Last year, my husband was informed that he would need to start traveling for work. His company’s parent is located in Amsterdam, so he boarded a plan and crossed the pond for the first time in his life. I wasn’t jealous. I swear.
Jake and I stayed behind and did our best to pass the time while Daddy was away. To make the separation a little sweeter, Jeff brought me back a tin of Belgium cocoa that was the best, most delicious cocoa I have ever tasted in my life. Within days of him being home, I was in the kitchen trying to decide what to use my new cocoa in.
I opted for my favorite dessert of all time: brownies. Double chocolate brownies to be exact.
I have made these brownies a few times over the past year and have informed Jeff that every time he goes to Amsterdam, he is to purchase at least one tin of cocoa. If he wants to continue to have these brownies, that is.
For Valentine’s Day, my little cooking buddy and I whipped up a batch of these brownies as Daddy’s Valentine’s Day present. We also shared some with Jeff’s parents as a thank you for watching Jake as we went to dinner at J. Alexander’s. (Side note: avoid that place on Valentine’s Day. Unless you don’t mind waiting 3 hours for a table. The sad part? We even called ahead.)
Later on, Jeff’s mom told him the brownies we gave her were the best brownies she’d ever had. That says a lot because we live right down the road from a grocery store who is famous for their Killer Brownies!
The next time you want to make something delicious for a loved one, try these brownies. They’re simple, easy, and insanely good. Just be warned you may not be able to get rid of that person after.
Double Chocolate Brownies
1 cup butter, melted
3 cups sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350*. Prepare a 13×9 pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix butter, sugar, and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time until combined. Add in the flour, cocoa, and salt until mixed well. Stir in the chocolate chips. Spread evenly in the pan.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.