Let’s face it… Sometimes girls just needs chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate.
My go-to craving cure would have to be brownies. They are just a denser version of chocolate cake, and the only boxed mix baked good I have ever loved. But last week I wanted to try out a few homemade versions and find the best one for a late night sweet fix.
These brownies are going in the record book for the most moist and flavorful brownies I have ever made! Dax is a big fan of the boxed brownie (I don’t know who raised this kid), but even he gave them two thumbs up. I know it isn’t hard to please a four year old, but I like to think that mine has a sophisticated palate!
- 1/3 cup Dutch cocoa
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 large eggs plus 2 large yolks
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 -1/2 cups sugar
- 1 -3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoons salt
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- Whisk together your cocoa and boiling water boiling water in a large bowl. Stir in the unsweetened chocolate and stir until melted.
- Add the oil, butter, eggs, yolks, and vanilla. Whisk until the batter is smooth.
- Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a small bowl. Gently combine the dry ingredients with the wet. Fold until fully incorporated.
- Spread your batter into your prepared pan. Smooth out with the back of a spoon. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
recipe adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook
Here is my tip for perfect brownies… typically they won’t look like they are finished. Still a little gooey. But that is a good thing. Once they have cooled you will be left with a nice moist and chewy slice of goodness.
If you want to get a little wild you could even throw in some extra chocolate chips or candy!
I’ve been slacking a bit on posts lately. Hopefully now that summer is here I can get caught up and provide you all with some great content. So stick around!
**It has come to my attention that some people have felt the need to leave negative or nasty comments about this recipe and it’s instructions. I have read over the recipe multiple times and want to clarify a few things… There is NO baking powder or soda in this recipe. It is not a typo. If you added either of those ingredients and were disappointed in the recipe it is user error. You add the sugar into the flour mixture. If you want a crispy top to your brownies you should whip your egg whites and fold them into the batter. This is NOT required. It is just a visual preference and a suggestion I gave to a reader. From this point on unnecessary comments will be deleted. **