Brownies by RazorBunny
Here's the one my dad always made when I was a kid, it's very easy (he can't cook) and it tastes fantastic, and has a very fudgey texture:
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 2 oz unsweetened chocolate
- 3/4 cup AP flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Sometimes I use 3 oz of chocolate, because I have a big pile of 88% cocoa bars that are a little strong to eat plain, and I hate snapping off a third and saving it for later.
You melt the butter and chocolate on low heat. While that's going, combine the eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla. I find that it doesn't really matter if you add the flour to this and then the chocolate and butter, or vice versa. Don't let the butter and chocolate get any hotter than they need to be to melt.
Pour into a lightly greased 9x9 pan, tap on the counter a few times to remove air bubbles, and bake at 325 for 30-35 minutes. Basically you want to pull them the moment a toothpick comes out clean. Let them cool for 10 minutes before you try to cut them, but they're best served warm.
My dad used to mix all kinds of fun stuff into the batter, like Raisinets or chocolate chips, and I've played with things like peppermint candy (swap the vanilla for peppermint oil and crush some candy on top).
They're hard to screw up. Like I said, my dad can't cook, and these were his specialty. Well, that and macaroni and cheese from a box with tuna and peas mixed in. Which is surprisingly tasty.