Police were called because a third-grader said something about brownies at his class's year-end party. Someone else thought it was "racist". After the police came, they called the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency.
Maybe I should have called this, "How to turn your student's parents into Donald Trump voters".
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted
1 2/3 cups sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
optional - 2/3 cup walnut or pecan pieces
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 13"x 9" pan or line the bottom and sides with non-stick foil or parchment paper, leaving some to overhang on the sides.
Combine the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Stir in the water. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix well.
Combine the cocoa, salt, flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Stir it into the sugar mixture. Add nuts if desired.
Pour into the prepared pan and bake on the middle rack for 18 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
You're supposed to let them cool completely before cutting. I don't think that there's a single time in my entire life that I've been able to wait that long.