I've never been a huge brownie fangirl, but sometimes it feels good to just make something basic and familiar. Also, I'm currently operating from kitchen ground zero, and these required very few ingredients I didn't already have on hand.

The espresso powder is optional, but do yourself a favor and add it. Total night and day difference. Also, someone put frosting on these and let me know how it turns out. I'm begging you.


1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)

1/2-1 cup additional chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper or coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large microwavable bowl, melt together butter and 1/2 cup chocolate chips in 30 second bursts, stirring after each. Microwave until mostly melted, then stir until smooth.
  3. Whisk in sugar, vanilla, then eggs - one at a time. Add salt, flour and espresso powder, stirring until just combined. Fold in remaining chocolate chips.
  4. Spread into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. Pro tip: store these in the freezer and eat them cold. Extra credit if you put ice cream on top.

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen