About this Recipe
There are not many days that go by that I do not crave chocolate. The only thing that matters to me is that it is good quality chocolate that is being eaten, so mornings start with Hot Cacao, and then later in the day a brownie like these easy ones, or a chocolate chip cookie like this The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe are our picks.
Grandmother's Kitchen Tips:
1. In a pinch, if you are out vanilla extract you can use a liquor like dark rum for the liquid volume and extra flavor.
2. In our humble opinion, brownies are made for chocolate so extra chocolate chips will be a crowd pleaser.
3. 1/2 cup = 113g = 4oz = 1 stick.
4. For a little something extra, I like to sprinkle a touch of sea salt to the top of my brownies, but note this flavor will not be for everyone.
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar (we used cane sugar)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 325 F.
2. Grease a 9-inch or small rectangle baking tray with butter or your choice of oil. You can also skip the grease and line the pan with parchment paper.
3. In a medium mixing bowl with an electric mixer on low speed, blend the eggs with the sugar, butter, flour, cocoa, vanilla, and salt. Increase the mixer speed to medium-high and beat for 3-4 minutes.
4. Fold the chocolate chips and walnuts into the batter.
5. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan.
6. Bake in the preheated oven F for 25 to 35 minutes. Check your brownies for doneness, the sides will pull off slightly from the pan.
These yummy little brownie bites are delicious served warm with ice cream or else just cold. However you cut them, literally, they are delicious and the pan will be gone quicker than you hope.
Clean up of this recipe is fairly simple if you have greased or lined your pan. By paying attention to your cooking and not burning things, it makes it alot easier for clean up; a rather simple comment but goes a long way in the ease of your home baking career.
Personally, the easiest way I get distracted in the kitchen is the silly and wonderful computer screen. Googling this or that, chatting with this person or that, editing photos, writing up the recipes for this site, and running an online business. So it is good reminder to put on a timer when baking which really helps with not burning things. I like to check things a bit earlier than the recommended bake time so they do not dry out, and personally I love a gooey brownie so the 25 minute baking time works perfect for my palette.