Have you ever been in need of a 1/4 cup of powdered sugar, only to find your pantry staple has been depleted? Have no fear, I just discovered you can make your own powdered sugar at home. Yes, this process can be done in your kitchen. All you need is a blender, granulated sugar, and corn starch. If your recipe calls for 1 cup of powdered sugar, add 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 tsp of cornstarch (to keep it from clumping) to your blender and blend until a powdery consistency is achieved. It is that easy! I know you are going to want to try this so here is a recipe for you to try out your powdered sugar. Make sure you put enough powdered sugar on top to make a mess when you take a bite.
CHEWY COCOA BROWNIES
1 2/3 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted
2 Tbsp. water
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 chopped nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 9x 13-inch baking pan.
Combine brown sugar, butter, and water in large bowl. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; stir into sugar mixture. Stir in nuts. Spread into prepared pan.
Bake for 18-22 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out sticky. Cool completely in pan. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into bars.
Makes 2 dozen brownies (great for storing in the freezer for lunches)