As much as I want to make sure my kids have a well-balanced, healthy lunch, I also like to send a little something sweet. We’ve all had days when we could use a little chocolate, haven’t we? These brownies are one of my favorite made-from-scratch treats to send with the kiddos.
This was one of the first recipes I ever made on my own when I was a kid, and I can still picture the stained, crinkled recipe page for “Aunt Kathy’s Brownies.” I’m not sure where my aunt got this recipe, but growing up, they were always “hers.” I can make a batch almost as easily as opening a boxed mix, and there’s no comparison when it comes to taste. Give them a try–I bet they’ll be a big hit at your house too!
- 2 sticks of butter or margerine, melted
- 10 Tbsp. cocoa powder (1/2 cup plus 2 more Tbsp.)
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- a "dash" of salt (I usually use about ¼-1/2 tsp.)
- 1 cup chocolate chips (about ½ bag)
- chopped nuts if you like 'em
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and lightly grease a 9 x 13 pan
- Mix melted butter, cocoa powder, and sugar
- Add the beaten eggs and mix well
- Add the flour and salt, and mix until incorporated
- Stir in chocolate chips and/or chopped nuts
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 27 minutes. Take a peek at them around 25 minutes, but they're usually done between 27-30 minutes. (I love that the original recipe says 23-25-30 minutes...old recipes are cool like that!)
What are your favorite homemade sweet treats to send in lunches? I love to hear what works for other families!
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