May 20
Brownies4 Comments


Brownies are one of those desserts that remind me of my childhood. At a very early age I was in the kitchen with my mom either making brownies or chocolate chip cookies. We were always baking something in our household. Can you believe that I never had made brownies from scratch before? I have always relied on the box. Well this recipe has completely changed my mind.


I needed a dessert for the kids (and my dad) at Mother’s Day dinner and found myself without any brownie mix. I searched and this was the first recipe that popped up so I gave it a whirl. Fudgy is an understatement for these brownies. They are extremely chocolately and oh so delicious. I absolutely love the addition of the chocolate chips in the batter, it adds an extra layer of goodness. I found myself eating one of these every single night last week with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top (hello newly acquired muffin top). I promise you if you make these you will never go back to the box again.

In addition to this post I have a few announcements:

First off, I am going to start a weekly routine of posting every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. As much I would love to post every single day, I want to focus on the quality of my posts rather than the quantity of them (sorry to break your routine sissies & Aunt Donna). When I am teaching writing to my students I tell them this all the time, so I guess I should start following my own tips. I am also working on improving my food photography and I think this will help me get there.

Second, if you have not liked Dainty Chef on Facebook, please do so, I post the links to every recipe on here, plus sometimes I like to strike up conversations with my readers. You also get a preview of some recipes with the photos I post :) On my page I also have my favorite blogs which means more great reads and recipes for you!

And third, I will be hosting another giveaway soon. Any suggestions or ideas on what you would like to win? Enjoy the weekend and these delicious brownies.

Fudge Brownies
(Printable Recipe)

1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon espresso powder, optional
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

What you’ll do:
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9×13 baking dish. In small saucepan over low heat, melt butter completely. Stir in sugar and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Do not allow sugar mixture to boil.

Pour butter mixture into a large bowl or stand mixer, beat in cocoa powder, eggs, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined. Stir in the flour and chocolate chips until well combined. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 30 minutes, until a tester comes out mostly clean. The edges should be set and the center should still look slightly moist, but not uncooked. Cool on a wire rack.

Source: Buns in my Oven, originally from King Arthur Flour

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4 Responses to Brownies

  1. Sheila says:

    Nothing catches my eye faster than a chocolate dessert so your pictures pulled me into your blog today. Those crumbs are pick-up-able and that melting ice cream is just yummy. Can’t wait to try these brownies!

    I assume a European vacation has already been suggested for the give-away. If not that, maybe a jar/bag of the dry mix of a favorite dessert recipe of yours, (so we can just add the liquids and bake…) Chocolate Brownies for me 😉

  2. Melissa says:

    way to ruin my lifeee

  3. Anonymous says:

    I like you, I like you…thanks to Aunt Donna!
    Although I can’t figure out how to post other than under anonymous :-(

    Btw, have you ever tried anything sweet with lower sugar for diabetics? Guess I should just replace sugar with splendid for baking.

    Your photography belongs in a cookbook!

  4. Just liked you! Thanks for the reminder. And although my thighs don’t thank you for this recipe, I know my taste buds will.

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