Having a chocolate craving? These Simple Brownies are the answer. They are super chewy and chocolaty, simple and fast. The perfect solution. Make it your own by adding chocolate chips, walnuts or dried cranberries!

Simple Brownies

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Degree of Difficulty : Easy
Servings: 12 servings
Tip : It is much easier to cut brownies after they have been refrigerated; cool the brownies before placing in the refrigerator, slice and serve at room temperature.


  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 2/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tspn vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder sifted
  • 1/2 tspn salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or dried cranberries


  • Gather all ingredients before starting.
  • Pre heat oven to 350°.
  • Add boiling water to bittersweet chocolate, allow to sit for a minute, then stir to melt.
  • Add sugar, oil, egg and vanilla extract, stirring after each addition.
  • Stir in flour, sifted cocoa and salt and stir with whisk until smooth.
  • Stir in chocolate chips and optional chopped pecans or dried cranberries.
  • Scrape into prepared pan lined with parchment paper
  • Bake 30 minutes or until tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool and then refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • Cut into squares.

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