Baking Outside The Box

by Becki D on April 14, 2010

Fact: I love me some brownies. Always have, always will.  However, I was quite satisfied with brownies from the box.  Simple, easy, delicious.  I’ve had homemade brownies from time to time at potlucks and whatnot, and have never felt inclined to make them myself.  In fact, most homemade brownies I had in the past were rather cake-y, and I like my brownies to be fudge-y, thank you very much.

Well.  WELL.  All that boxed stuff is out the window now.  I just made the best brownies of my LIFE, thanks to Shauna at Piece of CakeThese brownies are so good, that I’m blogging about them ON THE SAME DAY THAT I MADE THEM. When’s the last time THAT happened? Never, that’s when!

So, in case you didn’t catch it in that last paragraph, here’s the link to the recipe: Best Cocoa Brownies EVER!!

I pretty much followed all the instructions, except for melting the first 3 ingredients over simmering water.  I just put them in a glass bowl and put that directly on the burner over medium heat.  I’m a rebel, I know.

I also added 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips to the batter.  Why?  Because I’m pregnant and I can, that’s why!  I would have also added 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts, but David doesn’t really care for nuts in his baked goods, and I also didn’t have any walnuts.  So instead I added 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, sprinkled over the top (so Dave could easily scrape them off) about halfway through the baking process.  Which took a lot longer than the 25 minutes that Shauna claims.  Mine were done in about 40 minutes.


Oh, and did I mention how rich these bad boys are??  I, the choco-holic brownie fanatic was well and truly satisfied after one small brownie.  (Small for me, anyway.  Shauna said this makes 16 brownies.  I made it into 12.)

You know you want a bite!

What’s that you say?  No wonder I was full, seeing as how I added a scoop of ice cream?  Huh.

Say goodbye to the box!


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Becki April 15, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Hey Becki! How are you doing?! So I am reading your blog and you make the CUTEST things ever- and oh my gosh, I’m starving while reading about your desserts!

I was wondering if you would be interested in making the brownie pops for Henry’s birthday party on May 1st and making some money! 🙂 I would like around 100 of them so if you could give me an estimate- that would be awesome. Just email me the pricing. Maybe with a letter “H” on them as well? Let me know if you are interested. 🙂

Take care,


Gina Kilroy April 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Those look yummy! I have always made homemade brownies using the recipe on the back of the Ghiradelli coco powder tin. Those are good too!

Be careful using glass on the stove top!!! When I was growing up we used to use glass (pyrex) on the stovetop for YEARS without incident. Then one day my mom was using it on the stove (while cooking dinner for company) and it EXPLODED!!! We ended up ordering Chinese once our company got there, lol. Later, after college, I was using pyrex on the stove (either I forgot or thought it wouldn’t happen to me just this once) and I turned around and heard a loud POP! And there was glass all over the kitchen and I had a few small cuts in the backs of my legs. Thankfully I had turned around!

Just wanted to let you know about that because it can be dangerous for you or especially if Lauren (or the new baby) happens to be in the kitchen when you are cooking. When glass explodes, it really does FLY!!!


beckid987 April 15, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Ooo….good to know about the glass bowls. I would die if I had a glass explosion with Lauren in the kitchen!!


stephanie April 16, 2010 at 3:21 am

mmmmmmmmmmmmm brownies! looks great! 🙂


katie o. April 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm

becki! why do you do this to me? i’m about to lick the screen!


Shauna from Piece of Cake August 11, 2010 at 2:29 am

So glad you loved them as much as I did! From the looks of your photos, they turned out perfectly divine. 🙂


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