Brownies are one of the most loved desserts no matter the occasion, but this Easter version deserves special recognition!
Welcome to a new week, friends! I can officially say that I’ve caught the Easter bug. That’s bug and not bunny, ha! After the weather started to decline over the last couple of weeks, I had a hard time getting into the mood. But I’m happy to report that I’m all in. It’s amazing what a couple of sprinkles, pastel Easter eggs and chocolate can do for you. Also, the temps are looking to be much, much warmer – just in time for an outdoor Easter egg hunt this coming weekend. I’m talking about the little cousins and not us, of course.
We actually started things off yesterday with our first family get together for Easter. Which was the perfect time to whip out a brownie recipe I had been working on for the last couple of weeks.
I know I have plenty of recipes featuring homemade brownies on this blog already, but the itch for perfection and my all-time favorite brownie recipe never went away. And I doubt that it ever will. Much like I can’t choose a favorite of all the cookie recipes I’ve developed and written about. I seriously love them all. It really just depends on what mood I’m in or craving at the moment. And right now I simply can’t get enough of super fudgy, extra chocolaty (triple chocolate) and unbelievably chewy brownies.
Loaded with some of Easter’s finest candy. Sounds good? Let’s dive right in!
So yes, I gladly made and served these brownies less than 24 hours ago. And am happy to report that not a single crumble is left. They literally disappeared before my eyes and got rave reviews. As if I couldn’t be more excited to tell you all about ’em, but I totally am. Bringing smiles to people’s faces when they taste my food is one of the best feelings and the reason why I have such a thing with all things savory and sweet. Well, mostly sweet.
You all know what a special place homemade anything holds in my heart. Now I don’t mind cutting corners here and there, but when it came to brownies, I really wanted to nail my own recipe. After the reviews from yesterday, I think I can safely say that I’ve done so and am so glad my brownie project is finally ready to be shared.
I’ve found that exact ratios (as is often the case in baking) is most important when it comes to brownie recipes. Measuring correctly and making sure the amount of dry to wet ingredients yields the perfect brownie batter, which eventually leads to amazing brownies, is the key to success. It took me quite a few tries to get it just right. I’ve played around with all kinds of sugars, flours, chocolates, lipids, and so much more. These are it for me and I hope you’ll adore them just as much.
Adding Easter candy is a must this time of year, but they’re just as good plain or with plenty of other combos of add-ins. You can go as crazy or subtle as you want. You really can’t mess them up – I promise.
Have a delicious Monday!
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 3/4 all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup mini eggs and pastel m&m's, optional*
- Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray with nonstick spray and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- 1. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder.
- 2. In another bowl, stir together eggs, oil, and vanilla extract.
- 3. In a heatproof bowl, melt baking chocolate in 30 second increments in the microwave until fully melted.
- 4. Using a rubber spatula, combine egg mixture with the dry ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. Add melted baking chocolate and stir until fully combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Once 15 minutes have passed, sprinkle Easter candy over the brownies and continue baking for another 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting. Enjoy!
- *I added a combined total of 1/2 cup of Easter candy (mini eggs & m&m's) to the brownies. If you want to add more candy, simply reduce the amount of chocolate chips by the amount of Easter candy you're adding in addition. Too much candy and chocolate chips can cause the brownies to fall apart.