Who doesn’t love a good brownie? I mean, seriously. Chocolate. Sweet. Dessert. Top with powdered sugar and we have a winner! I love these brownies from scratch, no worries about what they put in that boxed stuff.
Bonus: they are made from ingredients that I always have on hand. Sometimes we are out of the chocolate chips, but only if
I eat them the chocolate chip gnomes eat them all!
You could also easily make this dairy-safe by subbing in vegan butter and vegan chocolate chips. I have a friend who can’t have dairy, so I’ve been learning a lot about that dietary restriction since she’s over every month for our Harry Potter club!
The brownies only take about 15 minutes to prepare, which is not that much longer than the boxed brownies. And you still only have one item to clean in addition to the baking dish. With the boxed, it’s usually a bowl, with this homemade recipe, it’s a pot.
Sometimes, I’ll buy regular chocolate chips instead of the semi-sweet if we really want a sweet taste. But most of the time, the semi-sweet are still enough for this dessert.
Step by Step
Preheat the oven to 325F and grease an 8×8 baking dish.
In a medium saucepan melt the butter.
Stir in the sugar and water then set the heat to medium and cook until it starts to boil, stirring frequently.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips until they are melted and smooth.
Mix in the eggs and vanilla. the mixture may be a bit hard to stir, but it loosens up.
Sift the flour and baking soda into the chocolate mixture and stir until combined.
Spread the batter evenly into the greased baking dish.
Bake for 30-45 minutes, until the brownies have set and a toothpick comes out clean.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.
Originally Published On: January 12, 2017
Last Updated On: March 18, 2020
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- Preheat oven to 325F
- Grease an 8×8 baking dish
- In medium saucepan combine sugar, butter, and water
- Cook over medium heat until boiling
- Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until melted and smooth
- Mix in the eggs and vanilla
- Combine the flour and baking soda and stir into the chocolate mixture
- Spread evenly into the baking dish
- Bake for 30-45 minutes or until brownies have set and toothpick comes out clean
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