Fast and Easy Homemade Brownies

Fast and Easy Homemade Brownies




2 large eggs at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
⅓ cup cocoa powder
½ cup self rising flour
½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted then cooled to room temperature




Preheat oven to 350°F.

Melt butter and let it cool as you assemble the other ingredients.

Beat 2 large eggs in large mixing bowl. Stir in 1 tsp vanilla extract.  Gradually stir in 1 cup granulated sugar, ⅓ cup cocoa powder, and ½ cup self-rising flour.

Gradually stir in ½ cup (1 stick) melted and cooled salted butter.

Mix all ingredients together until it is blended.  Be careful not to over stir. Pour batter into 8 inch square pan that has been greased (with shortening, not spray) and floured. Spread batter so that it covers pan evenly.  

Bake for 20-22 minutes at 350°F.


Easy Yeast Rolls

Easy Yeast Rolls





1 pkg active dry yeast
1 TBSP sugar
3/4 cup warm water (approximately 110°F)
2 1/2 cups baking mix



Add warm water, yeast, and sugar to a large bowl. Let sit until yeast and sugar dissolve.

Add baking mix and mix well.

Turn onto a lightly floured surface.

Knead for about 5 minutes, until smooth and elastic.

Shape the dough into 24 small balls.

Place on greased baking pan.

Cover and let rise in a warm area for about 30 mins. until doubled.

Bake for approximately 10 mins. at 400°F, or until golden brown.

Announcing: From the Kitchen of McClendon Villa


Welcome to From the Kitchen of McClendon Villa!

The mission of From the Kitchen of McClendon Villa is to help remove “I can’t!” from the vocabulary of new and inexperienced cooks.

We seek to offer easy recipes, ideally frugal in nature, to help encourage self-confidence in the kitchen.

In addition to recipes, we will share tips and techniques, along with book and product reviews, to help you get to a point of “Yes, I can do it!”

Here is our first recipe video.  It is from an old family recipe that I call “Aunt Charlotte’s Peanut Butter Cookies”.

Aunt Charlotte’s Peanut Butter Cookies

Aunt Charlottes Peanut Butter Cookies



1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract




Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix all ingredients together until well blended.

Roll rounded tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place on greased or sprayed cookie sheet.

Using a fork, press a criss-cross pattern into the dough balls.

Cook for 12-14 minutes, just until the edges start to brown.

Remove from oven and cool on cookie sheet for at least one minute before removing to a cooling rack.