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While February is the season of romantic love, familial love is another important thing to remember as Valentine’s Day rolls around. Valentine’s Day treats can make an excellent gift for not just a significant other, but family members as well.

Homemade brownies can be tricky to get right, but my uncle Randy’s recipe is simple enough to make, even in a communal dorm kitchen. While I may not be the best baker, my boyfriend and I made Uncle Randy’s brownies together and still had fun. However, the final result tasted a bit like chocolate bread.
Upon conferring with my mom, I’ve changed the recipe a bit, as I’m convinced my uncle just made brownies based off vibes. This improved recipe should produce normal brownies, not chocolate bread. Baking with anyone, whether that be family or a significant other, can create wonderful memories in addition to a (hopefully) delicious treat. Brownies and baked goods in general are great heartfelt and cost-effective gifts.

This recipe being written by my uncle is special because I was very close to him and my cousins as a kid. Music and food is a source of love in my family, as we have both at every gathering. Baked goods are exchanged often, and the love can be felt through and through. Although my uncle passed when I was around 10 years old, seeing this brownie recipe and baking them myself will always remind me of the love and laughter he brought to our family.


1 cup flour
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup cocoa
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ cup sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine sugar, oil and vanilla. and eggs in one bowl.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl, then add cocoa.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix.
Bake for 25-30 minutes
Serve with love

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