Cocoa Brownies

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, melted
2 tablespoons water
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped nuts, (optional)

PREHEAT oven to 350ยบ F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

COMBINE flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Combine sugar, butter and water in large bowl. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract. Stir in flour mixture and nuts. Spread into prepared baking pan.

BAKE for 22 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

Notes: For mint brownies – Unwrap one bag of York Peppermint Patties. When brownies are done, take them out of the oven and immediately lay the peppermint patties, spaced evenly in one layer, on top. Put back in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until peppermint patties are melted. Use spreading knife to swirl the melted patties on top like icing. Cool and cut into squares.

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