I am always on the look out for easy, fast, but yummy dessert recipes because you just never know when the urge is going to hit or the need is going to arise for something sweet, and you don't always have time to wait for butter to soften.
Brownies from scratch are generally pretty easy to begin with, but I like this recipe because the main ingredient is cocoa rather than chocolate. Around here I can buy cocoa by the barrel load, but all my chocolate has to be bought in candy bar form with candy bar price. So needless to say, I have more cocoa laying around than chocolate.
These mix up really quickly, and only bake for 25 minutes. So from start to finish you could be done in 45 minutes to an hour max. I always double the recipe and put it in a 9 by 13 pan because I think that an 8 by 8 pan of brownies is just a travesty. How can that little pan ever satisfy my brownie desire? And for next to no extra effort, why not make a bigger batch to share (or hoard)?
One last thing, you should definitely do the old parchment paper liner trick for these. It makes it that much quicker to go from pan to mouth. Enjoy!
Best Cocoa Brownies
from Sunday Nite Dinner
Makes 16 large or 25 smaller brownies