Nothing beats a homemade brownie. Don’t get me wrong, there are some pretty good box mixes out there but none of them are as good as chewy, gooey, glorious homemade brownies.
The problem with homemade brownies? Well, there are three, actually.
For one, many of the recipes I've seen call for melted chocolate. Which I’m sure is delicious. But when I’m just looking to whip up a quick batch of brownies, melting chocolate ain't on my agenda. Plus, baking chocolate isn't something I typically have around the house.
Second? Most recipes make small batches. And lemme tell you something… I’m not turning my oven on for one little 8x8 pan of brownies. If I’m cranking that puppy up, I’m getting my money’s worth.
And third is that many homemade brownie recipes are just too fussy. Some want you to use boiling water. Some make you mix up a cocoa “sauce” separately. Some want four drops of unicorn tears.
Ugh. I just want some brownies. I want to open up my cabinet, pull out a few ingredients and make some simple brownies.
So, that’s what these are. Super simple, super easy brownies made with ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now. Like, you could literally go to your kitchen and make these. Right now.
Go check to see.
You got everything?
Make you some brownies then!
The only two somewhat fancy steps I take are to sift the cocoa and flour and to use half melted butter and half vegetable oil. I sift the cocoa with the flour because cocoa tends to clump. I use a combo of butter and oil because each brings something to the table. We want the richness and flavor from the butter and the moisture from the oil (vegetable oil makes brownies moist and chewy).
Fudgy Cocoa Brownies
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup black coffee, at room temperature (can substitute water)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional but amazing)
1 cup chopped nuts (also optional)
Sift together flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl combine eggs, vegetable oil, melted butter, sugar, vanilla and coffee and beat on low speed until well combined and smooth. Slowly mix in flour mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts (if using).
Spray a 13x9 baking pan with cooking spray then spread brownie batter evenly into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
This recipe was featured at the Weekend Potluck!