Disgustingly Rich Brownies


2 cubes (1 cup) butter
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, then smear the inside of an 8 or 9-inch baking pan with shortening.

Melt the butter over a low heat. Watch it. It’s easy to burn.

In your mixing bowl, stir the cocoa and sugar together. Then stir in the melted butter. Add the eggs and vanilla, and stir again. Now add the flour and salt, and mix just until smooth. Not too much. (If you’re adding walnuts, now’s the time.)

Scrape the mixture out into the greased pan and spread out in an even layer.

Bake in a 350-degree oven until the brownies just begin to pull away from the sides of the pan (or until you can stick a toothpick in and pull it out with no batter sticking to it). Takes about 60 to 65 minutes. Let cool before cutting.