“Choose Your Own Adventure” Brownie Recipe

These brownies are awesome because the flavor and texture possibilities are endless! The base recipe makes a moist brownie which is crunchy around the edges and chewy in the middle. Perfection. Have fun!

  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • ½ C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 12 oz meltable chips/chunks/etc 
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 1 C packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C of chips/nuts/etc to stir in or put on top (if you want to)

These brownies were made using parchment paper instead of aluminum foil, but the foil works much better for even heating on the inside
  1. Preheat oven to 390 degrees. Line 9 x 13 pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick stuff. 
  2. Combine flour, cocoa, and salt and mix thoroughly. (At this point, you can add any other spices youd like, such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger, or even chili powder.)
  3. Brown the butter in a skillet and pour over the meltables in a heat-safe bowl. Stir until combined. (You can also put the butter and meltables into a microwave safe bowl and heat it 30 seconds at a time, stirring between bouts, until it is all melted.)
  4. Whisk eggs, both sugars, and vanilla in a separate bowl until smooth, then whisk into browned/melted butter mixture. 
  5. Add dry ingredients slowly and mix until the flour is just invisible and the mixture is smooth and glossy. Stir in extra ingredients at this point, if you would like to.
  6. Pour into prepared pan and smooth out – Add extra ingredients on top if you would like to.
  7. Place pan in the oven and immediately reduce temperature to 350 (Don’t skip the temp reduction or you will be sad!!). Bake for about 25 to 35 minutes, or when the middle is slightly puffed and a tester comes out with just a few crumbs on it. If you hit a chocolate chip, it may look like it’s still raw, so do a couple different spots if you’re not sure.
  8. After about 20 minutes of cooling, carefully pick up the aluminum foil out of the pan and place on wire rack to cool, then cut into about 16 pieces and serve.

Ideas for meltables: Milk chocolate, white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, cinnamon chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch

Ideas for mixing in/toppings: Any kind of chopped nuts, M&Ms, any of the chips mentioned above, Reece’s Pieces, marshmallows, coconut, chopped up candy pieces like Butterfingers, Twix, etc.

Be sure that, whatever you put on there, the pieces aren’t sticking up too far, or they risk having their tips burned. Gently push them down into the top of the batter if they are poking up too much before you bake.

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