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Although we have flirted with cold weather for a few weeks now, the full brunt of the frigid chill has officially arrived. With temperatures in the single digits, we’ve made the proper preparations to endure the cold weather until we start thawing again.

For me, although I enjoy the outdoors, the chilly temperatures keep me inside the comforts of home. So, while the cold weather fanatics bask in the current situation, I await the warmer temperatures with great anticipation.

With my self-imposed home confinement, I turn to the church cookbooks once again for inspiration. The term “comfort food” gets thrown around a lot these days, but with the arctic air that currently envelops our region, perhaps now is an appropriate time to use it.

The church cookbooks are filled with recipes that I feel exhibit the characteristics of comfort food. With comfort food as my only criteria, it would be easy to find a delicious recipe within these pages.

When combing the pages of the church cookbooks for inspiration, I noticed a recipe entitle “The Best” Brownies. The way I see it, if you are going to enjoy brownies, you might as well have the best.

Brownies are a treat that most people love, with its sweet and savory flavor. We all know that you don’t just prepare one brownie, but rather a whole batch. So, there will be plenty to go around.

With this recipe for “The Best” Brownies by Shelly Scott from the Iron Hill Church of Christ Ladies Circle Cookbook, you will have the perfect guideline for a great brownie recipe. To complete you will need the following ingredients:

½ c. vegetable oil or melted butter

1 c. sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs

½ c. unsifted all-purpose flour

1/3 c. cocoa

¼ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. salt

½ c. chopped nuts (optional)

Blend the oil, sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. You will then add the eggs and beat well with a spoon. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; gradually add to the egg mixture until well blended. Stir in the nuts. Spread the mixture into a greased 9-inch square pan.

Bake this at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the brownie begins to pull away from the edge of the pan. Cool in pan, frost if desired, and cut into squares.

After preparing this dish, I can easily see how brownies can be classified as a comfort food. Not only are they tasty, but the inviting aroma permeates your home. It smells inviting and would remind you of grandma’s house.

I’ve noticed that most of these sweet recipes are a bit longer. As I have mentioned previously, don’t fear. Just follow the instructions, and it will all come together. This recipe makes several brownies, depending on how large or small that you choose to cut them.

Sweet, tasty, and affordable, this recipe takes the hard work out of a comfort treat. These are very enjoyable and come highly recommended.

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