I have found the perfect brownie for kids. Alexander (who is 10, mind you) declared these the absolute best brownies that I have ever made. And that’s high praise, considering how many different brownies I make him try.
I have to agree with him, though – these are really mild, with a cakey-but-not-dense-middle, and crispy top / edges. The semisweet chocolate gives them that “kid-pleasing” sweeter quality, because most kids (mine included) don’t care for bittersweet chocolate.
I think I’ll make a batch of these for his class on Friday, sort of a “congratulations you survived the first week of school” treat.
Scratch that – I’ll give them to his teacher, instead – she’ll need them more.
Perfect Brownies for Kids – adapted from a recipe by Kathy Faulding
2/3 cup unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli Semi Sweet)
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Melt butter, sugar, and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the vanilla extract and chocolate chips, reserving some of the chips for later. Stir until the chips have melted and the mixture is smooth, Add the eggs 1 at a time, mixing well after each one. Blend in the flour, baking soda, and salt. Pour the mixture into a greased 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the mixture with the remaining chocolate chips and bake for 20 to 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let the brownies cool before slicing into squares.