{Recipe} Better than the Box Fudge Brownies

It's Monday & I think we could all use a little treat. I need to use some profanity but I won't apologize because holy shit these brownies were SO FUCKING GOOD. I mean, I will never make brownies from the box again, ever.  When it comes to dessert, my go-to is always chocolate. It's the first thing I crave when I want something sweet & one of the few foods I will NEVER say no to.

But, I do have one rule: no nuts.  I cannot STAND nuts in my chocolate, so if you're ever looking for a chocolate recipe with nuts, you're reading the wrong blog.  I wish I could say making these brownies was an easy task, but if I did, I'd be lying. Had I read the directions correctly, sure, it's pretty straightforward. But because it's me, I made the entire the batch & as I went to lick the spoon, I got a mouthful of the most bitter batter that existed. I guess that's what brownie batter tastes like when you forget to add the sugar.  By this point, it was too late to add it in, so I had to start over.  So please follow my directions so this doesn't happen to you!

this is where batch #1 ended up

Makes: 16 Brownies
Prep & Bake time: 1 hour
How difficult was this for me? If I actually read the directions in order, not bad!

3/4 cup dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2/3 cup butter, melted & divided (1/3 cup + 1/3 cup)
1/2 cup boiling water
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/3 cup flour
2 cups chocolate chips (if you use chocolate chunks like I did, 1.5 cups is enough)


Preheat oven to 350 F & grease a 9x13 baking dish (I used pyrex. if you use metal, you need to reduce the cooking time) 

Now would also be a good time to start boiling the water

In a large mixing bowl, stir together cocoa & baking powder

Stir in 1/3 cup of melted butter until smooth

Stir in boiling water until mixture is smooth & thick

Stir in sugar, eggs & the remaining 1/3 cup of melted butter.

Stir in vanilla & salt until smooth.

Dump in the flour & chocolate chips at the same time. Stir until just combined. Try not to over stir it.

Spread batter into prepared baking dish & bake for 30-30 mins.  After 30 mins, ours were done.

Let brownies cool completely in pan before removing


Adapted from Sweet Anna's

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