SO much better than boxed brownies! I'm not above reaching for the boxed stuff when in a rush, but these are on a whole other level. They have a depth of flavor that you just can't get from a mix, and come together very quickly. The tops are crackly and the insides are soft...they are usually devoured by the next day but I hid a piece to see how long they would stay fresh and 5 days later it was still soft and delicious. Depending on the chocolate you use, you can alter the cocoa flavor from milk to dark or anything in between. I usually stick to milk chocolate because that's what most people like. Personally, my favorite addition is adding some salted caramel chips to the batter, but just like with a lot of my other recipes, you can customize to your liking.
|Those orange specs of salted caramel are pure heaven|
This is a great project to get your kids in the kitchen for, especially if you go crazy with the fun mix-ins! I find myself turning to these brownies when a I need a quick last minute dessert as kids and adults gravitate to them equally. Grab a glass of cold milk and enjoy these bites of chocolate-y bliss!
*Read the paragraphs above to understand why each ingredient is used before you try substituting*
-8 ounces chocolate (I like to use a combination of milk and dark, use the best quality you can)
-5 tablespoons butter
-2 tablespoons oil
-1 cup sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/2 cup flour
-3 tablespoons cocoa powder
-1 cup milk chocolate chips
Up to 1 cup of:
-salted caramel chips
-peanut butter chips
-broken up candy pieces: oreos, m&m's, snickers, reeses, etc.
-swirled marshmallow cream
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 7x11 inch pan (or 9x9) with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
-In a microwave safe bowl, melt 8 ounces chopped chocolate with butter in 30 second increments, stirring after every 30 seconds. Allow the mixture to cool before you add it to the wet ingredients.
-In a separate bowl, whisk the oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla until well combined. Slowly stir in cooled chocolate/butter mixture.
-In a third bowl, mix together the salt, flour and cocoa powder then slowly add it to the wet ingredients. Mix JUST until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
-Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and bake in your preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes (I don't recommend exceeding 35 minutes because brownies should be fudgy). The brownies are baked when the edges are dry and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out with a few crumbs attached.
-Allow to cool then cut into bars and serve.
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