These are my #1 brownie recipe.
3/4 Cup Unsweetened cocoa (can also use Dutch cocoa )
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2/3 Cup vegetable oil, divided
2 Cups granulated sugar
1/2 Cup boiling water
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/3 Cup flour
1/4 tsp. salt
Mix cocoa, and baking soda in a mixer on low speed. Add half of the oil, mix. Add boiling water and mix on low until it becomes thick. Add in sugar, eggs, vanilla and the last of the oil, Mix until smooth. Sift the flour and salt together, add to the wet ingredients. Mix well. Pour into a greased 9x13 baking pan and bake at 350' for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
~I claim these to be my mom's "recipe" because these I grew up on, and my copy is hand written. I have since found the exact recipe online but am not sure of the original author.
~my side note:
For my bake sale, I made mine in a foil lined 8x8 square pan and bake at 325' for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick came out clean. After they've cooled, remove from pan with foil, and cut. These gave me 9 thick brownies which I dusted with powdered sugar.
-Try them with a ganache topping too! So so so good! I think these were my fave.
-Another variation of this recipe I am baking right now is for a single recipe in a 9x13 pan, and to clean out some overstock. I used 1/3 C. almond meal in place of 1/3 C. flour, sprinkled in some chopped pecans, chocolate chips, chopped chocolate almond bar, chopped heath toffee bar, and call these loaded brownies!