It takes like ten minutes tops from pulling out the cookbook to shoving it in the oven, if you let the margarine melt while whipping the eggs to make efficient use of your time. This is doubled from the cookbook i found it in because the cookbook recipe makes a tiny little batch, and then adapted some on top of that.
If you're gonna make brownies you want them to last two days until they're gone instead of just one. If you really don't enjoy brownies, or if you eat brownies alone, you can cut it back in half. (if you really don't enjoy brownies I'm not sure that you'd make them at all, now that I think about it.)
Quick n Easy Scrummy Brownies
1 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup cocoa
2 cups Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 tsp salt (or a few sprinkles from your shaker, to be easy)
In a small saucepan, melt butter/margarine with cocoa, stirring occasionally as it melts. Remove from heat when melted through.In a medium bowl, beat eggs until frothy. Add sugar, flour, nuts, and salt... don't stir yet. Pour cocoa mixture on top and stir it all together. Scrape batter into a great big greased squares pan. (for best results, grease the pan and then dust it with cocoa) Bake at 350F (180C) for about 40 minutes until the top starts to crack a bit and a toothpick pulls out clean. Baking time may vary based on the dish you use, the thinner the batter lays the earlier you have to pull it out.
You can ice it with store bought icing, if you'd rather, or there's this one:
2 2/3 cups icing sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
3 tbsp butter or margarine
5 tsp hot coffee or water (coffee gives you a richer taste)
beat all together, adding more liquid if mixture is too firm to spread easily. Spread over baked brownies. Allow to set before baking. (for a glossy look, frost while brownies are still warm)
or this EVEN BETTER GLAZE
2 cups milk chocolate bits
1/4 cup hot coffee (stronger the better)
1/4 cup icing sugar
melt the chocolate in the microwave, then beat in the coffee and icing sugar. You want something that has similar consistancy to the original melted chocolate... add more icing sugar if it's too liquid, more coffee if it's too solid. I want to say 'drool it over the brownies' because that's what I feel like you're doing lol... but yeah, glaze it. coat it. Let it drip off the sides! Then let it harden. Then fight your friends and family for it!
TIP: if you have some spare time on your hands, put the brownie batter in a pasty bag and pipe it (you can scoop but I find the pastry bag winds up neater and quicker) into greased and cocoa-powder-dusted mini muffin tins! Then you have two-bite brownies! serve as is, or turn them upside down and ice/glaze them.