As candidates fudge facts, make brownies

The afternoon of the second presidential debate, I decided to try a new recipe for some brownies that promised to create a soft, gooey result.

They were cooling on the countertop when the debate began, so I eagerly grabbed a seat in the living room to watch the two candidates answer town hall questions, deciding to grab a brownie if the action died down a bit.

Well, the action didn’t die down, and as a former debate coach, watching two people ignore the decorum of a true debate round and refuse to answer the crux of important questions started to stress me out.

So I found myself in the kitchen, knife in hand, slicing my brownies.

They were soft and gooey and delicious. And they were so much better than what was happening on my TV screen. If you need a distraction from the crazy political climate, grab this recipe and get in the kitchen right away.

This comes from the blog “Cafe Delites.” You can find it at I added extra vanilla in my version.

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Fudgy Cocoa Brownies


1/2 cup butter, melted

1 tablespoon oil (I used canola)

1-1/8 cup sugar

2 eggs

3 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Beat the butter, oil, and sugar for about a minute. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat for one more minute.

Add in the flour, cocoa powder and salt and stir until just combined.

Pour into an 8-by-8-inch pan that’s been sprayed with cooking spray.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. The brownies are done if they’re starting to pull away from the edge of the pan slightly and the top is set.

Remove from the oven and let cool completely before cutting them.

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I really enjoyed these brownies, and for an emotional eater like me, they were great comfort during a frustrating evening of debate watching. I’ve seen on social media that a lot of folks have made a drinking game out of watching the presidential debates. I’d rather just stick to eating brownies.

Just don’t ask me how many I ate; you’ll have to call the fact-checkers on my answer to that one.

Lindsey Young is managing editor of The Clarion, the Kansas Publishing Ventures newspaper in Andale. She can be reached at

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