If you are interested in sneaking healthy food into treats, this recipe is perfect. You could substitute a portion of the butter for applesauce or baby-food prune puree. You could also substitute some whole wheat flour for the regular flour, or even add a spoonful of toasted wheat germ or flax seed meal.
One last thought, these are pretty easy so get the kids involved! Eric pulled up a chair, climbed up and jumped right in with a wooden spoon. Measuring, cracking eggs, and mixing is certainly fun for kids, educational too. The only thing not safe for kids is the oven useage. Eric can't reach the microwave, so I do all the microwave tasks.
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
3/4 cups cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups flour
1. Melt the butter. I like to microwave the butter in a large glass mixing bowl for about 30 seconds at a time. Stir and microwave in additional intervals of 30 seconds until all melted.
2. Add the sugar and cocoa powder to the melted butter. Mix well.
3. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
4. Add the salt and flour. Mix until the lumps are blended in.
5. Grease a 9" square pan, or use nonstick spray like Baker's Joy with Flour. (I really like the Baker's Joy spray.) Pour in batter. Smooth out the top. Let your assistant lick the bowl and wooden spoon while you move on to step 6.
6. Bake in a preheated 350F oven about 40-45 minutes. Cook until it passes the toothpick test.
7. Let cool (sometimes) and slice into 16 squares. Make these small, because they are rich.
8. Serve with vanilla ice cream. Or get fancy and drizzle some chocolate syrup on the plate, place brownie on top then garnish with a little spray whipped cream.