When you live with two growing boys, brownies at least once a month are essential for domestic happiness.  As much as I love the gooey “chocolate lumps” that my mom and I have been making for years, I wanted to try out something new.  My chocolate-lump-loving brothers were skeptical, but this recipe turned out marvelously and they cleaned the pan at a record speed.


  • 8 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips for melting
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a double boiler over low heat, melt the 8 ounces of chocolate chips with the butter, stirring until smooth.  Allow to cool.  In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. Add the sugar and vanilla to the chocolate mixture, then beat in the eggs.  Pour the chocolate mix into the flour mixture and mix with a spatula until well blended.  Stir in the chocolate chips then pour the batter into a buttered 9 by 13 inch pan.  Bake 25 minutes.  Enjoy!


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