Recipe: “Do I Like My Job?” Brownies


Not my brownies.

Two days ago I was craving something chocolate and cakey, so after cursorily scrolling through some brownie recipes on my phone in the aisles of my neighborhood Gristedes, I picked up some “special dark” cocoa powder, milk chocolate Hersheys minis, and semisweet chocolate chunks. Last night I had time to make them and ended up changing around the original recipe I was working off so much that I’m going to just write down my own version. I brought these brownies into work to share and they’re so good that they made me wonder, “Do I actually like my job and the people around me?!”

Here’s what I used:

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) of salted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup special dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9″x9″ pan with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the butter. In a large bowl, combine butter, eggs, and sugar. Whisk after each addition until fluffy.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour and cocoa powder.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the butter and egg mixture with a spatula, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Once fully combined, fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Spread the batter evenly into the pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Guaranteed to please your coworkers and make you question whether working in an office isn’t so bad after all, or if you have simply capitulated to the crushing force of capitalism.