Cocoa Brownies

1 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter (room temperature)
1 tsp. vanilla flavoring
2 eggs
2/3 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. baking cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9 x 9 x 2 square pan. Mix first four ingredients in large bowl on medium speed or stir by hand with spoon. Add remaining ingredients (except walnuts). Fold in chopped walnuts. Evenly pour batter in prepared pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cut into 4 rows by 4 rows.

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