Lesson #13 - Marvelous Brownies

Jameson was excited to get back in the kitchen this week. With enthusiasm, he raced around looking for his cookbook to pick the next recipe while I looked around our messy kitchen with trepidation. The day had not been going smoothly but I wanted to give him his weekly lesson, so I started clearing the kitchen and cleaning an area for him to cook. Jameson dove right in and started measuring the first set of ingredients while I grabbed my camera. It wasn’t about half way into the lesson that I noticed all my pictures were yellow. To make matters worse I realized towards the end of the lesson that I completely misread the water measurement and the brownies were ruined. Jameson looked at me and said “It’s ok mama, I love you!” I tried to salvage what we could and ultimately, Jameson thought the brownies were great. My wife, being the good sport she is, took a big bite and told Sawyer how amazing they were only to look at me with big eyes which suggested otherwise. Lesson today: as parents we will not always be at the top of our game, but as long as we have fun our children will too. I am creating these cooking lessons as an avenue to create moments and experiences to enjoy as a family.

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Prep Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 70 mins

Serving: 8-12


  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 tablespoons of water - NOT 2 cups ;-)

  • 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2/3 cups flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt




Grease an 8x8 inch pan and set aside. It might get a little messy but I let Jameson work the spray bottle.



In a medium saucepan stir together the sugar, butter and water. Using medium heat bring the mixture to a boil. When using the stove, exercise caution with smaller children. Jameson was able to communicate that it felt too hot for him and I stepped in to stir for a bit.

**Please note how much water we used - the recipe calls for only 2 tablespoons and not 2 cups! Live and Learn



Remove the pan from the heat and stir in all the chocolate chips until they are melted.



Mix in the eggs and vanilla, stirring powerfully until smooth.



In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda and salt.



Pour the dry mixture into the chocolate mixture and stir them all together until completely blended. This step might be a little harder for the younger ones so be ready to lend a helping hand.



TASTE THE BROWNIE MIXTURE!  Disclaimer: There is raw egg in the mixture so use your discretion.  Sawyer without a doubt tastes everything he makes so we let him explore the flavors.



Pour brownie batter into the pre-greased pan and spread evenly with a spatula. Then bake for 25-30 minutes.


Remove the brownies from the oven and let them cool for a couple of minutes. Don’t let them cool too long though because they are only marvelous when they are still a little warm! Enjoy


Jenna Szyluk