I have been on the hunt for a brownie recipe that is a little different, and I found it!! There is no cocoa powder in this recipe, you start by melting a whole bag of chocolate chips with butter. I don’t make brownies to be healthy, I make brownies to eat brownies. Vicki (one of my pledge sisters) came over to keep me company while I made these. They were not terribly difficult, I didn’t have to pay too much attention to what I was doing. I didn’t use the KitchenAid or an electric mixer, just a wooden spoon and a bowl. There is a full bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, half a cup of milk chocolate chips, and an entire “take home” bag of M&Ms in this- go big or go home, right??
As I usually do, I did put in slightly less flour than required. I find that baking can get very dry, and I always figure that you can add more if you need to. I used a 1/2 cup measuring scoop, and I would say the three scoops were about 95% full, so I will guesstimate it at 95% of the flour. Other than that, there were no deviations from the recipe. I baked for the full 20 minutes at 350 and an additional 10 minutes at 325, as per the instructions. I would recommend this to anyone who loves brownies- no baking experience needed!
The star of the show, the recipe:
1 12-ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup M&M’s, divided
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (dark chocolate would be good too!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter and 12 oz bag of chocolate chips in the microwave. In the same bowl, blend in the sugar and vanilla. Then add eggs, blending fully one at a time. Add flour and salt and beat until air bubbles form in the batter. Stir in 1/2 cup of M&M’s and the remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Pour into a greased 9 X 13-inch pan. Sprinkle remaining M&M’s on top. Bake for 20 minutes. Turn heat down to 325 degrees and bake for 10 more minutes or until brownies are done.