Remember how I told you that I used to make chocolate chip cookies from a mix? Well, the story actually gets better than that…
Until college, I didn’t even know that it was possible to make brownies from anything other than a box mix.
I know my mom is just dying somewhere reading this, but you have to know that I’m not blaming her. Lady knows her way around a kitchen and can bake fabulous goodies from scratch in her sleep. *But* we did use box mixes for brownies fairly often (because they’re awesome), and somehow the fact that such delicacies could be made in my own kitchen just completely eluded me.
We made brownies every Sunday night growing up. When I went away to college, I kept up the weekly tradition to help with the homesickness. One Sunday evening I realized that I had spaced buying a box mix during my grocery trip the day before. As I panicked, my roommate simple shrugged and said, “So we’ll make it from scratch. What’s the big deal?”
My jaw dropped. From scratch? What kind of a magical culinary genius was my roommate that she could promise such things??
After the brownies, we had nearly weekly baking lessons. Every time she went into the kitchen, I was at her elbow peering into her magic bowls. She taught me how to make all sorts of fun things (like caramel corn), and I had a blast learning from her. In return, I taught her some of my own specialties… like Ramen noodles with scrambled eggs.
Obviously, I had the better end of the bargain.
I’ve been using this brownie recipe for about 6 years, and it’s my go-to recipe for brownies. Others have come along that I really, really love. But I appreciate how basic and foundational this recipe is. It’s simplicity makes it ideal for creating variations.
If you couldn’t tell, I LOVE chunks in my brownies. And I like them fudgey. But if you like a different sort of brownie, here are a couple of easy alterations:
- For more cake like brownies: use baking powder instead of soda and whisk the batter to add air.
- Don’t like all the chocolate chunks? Use 1 cup of chocolate chips, or use mini chocolate chips (or omit altogether)!
- Like a firmer (rather than fudgey) brownie? Bake for 5-10 minutes longer until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
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