Brownies are a perfect simple dessert that can be whipped up on a moments notice and they’re always so gooey and chocolatey! I’ve tried making homemade brownies before but I’ve never really been a huge fan – they never seemed to turn out quite like a box of brownies. And I don’t mean a cheap Betty Crocker box of brownies, I mean the Ghiradelli brand of brownies – moist and decadent!
I decided to give homemade brownies another chance with a recipe I found and I was so happy that I did.
Here’s what you need:
Sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, butter, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, baking soda, salt, flour and fresh brewed coffee.
Start by melting two sticks of butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
When the butter is melted turn the heat off and pour in the sugar.
Mix them with a whisk or fork until they’re totally combined and the sugar has started to dissolve.
Pour the butter/sugar mixture into a batter bowl so that it can cool down to room temperature. This takes a little bit of time so stick it in the fridge to speed up the cooling down time or take advantage of the time and clean a few dirty dishes or start on the dry ingredients.
Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt and set this aside until it’s ready to be mixed in with the wet ingredients.
In the bowl with the butter and sugar, add in the four eggs, the coffee and vanilla extract. Whisk it together until well mixed…
And yes, I did say coffee. You don’t even have to like coffee because you definitely do not taste it at all, but coffee does help intensify the chocolate flavor and gives it more depth. TRUST ME ON THIS. Also, if you don’t have coffee you can always use coffee extract instead.
Add in half of the dry ingredients and whisk until combined… then add in the remainder of the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. The batter doesn’t need to be over-mixed, just mixed until the dry is completely combined into the wet ingredients.
Who else loves licking the brownie bowl??
And if the batter wasn’t already chocolatey enough, we’re going to add in chocolate chips, because why not? I love adding in the chocolate chips because when it bakes in the oven it creates little pockets of ooey gooey chocolate goodness.
Then pour your batter into a pan sprayed with baking non-stick spray… and realize that there is way more batter than you had anticipated so you have to quickly grab a larger dish and spray that with non-stick spray and then pour the batter from the smaller to the larger dish. Then forget to take a photo of the batter in the baking dish.
Pop the dish into a 350* oven for only about 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean. And be sure to triple check… because sometimes the edges are done and the middle isn’t.
DELICIOUS. These are the perfect thickness of brownie – and they taste just as good as a box of brownies, and even a little better! I like knowing what is going into my brownies which makes these even better. Next time I think I will try using a different type of chocolate for the cocoa powder and the chocolate chips to make the dessert a little more rich and decadent.
I must say though, they were delicious right out of the oven but 24 hours later? They were spectacular! So make these for a party a day ahead and have delicious brownies that you can tell people you made from scratch!
- 2 sticks Butter, softened
- 2 cups Sugar
- 4 Eggs
- 2 teas. Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 cup brewed coffee, cooled to room temp.
- 2/3 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1 cup Flour
- 1/2 teas. salt
- 1/2 teas. Baking Powder
- 1/2 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
- Melt butter in a saucepan and remove from heat and stir in sugar. Let mixture cool to room temp.
- Mix in eggs, vanilla extract and coffee.
- In a separate bowl, sift together the cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking soda
- Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into a prepared baking dish and bake at 350* for about 25 minutes (depending on your pan size) or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- *Use higher quality chocolate for cocoa powder and chocolate chips to get a richer more decadent brownie.