Monday, June 6, 2011

My Favorite Brownies

I freaking love brownies. They might be my favorite dessert. I mean, I'd never say no to any dessert, especially if it's chocolate, but there's just something special about brownies. They're great still warm and gooey, great at room temperature, and even great chilled. Brownies freeze well and ship well too. But you guys already know how awesome brownies are so let's just cut to the chase.



I've made a lot of brownies in my days. And it's always this recipe. Sure, I've tried others, but I always come back to this one. I love how easy it is and how you don't have to get the mixer out for it. This recipe has been made so many times in our kitchen, I can make it from memory. And, it gives great results every time.



As I mentioned, I've made this recipe plenty of times before. You may recognize it in these Peanut Butter brownies, Mint brownies, Cookie Dough brownies, Mocha brownies, and Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Cupcakes. So, yea it's been posted on here before. But never alone in all it's glory.

I always use a mix of dark chocolate cocoa and regular cocoa to give the really dark color of the brownies. I love the chocolate chips in these brownies too. They kick up the chocolatey-ness and add another texture. Basically, you can't go wrong with this recipe. You can half this recipe for an 8x8 pan if you'd like.

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My Favorite Brownies

Ingredients (24 brownies)

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups cocoa
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp espresso powder, optional
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan

In a saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Return the mixture to the heat briefly, just until it's hot, but not bubbling; it'll become shiny looking as you stir it. Heating this mixture a second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies.

Transfer the sugar mixture to a medium-sized mixing bowl, if you've heated it in a saucepan. Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla.

Whisk in the eggs, stirring until smooth.

Add the flour and chips, again stirring until smooth.

Spoon the batter into a lightly greased 9" x 13" pan.

Bake the brownies for about 30 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it. The brownies should feel set on the edges, and the center should look very moist, but not uncooked. Remove them from the oven and cool completely prior to cutting.

Recipe from King Arthur Flour
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3 comments:

Michelle said...

This is my go-to brownie recipe also. I made them for Christmas this year and people said they were the best brownies they'd ever had. They really are as good as advertised!

Alicia said...

Yum ! Love the pictures. This recipe reminds me of our trip to vermont last fall.

~Bee said...

I'm always more likely to opt for a tangy, fruity dessert over a chocolatey one, but I love brownies as a midday snack :) These look sooo good!

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