National Brownie Day

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December 8th is one of my favorite days of the year: National Brownie Day! One of the most interesting things about brownies is the fact that the first ones were actually made by sheer accident. A baker didn’t have any baking powder so he decided to leave it out. What he came up with is the chocolaty treat known as brownies. In order to get you in the National Brownie Day spirit, we’ve included a couple of recipes that you can easily make at home.

Easy Brownies
Ingredients:
– 1 cup butter
– 2 cups sugar
– 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
– 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
– ½ cup cocoa powder
– 4 large eggs
– ½ teaspoon baking powder

To make:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Melt the butter in the microwave. Place all of the dry ingredients into a bowl. Add in the eggs, vanilla extract and melted butter. Mix the ingredients together. Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet. Cook for about 25 minutes.

Caramel Brownies
Ingredients:
– 2/3 cup evaporated milk
– 1 cup butter
– 16 ounce package of individual caramels
– 18.25 ounce package of chocolate cake mix
– 1 cup chocolate chips

To make:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Melt the butter in the microwave and set aside. In a large saucepan, combine half of the evaporated milk and the caramels. Cook on low and stir continuously until the caramels are completely melted. In a bowl, combine the cake mix, the rest of the evaporated milk and the butter. Mix the ingredients together with your hand to form a dough like texture. Remove the mixture from the bowl and press half of the dough onto the baking sheet. Cook for ten minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. Pour the caramel and evaporated milk mixture on top of the chocolate chips. Gently crumble up the remaining dough with your hands and sprinkle it on top. Place the baking sheet back into the oven and cook for 15 minutes. Let sit in the refrigerator for about an hour before serving.

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