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Quarantine Brownies

The invention of this recipe started with too many leftover egg whites after I made pastry cream. I had to come up with something to do with them, because I didn’t just want to throw them out. So, I did what everyone else would do, I googled “what can I make with egg whites.” A lot of recipes popped up, but when I saw a recipe for brownies I was really excited. And so I went to my kitchen and started the first step without really reading the recipe.

This turned out to be a mistake, because I didn’t realize that I was out of cocoa powder (and my kitchen is usually well stocked with baking items), and some of the other ingredients weren’t things I usually buy. Since NJ is still under a stay at home order from Covid-19, I also couldn’t just quickly run out to the grocery store to pick things up, because grocery store trips require a lot of time and effort right now. So I stood there with a pot of melted butter and a pre-heated oven and tried to figure out how I could make the brownies with the things I did have, and voila, my quarantine brownie recipe was created. This is a pretty simple recipe, a great way to use leftover egg whites, and these turned out to be some of the fudgiest most delicious brownies I’ve ever made.

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Quarantine Brownies

Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time1 hour


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 bag chocolate chips 11.5 ounces
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup all purpose flour


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×9 square baking pan.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and stir in the chocolate chips, vanilla, and salt until the chocolate has melted.
  • Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, add the sugar and egg whites into a large bowl and beat on medium speed for 5 minutes. Mixture should be somewhat thick and foamy.
  • Add the butter and chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and mix until it becomes incorporated. Slowly mix in the flour until it is well combined.
  • Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the center is no longer jiggly and a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies contains moist crumbs.
  • Allow brownies to cool, then cut into squares and serve.

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