Years and years ago, when my (now adult) kids were little, I got my first microwave. By today’s standards, it was HUGE! And really, really heavy. Mine took up a lot of space on my counter and I loved it! It was amazing and was going to revolutionize the way I cooked.
My microwave included a cook book. Not like the cook books you get today when you buy an appliance, you know, a small booklet of 20 recipes printed on thin paper with no “real” cover page. No, my cookbook was a hardcover with nice, big, glossy pages and colorful pictures showing all of the amazing recipes you could create with your new microwave! I think I was as excited about the cookbook as I was about the microwave. You have to remember, this was before we had computers that we could go to any time we wanted to look up recipes.
My family’s favorite microwave recipe was for brownies that could cook in six minutes. The ingredients are all things that most of us have on hand. They’re inexpensive to make, are simple to mix up, and are great for last minute desserts and unexpected visitors.
Beat for 1 minute: 1 Cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Add and beat well: 1/2 cup melted butter
Combine and add: 1/2 cup baking cocoa
3/4 cup flour
Stir in: (optional) 1/2-1 cup chopped walnuts
Pour into greased 8″ square glass dish and spread evenly. Microwave on high for 5-6 minutes, until center is set and just as it is starting to pull away from the edge of the pan. Five minutes is perfect in my microwave….overcooking will make them really hard and crunchy. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.