Bars, Blondies & Brownies/ Desserts

Bad Day Brownies

Has today been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day?  Or maybe you know someone who is having a bad day and could use some cheering up!  Well I have the perfect brownies to come to the rescue!  I mean think about it…have you ever seen someone frown or cry while eating a brownie?!  I think not!

Our friend Bryan had back surgery recently, and James and I talked about going over to visit with Bryan and his family after his surgery, to check in on him.  I told James to ask Bryan what he wanted me to make him, to cheer him up.   Bryan is also a firefighter at MFD, and is no stranger to eating my desserts.  Bryan asked for some straight up, classic plain brownies.  What can I say…you can’t mess with a classic!  And these brownies are super easy to whip up….no mixer required!  I guarantee they will turn any frown upside down 🙂

Bad Day Brownies

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Serves: 20 Cooking Time: 26-28 minutes


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 4-ounces (1 package) Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 2 eggs, beaten, room temperature
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons VAIN Tahitian Vanilla Extracted in Cane Rum
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour



Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with foil or parchment paper and spray with baking spray. Set aside.


In a large microwave safe bowl, add the butter and chocolate. Melt the butter and chocolate in the microwave, stopping to check and stir the mixture every 15-seconds. Stir the mixture thoroughly after each 15-second interval, and only heat the mixture in the microwave until the chocolate has melted. Remove from the microwave and let mixture cool for several minutes. Stir the white and brown sugar into the melted chocolate. Slowly stir in the beaten eggs to the chocolate-sugar mixture. Add the espresso powder, if using (it will enhance the chocolate flavors), and add the vanilla extract to the mixture. Stir until combined. Add the flour to the mixture and stir until just combined.


Pour batter out into the prepared pan and bake in 350-degree oven for 26-28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out without raw batter on it. Brownies will have a crackly top when they are done. Let brownies cool and set in the pan. After brownies have set, transfer brownies to a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into desired sized slices.


Store brownies in an airtight container at room temperature. Brownies will stay fresh for several days.

Slab of brownie goodness!  Ooooh….that crackly top!

Let these babies cool before cutting into squares.  Or if you made these for yourself because you are having a bad day, eat them while they are still hot in the pan, with a fork 🙂 Yessssssss!

These are fudgy brownies!  Sink-your-teeth-in brownies.  Grab a jug of milk brownies.

After I made these brownies, I delivered a plate of them to Bryan and he loved them.  I saved a few brownies for James, and in a matter of minutes, James ate the three I had saved for him.  So then I asked James what I should call these.  James said these brownies would cause fights in the firehouse because guys would be fighting over them…I thought they were so good, they could turn anyones bad day into a good day.  So Bad Day Brownies…for when you are having a bad day and need chocolate.  Because we ALL have days like those!  Just make sure you share…no fighting over brownies 🙂

What do you eat when you are having a bad day?  I eat kale.  Hahahahaha just kidding!  I eat cookies! 🙂




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  • Reply
    March 16, 2017 at 3:28 PM

    I’m having a super Bad Day . . . just thought you should know . . . are going to deliver? (lol

    • Reply
      March 16, 2017 at 3:35 PM

      I would if these weren’t gobbled up already! I am sorry you are having a bad day….we need to get together soon. I miss you 🙂 Love you!

  • Reply
    Kim “The Baking ChocolaTess” Lange
    March 16, 2017 at 8:32 PM

    These brownies would definitely brighten anyone’s day. They look delectable Kelly! <3

  • Reply
    Susan @ Culinary Envy
    March 17, 2017 at 5:40 AM

    I think this weekend it a Good time to have these Bad day brownies!

    • Reply
      March 17, 2017 at 8:15 AM

      Hi Susan! I totally agree! Brownies are always a good idea! XOXO

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    First Friday of Spring Friday Frenzy - Little House Big Alaska
    March 24, 2017 at 11:52 AM

    […] secret I’m a sucker for desserts. And everyone has a bad day now and then, which makes these Bad Day Brownies a must! But if brownies aren’t your thing, these Magic Cookie Bars would be a […]

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    March 26, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    These brownies look scrumptious! Thanks for linkin’ up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

    • Reply
      March 26, 2017 at 4:34 PM

      Thanks Karly!! Thanks for hosting the party!! I love What’s Cookin’ Wednesdays! XOXO

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