Vanilla Brownies

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There’s nothing quite like the comforting aroma of freshly baked brownies wafting through your kitchen. While chocolate brownies are a beloved classic, vanilla brownies offer a delightful twist that will surprise and delight your taste buds. This recipe is perfect for those who love the rich, buttery flavor of vanilla and are looking for a unique dessert to enjoy with family and friends.

Ingredients for Vanilla Brownies

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s gather all the ingredients you’ll need:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Equipment Needed
To make these delicious vanilla brownies, you’ll need the following kitchen equipment:

Measuring cups and spoons
Mixing bowls
Whisk or electric mixer
9×13-inch baking pan
Parchment paper or non-stick cooking spray
Cooling rack

Step-by-Step Directions
Preheat Your Oven: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line your 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper or lightly grease it with non-stick cooking spray.
Mix Wet Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted butter and granulated sugar. Whisk until the mixture is smooth and well-combined. Add the vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can result in dense brownies.
Bake the Brownies: Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading it evenly. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
Cool and Serve: Allow the brownies to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely before cutting into squares.
Tips and Tricks for Perfect Vanilla Brownies
Room Temperature Ingredients: For the best results, make sure your eggs and butter are at room temperature before mixing. This helps create a smoother batter and ensures even baking.
Don’t Overmix: Overmixing the batter can lead to tough, dense brownies. Mix just until the ingredients are combined.
Check for Doneness: Use the toothpick test to check if your brownies are done. Insert a toothpick into the center; if it comes out with a few moist crumbs, they’re ready. If it’s wet, give them a few more minutes.
Add-Ins and Variations: Feel free to get creative with your vanilla brownies. Add white chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or dried cranberries for extra flavor and texture. You can also swirl in some caramel or fruit preserves before baking for a fun twist.
How to Store Leftover Brownies
If you have any leftovers (which we doubt!), store them properly to keep them fresh. Place the brownies in an airtight container and keep them at room temperature for up to 4 days. For longer storage, you can refrigerate them for up to a week or freeze them for up to 3 months. Just be sure to wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil before placing them in a freezer-safe container.

Perfect Pairings
Vanilla brownies pair beautifully with a variety of drinks and side dishes. Enjoy them with a hot cup of coffee or tea for a cozy afternoon treat. For a more indulgent experience, serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. They also make a delightful addition to any dessert table or potluck spread.

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