recipe

Brownies are a classic bake sale treat. A combination of unsweetened chocolate and chocolate chips gives these brownies extra chocolate flavor.

safety
  • Uses a knife
  • Uses the microwave
  • Uses the oven
difficulty
  • Intermediate
time
  • 1 hour and 5 minutes,
  • plus cooling time
yield
  • Makes 24 brownies

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Prepare Ingredients

Vegetable oil spray
1¼ cups
all-­purpose flour
¾ teaspoon
baking powder
½ teaspoon
salt
6 ounces
unsweetened chocolate
12 tablespoons
unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
2¼ cups
sugar
4
large eggs
1 tablespoon
vanilla extract
½ cup
bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips

Gather Baking Equipment

13-by-9-­inch metal baking pan
Aluminum foil
Ruler
2
bowls (1 medium, 1 large microwave-­safe)
Whisk
Large zipper-­lock plastic bag
Rolling pin
Rubber spatula
Toothpick
Oven mitts
Cooling rack
Cutting board
Chef’s knife
1
 
Vegetable oil spray

Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Make aluminum foil sling for 13-by-9-­inch metal baking pan. Spray foil lightly with vegetable oil spray.

Foil

Fold 2 long sheets of aluminum foil. One sheet should measure 13 inches wide and the other 9 inches wide. Both sheets should be about 18 inches long.

Lay sheets of foil in pan so that sheets are perpendicular to each other. Let extra foil hang over edges of pan. Push foil into corners and up sides of pan, smoothing foil so it rests against pan.

 
2
 
1¼ cups
all-­purpose flour
¾ teaspoon
baking powder
½ teaspoon
salt

In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

 
3
 
6 ounces
unsweetened chocolate

Place unsweetened chocolate in large zipper-­lock plastic bag and seal. Use rolling pin to gently pound chocolate into small pieces.

 
4
 
12 tablespoons
unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces

In large microwave-­safe bowl, combine butter and unsweetened chocolate. Heat in microwave at 50 percent power for 1 minute. Stop microwave and stir mixture with rubber spatula to combine. Heat in microwave at 50 percent power until melted, about 1 minute. Remove bowl from microwave and whisk until smooth.

 
5
 
2¼ cups
sugar
4
large eggs
1 tablespoon
vanilla extract

Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla to chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth.

 
6
 
½ cup
bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips

Add flour mixture and use rubber spatula to gently stir until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Scrape batter into prepared baking pan.

 
7
 

Place baking pan in oven. Bake brownies until toothpick inserted in center comes out with few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes.

The brownies are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out looking like this—with just a few crumbs sticking to it.

 
8
 

Use oven mitts to remove baking pan from oven (ask an adult for help). Place baking pan on cooling rack and let brownies cool in pan for 1½ hours.

 
9
 

Use foil to lift brownies out of baking pan and transfer to cooling rack. Let cool completely, about 1 hour. Transfer brownies to cutting board and discard foil. Cut brownies into 24 pieces. Serve.