together by hand with a wooden spoon.