I know my title is probably not the best lead-in to get you to want to make these brownies. But think about how great second place can be in other areas... American Idol? Guaranteed record deal. Second place in a hot dog eating contest? Who really wants to be first in something like that? Third grade playground games? ("First the worst, second the best, third the nerd!") So, second best can be a good thing!
Also, the only reason I say second best is because the Best Brownies have frosting. These don't have frosting, but are great because they're super chocolate-y, slightly fudgey without being soggy, and are very easy to whip up quickly.
2 1/4 cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks of butter (3/4 cup), melted
4 eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 baking pan.
Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl (first 5 ingredients). Add melted butter and eggs and mix thoroughly. Add chocolate chips; stir to combine.
Bake brownies for 25-30 minutes, or until done to your desired liking. The toothpick test doesn't work so well for these brownies because the chocolate chips will stick to the toothpick, making it look like moist, under-cooked batter. I usually bake them until they don't jiggle anymore when I lightly jostle the pan.