If I had to pick one dessert that I was always in the mood for, it would be brownies. Chocolate, double chocolate, mint, walnut – whatever. Just as long as they’re fudgey and not cakey. The only problem is, I never have box mixes around when I want them, and there are hundreds of brownies recipes to choose from on Pinterest. How am I supposed to choose? They are all mostly the same, with slight variations. But I wanted a recipe that was super easy to remember so I could made brownies as soon as the craving hit and not have to spend prep time on Pinterest. So I invented the 1 1/2 brownie: where all ingredients (except eggs – measuring 1 1/2 eggs is way too much work) are 1 1/2.
1 1/2 stick butter
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (any kind – milk chocolate, dark chocolate, semi-sweet, mint, etc)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
- Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9×13 pan.
- Melt butter and chocolate chips together until smooth.
- Mix in sugar.
- Add eggs and stir.
- Stir in vanilla.
- Add flour and mix until well-incorporated.
- Transfer mix to prepared pan and cook for 20 – 30 minutes.
Now how easy was that? Super easy, right? Now you can play with it. For Christmas I added two drops of peppermint oil into the brownie batter, and as soon as it came out of the oven I broke up a peppermint bar on top. Give the candy time to melt (+/- 5 minutes), and then spread it with a spoon.