Brownies are one of the easiest baked goods to make: You don’t need any fancy equipment, just some elbow grease to stir everything together. And to make it even easier, we use chocolate chips here instead of chopping the chocolate by hand. Start by melting the chocolate and butter together, then stir in the rest of the ingredients to make a thick batter. Spread it into a foil-lined baking pan—the foil makes removing the brownies fail-proof and cleanup a snap. Top with ice cream and caramel sauce for a delicious brownie sundae.
Game plan: These brownies will last up to 3 days in an airtight container at room temperature.
Click below to watch the CHOW Test Kitchen’s Christine Gallary make these simple brownies in an episode of our Easiest Way video series.
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), cut into 8 pieces
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoonvanilla extract
1/2 teaspoonbaking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Line an 8-by-8-inch metal baking pan with aluminum foil.
Combine the chocolate and butter in a medium saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes. (Alternatively, melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.)
Combine the eggs, sugar, vanilla, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and stir with a rubber spatula until just evenly incorporated. Add the chocolate mixture and stir until evenly combined. Add the flour and fold in until just incorporated, about 20 strokes (no white streaks should remain).
Pour the batter into the prepared pan, push it to the edges in an even layer, and smooth the top. Bake until a cake tester or skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and let the brownies cool for at least 20 minutes.
To remove the brownies, grip the excess foil and pull it out of the baking pan. Transfer to a cutting board and cut the brownies into 2-inch squares.