Basic Brownie Recipe

Sure, here's a basic brownie recipe:

- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder


1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease an 8x8-inch (20x20 cm) baking pan.

2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter in the microwave or on the stovetop. Be careful not to overheat it; you just want it melted, not boiling.

3. Stir in the granulated sugar until well combined.

4. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla extract.

5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder. Gradually add this dry mixture to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined. Do not overmix.

6. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and spread it evenly.

7. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs (not wet batter).

8. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan on a wire rack before cutting them into squares.

Enjoy your homemade brownies! You can also add chocolate chips, nuts, or other mix-ins for extra flavor if you like.