Brownies are so easy and delicious

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A dusting of powdered sugar adds a nice touch to these easy brownies.
A dusting of powdered sugar adds a nice touch to these easy brownies.
Lisa Boykin Batts | Times

Trips to the Wilson County Public Library have been part of my life since I was a little girl.

Mama took my sister and me for regular visits, and I developed a love for books and good stories early on, thanks to such writers as Beverly Clearly, Judy Blume, Carolyn Haywood and Louisa May Alcott. As I grew, my book choices matured as well, and I read William Faulkner, Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, D.H. Lawrence, Jan Karon, Margaret Maron and Sharyn McCrumb.

In recent years, I’ve enjoyed reading cookbooks at the local library. My husband and I have visited more often lately, taking our granddaughter to special STEM programs when we can on Tuesday nights. While she is immersed in Legos projects, Reggie and I leisurely thumb through books and magazines.

I love the luxury of reading both new and older cookbooks on the shelves and finding something yummy to cook. I enjoy reading recipes online as well, but there’s still something special to me about reading a good cookbook!

A few weeks ago, I spotted the Taste of Home publication “Brownies & Bars.” The title and cover photos drew me in to check out more than 250 recipes.

There are so many wonderful ideas for bar desserts from Salty Peanut Squares and Chocolate Swirl Bars to Pumpkin Bars and Glazed Ginger Bars.

It was so much fun to read the dozens of brownie or brownie-related recipes in this book: Gooey Caramel Cashew Brownies, Double Chocolate Orange Brownies, Fudgy S’Mores Brownies, Truffle Raspberry Brownies.

There are many versions of brownies to choose from. Some are made with nuts, some topped with frosting. One recipe features cinnamon. Some brownies are made with add-ins, including peanut butter or marshmallows, and some are extra fudgy. How does anyone choose which recipe to make?

I decided to try the super easy Triple Fudge Brownies recipe. I was intrigued with this recipe because of the ingredients. Here’s how you make the brownies: Prepare a box of instant chocolate pudding according to the package directions, mix in a box of chocolate cake mix (dry ingredients only) and a bag of chocolate chips. Pour in a pan and bake! It took maybe 5 minutes to prepare this recipe.

Eat these delicious brownies while they are warm from the oven and enjoy the warm and gooey chocolate chips. So good! The brownies are also delicious topped with ice cream.

My co-workers who sampled them on election night told me they enjoyed them as well.

I really loved the moist texture of this dessert and plan to make it again soon.

I used a chocolate fudge cake mix, but you could use whichever chocolate flavor you prefer. For the chips, I used semi-sweet, but milk chocolate or dark chocolate are also good options. A combination of chocolate and peanut butter chips would be heavenly — especially if eaten while the brownies are still warm.