Double Chocolate Brownies

This month I decided to participate in the Surprise Recipe Swap hosted by Hungry Little Girl. How it works, is each month on the first of the month you are assigned to another participating blogger. You visit their blog and pick one of their recipes that you want to cook or bake. And on the 20th of each month you post your experience with it.

I was assigned Persnickety Plates. I had a heck of a time scouring through Melissa’s delicious recipes and deciding which one to make. There are so many delicious recipes, but I finally picked her Simple Dark Chocolate Brownies. But sometime soon I am going to also make her Traditional Macaroni Salad and her Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups.

Double chocolate brownies

So, I picked these brownies, because I love brownies, and because they look so delicious! Except as someone who isn’t a huge dark chocolate fan I decided to switch it up and make normal chocolate brownies instead. But if you like dark chocolate be sure to use Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa instead of the regular cocoa powder that I used.

Double chocolate brownies

These brownies are perfection. They taste like good old boxed brownies (and you know how much I love boxed brownies!) but even better. This recipe may replace my need to have boxed brownies, and its almost as easy as boxed brownies, with not too many ingredients needed  - and probably all things you have in your pantry. (PS. I think I’m going to do a post on how to make these into homemade “boxed” brownies. So that you can have the mix already to add the wet ingredients to, or to give away as gifts in a jar as heavenly brownie perfection).

Double chocolate brownies

Double Chocolate Brownies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup milk chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup canola oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl – sugar, flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips with the dry ingredients to coat them in the powder.
  4. Add in the eggs, vanilla and oil and stir until combined.
  5. Spread batter into a greased 8×8 pan.
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Double Chocolate Brownies
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup milk chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup canola oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl – sugar, flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips with the dry ingredients to coat them in the powder.
  4. Add in the eggs, vanilla and oil and stir until combined.
  5. Spread batter into a greased 8×8 pan.
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy these rich chocolately brownies with a big cup of milk!

Double chocolate brownies

Double chocolate brownies

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54 Comments

  1. I halved the recipe and I didnt get a crunchy top :( I really wanted it to turn out like yours

  2. Tiana H. · · Reply

    These brownies are a hit! I made them and they turned out great, easy recipe I’m making more tonight! They are crispy and crackly on top and ooey gooey inside! Yum! Sooo good!

    1. So glad you liked them Tiana! Now I want to make another batch!

  3. Chrissy · · Reply

    I make these all the time! I love this recipe, its easy to whip up and everyone loves them. I take them to work sometimes for my co-workers and they are oh so thankful :)

    1. Thanks so much for letting me know Chrissy! Now I think I need to make another batch!

  4. These were delicious! My family finished them off in no time at all…thank you! Definitely my favorite recipe.

  5. Elizabeth · · Reply

    I have made these often….for school events, parties, and for my own pleasure of course! They are amazing!
    I double the recipe and make in my 9×13…just up the time a bit. Love this simple recipe….I also add a sprinkle of cinnamon in the dry ingredients for a little something extra.
    Thanks for the recipe! Not sure why people even buy boxed when you can make one from scratch so quickly.

  6. Ulliel · · Reply

    I tried making a batch of these and they tasted good ! But the top didn’t turn out crackly as in your pictures and they had more of like a cake consistency rather than moist and fudgy. Do you know what might be the reason ?

    1. Ulliel, I’m not sure what your exact problem was since I wasn’t in the kitchen with you – but a couple things that can make brownies more cake like are 1 – over mixing the batter (you want to hand mix until the batter is JUST mixed together, no longer) and 2 – take the brownies out of the oven earlier than you might expect. I still do the toothpick method, but it just barely comes out clean.

      Let me know if you try again!

  7. Okay, so ummmm – true story. I made these for my husband’s boss for his birthday. But we couldn’t stop eating them. Soooooooooooooooooo, happy birthday to me? 6 months early? Yep.

    1. Stacy, I’m so glad you liked them! Brownies don’t need cause for eating, they are good any day of the year!

  8. Thank you. These were good! I used Coconut oil instead of canola oil.

  9. My daughter and I baked these last night and they were delicious! Thank you for the recipe :)

    1. So glad you liked them Audra! They are one of my favorites!

  10. I just made these & they did taste great but they came out very oily. I didn’t even use any oil to grease the pan. But I also didn’t add the chocolate chips, simply because I didn’t have any. Maybe that could be the reason they turned out so oily??

    1. I have made them with and without chocolate chips and haven’t had them turn out oily at all. They are very fudgy brownies, a lot like the consistency of boxed brownies, but I wouldn’t call them oily. Sorry!

  11. These brownies are amazing, like melt in your mouth amazing! Best brownie I’ve ever had!! Never again will I buy a box of brownie mix! Thanks for sharing your recipe :)

    1. Becca, aren’t the delicious? I am so glad you liked them! Thanks for letting me know!

  12. These did not work out for me the top didn’t come out flaky, they were dense and not in the brownie type of way, and they seemed like they were swimming in oil! Your pictures look great and I followed the recipe to the tee I don’t know what went wrong ):

    1. I am sorry they didn’t turn out for you! I have made this recipe a few times now and have had perfectly fudgy brownies, with a slight flaky crust on top each time.

  13. Krystof Huk · · Reply

    Hey there! Thanks for an awesome recipe :D They worked out just great even though I had a little trouble with the temperature, being European, but after a little Fahrenheit > Celsius conversion, it all worked out great! :D I also added a little bit of chocolate-butter cream on top which went well with the brownies! ^_^ So thanks again! :D

  14. These brownies are AMAZING! My husband has never liked a brownie I have baked until this recipe!! The only thing I don’t like on the ingredients is the 1/2 c canola oil. Have you ever, or do you know if I could use applesauce or greek yogurt as a replacement of the oil? Would they still turn out so rich and gooey?

    1. I haven’t tried applesauce or yogurt in this recipe. Usually even when you cut part of the oil out and replace it with applesauce or something you still need some oil, at least in my experience. You could probably cut the amount in half though and do 1/4 cup apple sauce and 1/4 cup oil, but I can’t guarantee that the texture would be the same. I’ll try it out one day, but if you try it sooner than me, let me know how it goes!

  15. I made these last night and they were very good. I used coconut oil to spray my pan and they slid right out after cutting them. I also added pecans (love pecans in my brownies!)
    So tired of buying processed food and this is a perfect replacement for the one I used before.
    Thanks for sharing with us!

    1. Thanks Tracy! I love these brownies and I am so glad you did too! Pecans in brownies are a great addition!

  16. I just made these and they are great. I substituted the canola oil for coconut oil and I also used almost a cup of the jumbo chocolate chips. I added some chia seed to make it a little bit healthier. When you bite it you have a nice gooey chocolate chip in the middle. So good! Thanks for the recipe ;)

    1. Oooh your substitutions sounds good! I’ve never substituted coconut oil in baking, though now I think I should try. And chia seeds? I’m scared of them! I’m glad they turned out for you!

  17. Lisa C. · · Reply

    I made these tonight and they turned out really oily. Not sure why? Maybe I should use butter to grease the pan instead of cooking spray? I’ve never made brownies that didn’t include a stick of butter before. :)

    1. I’m not sure why, I would guess that butter would actually be more oily, but I haven’t used it. They shouldn’t be oily, but I’m used to boxed brownies and these are the same consistency.

  18. Stefanie · · Reply

    Made them on Friday and they were a huge hit! Super easy and delicious – def keeping this reci

    1. Thanks for letting me know Stephanie! I’m glad you liked them!!

  19. I’m glad too.
    Thank you, for kind words. Your recipes look amazing.

  20. Heather · · Reply

    These look divine!!! Only problem is I only have a 9×13 dish :-( Any suggestions? Also I have a gas oven. (sometimes that makes a difference on time temp)

    1. I haven’t ever used a gas oven, so I’m not sure how much it will affect the cooking time. I would just watch them closely. And I think you could probably double the recipe and it would fill your pan pretty perfectly. But I would also increase the cook time by about 10 minutes, but check it often just to make sure they don’t over cook!

  21. Self-rising or all-purpose flour? Thanks! Sounds YUMMY! :)

    1. I always use all purpose unless specified in the post. So, all purpose :)

  22. Tania · · Reply

    I have a question…do the chocolate chips melt? or are they a hard consistency when bitten into the brownie?

    1. They melted in mostly. There may have been a slight little harder bit after they were no longer warm, but it wasn’t like a full sized chocolate chip, and it wasn’t as hard as a chocolate chip either. If you don’t want that you could always leave them out :)

      1. have you ever tried the brownies w/o the chips?

      2. I haven’t yet. But the mix is a very simple brownie mix, similar to a boxed brownie, so it should work fine with out

  23. I’m liking your nice big servings. :) And you’ve got the crispy top just perfect too!

  24. Oh my goodness, these look my my ideal brownies. They look so gooey underneath that perfect crackly top! Ahh, I think I need to go make some brownies, like now!

  25. Ugh, thanks for the tempt…this looks amazing.

  26. I think I will make these for the family barbeque! Yum!

  27. My mouth is watering looking at your pictures! Brownies are my absolute fav ;)

  28. Yay you picked a good one! :) Aren’t they great? Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! Dark chocolate are really hard to photograph (esp with my lacking skills). I should try the milk chocolate.

    1. Thank you Melissa! I am so so happy with how they turned out :)

  29. Those brownies look absolutely perfect! I can see how moist and gooey they are on the inside, with that gorgeous crackly crust on top. Yum! Great post, thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Allie! They are the perfect brownie. I’ve been searching for a homemade version of boxed brownies, which are my favorite, and this is the perfect recipe. I will be making them again and again.

  30. Yummy! They look fabulous Aimee!

  31. WOULD YOU LOOK AT THOSE BROWNIES?????? OMG! They look absolutely perfect! Also, I’d like to invite you to come link up with me at my link party! I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes!

  32. Did I hear “double chocolate”?! Yes, please! I would not share a single piece of them. They look so delicious!

  33. recently ryans been craving brownies all the time, must make these.

    K

    1. Yes these are the perfect place to start Kirsten! Let me know how you like them!

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