The perfect chocolaty chocolate chunk, fudgy brownies with a shiny crackly crust, dusted with powdered sugar.
Why are these called ‘soccer mom’ brownies? These are the classic brownies everyone craves and envisions when you talk about the perfect brownie. If anyone ever played sports growing up, remember each week a different parent would bring a snack on game days? Well, be the favorite ‘soccer mom’ snack maker and bring these brownies for the next game day or party.
I like creating different and unique recipes, but everyone needs a perfect classic recipe. Your recipe binder isn’t complete without a no-fail brownie recipe. You would think that making brownies would be no big deal. I’ve been making them forever. But it took me about 3 to 5 batches to get them perfect enough to share! In the process, I learned some very important tips.
The most important tip is mix, mix, MIX. Make sure to mix the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. And you want to make sure you beat the eggs too. Both the sugar butter mixture and the eggs should be mixed for around 5 to 6 minutes. That’s one mistake I kept missing, you gotta mix the eggs! Mixing them helps to create the perfect crinkly crust. That being said, you want to hold back on the mixing and stir gently when you’re adding the dry ingredients.
Brownie people fall into two different categories: cakey or fudgy. Which are you? I’m definitely a fudgy brownie lover. The great thing about this brownie recipe is it’s made to be a fudgy texture, but if you prefer cakey consistency, you just need to cook the brownies a little bit longer. Cocoa powder helps to make the rich chocolate flavor, but for the fudgy part you need the melted chocolate.
Give this recipe a try, even if you’re a fudgy or cakey brownie person.
Nothing is worse than baking the perfect dessert, only to have it be messy and crumble when you cut them. Enter the plastic knife! For as long as I can remember, everyone in my family uses a plastic knife to cut the cooled brownies. Plastic knives have a naturally non-stick coating and there are no sharp edges for the brownie to crumble. But, the one tough rule is you must wait for them to cool completely!
Soccer Mom Brownies
Rich, fudgy brownies. Filled with extra chocolate and sprinkled with powdered sugar.
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 7 ounces dark chocolate, melted
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, cream the sugar and butter for 5 minutes.
- Add the eggs and vanilla and mix another 5 minutes - really, mix for all of 5 minutes, this will make the brownies have their crinkly top!
- Add the water and melted chocolate. Mix until combined.
- In a small bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, chocolate chips.
- Add flour mixture to the brownies batter, NO NOT OVER-MIX! A few streaks of flour is okay.
- Place batter in pan. Bake 20 - 35 minutes. Brownies are done when inserted toothpick has a few crumbs attached, they will continue cooking while they cool, so don't over bake! Cut with a plastic knife when cool.
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adapted from Cake Whiz