Last year my mom generously gave us a Costco membership. I never would have gotten this for myself, especially considering the love/hate relationship I have for Costco.
Shopping at Costco is simultaneously the most joyous and most horrible thing I’ve ever experienced. In a concrete warehouse filled with hundreds of people, screaming children, and the elderly shuffling about, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed. It’s hard to navigate a cart, so I usually try to have a game plan before I head into the depths of Costco wholesale. Typically this involves knowing that I only need five items, grabbing these items (usually too much to carry, but when has that ever stopped me?), running like mad to a check out, and then trying to get to my car with my groceries and my sanity in tact.
But sometimes, I don’t have a plan. Sometimes I grab a cart and wander around and actually look at all of the deals. Like, did you know you can buy six heads of romaine lettuce for like $5? CRAZY. Can I eat six heads of romaine by myself? NOPE. Yet somehow, on more than one occasion, I have left with an enormous bag of lettuce. Or, what about the time I bought mister shaving cream at Costco? Who actually needs 8 jumbo cans of shaving cream? Especially a man who doesn’t even really have facial hair?!
Needless to say, sometimes I go a little crazy. So an entire month ago, I went Costco crazy. I bought a lot of eggs. And we don’t even eat that many eggs. Ever. I have a weird aversion to them (and by aversion, I mean I only eat the yolk, because that’s super healthy), and why would mister eat eggs when he can sneak breakfast Pogos before biking off to work?
It’s the abundance of eggs that led me to make my great aunt Marie’s chocolate brownies. They are my favourite brownies. They are in no way healthy, but they are perfectly moist, and especially good with frozen yogurt and hot fudge sauce (and maybe a sprinkling of peanuts).
I used the “I have too many eggs so I guess I’ll have to make these brownies” excuse, but you don’t need an excuse… it just makes me feel a teensy less guilty. Sort of.
Great Aunt Marie’s Chocolate Brownies
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup oil
1/4 cup milk
Combine ingredients in order given, beat at a low speed until smooth. Line a 13×9 pan with parchment paper (or use cooking spray or butter). Pour batter evenly into pan. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes.