My friend Tess is a mentor to me in many ways. She’s a few years ahead of me in both her career and her parenting journey, and I’ve sought out her advice and wisdom more times than I can count. When I mentioned in passing that I wanted to include another chocolate-based recipe in Oven to Table, she immediately texted me a photo of a handwritten recipe in scrolling cursive titled “My Raspberry Swirl Brownies.” I promptly baked them and think you should, too. A dessert (and a friend) doesn’t get any easier, or sweeter, than this.
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly grease an 8-inch (20 cm) square baking pan and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch (5 cm) overhang on 2 sides of the pan.
In a medium microwave-safe mixing bowl, melt the butter and 1 cup (250 mL) chocolate chips as follows. Heat in the microwave on medium-high for 1 minute. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir. Repeat heating at 15- to 20-second intervals, stirring in between, until the mixture is completely melted and smooth.
Whisk in the eggs, sugar, and vanilla until well blended. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the flour and salt. Carefully fold in the remaining ½ cup (125 mL) chocolate chips and pour into the prepared pan, spreading the mixture evenly into the corners.
Drop spoonfuls of jam over the brownie batter. Using a knife, swirl the jam through the batter. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is set. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack. Using the parchment overhang, lift the brownies from the pan and cut into squares.