Mistake brownies shine at Coffeehouse

Coffeehouse is one of the most anticipated events at GFS, and has recently been a well-attended event. The inclusive and forgiving atmosphere of Coffeehouse makes it a safe space to experiment and make mistakes.

These brownies are a mistake from Coffeehouse. I was making a batch of brownies for the event (the bake sale at Coffeehouse raises money for Polyphony), but I accidentally only added half the chocolate. Yet, like a freshman performing at Coffeehouse for the first time, these brownies came back from their fall with a roaring performance. To add more chocolate back into the brownies, I added a chocolate frosting on top. I didn’t expect them to turn out well because they were quite sweet and gooey.

After intermission that evening, the Emcee made an announcement that her friend wanted to know who had made the delicious brownie-icing combo. So though I didn’t perform, I still shared my talents. It was sweet.

So get your spoons out and let these brownies shine.


Coffeehouse Mistake Brownies

Adapted from Baker’s One Bowl Brownies and Baker’s one Bowl Chocolate Frosting

Serves 24

4oz Unsweetened baking chocolate (I use Baker’s brand)

¾  cup butter

2 cups granulated sugar

3 eggs

1tsp vanilla

1+cup flour

1 lb powdered sugar

½ cup softened butter

2 tsp vanilla

⅓ cup milk


Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Place 2 oz chocolate and ¾ cup butter in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1-3 minutes until the butter and chocolate are mostly melted. Stir until completely melted. Add the granulated sugar and stir to combine. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir to combine once more. Add the flour, first one cup, stir, and then slowly add in a quarter cup at a time until the batter is the consistency of runny brownies. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until the brownies no longer look gooey and there is a crust forming on the top. Allow to cool.

Melt the remaining 2 oz chocolate in the microwave. Allow to cool while you cream the softened butter in an electric mixer. Slowly add the chocolate and the vanilla. Mix in the powdered sugar, alternating with milk if it gets too thick. When it is the right consistency, mix for three to five minutes, or until the frosting gets fluffy and pales slightly.

When the brownies have cooled, spread frosting on them. You may have extra frosting. Cut and serve.