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The Potty Training Fiasco Has Met Its Match—The Brownie of Surrender

The Potty Training Fiasco Has Met Its Match—The Brownie of Surrender

I have two children—two completely different children raised the same way, but with absolutely 100 percent different personalities. In fact, they could not possibly be more opposite of each other. I realize girls are easier to potty train than boys, but it’s discouraging when you hear stories from your friends who knocked out the whole potty training fiasco with their boys in three days flat. And their boys aren’t exactly less obstinate than my little three-year-old.

Yes, he’s been three for about three months now and he’s been wearing size four-toddler since he was two and one-half years old. To be clear, he’s a big kid and the stench of his diapers is even bigger. I’ve tried many types of positive reinforcement—nothing worked! He wouldn’t even sit on the toilet and “try.”

Many sighs later, I discovered Superman’s Kryptonite.

He adores chocolate, but not just any chocolate treat was working until—The Brownie! These fudgy brownies, which are chock full of chocolate chips, worked like nothing else. With one bite of a brownie as his reward each time, he is now, at least, peeing in the toilet (round of applause). “Number two” is still in the process of being transported to the toilet, but we are finally getting there and this momma is getting slightly more hopeful at the thought of complete toilet training success!

For the chocolate lovers out there, this brownie recipe does not disappoint! Just remember to give the brownies a full hour to cool and set up before cutting. This takes about as much patience as waiting for a toddler to use the toilet on his own free will! Any mom who’s dealing with her own potty training fiasco deserves these brownies, too!



  • 1 ½ sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Use either butter or cooking spray to grease a 9-by-13-inch aluminum baking dish. Melt the butter and bittersweet chocolate chips together by microwaving in 30-second intervals until chocolate is smooth (don’t over heat chocolate—heating in small increments works best). Let cool slightly, and then stir in the sugar. Mix in the beaten eggs. On top of the chocolate mixture, add flour, cocoa and salt and mix the dry ingredients separately above the wet ingredients. Add the chocolate chips and stir both wet and dry ingredients until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.

Bake brownies for 45 minutes. Do not over bake! Let cool completely (about one hour) and then cut into pieces.

Note: When testing for doneness, the toothpick will come out sticky, but they are done! It’s deceiving because the melted chocolate and gooey consistency will seem as though the batter is not completely baked through.

If you’d like to transform this recipe into portable potty training rewards, I mean . . . brownie bites, just use a mini muffin tin and bake for 15 minutes at 325 degrees F.


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