brownies from a bowl, not a box

it’s so easy to fall back on boxed brownie mix when we really want a brownie. it’s easy, you only need a few ingredients, and they always come out the same. well, now you will have a “go to” recipe for brownies in your arsenal and hopefully, you won’t need that box mix crutch any more. give this recipe a try and ween yourself off of all those nasty chemicals and additives they put in those mixes. plus, they’re delectable!

brownies (makes 12)

2 sticks butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa (use the good stuff)
1 tablespoon instant espresso or coffee powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

preheat oven to 350 degrees. grease a 13 by 9-inch pan. in a mixing bowl, whisk together the butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs. stir in the flour, cocoa, coffee and salt. mix until well combined (don’t over mix though or you’ll get a tough brownie). add the chocolate chips and pour into the prepared pan. bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until set (the top should be dry to the touch). cool and cut into 12 squares.

you can put your own twist on this recipe by adding nuts or dried cherries or anything you think would be delicious. i’m a purest when it comes to brownies so, to me, these are perfect as is. i hope these satiate your chocolate needs and keep you off the box stuff. really, you don’t need it anymore!

About jentarantino

i went to culinary school back in the mid 90's where i soon discovered that most of my favorite things to eat begin with celery, carrots and onions; or at the very least, one of the three. i cooked professionally for a very short time, but never stopped being a "home cook". i used the skills i acquired in school to teach myself to bake and kept up on food trends by becoming addicted to cooking shows and food magazines. i will eventually open my own soup shop, but until that happens, this blog will be my culinary outlet. i hope it inspires you to... stand lovingly over a simmering pot, wait anxiously for rising bread dough, frost cupcakes with care, marinate, brine, and most importantly... make it yourself!
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8 Responses to brownies from a bowl, not a box

  1. Anonymous says:

    when you say use the good chocolate, does Hershey’s count? 🙂

  2. you can certainly use hershey’s, but since chocolate is the main flavor in a brownie i would go a little higher end with your cocoa.

  3. Erik Blood says:

    Why are you trying to undo everything Wii Fit is doing for me???

  4. because i’m evil. duh?

  5. Marcelo says:

    You’re a baking STAR, Jen! For chocolate do you think Sharfen Berger is the way to go or is there a more in-the-know brand to look for that you can suggest?

  6. Valrhona Cocoa Powder is my favorite. you can find it in the bulk foods section at whole foods. it’s a little pricey so you can mix it with good quality bulk dutch-process cocoa if you’d like. 🙂

  7. Nolan says:

    MMMMM I think i’m the luckiest man in the world. Jen’s turtle brownies are my fave. They make you feel you’re in a different world full of happiness, joy, and floating on heavenly wonderfullness.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Whats in those brownies Jen……..

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