So for my friend KC's birthday, I make her brownies. I used to make a chocolate cake but brownies are just MORE chocolate per serving.
4 1 oz squares unsweetened baking chocolate
1.5 sticks butter (don't use margarine- if you are going to do that, use the Betty Crocker mix to make your brownies)
1.5 cups sugar
1 T vanilla
1 heaping teaspoon Kosher salt
1 cup of flour
Preheat the oven to 350.
Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl in the microwave (I am going to expect you to know to use a microwave safe bowl- don't disappoint me) for about two to three minutes. The butter will be melted completely and the chocolate squares will resemble squares but squares a five year old would draw. If it is not like that, add another minute to the microwave.
Stir the chocolate mixture until well combined. Stir in the next four ingredients. It will look very glossy when properly combined at this point.
Add the one cup of flour. I actually like to use a sifter for this because
1) there are no floury lumps
2) the toddler really likes that part.
Stir until just barely combined.
Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan and bake for 20-30 minutes. (I start checking at 18 minutes). This also can be made in a 8 x 8 pan but it will take 30-35 minutes. It is done when a toothpick comes out clean.