When it comes to summer at our house, there’s always plenty of people around. We have ranch interns, kids, nieces, nephews, and often we invite everyone who lives on the ranch, which is two of the cowboy’s brothers and of course his mother, to supper at our place.
Add to that the fact that in the summer, supper doesn’t even get considered until about 9pm at night, and well, you may find yourself in a bit of a time crunch.
But never fear, friends, I’m here with a super simple, fast, easy, and delicious summertime dessert that everyone will LOVE!
I offer you my much (and often) demanded brownies.
In fact, if your kids are anything like the ones around here, they will ask, often, and quite nicely, for brownies whenever they get the chance. I’ve tried making different recipes, but the one I developed about 2 years ago is the only one they want! These brownies are so quick! Honestly you can make these while you have coffee in the morning, and we all need to do double duty, right? They are just the right amount of sweet, very chewy, and extremely dense. Exactly what a brownie should be in my book!
Preheat oven to 350
1 c flour
¾ c sugar
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 stick melted butter
2 tsp vanilla
¾ c semi-sweet morsels (melted)
½ c milk chocolate morsels (melted)
1c chopped walnut (optional) – meaning I rarely put nuts in them. The kids don’t like them that way. The Cowboy doesn’t like them that way either. I’m the only fan I guess!
Mix dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, lightly beat the eggs, and add in your vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients and stir until well-mixed. In yet another bowl, melt your butter. Add most of it to the dry ingredients. In the same bowl, melt your chocolate chip morsels. I put them in the microwave to save time. Heat for 30 seconds at a time (takes about a minute to a minute and a half) and stir until softened. The leftover butter in your bowl should help make them smooth. Add your chocolate to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix well.
Place into a 9×9 greased pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes (or until your desired doneness is reached). As an aside- I’ve made a double batch of these before, and put them in a 9×13 pan, however, they are really much better made in a 9×9 as single batches. Don’t ask me why that is, because I couldn’t tell you!
Now hurry, the kids are gonna want these!
What is your favorite, fast, summertime dessert?