2 c white sugar
3/4 c. margarine
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 t. salt
4 beaten eggs
1 t. vanilla
2 sqs. chocolate or 1/2 c cocoa
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (or pecans)
Cream shortening and sugar well. If chocolate is used, melt and add to the creamed mixture. If cocoa is used, sift together with the flour and salt. Add beaten eggs, vanilla, flour, salt, and nuts with some of the flour shaken over them. Bake in a greased and flured 9 x 13" pan in a 350 degree oven until it shrinks from the edges of the pan (about 30-35 minutes). Let cool and cut into squares.
These could be called Cardiac Brownies, because if you eat enough of them, you will have heart problems some day
they make a fudgy brownie that doesn't need frosting and gets eaten to the last crumb.
Also, if you remember that there is a potluck on your way to work and only have time to stop at the grocery store--
Get a large package of cream cheese and a disposable pie tin and a jar of Pace Picante sauce in your preferred hotness and a bag of tortilla chips. At work, mash the cream cheese into the bottom of the pie pan and pour the picante sauce over the cream cheese and open the chips for a quick dip. Yum. If you are marginally more organized, at home you can soften the cream cheese in the micro and whip it together with the picante sauce at home and bring it in a bowl as a dip.
I hope the hospital isn't so busy that you all don't have time to do potlucks any more.