1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of table salt
1/2 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 1/2 cups very hot water OR brewed coffee
Spray and 8 x 8 inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Add milk, vanilla, and melted b utter and stir to combine-the batter will be very thick. Pour into the baking dish.
In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar and remaining 3 tablespoons cocoa powder.
Sprinkle the brown sugar-cocoa mixture evenly over the batter, followed by the chocolate chips.
Pour the hot water or coffee over the top, but do not stir.
Bake in a 350 oven and for 40 minutes, or until the center is just barely set.
Allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.