Secret Ingredient Brownies

I think you all are very well aware that I absolutely adore all things butter, sugar and chocolate. You may also have noticed that there aren’t healthy substitutes on this site, such as butter substitutes, using applesauce in place of oil, or Splenda instead of sugar. There is a very good reason for that – I simply don’t believe in it! I believe in the pure enjoyment of delicious desserts made from natural, high-quality ingredients that bring out the best flavors in a dessert. I’ve been asked how it’s possible that I’m not severely overweight since I do so much baking and run this website. Well, another thing I believe in is moderation. It all boils down to this – if you want to eat dessert, I believe you should eat the best dessert you can afford, health-wise. Whether it be a luxurious piece of dark chocolate, a chocolate chip cookie or a piece of cheesecake. If I’m craving chocolate, a fat-free, sugar-free pudding cup probably isn’t going to cut it, but a 1-ounce piece of smooth chocolate very likely will. Where am I going with this? While my philosophy is not to bow to substitutes to make yourself feel better about eating dessert, I don’t necessarily eschew making things that are naturally good for you either.

So, what is the secret ingredient in these brownies? White whole wheat flour.

How am I not a hypocrite? Using white whole wheat flour is an attempt add something to the diet (whole grain) as opposed to taking things away and replacing them with lower-quality ingredients that can compromise the final product.

You may have heard me mention from time to time the various ingredients and equipment that I purchase from King Arthur Flour. I am a big fan of the company and have always had positive experiences with their service and products. As a result, I wanted to share a bit of King Arthur Flour with all of you. I contacted a very nice lady there who was thrilled to share some King Arthur goodies with Brown Eyed Baker readers. She mentioned that the most popular products right now are the white whole wheat flour and their new cookbook, Whole Grain Baking. She offered me an opportunity to try both and to give away one of each to a lucky reader!

Now you know I would never promote a product or even a recipe that I wasn’t fully in love with, so after spending a lot of time reading through the cookbook, I decided to give these brownies a try. Full disclosure here – I was admittedly nervous. I really don’t do wheat anything (big shock, right?). If wheat bread is the only type in the house I might eat a sandwich on it. But it can’t be heavy, it has to be a light bread. And I really won’t like it, I’ll just force it down so I don’t pass out from hunger. Imagine my shock when I took these brownies out of the oven, let them cool for a bit and then tasted them – they were absolutely wonderful! The recipe suggests letting these sit overnight before cutting and eating them, as this gives the bran in the wheat time to relax and “meld” into the other flavors so that it’s not noticeable. Well, no one I know ever makes brownies with the intention of waiting until the next day to eat them. Brownies are usually an “I’m craving it NOW!” type of food and waiting until tomorrow just won’t cut it. So, I took one for the team and ate one as soon as they were cool enough to cut. They have a great texture (think thick and fudgy), a fantastically deep chocolate flavor, and the characteristic shiny crisp top layer. And as a bonus – they didn’t have a hint of wheat flavor.

Now that you have a better-for-you brownie recipe, let’s get on with the giveaway!

Prizes

One (1) copy of Whole Grain Baking
One (1) 5-lb. bag of King Arthur Flour White Whole Wheat Flour

Entry Requirements


How to Enter
: Leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite brownie. A great homemade recipe, Ghiradelli box mix, the bakery around the corner? No matter where they come from, I just want to hear about brownies! :)

Required: You must include your email address in the comment form. I will need it to contact you should you win.

Deadline: Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 11:59pm EST

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No purchase necessary to enter. Winner will be selected at random by Brown Eyed Baker using Random.org. All entries received after the Giveaway closing day and time will not be considered. Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered. Winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to confirm receipt of the email. If the winner does not reply within 24 hours, another winner will be selected. Giveaway has been sponsored by King Arthur Flour.

GOOD LUCK!

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Whole Grain Brownies

Yield: 24 brownies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks, 8 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
2 cups (15 ounces) light brown sugar, firmly packed
¾ cup (2¼ ounces) Dutch-process cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1½ cups (6¼ ounces) white whole wheat flour
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13-inch pan.

2. In a large bowl combine the melted butter and brown sugar and stir to combine. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water and heat to between 110 and 120 degrees F - hot but not bubbling. Remove from the heat.

3. Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder and vanilla. Add the eggs, stirring after each until smooth. Add the flour and chocolate chips, again stirring until smooth. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

4. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a cake tester or sharp knife inserted into the center comes out with wet crumbs, but not raw batter. Remove from oven and cool completely on a rack.

(Adapted from King Arthur Flour)

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  1. Marie Woodman on February 18, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I never met a brownie recipe that I didn’t like. DH is a brownie junkie so I make them all the time. He does eat whole wheat stuff and I do buy the K A White Whole Wheat flour–it;s great. For Valentine’s Day I made the brownie mix (I think it was Betty Crocker) with the pouch of Hershey’s chocolate—so yummy!!

  2. Susie D. on February 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I love fudgy brownies. I usually use the Ghiradelli mix, but I always add something extra- a handful of coconut, or nuts, or marshmallows will do.

  3. Jenn on February 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    I recently have subscribed to your site and love it! :)

  4. Jenn on February 18, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    I love the Ghiradelli mix, but I recently made brownies and put marshmallows on top which was really awesome. So that might be my go-to brownie recipe now :)

  5. Michele on February 18, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    My favorite brownie recipe is aptly called “money back guarantee brownies” I found the recipe in a book of chocolate/nut recipes. The bakery who gave the recipe to the cook book authors will give anyone their money back if this brownie is not the best they have ever eaten!! I always get rave reviews when I make them!

  6. Elizabeth Eggen on February 18, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    My mom had a few specialty items she loved to make and was fabulous at doing so. One of them was brownies. She died when I was twelve and didn’t ever write anything down about how she did her brownie magic but I remember that it involved boxed brownies, extra chocolate chips in the brownies, an extra egg. She would make a double batch, so they would be super thick. Then, she made this incredible chocolate icing with butter, chocolate chips, powdered sugar and lots of love. Sometimes she made the brownies with pecans, and sometimes she left them plain.
    They were so yummy. I have tried to duplicate them, but, they will never be the same.

  7. Elizabeth Eggen on February 18, 2010 at 6:03 pm

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  8. Elizabeth Eggen on February 18, 2010 at 6:05 pm

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  10. Sarah H on February 18, 2010 at 6:32 pm

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  11. Sarah H on February 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    i also follow you on twitter.

  12. Sarah H on February 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    And I love german chocolate brownies. with coconut, walnuts, and caramel.

  13. S on February 18, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Hmm, I’ve made brownies from boxes, from-scratch brownies, and brownies made with black beans…and they all tasted really good! It’s good to know that whole wheat flour can still make a fudgy brownie! Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Christine on February 18, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Any gooey, fudgey brownie will do. Just no nuts. I hate when brownies have nuts. :)

    All this brownie talk. Dang it. Want some. NOW!

  15. Wanda M on February 18, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    My favorite brownie is Ghiradelli’s Ultimate Fudge!!!!

  16. Wanda M on February 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I follow you on Twitter

  17. Wanda M on February 18, 2010 at 7:46 pm

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  18. Wanda M on February 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm

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  19. Wanda M on February 18, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I am now an email subscriber

  20. Christine on February 18, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    I’m a follower on Twitter

  21. Z on February 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I love mexican chocolate brownies- add cinnamon, a touch of chiles and some slivered almonds and they are magnificent!

    I recently started flowing the south beach diet and have been baking whole wheat bread, which I love. I would love to get the king arthur cookbook!

  22. Lisa Teague on February 18, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I like the box kinds because I can mix it up quick and eat straight from the bowl, then bake what is left.

  23. edna on February 18, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    i make my homemade brownies and i add chocolate chips and pecans and shredded coconut swirl in some sweetened condensed milk and that makes my family super happy…i love your blog!!!…e*

  24. Jeannie Reeves on February 18, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    My husband can’t make anything, but the best brownies.. I dont know what he does. .and its only from the box.. but they are great!

  25. Karla on February 18, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    This is silly but I’ve never been able to make the perfect brownie! I always make them from a box!
    I love chewy brownies!! Delicious!

  26. Stiffler on February 18, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    I’ve made a couple brownie recipes from scratch and was never overly impressed. but i’m always willing to try new recipes. in the meantime, a real tasty go to are the ghiradelli boxed mixes.

  27. annalene on February 18, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I love rich vegan brownies (using applesauce as a binder).. now I’m craving a batch!

  28. annalene on February 18, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    fan on facebook (anna lene)

  29. annalene on February 18, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    twitter follower (@woozlewozzle)

  30. annalene on February 18, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    subscribed via rss

  31. Lauren on February 18, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    My favorite brownie recipe is the basic brownie recipe from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything. It’s no hassle – from scratch brownies ready in 30 minutes! – but made with real chocolate instead of cocoa powder.

  32. Sarah on February 18, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    My favorite brownie recipe came off the back of the cocoa powder container, from Hershey’s I think it was. I make them in a muffin tin to cut down on crumbs, create the perfect serving size, and to ensure every piece is an “edge” piece.

  33. Sarah on February 18, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    And I just became a fan on facebook!

  34. Kara on February 18, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    My favorite brownie is definitely from Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, MI! YUM!

  35. Kara on February 18, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    I also follow via RSS. :)

  36. April in CT on February 18, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    THESE are my favorite brownies!! I made them a couple of months ago for the first time and I too “took one for the team” and tried it the same night I baked them. Perfection! I love these brownies and they’re my go-to recipe now. Awesome give away!!

  37. JulieD on February 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    I’m a fan on fb!

  38. JulieD on February 18, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I just became a follower on twitter, I’m @juliebakes.

  39. JulieD on February 18, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    And I subscribe via Google Reader. :) These brownies look great…I need to try them!

  40. Daphne on February 18, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    My favorite brownies are made by a friend of my grandmother’s every year at Christmastime. Chewy, dense and chocolaty; they are truly the best I’ve ever had!

  41. Christine on February 18, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I subscribe to your blog!

  42. Janice on February 18, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    My favorite brownies (at the moment) are Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownies. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/outrageous-brownies-recipe3/index.html
    It’s a huge batch that brings huge smiles to people’s faces.

  43. Janice on February 18, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    I’m also a fan on facebook.

  44. AngelaC on February 18, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    My favorite brownie recipe was one a gal made at a mom’s group. It was a dark chocolate brown with a meringue topping. It was SO good.

    I following you via RSS and Twitter, I’m also a fan on Facebook, although I use another email for FB.

  45. Amber on February 19, 2010 at 12:24 am

    I prefer the brownies from d box. Im yet to learn to make them from scratch! Anyways i am drooling over ur brownies!Yum

  46. Amber on February 19, 2010 at 12:31 am

    I love ur blog

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  47. Amber on February 19, 2010 at 12:32 am

    ….i haved already subscribed ur blog via email!

  48. SheilaM on February 19, 2010 at 3:36 am

    I’m addicted to the marshmallow blondies from http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  49. SheilaM on February 19, 2010 at 3:37 am

    I’m a fan on facebook!

  50. SheilaM on February 19, 2010 at 3:37 am

    Now, I subscribe via email.

  51. Beth on February 19, 2010 at 6:31 am

    My favorite brownies are the really chocolately ooey gooey ones. Although the ones with cheesecake swirls on top are pretty great too.

  52. Beth on February 19, 2010 at 6:31 am

    I am subscribed to the blog with an RSS feed.

  53. Kathryn on February 19, 2010 at 6:40 am

    I love these Dark Chocolate and Cherry brownies! http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1835270

    I usually use whole wheat pastry flour in my baked goods for health reasons – so I’ll have to try the King Arthur white whole wheat!

  54. Steph McCord on February 19, 2010 at 8:51 am

    My favorite brownie is the King Arthur one – but I’ve only tried the original (white, all purpose flour) one. Like you, I’m scared to make the transition to whole wheat flour. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  55. Kimberly on February 19, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I’m now a subscriber on your feed

  56. Shannon on February 19, 2010 at 9:28 am

    my favourite brownie is S’More Brownies! so crazy delicious.

  57. Joy on February 19, 2010 at 10:36 am

    My favorite brownie is from Broad Street Bakery in Jackson, MS. It’s rich, smooth, delicious, & HUGE! I try to get at least 1 every time I’m in MS.

  58. Joy on February 19, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I’m a subscriber through Google!

  59. Joy on February 19, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I’m now also a fan on Facebook.

  60. Sammi on February 19, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I follow you on Twitter and will retweet this contest. My memory of the best brownie was made by my college friend, who made them from scratch. I lost contact with her and have been searching for a recipe that will become as delicious as her since I learned how to bake recently but no luck yet. May I have chance to win the flour to give it a try. Thanks, sammi

  61. Sally on February 19, 2010 at 10:44 am

    I gotta say that Ghiradelli’s mixes are pretty darn great. I have to have the corner piece…. I call dibs!

  62. Sally on February 19, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I’m a Facebook Fan, too!

  63. Amy on February 19, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I follow you on twitter now!

  64. Amy on February 19, 2010 at 11:11 am

    And I’m a fan on facebook.

  65. Linda on February 19, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I will always love Ina’s Outrageous Brownies, but I haven’t made them in a year because they are just too darn calorie loaded! I’ll settle for the less rich while my husband is on a diet.

  66. Amy on February 19, 2010 at 11:12 am

    And I’m an email subscriber. I enjoy your blog so much! :)

  67. Kelly on February 19, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    thanks — would love to win either item — I enjoy King Arthur products as well. My favorite brownies are probably any that come right out of the oven! I seem to never make the same version twice.
    PS I also subscribe to your RSS feed.

  68. Jelli on February 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I love most brownies, but my favorite recipe (so far) comes from a local newspaper cooking contest recipe booklet. It is quite a simple recipe, but bakes a superb brownie. I just bookmarked Hershey’s Ultimate Chocolate Brownies to try though. We’ll see how that goes.

  69. Kristin T on February 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I make boxed brownies and add chocolate chips to the mix.

  70. Rachel on February 19, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    As much as I love cooking…I’m new to the whole wide world of baking. So, for now, I still just prefer a good boxed recipe.

  71. Biscotti Babe on February 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I love KA’s white wheat flour. I make Baker’s one bowl brownies, put a thin layer of raspberry jam on top, then a fluffy layer of cocoa tinted cooked icing. You must cut the squares small because they are so rich!

  72. Jennie on February 19, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    I have always liked the store-bought mixes (any brand, usually something that says fudgy or dark chocolate) better than any homemade brownie I have ever tried. And I really prefer making everything from scratch!

  73. Jennie on February 19, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    and also I get your feed through my google reader

  74. Christina on February 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    I absolutely love browniesss! My favorite brownies are Ghiradelli’s Double Chocolate Brownies.

    I am also a fan on facebook :)

  75. Jennifer on February 19, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I love Betty Crocker’s lowfat brownie mix…so yummy!

  76. Jennifer on February 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I’m a Twitter follower!

  77. Jennifer on February 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I am a RSS subscriber via Google Reader, too!

  78. Laura Barnes on February 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    one of my favorite brownies are the premade vanilla frosted brownies at Albertsons. this is very unusual since I am not a store bakery fan

  79. Lori C on February 19, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    not sure if it counts as a brownie, but the chocolate chip coconut blondies on your site are my favorite!

  80. Lori C on February 19, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    just subscribed on google reader, love your site and your recipes

  81. yvonne on February 19, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    My favorite brownie is from Cook’s Illustrated. It is a chewy brownie and needs nothing – no nuts, no chocolate chips, no frosting. Too, too yummy!

  82. Amy Stephens on February 20, 2010 at 10:41 am

    So…my absolute, hands-down, smack-your-momma favorite brownie recipe is one that my husband introduced me to when we first met. He worked at a family-owned restaurant on the Indian River in Melbourne, Florida where, everyday, they would make up a batch of brownies to be used as part of the days’ desserts. He RAVED about these brownies, so I (being the ever-enthusiastic girlfriend!) asked him to make them for me. Thus started MY love of this recipe…but I still didn’t have a clue how to make them THIS GOOD. Fast forward a few yeas: we are newly married, and I want to make the brownies for myself (in all those years, he always made them). The secret: totally shocking…it was just the recipe on the back of the Baker’s chocolate box. Seriously??! They are the perfect combination of ooey-gooey and crunch. My adaptation as it stands today is to crumble graham crackers in the finished mix, then add chopped marshmallows to the top of the pan before baking. These are the s’mores without the campfire drama. TRY IT, folks…you cannot go wrong :)

  83. LB on February 20, 2010 at 10:43 am

    My fave brownies are so fudgy and chewy enough that hou can roll them into balls!

  84. LB on February 20, 2010 at 10:44 am

    I’m a twitter follower. – lBANDJ

  85. LB on February 20, 2010 at 10:46 am
  86. LB on February 20, 2010 at 10:46 am

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  87. LB on February 20, 2010 at 10:47 am

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  88. Farrah on February 20, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I love all types of brownies, I haven’t found a favorite recipe yet. I do prefer them without frosting though… call me odd.
    I love King Arthur and recently went to the King Arthur store in VT. So cute, I was a kid on Christmas morning walking around there. Their products ROCK! I subscribe via RSS.

  89. Gretchen Noelle on February 20, 2010 at 11:28 am

    I adore a random recipe I found and use faithfully for brownies. I have no idea where it came from but it bakes up a perfect batch every time. It is all about melting chocolate to start and adding chocolate chips to the batter. Yum!

  90. emma on February 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    i love ben and jerry’s brownie batter ice cream. i don’t know if this counts…but it should:) Yum!
    emma@redvelvetart.com

  91. Eileen on February 20, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I just subscribed to your blog. I’m not much of a baker… yet. I hope to learn more from you. Thanks!

  92. Beth on February 20, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I love the Hershey’s Best brownies… I make them with either peanut butter chips or white chocolate chips, and they’re to die for!

  93. Beth on February 20, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Oh, and I’m a facebook fan and will leave a status!

  94. Mary Halter on February 20, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I just became a subscriber. My favorite brownies are from Cooks illustrated.

  95. Jodie on February 20, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    My fave is actually the Ghirdelli box from Costco. I know, sad, but they are SO good.
    I already follow you on twitter and am a fan on Facebook!
    http://twitter.com/beansylovescake

  96. Karly on February 20, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I loooove KA’s white whole wheat flour. I use it in place of AP flour all the time and no one knows the difference!

  97. April Hunt on February 20, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    My favorite recipe is from a book I got when I got married. The recipe is called Tappan Hill Brownies and they are sooo good. They have chocolate chips and bakers chocolate in them…very rich and cake like. YUMMY!!

  98. April Hunt on February 20, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I follow you on twitter!!

    @aftermarchhunt

  99. Antonia Acorn on February 20, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I love the king Arthur fudge brownies(it is on the back of the ap flour). I haven’t tried the whole wheat ones but the recipes looks similar so maybe next time I want some brownies I give those a try.

  100. Erica on February 20, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    The Ghirardelli box mix with chocolate syrup is by far the best there is. I’ve been wanting to make this KAF recipe for a while, though. Maybe I’ll give it a try, although I just know it will never compare to the Ghirardellis.

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