Recipe: Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Confession: I think this was my first batch of brownies from scratch. Lots of pressure, since they were for my roomie’s birthday… but they turned out great! I threw in some almonds and they added nice little crunch, and the original recipe suggests almonds or pecans. I think walnuts would be great, too. The only thing missing in this case was some vanilla ice cream and fudge sauce…is anyone else a sucker for that?

P.S. It’s totally worth reheating leftovers…the chocolate chunks melt and it’s perfect!

Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Adapted from
Makes approximately 28 brownies


3/4 cup cocoa powder

3/4 cup shortening

2 1/4 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chocolate chips or chunks

1/4 cup almonds (optional)


Preheat over to 350°F. Grease 13×9 pan.

In a large pan (I used a deep cast iron skillet), melt shortening over low heat. Stir in cocoa. Remove from heat.

Mix in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time. Stir in remianing ingredients followed by chocolate chunks and almonds.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes; brownies are complete when toothpick inserted in middle comes out mostly clean.

Allow to cool and cut into squares.

Images by Monica Dutia for Cake & Lilies

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