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One Bowl Brownies: A Favorite Back-of-the-Box Recipe

The recipe for One Bowl Brownies is found on the back of the box for Baker’s® Unsweetened Chocolate … and has been for decades.

It is a brainchild of the Baker Chocolate Company, the oldest producer of chocolate in the United States.

There are several reasons these brownies are so easy to make. Most significantly, the batter can be mixed together in one bowl … hence the recipe name.

Also, the recipe calls for just 6 ingredients (7 if you included the optional chopped nuts). You can mix the batter by hand with just a wooden spoon. These brownies come together so quickly that in less than ten minutes, they will be in the oven.

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But even more than simplicity, many people simply swear by this recipe as the hands-down best brownie recipe ever. Perhaps that’s why it has remained on the package box for so many generations.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Bake time: 35-40 minutes

Makes 25 squares

Ingredients

4 squares unsweetened chocolate
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350º F (325º F for glass baking dish). Line a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with foil extending over edges to form handles. Grease foil with shortening or vegetable spray.

  2. Set chocolate and butter in a large microwavable bowl. Microwave on high for 2 minutes or until butter is melted. Stir the ingredients are smooth, until chocolate is completely melted.

  3. Add sugar into chocolate mixture and stir until well blended, then eggs and vanilla until well blended. Stir in flour and nuts.

  4. Spread brownie batter in the prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out with fudgey crumbs. Do not over bake. Cool brownies in then pan. Lift brownies out of pan onto cutting board. Cut into squares. (Or cut them into shapes using cookie cutters!)

  5. Store brownies in an airtight container.

One Bowl Brownies Variations

Thin Brownies: Prepare as directed, but bake dough in a 13 x 9 pan for 30-35 minutes.

Super Chunk Brownies: Stir in 8 ounces of coarsely chopped chocolate and ½ cup raisins into prepared batter before pouring into prepared pan and baking as directed.

Cake-Like Brownies: Stir in ½ cup milk along with the eggs and vanilla, and increase the flour to 1 ½ cups.

Extra-Fudgey Brownies: Use 4 eggs in the recipe instead of three.

Rocky Road Brownies: during last 5 minutes of baking, top brownie batter with 1 cup miniature marshmallows and 1 cup chocolate chips.

One Bowl Brownies: Special Baking Tips from The Elf

  • Although the original recipe calls for a 13 x 9 pan, you will get thicker brownies if you use an 8- or 9-inch square pan. Bake for about the same amount of time, but be sure to check for done-ness by inserting a toothpick into the brownies to see if fudgey crumbs emerge.
  • You may choose to grease the baking pan rather than lining it with foil. Pay special attention to applying plenty of shortening to the pan’s corners and sides. Keep in mind that in doing so, you will need to cut the brownies while they rest in the pan and remove them using a spatula.


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