Maybe you were asked to a party and you need a quick, last-minute dessert. Or perhaps you’re looking for a bake sale treat that will wow the crowds. As for me, I don’t need a reason to bake, other than, ”I want chocolate.” Regardless of your motives, here’s an easy homemade recipe for double chocolate brownies, using basic ingredients from your cupboard. This recipe comes straight from the experts at Nestle, and it’s been my go-to brownie recipe for years (they call it ”double chocolate” because you add the chips two separate times). Throw away those boxed mixes, you won’t need them anymore!
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) chocolate chips, divided
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, cut into pieces
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 13″x9″ baking pan (I use a glass pan but other pans are fine, too).
2. Melt one cup of chocolate chips and butter in a pot over low heat, stir until smooth. Do NOT overheat or leave unattended. It’s very easy to scald the chocolate. If it starts to bubble or sizzle as you’re trying to melt it, turn down the heat or else you will burn your chocolate, and then, well, that’s that.
3. Remove from heat and stir in eggs. Stir in flour, sugar, vanilla extract and baking soda. Stir in remaining chocolate chips (and nuts if you chose to use them). You might think, ‘this is not going to work,’ but trust me, keep stirring and all of that good stuff will dissolve into chocolate heaven. Spread into your greased baking pan.
4. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out sticky (not watery–you’ll never get a ‘dry’ toothpick because these are rich brownies, but you want the consistency to be slightly sticky).
Allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting them. If you want to cut them warm, try using a plastic knife for a smoother cut. For parties, you can cut them into bite-sized squares. For bake sales, big chunky squares are always top sellers! And for you? Well, just grab a fork and dig into the pan!
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