Where I grew up, the phrase “boxed brownie” was equivalent to the f bomb. Just like Aunt Aggie in the Disney Channel classic Halloweentown, I always believed that real magic came from scratch (sadly, my powers still haven’t shown up). Below, you’ll find what I’ve deduced (through much trial and error) to be the perfect recipe for home made brownies. Kiss the box goodbye!
- 6 squares of unsweetened chocolate (this is important–if they’re sweetened it’ll throw off the taste and texture)
- 2 cups of granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 a cup of unsalted butter
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/4 of a teaspoon of baking powder
- Optional: chocolate chips or candy
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Melt down the chocolate by microwaving it for 2-3 minutes, then combine with the melted butter.
- Pour into a mixing bow with sugar and stir until thick, then add vanilla and eggs.
- Do the same with flour until the mixture thickens. Usually, my mother made me do this by hand (free child labor!) but if you’re living in the modern world I’d recommend a mixer. Taste the batter (I have consumed so much that I’m 99% sure brownie batter runs in my veins instead of blood and I’ve never gotten salmonella, so treat yourself).
- Dash in your baking powder, pour it into the panc
- Bake for around 25-30 minutes.
This is a pretty basic recipe, so you can tweak it however you prefer your brownies. I personally like to take them out a little early so they’re gooey, but they tend to fall apart, so you might just want to go at them with a spoon. Be careful not to go overboard with the embellishments, though, because while they may seem great in practice, in theory they often ruin the pure flavor of the brownie. But hey, don’t let me stop you from living your life.