AllRecipes is hands down my favorite website for finding baking recipes. These brownies, like one of my other post on brownies, is from that site. The best thing I like about the website is the community. You know a recipe is more than good when you find more than 7000 reviews on a recipe with 4.5 stars rating.
These brownies are very fudgy and cake-like, the kind that you would find in good bakeries. They aren’t overly sweet, more so when you add semi-sweet or bitter chocolate chips in it. And the best thing is that you can bake and eat these brownies in a matter of half an hour literally! (Once you make them a thousand times!)
Cocoa powder is used in the batter with melted butter to give them that rich flavor that is characteristic of recipes that uses melted chocolate! Quick, easy and lighter on the budget – what more do you want in a recipe?
One more thing that I do is to melt the butter in a large bowl and then add all the other ingredients in the same bowl. This saves time plus only one bowl is used to mix everything. I promise, once you use this recipe, you wouldn’t want another! I know a huge claim, but trust me on this one 🙂 Have a great weekend y’all!
1/2 cup/ 1 stick butter, melted
1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
good quality semi-sweeet chocolate chips (optional but highly recommended)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan.
Melt butter in a large bowl in a microwave or a large saucepan. Add the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Stir to mix.
Beat in the cocoa powder, flour, salt and baking powder. Pour batter in the prepared pan and bake for around 20-30 minutes depending on your oven temperature. Do not over bake!
Remove pan from the oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes (resistance is the key!!). Cut into 9 large brownie squares or 16 smaller ones (do you really want to do that though?). Indulge!
Walnuts, pecans, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips etc. can be added in the batter before baking. All aforementioned stuff has been tried and tested by yours truly and highly recommended! 🙂 Also just coat anything that you are mixing in the batter with cocoa powder/flour before stirring in. This ensures that the bits and pieces don’t settle down and stick in the pan. Or if you are lazy like me, then just drop the chips/nuts on top of the batter after pouring in the pan. They will get adjusted in the batter while baking 🙂