Looking for a delicious brownie recipe that tastes just like the real rich and fudgy thing? Look no further! My sister and I perfected this recipe nearly 20 years ago and people have been asking for it ever since. Each 2″ x 2″ square has roughly HALF the calories, fat, sugar, carbs, etc of a regular brownie 2″ x 2″ square of the same… more or less… depending on how many of the following recommendations you are willing to take.
First, a public apology to my sister for totally blowing our secret. It’s something that needed to be done. How can we possibly keep something so delicious from the world? Doing so would be nearly criminal! I love you. Forgive me. (I’ll bake you brownies to make up for it.)
Okay. Finally. Here it is…
Buy a box of your favorite brownie mix. (We like the Betty Crocker Fudge one best.)
Follow the directions on the side of the box.
Here’s the secret.
Make a half ass attempt to dump “all” of the batter into your greased pan. Be certain you don’t scrape the bowl.
Get your biggest spatula out and “smooth” the batter around evenly in your pan. Before removing the spatula, be sure to cover it in batter and toss it quickly (don’t want any to drip) into the batter covered bowl you mixed everything in.
Use the spatula to eat all the batter in the bowl. (Never said these were skinny for the baker.) Be sure to lick the spoon you mixed with and the spatula. Including children in this process is optional.
Feel as though the brownies in the pan aren’t quite low-fat enough? Grab a clean spoon and skim the top of the batter (keep it smooth) from the batter in your pan. You want to be sure you are scraping evenly, as to leave no evidence.
Once you’ve consumed half(ish) of the batter, you can stick that pan in the oven. Shockingly, you don’t need much less cook time!
When you serve your brownies, be sure to cut them out and stack neatly on a plate with parchment between them. Why pre-cut and stack your brownies? Duh.. it’s harder for someone to tell you did some product testing to be sure those brownies were fit for your family, friends, or whatever crowd you are serving.
If you are feeling extra fancy, sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar on top of your brownie mountain!
See… now, each square has about half the calories, fat, sugar, and carbs. Sure, you had to take a few extra steps… and a few bites for the team… but what an incredible mother/friend/daughter/wife/co-worker/PTA president you are for providing a much healthier version of this delicious chocolatey treat!
If you ask me, I think the sacrifice you made toward the health of others is borderline saintly. Bon appétit.
Pretty sure this recipe was first perfected when Mom entrusted my sister and I to make brownies for a Girl Scout picnic. #sorrymom