Probably not a myth that chocolate makes any day look better. Looking back over old cookbooks, seems like home cooks back over 100 years had the same idea. This recipe, actually not a traditional “cobbler” at all, appears in those community cook books all over the south and mid-west—each area claiming it as its own. As well they should—a universally delicious treat. Basic pantry ingredients, straightforward instructions, easy dessert for a weekend dinner or a “bring a dish” gathering—and it’s chocolate!

• 1 cup flour
• ¾ cup sugar
• 6 tblsp unsweetened cocoa powder—divided
• 2 tsps baking powder
• ¼ tsp salt
• ½ cup milk
• ¾ stick of butter, melted
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 cup packed brown sugar
• ½ cup chocolate chips
• 1 ½ cups VERY hot water

Lightly grease an 8” X 8” pan. Combine flour, sugar, 3 tblsp of the cocoa powder and salt in a bowl. Whisk together melted butter, milk and vanilla in another bowl. Add the liquid ingredients to the flour-sugar mixture and stir well. Pour into baking pan and heat oven to 350’.
Combine the brown sugar and remaining 3 tblsp cocoa powder and sprinkle mixture over batter. Sprinkle chocolate chips over all. Pour the VERY hot water over the top—do not stir.
Bake at 350’ for 40-45 minutes until the center is barely set. Serve with scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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