One bowl fudge brownies are possible! Warm, gooey, chocolate fudge brownies made from scratch, in the same time it takes to whip out a box of brownie mix. And they taste so, so much better.
Raise your hand if ever crave brownies like sponge craves water.
Or like my refrigerator craves having eight pounds of butter in it at all times?
((Raises both hands))
When I get a brownie craving, it’s usually a pretty fierce desire. When I crave brownies, I want them like…yesterday. As much as I love a good homemade, knife & fork kind of brownie with salted caramel sauce drizzled over top, sometimes I just want a soft, warm brownie in the palm of my hand so that I can hoover it into my maw as quickly as possible!
I try to keep a box of brownie mix in the pantry at all times in order to heed such cravings, because no one wants to be around me when I’ve got a brownie craving that can’t be satisfied pronto!
Cravings are not always pretty, Friends.
This weekend I discovered that my pantry was woefully without a box of brownie mix, and things almost got ugly. I might have had a teeny, tiny pity party for myself until Son #3 said, “Why don’t you just make your regular brownies in the microwave, Mom?” While I was in no mood to go into the science behind why nuking a baked good in the microwave results in something akin to super ball in texture, the boy was on to something.
What if I did most of the prep work in the microwave so I could get the brownies in the oven as quickly as possible? And what if doing so would make my life easier because I could make the brownie batter in one bowl, so I had less mess to clean up while they were in the oven?
Perhaps most importantly, what if I could tweak the recipe enough to enable super fudgy brownies to be made from scratch in about the same time as it would take to prepare a box of brownie mix? That would be SO awesome!
So I tried. And succeeded. I have to admit that One Bowl Fudge Brownies are pretty awesome!
In fact, One Bowl Fudge Brownies are so easy to prepare that I will never again worry about having a box of brownie mix hanging around the pantry, awaiting my next craving. Instead, I’ll keep a bag or two of homemade brownie mix in the pantry so that when a craving strikes, I can have brownies in the oven in under 10 minutes.
These One Bowl Fudge Brownies were ready so quickly that I heeded another of Son #3’s suggestions–we topped our warm brownies with a few Cadbury Mini Eggs.
Son #3 is wise beyond his years.
I had so much extra time, that I decided to photograph the brownies to share with you, Friends. Much to The Baby’s dismay. That kid can’t help but photo-bomb when he’s waiting to sample something wonderful.
Son #4: “I thought deese (these) brownies were rewee (really) quick, Mama? When do we get to eat dem?”
Me: “Right now, buddy. Right now.”
P.S. If microwaves aren’t your thing, this recipe is just a little tweak on the first brownie recipe I ever posted on this site four years ago. Click on over and ignore the photos if you’d prefer a stove top version.
*Make Ahead Recipe Note: The dry ingredients may be mixed in a heavy duty zip top bag (or quart sized canning jar) and stored in the pantry for one month—longer if stored in the freezer. When a craving strikes, grab a bag of brownie mix and proceed as directed in the recipe. When the mix is on hand, these brownies can be in the oven in about 10 minutes!