Savoring Home: Chocolate Emergencies

It’s Thursday.  You are almost through a long work week, but you still have one more day to go.  The weather outside has been grey and damp for days.  You wish the Spring would get here already.  What you need is something comforting.  Something chocolate.  You dig through your fridge and cabinets, searching.  There are no morsels, no candy bars, nothing you can sink your teeth into now.  All you can find is this:

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What you have, my friend, is a “Chocolate Emergency”.

Help is here!  Using the most basic of ingredients you have in your pantry, warm, gooey chocolate can by on the way to your taste buds in a mere 30 minutes.  Hang in there!

Olson’s Brownie Pie*

* Many families have brownie pie recipes in old family cookbooks. This is the recipe used in our family and, in our experience, it works like a charm in any Chocolate Emergency.


  • 2 eggs (for best results, let the eggs warm to room temp. before using)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 Tbsp. baking cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


1. Set out butter and eggs to warm to room temperature.  (Do your best to wait, but if you can’t, don’t try to be a hero…mix the batter!)

2. Pre-heat oven to 325° F. Butter an 8” pie pan or dish.

3. Combine all ingredients in a mixer and mix continuously for 4 minutes.

The batter will be the light brown color of chocolate mousse.

4. Pour into pie pan and bake for 30 minutes, until firm.

The top will look rather puffy when it comes out of the oven.

5. Let it cool, as it will settle while cooling. (As if the “let it cool” step ever happens in our house. Try not to burn your tongue.)

6. Cut into wedges as best you can, it is gooey, and serve. (Or spoon it into a bowl in a lump and eat.)



  1. While this is not the prettiest of recipes when it comes out of the oven, as you can see in the picture above, it can be dressed up slightly if you have unexpected company.
  2. Play with this recipe and add things in combinations you like. This is a great chance to clean out your baking supply leftovers. Try: most nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts), any baking chips (chocolate, mint and chocolate, peanut butter, heath bar), broken bits of candy bars, chocolate sprinkles, sweetened coconut flakes, raspberries (defrost frozen ones before using), etc.


  • Children, adults and adults-behaving-like-children must be patient for this to bake properly.
  • Staring at the oven with anger or desire does not shorten the baking time listed above.
  • CARO Interiors accepts no responsibility if this recipe causes you to change clothing sizes.

Posted on March 17, 2011, in Food, Recipes. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Getting ready to make one now! YUM! I worked out three times this week so I think my pants can handle it.

  2. Chocolate is a food group! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks!

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