recipe

Bake a batch of these treats to score some real brownie points with your family!

safety
  • Uses the microwave
  • Uses the oven
  • Uses a knife
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 55 minutes, plus 1½ hours cooling time
yield
  • Makes 16 brownies

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Prepare Ingredients

Vegetable oil spray
1 ounce
unsweetened chocolate
3 tablespoons
Dutch-­processed cocoa powder
⅓ cup (2⅔ ounces)
water
5 tablespoons
vegetable oil
2 tablespoons
unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1¼ cups (8¾ ounces)
sugar
1
large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon
vanilla extract
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons (4⅜ ounces)
all-­purpose flour
½ cup (3 ounces)
bittersweet chocolate chips
½ teaspoon
salt

Gather Baking Equipment

  • Aluminum foil
  • 8-inch square metal baking pan
  • Ruler
  • Large zipper-lock plastic bag
  • Rolling pin
  • Large bowl
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Oven mitts
  • Whisk
  • Rubber spatula
  • Toothpick
  • 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 8-inch square metal baking pan (click here to learn how to make a foil sling). Spray foil with vegetable oil spray.

 
2
 
1 ounce
unsweetened chocolate

Place chocolate in large zipper-lock plastic bag and seal, removing as much air as possible from bag. Use rolling pin to gently pound chocolate into small pieces.

Even though this picture shows peanuts, the technique is the same!

 
3
 
3 tablespoons
Dutch-­processed cocoa powder

In large bowl, combine cocoa and pounded chocolate.

 
4
 
⅓ cup (2⅔ ounces)
water

Heat water in liquid measuring cup in microwave until hot, 1 to 1½ minutes. Use oven mitts to remove measuring cup from microwave. Pour hot water over cocoa mixture and carefully whisk until chocolate is melted and smooth.

 
5
 
5 tablespoons
vegetable oil
2 tablespoons
unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1¼ cups (8¾ ounces)
sugar
1
large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon
vanilla extract
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons (4⅜ ounces)
all-­purpose flour
½ cup (3 ounces)
bittersweet chocolate chips
½ teaspoon
salt

Whisk in oil and melted butter (mixture will look lumpy and separated). Whisk in sugar, egg and egg yolk, and vanilla until smooth. Add flour, chocolate chips, and salt and use rubber spatula to stir until combined and no dry flour is visible.

 
6
 

Use rubber spatula to scrape batter into foil-­lined baking pan and smooth top.

 
7
 

Place baking pan in oven. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out with few moist crumbs attached, 25 to 28 minutes.

 
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 completely in pan, about 1½ hours.

 
9
 

Use foil to carefully lift brownies out of baking pan and place on cutting board. Cut into squares and serve.