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Dump It In Brownies

Many years ago, while looking through a magazine at one of our regularly scheduled well visits for the kids, I stumbled upon this recipe for brownies. I was amazed by the simplicity involved in making this rich, chocolatey treat.
The first time I used the recipe, I had three small children in tow. All of them sporting hand-made aprons and propped up on stools to assist with the baking project. I had pre-measured all of the ingredients and had things lined up so that the kids could pour everything into the bowl before mixing. I kept saying, “Go ahead, guys…just dump it in!” Well, the look on their faces was priceless! Mom is actually letting us just dump this stuff in? I’m usually quite methodical when baking so my carefree attitude was really messing with their minds.
Weeks later, K asked if we could bake again. She asked if we could make the “dump it in” recipe. Well, the name stuck and that’s what we called these moist, delicious brownies ever since. I’ve changed up the recipe a bit but it certainly is a moist flavorful treat, that’s fun to make with the kiddos.

Dump It In Brownies

2 cups sugar
5 eggs, beaten
1 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray with cooking spray, a 9×13 inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, dump in all ingredients. Combine well, stirring just until moistened. Spread the batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in preheated oven, or until brownies start to pull away from the sides of the pan. Cool completely before icing. Sprinkle extra chips over chocolate frosting of your choice.



31 thoughts on “Dump It In Brownies

    1. Thanks Haley! I have such great memories of time spent in the kitchen with family… This blog is meant to capture these memories and share wonderful stories with future generations.
      Thanks for your comment. All the best — Linda


  1. What a great story, Linda. Three young kids, 11-months apart – you had to keep them busy, I am sure! My kids LOVE to help bake – and chocolate – so we will try the dump-it-in preparation. 🙂 What chocolate frosting recipe do you use? I love the extra sprinkle of chips on top – one cannot have too much chocolate in a chocolate dessert. Have a great week! -Shanna


    1. Hi Shanna—
      One can surely make great memories with kids in the kitchen. When mine were little, I used to snap a picture of them as they helped make strawberry-rhubarb jam. Then, I would make the label for the jars with the children’s picture printed on the label and the name/date as well. Relatives loved recieving the jars as gifts. I will have to see if I still have a few labels in the canning supply boxes and make sure they make it into the scrapbooks.
      Have a good day, Shanna! So nice hearing from you!


      1. Oh my. The infamous strawberry-rhubarb jam for the fabulous Irish scones. What lovely projects for your kids – and great memories. I have a feeling that your traditions will be passed on to future generations. 🙂 Have a great week, Linda! Best wishes, Shanna


      1. I think I made this before, Linda – via your link. Sorry to make you give me the frosting recipe twice. My kids and I plan to make the brownies tomorrow, after Naomi comes home from school. Have an amazing day. Best – Shanna


    1. Really an easy recipe, Dani! Just “dump it in”! With little effort, you’ll have a delicious chocolatey treat! Take care… Thinking of you and your warm sunny weather. We are told we might have 12 inches of fresh snow by tomorrow. I’ll have to start looking through my soup recipes! Brrrr!


  2. I have a blog ( and was nominated by Sue at for a Liebster Award. I found you through wordpress and would love to nominate you for this award. The chocolate recipes have me excited to do some cooking! I hope you choose to accept it, and if you do, I look forward to reading your answers to the ten questions and to checking out the blogs you nominate in your turn. The questions/nomination are in this post:


    1. Well, I am so flattered and thrilled to be nominated! So kind of you to think of me. I will look into the rules and regulations and see if I have the time to fulfill my duties for the award. Again, thank you so much for thinking of me. Have a great day!


    1. Haha, it is one delicious looking brownie, Beth! Chocolate and peanut butter… A great combination! Enjoy your day and thanks for submitting a comment.


    1. Hi Abigail,
      Thanks for your valued comment. Peanut butter chips are found in the baking sections right next to the chocolate chips. There are also butter scotch chips, mint chips, toffee chips and others! They are all equally delicious!!


  3. I make brownies a lot. I mean alot! (For our church bake sales, and for my guys). I have so many recipies, I can never remember which ones I used that I liked so much. I love the dumping in idea and think I will give this a try. Then I can just let you keep track of the recipe for me! Which is one of the biggest reasons I blog my recipes now.So I can find them later.
    Thanks for sharing.


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