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Recipe for family meals :


Sweet Dreams by TracyThis recipes comes from Tracy who has her own web site entitled 'Sweet Dreams' - Tracy describes herself as:

Well, let's see . . . I'm in my (very) late 30's, married and living in a small town in Northwestern Illinois. My husband, Matt is a 'computer dude', he has his own consulting business.

I 'retired' from making jewelry (after 9 years), hoping to be able to make some extra money selling cakes locally. I have had several non-cake related, yet still food-related, orders so I'm branching out. I've already changed my business cards to say 'Baking for all occasions' instead of 'Cakes for . . .'! I also am a Wilton Method instructor, teaching courses 1, 2, & 3 at an Ace Hardware and the local community college.


2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Dutch-process black cocoa
1/4 cup Dutch-process or natural cocoa


  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, eggs, melted butter, vegetable oil and vanilla until smooth.
  • Stir in the dry ingredients (carefully - as you know, cocoa tends to form a dark cloud over the mixer if you're not gentle), stirring until everything is well combined.
  • Scrape the batter into a lightly greased 9 x 9 inch pan, and bake the brownies in a preheated 350°F oven for about 35 minutes, until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan until they're just barely warm before cutting.

Makes 16