Now I know that there are lots of Brownie Recipes out there, but this is one that I make personally that my whole family loves. It's my favorite and I would have to say that brownies truly are the best treats when you just need that something. These are moist, chocolaty, decadent and great with vanilla bean ice cream and hot fudge. This doesn't last 1 night in my house and I have to double my original recipe if I take them anywhere. I don't cut them small size because I'll just come back for more. This is something I have made for over 10 years and it's my staple brownie recipe. It's great with or without frosting or nuts.
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 8x8 inch square baking pan.
Combine butter, sugar and vanilla in bowl. Add eggs; beat well with spoon. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to egg mixture, beating until well blended. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes 4 big brownies or 8-12 cut servings.
OPTIONAL: Stir 1 cup of any chocolate chips, peanut butter chips..etc.. or 1 cups chopped nuts.