When I was young, I loved baking. To me, baking always feels easier as everything has pretty simple, straight-forward rules. Cooking tends to be more subjective and open, the steps are not as clear and it’s easier to screw up. So when my mom bought an eight-year-old me a cookbook specifically for kids, I instantly went to the dessert section.
Among the various cookies and pies was a recipe called “Ooey Gooey Brownie Cake” made from melted chocolate chips and with a homemade frosting on top. Eight-year-old me was sold.
Since then, I’ve made this recipe at least 50 times. I’ve made it for cooking competitions, bake sales, pot lucks (no, not THOSE kind of “pot” lucks), and birthdays and there is never a single bite left. It’s simple, delicious, and pleases chocolate lovers everywhere. Having said that, it’s not healthy. While one of my main food goals is creating healthy, delicious food, I feel it’s okay to be naughty once in a while especially if you are making it for an event and can’t eat it all yourself. I use butter, real chocolate, and sugar, and it’s damn good.
Now I’m finally sharing the recipe with the world. These brownies are rich, and they are supposed to be gooey so the toothpick test does not work and it may take a few tries to figure out the exact cooking time with your oven. They also freeze surprisingly well if you want to keep a few in the freezer for sweets cravings.
- Butter to grease pan
- Flour for baking pan
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups butter
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
- Mix 2 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, and salt in bowl and set aside.
- Melt 1 cup of butter and 1 3/4 quarter cups of chocolate chips. Melt over low heat and stir with whisk until well blended. Turn off burner and add eggs, sugar and 2 teaspoons of vanilla and mix until blended. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture and mix until blended.
- Spoon mixture into baking pan by pouring it into the center of the pan, don't even out the mixture and allow there to be a bit more in the center. The center of brownies tend to fall and this helps prevent this. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes depending on your oven.
- Melt remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup butter over medium heat and mix with whisk until blended. Turn off burner and add powdered sugar, milk, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla; mix with whisk until blended. Pour frosting over warm cake and spread evenly.