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Better-Than-Box Brownies

These homemade brownies have all of the great texture and flavor of box-mix brownies, without any of the processed ingredients.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Total 45 minutes
Servings 24 brownies
Calories 238 kcal
Author Michelle

Ingredients

  • cup Dutch-processed cocoa
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cups granulated sugar
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
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Directions

  1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with foil, leaving about a one-inch overhang on all sides. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Whisk cocoa powder and boiling water together in a large bowl until smooth. Add the unsweetened chocolate and whisk until the chocolate is melted. Whisk in the melted butter and oil (the mixture may look curdled at this point, that's okay!). Add the eggs, yolks, and vanilla extract, and whisk until smooth and homogeneous. Whisk in the sugar until fully incorporated. Add the flour and salt and mix with a rubber spatula until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Scrape batter into prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Bake until a toothpick inserted halfway between edge and center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool for 1½ hours.
  4. Using the foil overhang, lift the brownies from pan. Place the brownies on the wire rack and cool completely, about 1 additional hour. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve. Brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Better-Than-Box Brownies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 238 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 81mg4%
Potassium 96mg3%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.