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As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, now is the perfect time to try out some great new spring recipes! Whether you’re testing a new stew you saw in your favorite magazine, or creating your own unique recipe for chocolate chip cookies, the spring season offers some of the best cooking weather of the year.

 

My personal favorite food to cook is brownies. Just thinking about them makes me hungry for more. Whenever you’re stuck inside on a rainy day, brownies are always a good idea.

 

The first step to make delicious brownies is to make sure you are well prepared for what you’re about to do. Cooking brownies is not for everyone and you must know your limits when you enter the kitchen. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Before I start mixing any ingredients together, I always lay out everything I will need.

 

Once the oven is properly heated and ready for action, begin the cooking process by melting ½ cup of butter in the microwave, then pour into a rectangular 9 x 13 pan. Beat two eggs, sugar, and one teaspoon of vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Next, add everything to the pan.   

 

The next step is the most important. If you mess up at this stage, you will fail and your brownies will taste awful. Prepare a mixture containing ⅓ cup of cocoa, ½ cup of flour, 1 teaspoon of both salt and baking powder. With care, spread this mixture into the pan containing the mixture from the previous step. Place the pan into your oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. For best results, do not overcook. Test doneness with a toothpick. If an inserted toothpick comes out clean, the brownies are done.
There have been many debates on whether or not to put frosting on brownies. If you really want to impress your friends, I highly recommend you leave the frosting off the brownies. Some people do not like the taste of frosting and they will be unable to enjoy your creation. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Of course seasonal fresh strawberries and whipped cream are splendid additions. 

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