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Survival Essential 1: Comfort Food - Maclin's Brownies

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Being human doesn’t come with a handbook. But there are a few recipies that help us through the tough times.

A home filled with the smell of fresh baked brownies has the power to warm our moods in the darkest of times.

A home filled with the smell of fresh baked brownies has the power to warm our moods in the darkest of times.

This magic recipie from my dear friend Maclin begins with Melting 9 ounces of Nestle\u2019s semi-sweet chocolate bits over hot water (double boiler!) with one stick butter cut into pieces.

This magic recipie from my dear friend Maclin begins with Melting 9 ounces of Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate bits over hot water (double boiler!) with one stick butter cut into pieces.

Beat 2 eggs with \u00bd cup of white sugar until thick.

Beat 2 eggs with ½ cup of white sugar until thick.

Add \u00bd cup of white flour, sifted with \u00bc teaspoon of salt and \u00bd teaspoon of baking powder.

Add ½ cup of white flour, sifted with ¼ teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of baking powder.

If possible, use at least one utensil that was handed down a generation.

If possible, use at least one utensil that was handed down a generation.

This Wooden Spoon from my Grandmother's kitchen makes me feel like I'm stirring in a bit of her strength and wisdom.

This Wooden Spoon from my Grandmother's kitchen makes me feel like I'm stirring in a bit of her strength and wisdom.

Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 cup (or less if you prefer) of walnut bits to the chocolate mixture.

Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 cup (or less if you prefer) of walnut bits to the chocolate mixture.

Pour batter into an 8\u201d X 8\u201d greased pan. Mix about 2 tablespoons of brown sugar with 1 teaspoon of melted butter and dot the top of the brownies.

Pour batter into an 8” X 8” greased pan. Mix about 2 tablespoons of brown sugar with 1 teaspoon of melted butter and dot the top of the brownies.

Bake at 375\u00b0F for about 20 minutes, sometimes longer. Test with a toothpick. Cool on a rack after baking.

Bake at 375°F for about 20 minutes, sometimes longer. Test with a toothpick. Cool on a rack after baking.

When brownies have cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar (you may use a doily set over brownies if you prefer a sugar pattern).

When brownies have cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar (you may use a doily set over brownies if you prefer a sugar pattern).

Most of all, make sure your own Survival Kit is filled with love, insight, and lots of practical advice.

Most of all, make sure your own Survival Kit is filled with love, insight, and lots of practical advice.

Survival Lessons is an inspirational road map for making your life into the very best despite the sorrows you encounter.

Survival Lessons is an inspirational road map for making your life into the very best despite the sorrows you encounter.

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