Brownie Pie

For the past five years I organized an annual 5K race on Father’s Day, which meant that my husband never really had a Father’s Day. I was working around the clock for the week prior to the event, and then after the event I came home and basically collapsed into a comatose heap, pausing only to eat the pizza he served me. 2011 was the final year of the race so this year we had a real Father’s Day. I made ribs, homemade baked beans, coleslaw, corn on the cob, corn bread, and this brownie pie for dessert. So I was still collapsing into a comatose heap at the end of the evening, but at least we didn’t have pizza.

Brownie Pie (adapted from a recipe by Ina Garten) (click here for printable recipe)


6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter

3 cups chocolate chips (divided)

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


Grease and flour a 9-inch pie pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt the butter in the microwave. Add 2 cups of the chocolate chips, remove from the heat, and stir until the chocolate melts. Set aside to cool completely.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, and vanilla on medium-high speed until light, about 3 minutes. Stir in the cooled chocolate. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and the remaining 1 cup of chocolate chips. Fold the flour mixture into the batter until just combined. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the center is puffed (the top may crack). The inside will still be very soft. Cool to room temperature before serving with ice cream (if desired).

Plan B Momis a mostly-stay-at-home mom of 3 who works from home but sees her main job as managing her family. When she is not taking care of her 12-year old and 10-year old girls, 8- year old son, two yellow labs, and husband – she is baking, running, carpooling, or helping with homework. She tries to stay organized to keep life running smoothly – or at least catastrophies at bay. Follow her on Twitter at @PlanBMom.

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