We have a rule here that there must always be something chocolate around. It's a safety thing for us, I'm sure you can relate. It would be pretty dangerous for the general public if one of us tried driving to the local grocery store for a chocolate run while half asleep or cranky....really, not good stuff.
And, despite your belief that I just whip on an apron and Voila! there are baked goods, sometimes, I don't really feel like thinking up something magical just because somebody needs some chocolate around here. So, I cheat. I like easy too. I keep brownie mixes in the pantry that require the mental ability of a sea snail to bake up.
Yeah, a mix. You read that right. And, yeah, there's a catch....I make the mixes. (" oh sheesh! here she goes again-freak." )
Stop and think how much a mix costs. On a lucky day, you'll find them for $2 a pop. IF. So, let's save some coins, mkay?
This batch makes 4 mixes (which would be at least $8 if you bought them)....
In a large bowl, mix together the following:
4 cups of all-purpose flour
7 cups of sugar
3 cups of cocoa
4 tsp baking powder
4 tsp salt
Then, with a fork, blend in 2 cups of shortening. This will make the powder the consistency of cornmeal. This is the "fat" in the formula...because it is shortening and not butter or oil, it's all kinds of shelf stable.
With a measuring cup, scoop even amounts into 4 ziploc bags (or the container of your choice, you green planet saving soul, you).
WOW, that mix was hard. Have a drink.
When it's time to bake up a batch, pour your mix into a bowl and add 4 eggs and a tsp of vanilla. Ta-da. Did I just blow the mystery of brownies....I hope so.
If you'd like, throw in a cup of chocolate chips or nuts or crushed peppermints or toffee bits or marshmallows (that you also now now how to make).
Spread in a sprayed 9x13 pan and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. I like to dust mine with powdered sugar when they're still warmish.
Don't blow your hard-earned money on crap. You can bake from scratch and it can be very easy. And don't be without chocolate, life's hard enough.