Easy Chocolate Brownies

Who doesn’t love chocolate? These chocolate brownies are so easy to create, include your children in the baking process! Everyone will love them!

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A brownie is a square or rectangular chocolate baked good. They can be cakey or fudge-like in texture. Sometimes they may include things like chocolate chips, nuts, or other ingredients. The brownie was invented in the United States at the end of the 19th century and was popularized during the first half of the 20th century. Brownies are baked in a style similar to sheet cake and then cut into squares or rectangles and eaten by hand.

One tale about the invention of brownies starts with Bertha Palmer. She was a prominent Chicago socialite that was married to the man that owned the Palmer House Hotel. Mrs. Palmer asked a pastry chef to make a dessert for the women attending the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. She wanted a dessert that was similar to cake, but small enough that it could be included in boxed lunches. The chef created a chocolate dessert now known as the Palmer House Brownie. It was a chocolate confection that included walnuts and an apricot glaze. The word “brownie” was given to the dessert’s name years later.

The first printed use of the term “brownie” was used to refer to a molasses dessert in the 1896 Boston Cooking School Cook Book by Fannie Farmer. Farmer’s brownies at the time did not use chocolate. The first known recipe for brownies was in the 1899 Machias Cookbook. They were named “Brownie’s Food” and were created by Marie Kelley.

As a child I was not much of a baker (shocking I know). I took after my father and he was a cook. We both enjoyed eating baked goods, but neither of us had much experience baking. This all changed when I started volunteering for school bake sales. I was not one the children that signed up for bake sales and made their parents bake for them. I was determined to create the baked goods myself. Where was I to start? That is when brownie mix came into play. I discovered that one could purchase inexpensive brownie mix, add eggs, water, and oil to it and brownies would be created! Brownies were perfect for baked sales because they could all be made in one pan then be individually cut and wrapped. My creative childhood tendencies also led to creating new styles of brownies for baked sales, while still using brownie mix as a base. My most popular bake sale treat were my cheesecake brownies.

Of course one must grow as a baker by making things from scratch. Though what led me to finally learning how to make brownies from scratch was my nephew. He loves chocolate, especially brownies, and I wanted to create a brownie recipe for him to use and enjoy. It could not be complicated, because he was not much of a baker. After some experimentation I created a brownie recipe that was delicious, decadent, and easy. I hope it brings happiness to your family as well. Please enjoy!

Easy Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Yields 15-16 servings

Specialty Tools: 9×13 inch aluminum pan

Prep time: 15 minutes

Bake time: 25 to 30 minutes

Inactive time: 1 to 2 hours

Drink Pairing Suggestion: Milk

Ingredients

4 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

12 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

3 large eggs, at room temperature

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup cocoa powder (Dutch cocoa preferred)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 F

Grease a 9×13 inch aluminum pan or line with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large microwave safe bowl add the semisweet chocolate chips and butter. Microwave in 30 second increments. Stir after each increment. Continue until smooth.

Add the sugar into the chocolate/butter mixture and stir.

Whisk in the eggs, vegetable oil, and the vanilla.

Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and Kosher salt to the wet ingredients and stir. The batter will be thick.

Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

You will know they are done when a toothpick inserted into the brownies will only have a few crumbs on it.

Place brownies on a wire rack to cool completely in the pan. This will take one to two hours.

Cut into 15 to 16 squares and enjoy!

These brownies love mix ins! Feel free to mix in 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips, 1/4 cup of sprinkles, 1/2 cup of chopped nuts, or 1 cup of peanut butter chips into the batter before baking.

The brownies will last for up to 1 week. Make sure to cover and store them at room temperature.

These brownies are great in Brownie Sundaes!

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