Our Mini Family: Chocolate Chip Holiday Brownies


Chocolate Chip Holiday Brownies

Enjoy these decadent, chocolate chip brownies this holiday season with friends and loved ones! Packed with chocolate chips that melt in your mouth--perfect with a glass of milk!


It truly does not feel like the holidays without a batch of homemade baked goods!

A few weeks ago, Adam and I spent our morning baking together and listening to the Super Bowl DVD (in hopes that we put that energy back out into the universe since we'd love to see our beloved Pats head back for another ring!) We enjoyed baking and test-tasting the chocolate chips, and our condo smelled like chocolate all day. It was such a great day off from work! With that in mind, as we enter the busiest time of year for Adam's work, I try to spend as much quality time with him while I can when he is not working. With so many required overtime hours he has to put in, sometimes it feels like I hardly see him during the holidays! 

Even if Adam is hard at work and taking on overtime, I like to keep the house clean and prepare meals (and occasionally bake special sweets, like these amazing brownies) so he does not have to worry about anything else when his work day is over. Since I used to be in the same line of work as him, I know how much it sucks the life out of you and even if taking some extra time out of my schedule means helping my husband maintain his sanity you know I'll do it in a heartbeat!

These decadent, chocolate chip brownies are perfect for the holidays (and can bring you some Christmas cheer even on the toughest of workdays!) 














Chocolate Chip Holiday Brownies

Ingredients:
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 cups of baker's sugar (cane sugar, fine)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of cake flour
  • 1 cup of cocoa powder (the higher the quality, the better the brownies)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 11.5 oz (or 326 grams) of milk chocolate chips
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the unsalted butter and the sugars. Mix them for at least 5 minutes until it is silky and smooth in texture, and then mix in each egg one at a time. Continue to cream the mixture, and then add the vanilla extract. Mix more.
  3. Sift in your flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Be careful not to overmix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, as this will affect the texture and create tough brownies. If you want soft, melt-in-your-mouth brownies that are soft and gooey, be sure to only mix so much that is necessary to get all of the ingredients in the bowl and mixed together. 
  4. Fold in the milk chocolate chips.
  5. Line a baking sheet (or a brownie square pan) with non-stick coconut oil, and pour and distribute the brownie batter evenly. 
  6. If you're using a standard 9x13 pan, bake the brownies in the oven at 350 degrees (F) for 30-35 minutes. If you're using a dark brownie square pan, bake the brownies in the oven at 350 degrees (F) for 25-30 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of the brownie pan to check when it is done--if the toothpick comes up and the batter does not have a soupy texture and looks hardened or it comes out clean, remove the brownies from the oven and allow them to sit in the pan and continue to bake for another minute or two on the stovetop.
  7. Enjoy warm with a glass of milk, or allow them to cool and decorate them holiday brownies with red and green icing. 
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3 comments :

  1. I don't care what anyone says - the middle brownies are the best! I refuse to use those pans that give every brownie an edge!

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  2. I love baking and these look delicious! I need that pan, too! Seems like it would make making brownies much easier.

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  3. These not only sound good, they look good too. I have always loved brownies as a dessert. I also love chocolate chips so it seems to me that the 2 make a great pairing.

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