A brownie is a little chocolate square of love. I like to kid myself that these are healthy brownies - the whole wheat flour salves my dietary conscience, and the brown sugar gives them a slight molasses-y edge. But really, they're just plain good. Especially if you have the iron self-control to let them sit overnight.
Heat oven to 350. Butter 8"x8" pan.
In small saucepan, melt:
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
Remove from heat and with fork or whisk stir in, one at a time:
1/2 cup cocoa
2 tablespoons boiling water OR hot coffee
1 cup packed brown sugar (I could stop here and just eat the batter, but I don't)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
When smooth, stir in:
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Scant 1/8 teaspoon baking soda (optional, for a cakier brownie)
Pour into buttered pan. If desired, sprinkle chocolate chips over the top.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Cool completely.
Frost if desired and enjoy!