Monster Brownies

Jennifer, Bake or Break

Brownies are just the best, aren’t they? Whether you like them straight-up chocolate or dressed up, they never seem to disappoint.

These take the dressed up approach by packing in as much flavor as possible with a whole slew of add-ins. Get creative! Use your family’s tried and true favorites or go the road less travelled. One of my favorite combinations is chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, crushed vanilla wafers, and candy-coated chocolates.

I recommend cutting these into bite-size bars. There is plenty of flavor in just a small bite!

Monster Brownie Bites

By Jennifer
Makes one 9” x 13” pan


12 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups total of your favorite add-ins (chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, candy coated-chocolates, nuts, pretzels, crushed cookies, coconut, chopped candy bars, etc.)


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9” x 13” baking pan. Line with parchment paper or aluminum foil, leaving about a 2-inch hangover on both short ends. Grease lining.

Place bittersweet chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments until butter has melted and chocolate melts when stirred. Set aside to cool slightly.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until combined. Add chocolate/butter mixture, mixing until combined. Gradually add flour mixture, and mix just until combined. Stir in add-ins.

Transfer batter to prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until set and a pick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs.

Allow to cool in pan for about 10 minutes. Using the overhanging liner, lift brownies out of the pan. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

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