Brownies

(Dialogue from summer 2017)

Me: “Ok, kids. This summer we are working on more recipes for you to learn to cook. I want you to help me decide. These need to be things you want to know how to cook. What would you like to know?”

Middle Child: “Pizza. I want to make my own dough” 

Me: (Oh brother, the troubles of living in a foodie family where I really like to cook!) “Ok, we’ll work on that. I have to think about it some.”

Oldest: “Brownies” (big smile on his face, that sweet tooth coming through!)

Me: “I like that! Sometimes it’s okay to use a box of brownie mix in a pinch or hurry, but I think brownies are really easy enough for us to have in our back pocket with simple ingredients on our shelves. And everyone should have some desserts in their repertoire.”

And so began my research finding a recipe that

  • didn’t require special ingredients (I consider unsweetened chocolate special for these kids)
  • didn’t require a pot of boiling water with a bowl over it
  • didn’t require the chance for chocolate to seize in a microwave because someone put the wrong digits in the timer or went too far.

This recipe was perfect — one pot and everything is done in that pot. After we taste-tested them I had to make some tweaks to give us the cross between chewy and cakey we wanted as well as improve the directions for clarity. And so, now, let them eat chocolate! 

Makes 9 squares

Need:

8 inch square pan

Cooking spray

Rubber spatula and cooking spoon

Medium saucepan

Get/Prep:

  • 1 stick butter
  • In a small bowl, place:
    • ½ cup white sugar
    • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • In another small bowl:
    • Crack 2 eggs
    • Add 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • In another small bowl, whisk:
    • ½ cup + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 6 Tablespoons cocoa powder
    • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Cook:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Lightly spray glass baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. Place all materials next to stove.
  4. Place butter in saucepan on stove; turn to medium; melt butter completely.
  5. Remove saucepan from heat.
  6. Add bowl of sugars to butter in pan and stir completely until dissolved.
  7. Add bowl of eggs to pan and beat with spoon until completely mixed.
  8. Add bowl of flour to pan and stir in completely. Stir in chocolate chips.
  9. Pour into baking pan and smooth top.
  10. Place in oven and bake for 28 – 30 minutes.
  11. Remove and turn oven off.
  12. Cool completely.
  13. Cut brownies in pan.

Brownies Diagram

Adapted from a couple sources, bettycrocker.com and kingarthurflour.com

pdf version of recipe >> Brownies

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