By: Pam Minichiello LMHC

One thing I’ve noticed during quarantine is that I’ve been cooking and baking from scratch more than usual. It may be partially about wanting to counter the boredom, but partially I believe, it’s the desire for comfort food. I view my increased interest in comfort foods as deeply natural, a kind of “nesting” behavior, and just basic human self-care.  This time, my search online landed on brownies and pretty quickly I was lucky enough to stumble across this recipe.  This “Cocoa Brownies” recipe is included in bon appétit’s BA’s Best list as one of their “essential” recipes.  I agree. So, you can just forget that brownie mix.  These from-scratch Cocoa Brownies are worth the effort!  So, if you’re like me and prefer a moist and dark-chocolatey brownie, why subject yourself to inferior mix-brownies, when there’s a quick way to fudgy deliciousness. This recipe is both simple and quick (my usual criteria for a recipe) and best of all, no electric mixer is required!  The only change I made was the addition of about ¼ cup of chocolate chips, adding even more chocolate goodness. Experiment and enjoy!  You might even have a neighbor who would appreciate your sharing of a few surprise brownies at the door.

Here’s the link: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/cocoa-brownies