When my grandchildren were young, sometimes I'd pick them up to spend the day with me and we would always make these wonderful brownies. They're all teenagers now, but they still remember these brownies and ask me to make them when I'm in town. These brownies also dissappear rapidly at bake sales and pot luck dinners and I've never found a mix that was anywhere near as good. This recipe has created some wonderful memories that I will always treasure. I'm happy to share this recipe with you all and hope you create some special memories, too!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a 9 X 13 baking dish.
Mix butter, sugar and vanilla for about 30 seconds, then cream for 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating for 15 seconds after each addition. Mix in cocoa for about 30 seconds, then add remaining dry ingredients and mix for about 30 seconds. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts, if desired.
Turn into prepared baking dish and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. If you prefer a drier brownie, bake slightly longer.
Cool completely and frost with your favorite chocolate frosting or dust with powdered sugar, if desired. ENJOY!