It all started with a brownie on the 4th of July

Did you you know I have been online for about a million years? Okay, well more like 11 years. But that is a really long time, am I right?


When I had Ronan, I began to blog. I thought I was funny. But I read back, and my humor is “cringy” as the kids would say. Pretty sure I am just a more contemporary version of cringe these days. And I am plenty cool with that. Updated cringe is better that stale cringe.

Obviously my blog was about the best little boy ever born in the world. A few kids later, and I was a lot less into photographing every burp and the blog sort of, went the way of the dodo.

About the time the blog died, Instgram became a thing. Thats right. I have been on it since about 2011. Less than a year after it was released. I used it to short form blog my kids.

On July 4th, 2015 I opened my business account, Rachel Makes It. Such an ambiguous title. I made a lot of stuff, and I just planned on showing it. I started with cooking, sewing, pop culture and complaining about laundry, but baking really struck a cord with my online friends.

Looking back to find this first post took me back to some ugly cakes, that at the time I though were great. Growth is a beautiful thing. In estimating the number of cakes I have made the number is someplace between 1200 and 1500. I know, it’s a lot. And I feel pretty lucky to have been able to provide yummies for so many friends and their milestones. Thank you guys for supporting me. We have built this together. And our little community has remained a positive and close knit one through the growth.

My first post was filmed by my sister because selfie sticks and phone tripods were not even a thought then. A

Fascinating history I know. But I hate it when the recipe I clicked for is buried under a pile of chit chat and ads. So lets get right to the point.


Rachel Makes Brownies


1 c. unsalted butter (2 sticks)

2 1/4 c. granulated sugar

1 1/4 c. hershey’s cocoa powder

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

4 eggs, room tempurature

1 1/2 c. all purpose flour

2 c. quality semi sweet chocolate chips

1 drink for the baker (Diet Coke, wine, sparkling water, or something harder. Whatever bakes your brownie.)


  1. Pour yourself a drink.

  2. Preheat oven to 350

  3. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking pan

  4. In a medium saucepan melt butter. Add sugar and cook on low heat for 1-2 min stirring constantly. Pour sugar mixture into a large bowl.

  5. Beat in cocoa, salt, baking powder, vanilla and lastly add eggs.

  6. Stir in flour until combined.

  7. Fold in chocolate chips

  8. Spread batter into prepared pan. Batter will be very thick.

  9. Bake for aprox. 30 min.

  10. Cool on wire rack.

  11. Turn brownies out on to counter once completely cooled (2 hours at least). I always cut off a;; crispy edged before dividing into bars.

  12. Share, or eat alone on the kirtchen floor after everyone goes to bed. We would never judge.

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