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Microwave Brownies – Easy 5 Minute Brownies

Brownies

This past weekend was a whirlwind blur with our engagement party but, I’m happy to report that I spent a great deal of the time relishing the gifts of the season and the coast.  We enjoyed a low country boil that included 20 pounds of seafood, tapas with friends, cupcakes galore and not to be forgotten about, these brownies that me and baby brother had a blast making and eating together.

I think I swam in the ocean and caught up with friends while eating to my hearts content more than I actually slept and since my baby brother lives in the mountains and I live by the sea, we don’t get to enjoy each others company as much as we used to so needless to say, bedtime was around 4 am every “night.”  It was around the same time that we both exclaimed our sudden sweet craving but at such a late hour, the last thing we could fathom doing was waiting around for at least 30 minutes for something to be ready.  Cue these no-bake brownies {though my 3 minute moist berry cake is a definite runner up}.  We played around and tweaked my classic brownie recipe, crossing our fingers that it would magically emerge as the decadent chocolate bars we desired, despite utilizing the microwave.  What do you know?  Not only did these brownies take only 5 minutes to cook, they were melt in your mouth delicious with an intense chocolate flavor and gooey molten chocolate bits.  It satisfied our late night craving perfectly and allowed us to bond over chocolate.  Not too shabby if you ask me.

Though these brownies are no-bake and ridiculously fast and easy, they still maintain the bite of a brownie {be it a softer one}, and have all the delicious flavor of a brownie that spent 6 times longer to be ready.  In that time, me and baby brother were already comfortably tucked into our warm brownies licking off melted chocolate and greedily scooping up the ice cream soup that collected on our plates.  This is definitely a brownie recipe you should have in your repertoire.  You just never know when a vicious craving will strike.


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Microwave Brownies - Easy 5 Minute Brownies
 
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Serves: 8 x 8 pan
Ingredients
  • ½ c butter
  • ½ c bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 ts pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large, room temperature eggs
  • ¾ c granulated sugar
  • ¾ c unbleached flour
  • ¼ c unsweetened natural cocoa
  • ½ ts baking soda
  • ½ ts fine salt
  • ½ c bittersweet chocolate chips
  • Optional: ¼ ts instant espresso
Instructions
  1. In a large measuring cup, melt the butter and ½ c chocolate together. Heat until just melted then add the vanilla. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. In your first bowl, mix the eggs and sugar until thick and homogenous.
  3. Add the cooled butter/chocolate to the first bowl.
  4. In your second bowl, sift/whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Scoop out a bit of the dry mixture from your second bowl and toss the second ½ cup of chocolate in it.
  6. Combine the first and second bowls together in batches. Take care not to over mix. Stir until just combined then fold in the rest of the chocolate {that's been dusted with the some of the dry mixture}.
  7. Pour the batter into a lined/greased microwave safe pan. In my 1.45 kw microwave, my brownies took about 5 minutes to cook. It helps to cook it in 1 minute bursts at a time. Each microwave is different but the edges will be set while the very center will still be a bit loose. It will continue to set as it cools. When in doubt, go low and slow and under cook versus over cooking.
  8. Cool, cut, and serve {dust with powdered sugar if desired}.

 

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