This easy brownie recipe is perfect for kids in the kitchen.
Surprise mom and dad with the best homemade brownies they've ever had.
Chocolate is my favorite because . . . it's chocolate, who doesn't like chocolate?
I love baking for my family because it makes me feel awesome to see their happy, appreciative smiles. My favorite thing in the world to bake for them is these brownies because my mom absolutely can't say no when I suggest them.
They get so excited when they can smell the chocolatey goodness coming from the oven and discover I'm making them.
Seriously, when I make these brownies, they never last longer than two days in our house. We love to eat them while we spend time as a family reading or watching tv in the evening.
I shared my best tips for making this super-easy brownie recipe filled with chocolate chips. Kids can totally make them on their own or with a little help from mom and dad.
How to make the best brownies you've ever tasted:
Step 1: Prepare the pan and preheat the oven
Get everything ready for the brownies. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking pan.
I prefer to use a 9 x 13-inch metal baking pan because the brownies cook evenly and it makes excellent crunchy corners.
For extra buttery flavor, I always rub the inside of the baking pan with softened butter. I just drop the butter into the pan and use my fingers to rub it all over the bottom and up the sides of the inside of the baking pan.
We jokingly call this "Butter Smooshing" and it is one of the first jobs mom let me do in the kitchen when I started baking with her years ago.
Step 2: Prepare the brownie batter
Homemade brownies are almost as easy as using a box mix. The only difference is that you need to melt the butter and chocolate chip for extra richness.
Everything gets mixed together in one bowl and it doesn't make a ton of dishes.
Once the brownie batter has been stirred together, I always add extra chocolate chips at the end because my dad loves the chocolate chunks inside his brownies.
Step 3: Bake the brownies
The brownies only take 30 minutes to bake. While they're in the oven, I listen to music and do the dishes. I know mom will let me bake again if the kitchen is clean when I'm done.
There are so few dishes from this recipe, I have no problem getting them all done before the brownies are out of the oven. When the timer beeps, I stick a toothpick into the center to see if it comes out clean. I poke it a few times just to be sure I didn't accidentally poke a melted chocolate chip.
Serving tips for the best brownies:
My family fights over the corners, they have the best texture of the whole pan. We usually eat them just plain but if you wanted to be extra special, you could sprinkle powdered sugar over the top or serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- 1 tbsp butter, softened for pan
- ½ cup (1 stick) + 2 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup chocolate chips, melted
- ¾ cup flour
- ¼ unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a 9x13 pan by rubbing the softened butter all over the inside of the pan.
- Melt the remaining butter. Add the sugar to a mixing bowl and pour the melted butter in, whisk together until combined.
- Add the eggs and vanilla to the mixing bowl and whisk together until combined.
- Add ½ cup chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl and heat on HIGH for 15 seconds. Stir and continue to heat in 15-second increments, stirring each time until smooth and melted. Scrape all the chocolate into the bowl with the sugar, whisk together until combined.
- Add the flour, cocoa powder, and salt into the mixing bowl and stir together until there are no dry pockets of powder. Add the remaining chocolate chips and stir until combined.
- Scrape all the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly into the corners. Bake for 30 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean. Just be sure you haven't poked a chocolate chip. Brownies can be enjoyed warm but let them cool for 5 minutes before cutting.
These brownies have never lasted more than two days in our house but if you need to store them, we recommend keeping them in an airtight container.