This simple secret makes regular brownies delightfully soft and fudgy!
1 cup sugar
½ cup flour
½ cup oil
⅓ cup cocoa powder
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup chocolate chips and/or nuts (optional)
Mix all ingredients with a fork or beaters.
Pour into greased 8" square pan.
Bake at or below 325 F for around 45 minutes. Do not overbake.
This is the secret: the original recipe wanted 350 degrees for 30 minutes. But my oven is crabby and won't always heat up. I noticed that when that happened, my brownies took longer to bake but were amazingly soft and chewy!
Note: Either using a toothpick or by taking a sample from the middle, make sure the brownies are NOT raw. When done, they will be baked through, just softer and gooier than usual.