I have a best friend and she is beautiful, sweet, sophisticated, sassy and little nutty. Everyone has that best friend. They are absolutely wonderful and you seriously can’t get enough of their company. The only problem is that I live 850 kilometers away from my bestie and I really don’t get to see her as often as I would like.
These brownies remind me of her.
Just like my best friend, Katrina, these brownies always turn out perfect and are always dependable! I could make this recipe a thousand times and they will always turn out perfect (as long as I don’t do anything too weird. PS: do not sub all the sugar with sucralose!).
I could go on and on about these brownies (how they are just nutty enough or that little kick of cayenne brings out just enough sass), but you should probably just go into the kitchen and make them.
Did I mention that they are so easy to make that they barely create a mess? Just like a true best friend, they will help clean up the little mess you make (or at least make the cleaning up process so much more enjoyable). They certainly make less of a mess than these monsters here.
But you really have to dig into these brownies to know exactly how delicious they are. It is a shame that they haven’t perfected taste-o-vision. You should invite your best friend over, make some brownies and pair it with a nice large glass of red wine.
Best Friend Brownies
Adapted from allrecipes.com
¼ cup melted butter
¼ cup oil (personally, I prefer the brownies with 1/2 cup of oil and omitting the butter. It just retains the moistness much better)
1 cup white sugar
splash of vanilla
½ cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ cup of pecans/walnuts/almonds (optional, but too delicious to omit)
Turn on the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugar for a couple of minutes. When fully incorporated, beat in the eggs and vanilla.
Add flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper until just blended and then add the nuts until incorporated.
Pour in a greased 9×9 inch cake pan, or if you are like me, line it with parchment paper for easy clean up. Bake in the center rack for 20 – 25 minutes.
Let cool and enjoy with a hot cup of Toasted Walnut Green Tea from David’s Teas!