It’s my birthday! I’m officially 30 years old, and proudly loving it. Let me bring back one of my favorite activities – cooking (well, baking here) with Stephen. I was a huge baker in college and loved everything sweet – besides eating it. Over the years I’ve accumulated many solid recipes for desserts that I still refer to this day.

Enter here: a fool-proof brownie recipe. Make your kids, or significant other *cough*, help out with the preparations.


Our oven is broken in our tiny NYC apartment, so I don’t get the opportunity to bake even if I wanted to. Luckily when we visit Stephen’s parents’ on Long Island we get the chance to use all types of real-peoples’-kitchen-stuff.


Pictured here is Stephen alone making these brownies single-handedly. I’m across the table explaining exactly what to do and he’s following.


He knows different measuring tools and how to use them (always a plus).


This is me teaching Stephen how to fold and mix. Enter quote from Schitt’s Creek – “fold in the cheese”.


Buttering and flouring the pan is extremely important, and Stephen does a great job at it (he’s likely a keeper).


He did such a great job at mixing in the chocolate chips and pouring it into the floured pan (yasss queen).


A quick bake in the oven and these babies are ready! As I tried to let Stephen know, it’s best for them to come slightly to room temperature before digging in. You can always nuke them after if you like them warm. But alas… it is Stephen.


The brownies were gobbled up quickly by the whole family. Stephen is secretly thinking of getting our oven fixed in NYC asap.


Recipe based off of All Recipes – Mmm Mmm Better Brownies Recipe


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oil, sugar, and vanilla. Break eggs in separately while mixing.
  3. Once thoroughly combined, mix in the dry – flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Quickly fold in the chocolate chips just a few turns.
  4. In a 9×9 inch baking dish (Pyrex or tin), grease with butter the bottom and sides. Dust some flour after so it sticks along all the sides.
  5. Pour the batter in and flatten out. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the brownie batter begins to pull away from the edges. Let cool on a wire rack before cutting into squares.
Posted by:Talei Rukstad

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