It’s two p.m. and the blazing sun won’t be going down for hours. Your kids, decked out in brightly colored swimwear parade around the house insisting on blasting the sprinklers for the second time since noon. You’re a fun mom, so you set down your summer read and ease your way out of your comfy hammock in the shade, barefoot, making your way toward the lawn sprinkler. It’s summertime. Time for top-heavy ice cream cones, 9th inning full counts, and homemade brownie sundaes. Kids are home from school 24/7 and begging for fun games and ice cold treats. Today’s the perfect day to get in the kitchen and whip up my best brownie recipe for kids.
One bowl. One spoon. One kid. One home run of a brownie recipe.
Fudge brownies are a staple in my home. Nearly every guest who’s ever stepped in the door has tasted my fudge brownie recipe… and then asked for it! This simple brownie recipe is so easy that my husband has nearly committed it to memory and even taught it to the participants in a local cooking workshop he leads for migrant women in a local slum.
My two and four year-olds love baking easy recipes for kids, and this fudge brownie recipe is perfect for them. They can scoop and measure, stir, and even scrape these fudge brownies into the pan all by themselves. They only need me for popping the pan into the oven. Super simple and totally worth temporarily heating up your kitchen during a long summer afternoon.
- ½ cup butter
- ¼ cup oil
- 1½ cups sugar
- ⅔ cups cocoa
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup flour
- pinch salt
- pinch dry coffee grounds
- ½ cup chopped nuts, optional
- In a small saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in oil, sugar, and cocoa.
- In a medium bowl whisk together eggs and vanilla. Pour in chocolate mixture and combine. Add salt, coffee, nuts, and flour and mix just to combine.
- Pour into a greased 9x9" baking pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until the center looks almost set. If you like your brownies fudgy like me, it's always best to remove them earlier rather than later. If they're not quite set, you can always call them molten chocolate brownies and serve them warm with vanilla ice cream.
More summmertime treats served up fresh!