Every year I think I’m going to want hot chocolate when I’m cold. So what do I do? I go out and buy one of those large canisters full of hot chocolate mix and only drink probably two cups of hot cocoa. While cleaning out my kitchen cabinets I stumbled upon a can of hot chocolate mix from last year that was about to expire. Instead of throwing the hot chocolate mix away, I thought to myself “what could I make with this?” I came up with Hot Chocolate Brownies, and yes, they’re as good as they sound. These aren’t your average brownie. They are so irresistibly chewy! The “crust” is by far my favorite part. I’m trying to watch what I eat so I only wanted to take a bite or two when trying these. “Unfortunately”, I had to keep going back for another bite until the brownie was gone.
I couldn’t decide after the first two bites if the brownie was good or not. Sure it was good, but was it blog worthy? After I downed the whole brownie I decided that this Hot Chocolate Brownie recipe was definitely blog worthy. I think it’s safe to assume we all have hot chocolate that doesn’t get used up, so this will be the perfect recipe for you this season. I used up all of our leftover mix, but I’ll definitely be heading to the store to buy some more.
I’m going to warn you right now, when the brownies are about done… they still don’t look done. The center of the brownie still appears to be a hot pocket of lava, don’t fret! Allow the brownies to cool on the counter, or refrigerator (if you have no patience like me) and they will be perfectly fine! I’m not going to lie to you guys… I actually ended up sticking my brownies in the freezer, my anticipation was too high.
Now if you’re going to make this recipe I haven’t tried it with all types of hot chocolate mixes but I’m assuming it will work fine with any plain milk chocolate hot cocoa mix (just make sure it has the added sugar). I used this great value brand but I’m sure this Swiss Miss brand will work just the same.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 tbs. vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 3/4 cup hot chocolate mix
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 350 F.
- Grease and line an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with parchment; set aside. (not necessary, but it helps brownies easily remove from pan.)
- In a microwave safe bowl heat your butter until melted.
- Once your butter is melted stir in the vanilla and two eggs; set aside.
- In another bowl whisk together hot cocoa mix, flour, salt and baking powder.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring until combined.
- Mix in the chocolate chips and pour into prepared pan.
- Bake for approximately 35 minutes (don't worry if it still looks raw).
- Allow to cool and enjoy!