Now, I had a wonderful baking assistant - my cousin's 5th grader was hanging out at our house while her brothers were fishing. Normally she's right alongside the boys fishing and teaching them how it's done, but she's also very into baking and learning about baking, so she's been loving trips to my mom's kitchen lately. I told you, I learned from the best! She gets the credit for these delicious brownies, and we took them a step further and frosted them. I promised I'd post the recipe so she could impress her siblings later :) I had so much fun chatting with her, and I have a great first day activity for 5th grade next year!
We doubled our batch to share with everyone, and I love that this recipe is versatile. A single batch makes about six brownies, which is perfect at my house, but doubled, we made a 9x13 pan. These don't take a mixer, any weird ingredients, or more than 25 minutes of your time. Give them a try next time you need some chocolate in your life! Below is the recipe for a single batch & optional frosting.
1/2 C. butter
1/2 C. cocoa powder
1 C. sugar
1/2 C. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Melt butter; stir in cocoa. Add remaining ingredients and mix. The batter will not be smooth. Spread into a greased 8x8 pan, and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
Quick Chocolate Frosting
3-4 T. butter
3-5 T. cocoa powder
3-5 T. milk
Bring above ingredients to a boil. Be careful not to burn chocolate. Once boiling, remove from heat; add about 3 C. powdered sugar, and mix with a hand mixer until smooth.
Pour over brownies, and spread quickly as it will set!
*You can adjust the powdered sugar and milk to get the consistency desired.