The Baked Brownie

The Baked Brownies

The famed Baked brownie. Oprah says it’s one of her favorite things. America’s Test Kitchens says its their favorite brownie. I don’t put much stock in Oprah, but America’s Test Kitchens are pretty much like the bible when it comes to all things kitchen. I check their reviews before any other recipes, and before I buy any kitchen equipment or new ingredients. So, if it’s their favorite brownie, I need to take a serious look. The Baked cookbook has been on my Amazon wish list for what seems like an eternity. After a couple of readers pointed out that the recipe for the pumpkin whoopie pies I posted last week looked like an adaptation from the cookbook, I hit up Barnes & Noble to do some research and add it to my cookbook collection. I could go on about all of the amazing recipes in this book, but for now, let’s focus on these brownies. Because they deserve it. They are now one of my favorite things. And I think I’ll need to hide them from myself.

Baked Brownies

There is a great explanation in the book about how the Baked brownie recipe came to be, which is a great read. The key is that they don’t want it to be cakey, so they use no leavening agents (no baking powder or baking soda). With 11 ounces of chocolate, additional dark cocoa powder, lots of butter and sugar, and 5 eggs, you don’t need me to tell you that these babies are R-I-C-H. And I say that with every ounce of goodness. This is quite possibly the most perfect brownie. Now, if you like cakey brownies you won’t think so. But if you like honest-to-goodness, rich and dense brownies, you will have found your Eden when you bite into these.

The Baked Brownies

They have a good bit of height given that they don’t have any leavening agents, so they aren’t thin, gooey and smooshed like some brownies (this is a good thing). So they have substance and heft when you bite into them. And they have the ever-elusive and much sought after thin, crackly brownie crust that seems to be the calling card of amazing brownies. Now, not all brownies with a thin crackly crust are amazing brownies. But all amazing brownies have that thin crackly crust. Still with me? Good. Now get thee into the kitchen and make these. Then pour yourself a tall glass of cold milk and enjoy bite after decadent bite.

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The Baked Brownie

Yield: 24 brownies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder
11 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1½ cups granulated sugar
½ cup packed light brown sugar
5 eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the sides and bottom of a 9x13-inch glass or light-colored baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and cocoa powder together.

3. Put the chocolate, butter and instant espresso powder in a large bowl and set it over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and smooth. Turn off the heat, but keep the bowl over the water and add the sugars. Whisk until completely combined, then remove the bowl from the pan. The mixture should be room temperature.

4. Add 3 eggs to the chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Add the remaining eggs and whisk until combined. Add the vanilla and stir until combined. Do not overbeat the batter at this stage or your brownies will be cakey.

5. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the chocolate mixture. Using a rubber spatula (not a whisk), fold the flour mixture into the chocolate until just a bit of the flour mixture is visible.

6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with a few moist crumbs sticking to it. Let the brownies cool completely, then lift them out of the pan using the parchment paper. Cut into squares and serve.

7. Store at room temperature in an airtight container or wrap with plastic wrap for up to 3 days.

(Recipe adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking)

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448 Responses to “The Baked Brownie”

  1. Maureen S on February 22, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Hello!
    I am an amateur baker, but I have such interest in making things, especially new things. I was searching pinterest for a brownies recipe, which I came across many. I came along this one and saw the fabulous reviews and the images were just delicious looking. So I tried it.

    What I am confused about is why my brownies came out caramelly, rather than brownie. It’s really gooey — I left it in the oven as long as I felt comfortable leaving them in there (approximately an hour). Only because they just weren’t hardening up inside. I used cocoa and a really delicious milk chocolate bar (could that be the issue?) I have an idea that it may have been the butter, but I am quite sure I used the recipe’s callings of butter.

    Do you happen to have any idea as to what may have happened? I have clicked the box where it says “Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail”, so I will be aware of any responses.

    Thank you!
    Maureen

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    • Michelle on February 22nd, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      Hi Maureen, It sounds like they should have been in there long enough. While milk chocolate is creamier than bittersweet I don’t think it should have played with the texture too much. Did you use the correct amount of chocolate, butter, etc.? If everything was as it should be, my guess is that your oven might be running on the cool side. Definitely look into an oven thermometer (they are less than $10) to ensure that the temperature inside is accurate.

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      • Maureen S on February 22nd, 2012 at 8:18 pm

        Hiya!
        Thanks for your very quick reply. I should have also included where I am. I am a Canadian who has moved to Finland for school (free schooling!!) :P
        Anyway, to continue, I am using an oven that is set in Celsius, which isn’t too big of a deal — because I can just convert via Google what 375ºF (approximately 190ºC). The oven isn’t the best, of course, but could it be that I set it too low in Celsius?

        Also, can I replace them back in the oven at a higher heat to see if they will bake more? I have played one set of the brownies into the freezer to keep fresh and the other that I have already started picking at in the refrigerator.

        I have measuring cups and everything in cups, so it couldn’t be that. I also used two tin foil pans. They aren’t 9×13 so I made two batches out of them. About a little over an inch in depth… maybe 4 inches width and 8inches length. (I am just estimating).

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        • Michelle on February 22nd, 2012 at 8:28 pm

          Hi Maureen, You are welcome! As for the Celsius conversions, I really couldn’t say for sure, as I would do the same you have done – Google. The biggest issue, however, might be dividing the batter into different sized pans. I’m sure they would bake a little differently than the original recipe, as they could be thicker. I would still grab an oven thermometer, though. Mine, for instance, runs about 25 degrees cool, so with the thermometer in there I can see the exact temperature, and usually need to put the dial 25 degrees hotter than the recipe calls for in order for the oven temperature to get to the correct place.

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  2. Maureen S on February 22, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Oh, something I forgot in my first post was that they still taste good, but they aren’t brownies..

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  3. Rachel on February 25, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    So, mine just came out of the oven, and I couldn’t help myself, i just needed a little taste, and they were to die for!

    I did however make a few slight changes. i didn’t have any dark cocoa or dark chocolate, so I used semisweet chips and regular cocoa, but they turned out absolutely wonderful! The only problem I had was that I had a hard time figuring out when they were done. The toothpick came out clean, but it was still jiggly. After 37 minutes I finally took them out, but they were still a little jiggly. Anyone else have this problem?

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    • Zainab on March 28th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      I’ve had that too with this recipe. I left the batch to cool and they hardened up but kept a little gooiness in the centre. Judging by the picture, I think they’re meant to be like that.

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  4. Dawn on March 3, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Great recipe! I only have a question about the baking time. I baked for 30 minutes @350, and the brownies weren’t done (at all!). In fact, I ended up baking them for nearly 50 minutes before they were done to perfection (with the toothpick test). I followed the recipe exactly. Anyone else have this experience?

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    • Michelle on March 4th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Hi Dawn, Do you by any chance have an oven thermometer? It sounds like the temperature may have been off if there was that large of a difference in the baking times.

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      • Dawn on March 9th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

        Thanks for your reply! No, I don’t have an oven thermometer, but perhaps I need to buy one. I suspected there might have been something off with the temperature.

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  5. krune on March 18, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Waouhhhhh !!

    The cake’s picture has called me.
    Then when i realised it was brownies. I became even more interested.
    Then i read your note. What else can i do than try to make them ???? Your note is really well written, funny, gready and i’m very very impatient to have my decadent bites.
    I’ll have to try it this week !
    ps : i’m french, sorry if i’ve left mistakes

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  6. krune on March 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Done !

    Absolutely divine ! Will put this recipe in my file.

    Thanks a lot for this bliss moment !!

    Next try will be the peanut buttercup for my daughter’s birthday next week.

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  7. elise on March 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks for the recipe, everyone loved it. For my taste it was a little too rich though:( what do u think i could do to make it a little less rich? I used hershey unsweetened cocoa( i put the cocoa u suggested on my amazon wish list :) ), and I used 10 oz dark chocolate. Thanks.

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    • Michelle on March 31st, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      Hi Elise, These are definitely meant to be rich brownies. You could try using semisweet chocolate if you thought the dark chocolate was too much.

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  8. Helen on March 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Question: Is the espresso necessary? I don’t drink coffee. I don’t really care for the taste. But I’m never sure if its okay to just leave something out of a recipe…what do you think?

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    • Michelle on March 31st, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Hi Helen, It’s not necessary and you can certainly omit it. That being said, I’m not a coffee drinker either, but you’ll find that a large number of chocolate recipes (especially things like cakes and brownies) call for espresso powder. You can’t taste it at all, and it really amps up the flavor of the chocolate, adding more depth to the dish.

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  9. Dipty on April 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Thanks a lot for sharing such a decadent brownie recipe. Just could not stop drooling over the picture. Had to make it immediately. Did not have dark chocolate bar, so used semi sweet CC and yet they came out just delicious. So moist on the inside with the elusive crackle on the top. This was the first time my brownies had the crackle on them. Absolutely love them.

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  10. Mina on April 9, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Hi :) love your recipes. Can I use chocolate chips in place of 11 ounces of chocolate? I was thinking of Ghirardelli Chocolate Baking Chips Bittersweet they are 10 ounces than adding in 2 ounces of chopped chocolate. And for the espresso powder could I use coffee?
    Thank you so much for your time
    have a fantastic day :)

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    • WaterBugVA on April 9th, 2012 at 1:02 am

      I used a bag of Hershey’s dark chocolate morsels and Starbucks via Italian roast coffee and they turned out amazing!

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    • Michelle on April 9th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      Yes, you could definitely do that. Enjoy the brownies!

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  11. Ashley on April 11, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I just made these brownies last night and they are AMAZING! Much better than boxed brownie mixes! Those have always been the best tasting to me since every homemade brownie I have tried to make before has never come out right tasting. But these have changed my thoughts and have become my favorite brownie recipe. I was a little worried they might taste egg-y since they have 5 eggs (I hate the taste of eggs!) but it’s just pure brownie. Also, if you take them out a little early they are super fudgy and delicious.

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  12. elise on April 14, 2012 at 1:19 am

    well i do have to say that i took them to work and i had people stashing them to take them home to their family, one person who asked for the recipe, and another person calling in before her shift to ask if i could save one for her son( but they were already gone!) Expcept for one that I later found out was hidden, and he was nice enough to share it with a girl who missed out on the festivities. my boyfriend who is a baker also said they were really good, and to my dismay never compliments things i make:(

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  13. Donna on April 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Just made a batch today. I found the espresso but couldn’t find dark cocoa powder so I used regular with ghiardellis milk chocolate chips to melt with the butter. I cooked them at least 40 min and they still seemed not ready but I had to take them out cause I had to leave the house. They still seem undercooked or is that whats considered fudgy? I tried a corner an it was so good but the middle seems raw.

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    • Michelle on April 26th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Hi Donna, If you used melted chocolate chips to substitute part of the cocoa powder, that definitely could be the problem. It could cause the batter to be a little runnier than it otherwise would be. In the future, you can substitute regular unsweetened cocoa powder.

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  14. Donna on April 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Sorry I meant I did use regular powder, I used the chips for the chocolate to melt with the butter. The only thing is the bag of chips was 11.5ozs, didn’t think a half ounce would make a difference and I did eat a few chips before melting :) but like I said I loved the flavor, think the espresso gives it a little extra something. Will def try this recipe again and try and figure out what I did wrong. Hopefully I can find dark cocoa powder cause I do prefer dark chocolate.

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  15. Yasin on May 12, 2012 at 9:44 am

    When I first saw these I just couldn’t believe my eyes… So rich, so dense, so incredible!!! Thank you very much for this amazing recipe. When I first made these, my friends were absolutely amazed. The next time I made them, I added a tablespoon of powdered cinnamon and it was fabulous. I recommend you to try it out, I think you will love it… Thank you again for this amazing recipe! :)

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  16. Alexa on May 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    just wondering do you think it would still work out if you added an extra 2oz of chocolate?

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    • Michelle on May 15th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Hi Alexa, I have not tried it with extra chocolate, but I honestly don’t think these need it. They are wonderfully rich and chocolately; I wouldn’t add any more.

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  17. Fiona on May 18, 2012 at 5:15 am

    I have got to say that this is a really good recipe. The brownie came out really good and was just as you said it to be! I wouldn’t say I am a genius in baking but chancing on your blog was one of the greatest thing that happened in my baking history!
    Also, thank you for your bits and pieces of thoughts put into your post…
    They really help a lot!

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  18. Laura on May 19, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Michelle,

    These brownies are RIDICULOUS!! Thank you for posting them. I too am a boxed brownie lover. I have always preferred them over homemade brownies. These trump all brownies, boxed and homemade. I was wondering if you had any tips to make mini brownie bites with this recipe? I am bringing them to a picnic and it is more convienent. I would be baking them in mini muffin pans. Have you ever tried this? I assume the only difference would be to bake them for a shorter amount of time. Thanks!

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    • Michelle on September 25th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Hi Laura, I have not tried making brownie bites, but definitely reduce the baking time!

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  19. Elizabeth on May 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Hello, my name is Elizabeth and I work at a small library in Wyoming. We’re currently putting together a recipe book with recipes from our annual Death By Chocolate fundraising event. We’re looking for pictures for our section dividers, and I just love the second picture down on this post (brownies with a glass of milk on a blue background). If you would be interested in talking about what we could do to use your picture in our recipe book (credit, compensation, etc.), please email me. Thank you!

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  20. bonzai on June 17, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Hi :) i just want to say i tried this recipe because I saw it in pinterest and it is the best brownies i’ve made.. really … it is a little bit on the sweet side but its really great.. :) although i did add almonds to my version but still, it really turned out well.. thank you for posting this recipe. :)

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  21. Lindsay on June 18, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Just made these and they were devoured in minutes! I halved the recipe and put them in 2 mini pans and cooked for twenty on confection and they turned out AMAZING!

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  22. Michelle on June 28, 2012 at 4:49 am

    This ones definitely a keeper, was looking for the ULTIMATE brownie recipe, I found it. My husband and daughter LOVED them. Thanks .

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  23. Cobi on June 29, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Hello, love your blog, food porn is excellent. I have a question – I’ve been making these for a number of months now, and they are amazing. My only problem is that I always find that the next day, after they’ve been cut up the previous evening, generally about an hour after being removed from the oven, that the outside of all the brownies have gotten a hard crust (the inside is still moist). I keep them in an airtight container, so it’s not that. Do you find that you have a similar issue – should I quash all cravings and wait a day to cut them? Thank you!

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    • Michelle on September 25th, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Cobi, I have not had that issue (given that they are placed in an airtight container). You might want to wrap them individually in plastic wrap to remedy the problem.

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  24. Jamie on July 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Hi Michelle,

    I’m newish to trying out my baking skills, and I’m looking for the perfect brownie recipe–fudgey, rich, and chocolatey. This looks perfect! I’m curious, given my relative inexperience, whether adding walnuts to this recipe will affect the result when it comes out of the oven. I appreciate any insight you could give me!

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    • Michelle on July 24th, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Hi Jamie, You could add chopped walnuts if you’d like. I’d probably start with 1 cup and see if you think that’s enough.

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  25. Sue on July 16, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I just made these. They are still cooling in the pan, but I couldn’t stand it any longer. I cut out a corner with a paring knife and a fork. And then I cut out another piece. These brownies are GREAT! They are fudgy, with the lightest crispy layer on top. They are dense and light at the same time, if that’s possible. Hooray….a success!!!!!

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  26. Shelby on July 20, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    These look absolutely amazing! However, all I have is unsweetened chocolate squares. Can I use them and add a bit more sugar, or would it not be the same thing?

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    • Michelle on July 28th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      Hi Shelby, The texture and the flavor could definitely end up being off. I’d recommend going with the recipe as written.

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  27. Olivia Victoriana on July 25, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Hi Michelle. Wanna ask you re: the sugar. when it’s added to the melted choc n butter, is the sugar supposed to melt too? cos i tried making this today. in fact it’s now. haha. and im waiting for the chocolate to cool down. but the sugar isnt melting. is it supposed to be that way? thanks a lot!

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    • Michelle on July 28th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Hi Olivia, The sugar should be completely combined into the chocolate mixture, but it won’t melt completely.

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  28. Terry on August 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Made these today and this is the best brownie recipe I have ever made. They are delicious!

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  29. Bella Chihi on August 7, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I would like to say that I made these last night, followed recipe word for word. I end up with falling apart dry crumbles of/almost powdery brownies. During the baking the butter raised up to the top of the brownies bubbling and almost seeping thru the creases -I used 1 cup of butter. That would be 2 sticks right ? because each stick half cup. I would love to know what went wrong -thank you in advance!

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    • Michelle on August 9th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Hi Bella, Yes, 1 cup of butter is 8 ounces, or 2 traditional sticks (I would make sure your sticks are indeed 4 ounces each). I’m not sure I understand though – you said the brownies are powdery and dry, but there is a layer of butter on top? Unfortunately if you followed the recipe exactly with no substitutions or change in technique I could only guess that perhaps your oven is running hot or cool, which affected how the brownies baked. If you don’t have an oven thermometer, definitely get one. They’re inexpensive and totally invaluable.

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  30. Christina on August 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Hi. How long would This brownie last in e fridge? Thanks! Lovely bakes!!

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    • Michelle on August 18th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Hi Christina, I would recommend keeping them at room temperature (for up to 3 days); the refrigerator can cause them to dry out. If you know you won’t eat them all soon enough, you can wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in a freezer bag in the freezer.

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  31. yugin on August 16, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Hi,
    I tried making these just now but blundered when I forgot to add the sugar to the chocolate prior to the eggs. The sugar was in the flour by the time I realised my mistake so I had no choice but to simply proceed. When the eggs went into the chocolate they wouldn’t mix properly and the chocolate looked like it was coagulating. Long story short, I was paranoid, overmixed the batter, and got a cakey brownie. What I’m curious about is, does the sugar help the chocolate mix with the eggs and was the that the problem, or is the chocolate not supposed to combine completely with the eggs in the first place? Thanks :)

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  32. Rosalie on August 21, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Hi..I just finished making these brownies. Fresh out of the oven and cooled.
    I used all ingredients as listed , followed directions and the results were great.
    Brownie is very RICH. This is definitely NOT a cakie brownie. I was wondering , what would happen if I left the brownies in the oven a little while longer..maybe 5 mins more. Would brownies be as rich? Great recipe ..thank you for sharing. I’m new to your blog and a fan!

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    • Michelle on September 25th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Hi Rosalie, If you overbake the brownies they’ll likely be somewhat dry and could end up “crusty” around the edges.

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  33. Veronica on August 23, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I really want to make them for my boyfriend’s birthday, but I won’t have time that day to mix them and bake them, and brownies fresh from the oven are his favorite. Would there be any harm if I were to mix up these brownies the night before, store the batter in a bowl in the fridge overnight, and bake them the next evening?

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    • Michelle on September 25th, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Hi Veronica, I wouldn’t recommend leaving the batter to sit overnight in the refrigerator; the batter will get very thick and the brownies will have a very different texture.

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  34. sally on August 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Okay, so I don’t care for the gooey chewy brownies, but after reading the comments I do want to try this recipe. Is there anything I could do to make them more cake-like in texture? Thanks!

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    • Michelle on September 25th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      Hi Sally, I wouldn’t advise trying to doctor this recipe. Most of my brownie recipes here on the site are of the chewy, fudge-like variety (I don’t care for cake-like brownies myself). I would give these a try if you think you’re interested, and if you think they’re too chewy, I’d search for a cakey brownie recipe.

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  35. kirstin on September 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I was wondering what type of chocolate you used and if you used a dark unsweetened cocoa powder or a regular unsweetened cocoa powder?

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    • Michelle on September 25th, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Hi Kirstin, I used Ghiradelli chocolate, and I used Penzeys Dutch-process cocoa powder.

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  36. Heather on September 8, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I just made these and oh my word! I have (scratch that, HAD!) a favourite go-to brownie recipe that I thought came out perfect every time – moist, chocolatey, perfection in every way – that I had actually stopped trying new brownie recipes due to an immense disappointment after the first bite & then questioning why I hadn’t just made my go-to from the beginning. But boy, am I glad I decided to make these! they surpassed my fav recipe in every way and I don’t even have to heat them up to eat them (I’m one of those people who think most desserts taste better warm ;) ) although my husband prefers more cakey brownies. But he’s not the one who bakes so he really has no say… ;)

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  37. susanna on September 16, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Hi there
    I made these last night, and it was actually the first time I ever baked brownies! They were very yummy, unfortunatey I overbaked them just sligthtly (the piece right in the middle was perfectly moist) but it was no biggie.
    I do have one question. I live in Sweden and there’s no light brown sugar in the supermarkets. This time I used regular brown sugar but I was also considering light brown muscovado sugar (I read somewhere that could be a substitute) which of the two would you use?
    Thanks for a great blog :)

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    • Michelle on September 25th, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      Hi Susanna, I would stick with the regular brown sugar. I’m glad you enjoyed the brownies!

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  38. Lucy on September 17, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    i made these a few hours ago, I must say they turned out to be the best brownies I’ve ever tasted. Theres one issue though, they seemed to be undercooked. is that normal ? :D (i was using a convection oven therefore i decreased cooking time to about 26 mins and temp to 155-160 degrees celcius)

    thanks for sharing

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    • Michelle on September 25th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      Hi Lucy, Unfortunately I’m not familiar with using a convection oven and am not sure how any alterations might affect the recipe. That being said, the brownies should definitely be more moist and chewy than baked fully through like a cake.

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  39. Zuri on September 18, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Mine got slightly burnt from below. :'(
    However, they taste absolutely perfect from above, thank you for sharing the recipe. :)

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  40. Elise on September 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Hi, these look amaizing but what size pan do you use ?
    Thanks !

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  41. Elise on September 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Nvm i just missed the first step !

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  42. Crystal on September 22, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Sorry to say these didn’t turn out for me at all. I really tried to make sure not to over mix them ( mixed the eggs before putting them in the flour mixture). Now the only change I made was using Margarine instead of butter (all I had). They turned out cakey and not dense or rich. I wouldn’t think the margarine would make that much of a difference…. Oh well….

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    • Michelle on September 25th, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Hi Crystal, Using margarine in place of butter could have a huge impact on the outcome of baked goods. I usually do not recommend subbing margarine for any recipe that calls for butter, as they have vastly different properties. Margarine doesn’t have the same fat content as butter, and has a much higher water content. That can make a big difference in recipes. I would try again with butter!

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      • SA on September 25th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

        We do not mix milk and meat at the same meal, and I usually make this recipe for a meat meal, so I always use margarine. I have never had this recipe turn out badly; it is always rich and fudgy!

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  43. Emi on September 24, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Hi, I was looking at the JoyofCooking brownie recipe and this recipe, and I was wondering whether it changes anything when adding the sugar before or after the butter-chocolate mixture has cooled to room temperature?

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  44. Tobade on September 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Hi, i do not want to be mean or hateful, is just an opinion,

    way to much eggs and sorry but i am sure that the brownie in the picture has other recipe.
    In 2006 Ive visited America and went crazy over a home made brownie at a friend’s house, since then i keep trying recipes, one original american creamy/ heavy noncakey with shiny top. But this is not the one!!
    I am sorry if i ofend anyone that’s not my intention i repet it is just an opinion.

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    • Michelle on September 30th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      I can absolutely guarantee that the brownies in these picture did, in fact, come directly from the recipe in this post. There are many different types of brownie recipes – some chewy, some fudge-like, some cakey – and that make different size recipes – some for 8×8 pans, some for 9×13, etc. They don’t all look the same or taste the same.

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    • Holly on October 1st, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      I have personally tried this recipe and mine turned out exactly like that picture every time. Are you at a different elevation? That can really change things!

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  45. Corliss on September 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I made these yesterday except I used semisweet chocolate chips and instant coffee powder! We made brownie sundaes with them and they were a hit with my friends!

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  46. Chia on October 1, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I forgot to add the 1 1/4 cup of sugar! Oh no!!!

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  47. Hannah on October 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I made these today and they were insanely good!! I substituted coffee for espresso powder and it came out fine. There was just one thing,they were quite greasy. I think maybe I might have oiled the pan a little too much. Do we need to oil when we apply parchment paper? Isn’t parchment paper supposed to be grease proof?

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    • Michelle on October 10th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Hi Hannah, You shouldn’t oil or grease the parchment paper. You butter the pan, which helps the parchment stay in place. Don’t butter or oil the parchment paper.

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  48. jessica on October 11, 2012 at 10:30 am

    These are so rich and gooey and delicious, by far the best I’ve ever made, but the first time I made these I thought the espresso flavor was overwhelming, made it a tad bit bitter the first bite. I know coffee brings out the taste of chocolate, but IMHO, I’d cut down to a half tsp.

    But these are sooooo good! Always a hit!

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  49. jessica on October 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    So I figured it out! After commenting saying they were bitter, I realized…I’m working with “bitter”sweet chocolate! ha ha ha! They were actually more chalky than bitter, but, I wasn’t sifting the flour, so I would be cooking with 1/2-1C of flour! Yuck! So I re measured my flour, made these last night, and they came out soooooo much better!

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  50. Lydia on October 14, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Do you think I could replace the flour with whole wheat baking flour?

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    • Alicia on January 16th, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      I’ve done it, and I prefer to sift the flour first to leave out the more coarse bran. A finer texture results. So, sift, and then measure, using a little less ww flour than white (maybe a tablespoon less for brownies).

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  51. Selby on October 31, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    These brownies ate delish !! I baked them in a 8×8 pan so they were thicker, so dense and fudgy Roth that awesome sought after crackly crust, hubby loved these as well. Will be making 2 more of your top 10 brownies this week! Your blog is the best luv your recipes!! Keep em coming!

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  52. Vanessa on November 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    In my opinion, 30 min is too long. I put these in and went to check up on them 25 min later and they were already overdone. And you typically want to under bake brownies not over bake them. Keep an eye on these. Next time I might only leave them in for 20 min. The flavour is good though.

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  53. jessica on November 8, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Just made these brownies today they looked so good in the picture but they didn’t come out the same more cake like I really was hoping for a a chewy brownie : (

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  54. Nida on November 12, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Hey Michelle,
    I have a question..can we add walnuts to these brownies..I’m just on my way to making these oh-so-wonderful looking brownies!

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    • Michelle on November 13th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      I think you could add walnuts; let me know how they turn out!

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      • Nida on November 14th, 2012 at 3:43 am

        Ok so I guess I must have done something wrong! You have to help me out here :(
        After melting the butter and chocolate step I added the sugars and for some odd reason they wouldn’t incorporate at all. After a frustrating hour of considering whether I should continue or just forget about the whole thing..I thought I should go on and see what happens. Everything was perfect; the texture, the taste. the crackling light brown surface BUT it was grainy since the sugar didn’t dissolve at all. Could there have been an issue with my sugar? I was thinking of maybe grinding the sugar next time to get a powder version so it can dissolve properly. These brownies were gone in the next 12 hours! I can only imagine how great they would actually be if it wasn’t for the sugar glitch! Any suggestions for next time??

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        • Danielle on December 5th, 2012 at 10:32 am

          It sounds like your mixture wasn’t warm enough. The sugar should melt and incorporate completely if the mixture is warm enough. Were you using regular white sugar and brown sugar? The only thing I can think of is that if you used a substitute for the white sugar or raw sugar for the brown, it might not dissolve properly.

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  55. Craig on November 13, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Made these brownies for the office.. went down a treat! added some fudge chips, milk chocolate bits and some wafered almond to top them off… they were fantastic!!

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  56. Edna on November 20, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I forgot to add vanilla. Are they ruined

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    • Michelle on November 20th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Definitely not ruined, but might just be a tad bit lacking in flavor, which the vanilla helps to bring out.

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  57. Priya on December 4, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Hi I am in the process of making these brownies and find that when I melted the butter chocolate and added brown sugar whilst whisking i found that the mixture is more gooey like cake in too much sauce… is this normal??? please let me know else i would have to stop it here… and repeat

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  58. Danielle on December 5, 2012 at 10:23 am

    These are probably the best brownies I have ever made/eaten. I used a packet of instant hazelnut coffee (a little over 1t) and I did not have dark chocolate on hand so I used 8oz unsweetened and 3oz semi sweet. I used Hershey’s special dark for the cocoa powder. I did not line the pan with parchment since we were traveling so I left them in the pan and covered it but they were so moist they almost suctioned to the pan so I would probably line it next time.

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  59. Kevin on December 17, 2012 at 12:11 am

    I just made these today, and they are great! My new girlfriend’s best friend and son want some brownies, so I decided to do a test run before Christmas. I followed the recipe, except that I did not have espresso powder and I added Baileys Caramel liqueur-about 3/4 cup. My father came home just after I cut them. He’s a brownie freak, and after he tasted one, he asked me whether it was a mix or from scratch. I told him I made them from scratch, and he said they are very good. They are very moist, just dense enough, and chewy. I am not a fan of cakey brownies. Up to now, our favorite brownies were some I buy in Puerto Rico from Carla’s Sweets, a baker down there. However, these are now my favorite. So, my future batches will be great! I used eight ounces of Callebaut chocolate, and then I added a couple cups of Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate chips. So, I am now going to share them with friends and co-workers and see what they think.

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  60. Cindy on January 1, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I was wondering if anyone baked this recipe using a 9×9 pan? I like thicker brownies. How would the baking time be affected? Would 35-40 minutes be appropriate? Thanks

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  61. Darrin on January 5, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Did not come out close to the picture shown, it was one of the words recipes I have ever followed… A box of Duncan Hines put this recipe to shame… Sorry but true..

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  62. John on January 10, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I have a fear of over-beating eggs into batter.
    Can eggs be beat first and later be added to batter?

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    • Michelle on January 11th, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Hi John, I would not beat the eggs ahead of time. In this recipe you are merely whisking; just do it slowly and gently – enough to incorporate the eggs and you’ll be fine.

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  63. Badboda on January 11, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Just baked it, and turned out soooooooooo YUMMMMMMY, i think this is the best brownie I’ve ever tasted, really loved it
    So proud of my self

    Thank you very much

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  64. Badboda on January 11, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Ohhhh, and mine looks exactly as yours

    Thank you, thank you, thank you

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  65. Evelyna Sakura on January 13, 2013 at 4:15 am

    So, I made these and they turned out good. I had a few problems with mixing the sugar and butter because I had too much sugar and too little lqiuid and I let them bake a bit longer than they should have but they were good! The real texture and flavour came through after a couple of days and my friends really liked them.
    This recipe is good!

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  66. Jared on January 16, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    These look absolutely delicious. I am a chocoholic, and am always looking for the richest, darkest, chocolate deserts. I am definitely going to make these soon!

    Michelle, do you think these would hold up well if I shipped them to a friend? I would probably do next day air, but how long do they seem to retain their moisture? (If they even last long enough without being eaten first!) And do they fall apart easily, or do they seem to hold their shape well?

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    • Alicia on January 16th, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      I think they’d do fine being mailed. If it were me sending them, I’d cut and freeze them, and package them up frozen. They’ll stay fresh longer that way! They hold their shape well, best to cut when cooled.

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    • Michelle on January 16th, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      Hi Jared, I think they would be fine for shipping. I would cut them and wrap each one individually, which will keep them the freshest and least likely to break apart during shipping. They stay fresh for 3-5 days if wrapped and stored correctly. Enjoy!

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  67. Alicia on January 16, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    I. love. these. brownies. Amazing. I have made them a few times since my mom first made them for me last summer. This is my go-to brownie recipe, for sure.

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  68. John on January 17, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Michelle, thanks a million for your help!
    When baking with a Pyrex pan should the temperature be reduced from 350* to 325* ?
    Do you bake on top of a cookie sheet or pizza stone?
    John

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    • Michelle on January 17th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      Hi John, I never reduce the temperature unless I’m using a dark, non-stick pan. So if you’re using glass Pyrex I would leave the temperature at 350. I place pans directly on the oven rack, unless otherwise stated in a recipe.

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  69. Lenny on January 22, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    GUYS!! I just made these and they are CRAZZZY!!!

    I made these with just a few differences though:

    -Instead of butter I used coconut oil
    -I didn’t have dark unsweetened cocoa powder so I just used Kroger cocoa powder
    -I didn’t have dark chocolate so I used Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips
    – I don’t drink coffee, but I have Pero instant coffee substitute that I used instead

    The brownies came out way lighter than the ones in the picture, but they are decadent and SOOOO MOIST!! Can’t wait to surprise my husband when he gets home :) Thanks for the recipe!

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  70. Kat on January 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Ammmazing brownies! Definitely my go-to recipe from now on. Super rich moist…perfection! Thanks so much!

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  71. Kelsey Joy on January 23, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I’m a chocoholic and can’t wait to make these! Recipe calls for dark chocolate- do you find semi-sweet, bittersweet, or a combination of the two to work best? Thanks!

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  72. Sabine on January 25, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Congrats! This recipe is so loved in my family that I am baking the 2nd batch in one week! I used to make dreadful brownies – too dry, too cake-like. This recipe is perfect.
    I added some cinnamon chocolate drops – yummy!

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  73. Shannon on January 26, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I’ll be making these tonight. The pics you posted are extremely compelling…I feel like you could have just posted the pics without the explanation and people would be making this recipe just as much…because I want to eat the pictures lol!

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  74. Jodi Mercier on January 26, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Just made these…well, ate them, lol. I could not wait for them to fully cool! They are fabulous for sure. Thank you for sharing!

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  75. Diana on January 29, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Hi Michelle,
    How dark is the dark chocolate (what percentage cocoa) you use? I made these yesterday using Cadbury Dark Baking Chocolate which is 45% cocoa solids and the brownies turned out great! But I’m thinking of making another batch using Lindt Cooking Chocolate Dessert which is 70% Cocoa. I am the hoping the change in better quality chocolate would make even better brownies haha. Will using darker chocolate enhance the flavor or just make it taste bitter?

    Thanks.

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    • Michelle on January 29th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      Hi Diana, I typically use 60% cocoa for these brownies. I’ve mixed in some 70% with it if I have some extra to use up. I don’t think it tastes bitter all – just a really rich, pure chocolate flavor. Enjoy! :)

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  76. Marina on February 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I found this post (and your blog) when googling brownie recipes. I made these and they are SO DELICIOUS. So thank you so much for the recipe!

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  77. Mia on February 13, 2013 at 11:34 am

    This is the only brownie batter I will use from now on! I made these this weekend for Lundi Gras at a friend’s house. While they were cooling, I had to leave to run an errand and when I came back they were gone (minus one they left for me)! I got so much praise for the brownies that my friend and her family members were offering me money to make another batch! Love this recipe. They were fudgey and cakey at the same time. Also instead of using espresso powder I used instant coffee and instead of light brown sugar, I used dark brown sugar but only a 1/3 cup.

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  78. Rose on February 13, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I made these tonight and, as I hoped they would, they shattered my belief that brownies from scratch couldn’t be better than boxed mix. These are incredible!!! I didn’t have a 9×13 pan so I poured half the batter into an 8×8 glass pan and half into an 8×8 spring form cake pan and 30 minutes was still the right amount of time.

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  79. Bek on February 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    you had me at “I don’t put much faith in Oprah” ;)

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  80. dinka on February 17, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Hi Michelle !! thanks for the awesome recipe !
    just a quick question. when i added the sugar to the chocolate and butter mixture it only melted slightly no matter how much i stirred it. i ended up with a big grainy lump.
    am i doing something wrong?

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    • Michelle on February 19th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      Hmm, the sugar won’t melt completely (it will still appear slightly grainy), but should not be a lump. If the mixture turned into one hard mass, it sounds as though your chocolate seized up.

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  81. A Foodie's Passion on February 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Wow! these brownies look to die for! I can’t wait to try this recipe out. Thanks!

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  82. Aubrie on February 24, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make these for ages, and finally tried them on Friday. The first day, I thought they were okay…but the second and third days they were amazing. Perfect texture and flavor profile! Halfway through baking, I topped half of the pan with little dollops of homemade caramel and sprinkled with fleur de sel and it resulted in THE BEST brownies I’ve ever had. (And I have eaten way more than my fair share of brownies!)

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    • Jackie on May 8th, 2013 at 6:53 am

      Oh that’s awesome I’ve been baking these for ages and love them but I’m definitely going to try with your additions, that sounds amazing! Thanks so much for posting that!

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  83. Linda on March 2, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Should the butter be room temperature as well?

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    • Michelle on March 2nd, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      Hi Linda, It doesn’t matter, since you’ll be melting it with the chocolate. Enjoy the brownies!

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  84. Katrina on March 3, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I made these brownies exactly as stated in the recipe and they were great! I like the idea of using parchment paper. it was easy for me to pull the brownie out of the pan; I let it cool then i cut off the edges and cut perfect brownie bars. The parchment paper also made it easier for me to clean the pan. I used a mixture of Godiva and Dove dark chocolate. I strongly recommend that anyone who is making these for the first time to follow this recipe to a T to get the best results. Thank you for posting this recipe!

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  85. Anna on March 4, 2013 at 2:27 am

    Hi Michelle,

    I’d love to try this brownie recipe. But I don’t Have an oven, I only have oven toaster and microwave oven. Should this be recipe compatible using oven toaster and microwave? Or should it be possible to be baked in microwave or oven toaster? :)

    Hoping for your response, Thanks you :)

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    • Michelle on March 4th, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Hi Anna, I definitely don’t think this could be made in a microwave, but if your toaster oven is large enough and has actual bake settings, then that could work.

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  86. jue on March 7, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I’ve baked so many different brownies and baked these last night. Halved the recipe and dolloped some chunky peanut butter and swirled it.
    Happy with the nice height, good recipe. Will attemp the rest!
    Enjoy reading your blog.

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  87. jue on March 7, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I’ve baked so many different brownies and baked these last night. Halved the recipe and dolloped some chunky peanut butter and swirled it.
    Happy with the nice height, good recipe. Will attempt the rest!
    Enjoy reading your blog.

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  88. dominique on March 10, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    I was wondering what could i do differently in this recipe to have chunks of chocolate in them?

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    • Michelle on March 11th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Hi Dominique, You could fold in chocolate chips before pouring the batter into the pan.

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  89. Dianne on March 16, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I used Cadbury Cocoa. It didn’t say dark or unsweetend on it. I couldn’t find dark unsweetened cocoa. Did this alter the taste?

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    • Jackie on May 8th, 2013 at 6:50 am

      I used Cadbury cocoa too and mine were delicious!

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  90. Monica on March 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    This will be my third time making these brownies. Can I just say – AY CARUMBA!!
    These brownies are amazing. The only thing I do differently is leave out the espresso powder. I really dislike any coffee flavoring with my chocolate.

    These brownies are dense but not heavy. They are so rich and fudgy… they make my thighs cry with mercy (because that’s where they end up!). These are perfection. I adore them. Thank you!

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  91. Zainab on March 28, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    These are absolutely the BEST brownies I have ever eaten. Better than brownies in cafes too. My husband enjoys these brownies very much too. I came to this verdict after the first batch I made ….after having overwhelmed the eggs, overcooked the brownies AND used a pan waaaaaayy to big for them! So yes, I messed that batch up but they still tasted like amazing but were cakey. Then I made another batch (which I managed to not screw up) and they are heavenly.
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! :)

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  92. Lisa on March 30, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    These look good! I have been using the recipe on the back of the cocoa can for brownies, but will try this one with this kids this weekend:)

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  93. Kaz on April 15, 2013 at 1:07 am

    I stumbled across your blog a few weeks ago and have very much enjoyed sifting through the wealth of recipes and techniques here! I am a natural cook, so to speak, as in I am somehow a very good cook with no formal or childhood training (I spent all my time as a little girl in the shop with dad working on motors and carpentry). This site has given me lots of new ideas to try out and I’ve really enjoyed experimenting with brownie recipes! Last attempt was a meld of this and the Outrageous Brownies (from Ina or Ira?). Anyways!

    I’ve noticed something as I’ve browsed through dozens and dozens of recipes of all types, including these brownie recipes. And that is – butter. Every single recipe calling for butter (and I think so far all of them have =) specifically call for unsalted butter…

    So perhaps it’s been asked or there’s a really simple reason that just escapes me. But – why unsalted?? And will regular butter devastate the recipes if I adjust the measured salt back some?

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    • Michelle on April 15th, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      Hi Kaz, Unsalted butter because different butter manufacturers can include varying amounts of salt in their butter. By using unsalted butter and adding the salt separately, we have complete control of how much salt is going into a recipe. You can greatly reduce or omit salt if all you have to use is salted butter, but sometimes the flavor can be affected.

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      • Kaz on April 16th, 2013 at 7:29 am

        Thanks for the reply, Michelle =) That does make perfect sense.

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  94. Jackie on May 8, 2013 at 6:48 am

    I have baked this exact recipe at least 20 times by now since I first found it, they are unbelievable, the praise and requests I get for them are never ending! The coffee hit just really pushes them over the edge and they are so easy and foolproof to make, perfect every time. I just wanted to thank you so much for posting the recipe as it has made me, the kids, and everyone I share them with very very happy!

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  95. Kat on June 1, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Perfection! Every now and again i order a brownie when i’m out to dinner, and help but smile as they don’t quite match up to this!

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    • Kat on June 1st, 2013 at 8:19 am

      *cant help

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  96. Nova on June 10, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    I followed these brownies to the letter and although they have the crackly top they are nowhere near as dense or gooey as your pictures portray. They came out cake-like, I have almost given up finding the gooiest and chewiest brownies :(

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  97. Althea on June 11, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Is it okay to use dark brown sugar?

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    • Michelle on June 11th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Althea, I think that would be okay.

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  98. Rieneke on June 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Made these brownies tonight… they turned out lovely. The only problem I will have is not to eat them all myself! Thanks for the recipe

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  99. Carolina on June 19, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Hi! I don’t have a glass baking pan. Does it ruin the brownies if I bake them in an aluminum baking pan?. Thank you!!!

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    • Michelle on June 22nd, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      I think that would be just fine.

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  100. Larysa on June 19, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I made these brownies and I can say that they turned out perfectly and were very much appreciated.

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