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The Best Brownies

Nothing helps fix a chocolate craving like a pan of the best brownies! With just a few simple ingredients you are left with a rich dense homemade brownie that is unbelievably delicious!

I am sitting here at my computer trying to think of a great story to go along with this recipe but the truth is… There isn’t one.
 
In one of my many emotional breakdowns I discovered my secret stash of chocolate had been ransacked by a sneaky toddler.

The BEST Brownie Recipe

I wanted to curl up on the couch and pout until more chocolate magically appeared in front of me, but decided a better alternative was to turn to my Cooks Illustrated Cookbook for a great way to help with my sweet tooth.
 
A quick flip through landed my eyes on a brownie recipe with minimal ingredients that looked heavenly. In other words…

Ingredients you need to make the most incredible brownies:

  • Dutch or dark cocoa powder
  • Boiling water
  • Unsweetened chocolate
  • Oil
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Granulated sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt

The beauty of this recipe is how simple it is. You can have things mixed up and in the oven in under ten minutes.

How handy will that be when you’ve got unexpected visitors, overnight guests, or find yourself in need of a something to take along to that gathering?

Before I send you off to make these on your own I’d love to share:

Tips and tricks for the PERFECT brownies:

1. For a crispy top to your brownies try dividing your eggs. Add the yolks directly to the batter. Whisk the whites until fluffy. Fold in gently before transferring to your baking dish.

2. Use room temperature eggs.

3. Use parchment paper in your pan. This helps with easy clean up and also prevents them from sticking to the pan.

4. Keep a watchful eye on the bars. You want to catch them at just the right time. They might not look completely cooked but that is the secret to a perfectly gooey brownie.

This is, hands down, the BEST homemade brownie recipe. It is the one dessert is made on a regular rotation in our home. All of the ingredients are pantry staples making it even easier to try. Even novice bakers will rejoice at the chocolate goodness!

It is rich, decadent, and fudgy. All of the signs of a perfectly made brownie!

I officially give you permission to eat at least three of these.

How to make the very best homemade brownie recipe:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Set the prepared pan aside for later use.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Combine your cocoa and hot water in a large bowl. Whisk until incorporated. Stir in the unsweetened chocolate until melted and smooth.
  4. Add the oil, butter, eggs, yolks and vanilla. Once the batter is smooth fold in the dry ingredients. Gently stir until just combined.
  5. 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.

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    The BEST Brownies

    The BEST Brownies

    Yield: 12 brownies
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 35 minutes
    Total Time: 55 minutes

    Nothing helps fix a chocolate craving like a pan of the best brownies! With just a few simple ingredients you are left with a rich dense homemade brownie that is unbelievably delicious!

    Ingredients

    • 1/3 cup Dutch cocoa
    • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
    • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
    • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 4 Tbs butter, melted
    • 2 large eggs plus 2 large yolks
    • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 2-1/2 cups granulated sugar
    • 1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 tsp salt

    Instructions

    1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Set the prepared pan aside for later use.

    2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

    3. Combine your cocoa and hot water in a large bowl. Whisk until incorporated. Stir in the unsweetened chocolate until melted and smooth.

    4. Add the oil, butter, eggs, yolks and vanilla. Once the batter is smooth fold in the dry ingredients. Gently stir until just combined.

    5. 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.

    Notes

    For extra chocolate goodness try mixing in 1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips.

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Luther

Friday 14th of October 2016

"Add the yolks directly to the batter but whisk the yolks until fluffy" - You mean add the whites directly and whisk the yolks? Or maybe it's late, and I'm just not understanding what this means. Appreciate the clarification in advance!

Jesseca

Saturday 15th of October 2016

Thanks for catching that typo. Whisk the egg whites until fluffy and fold them in. I've fixed it in the post.

Jodie S

Wednesday 10th of February 2016

Hi Jesseca, I have a question, I live a Mile High, do you have any high altitude instructions, like adding an extra tbls or two of flour to the dry ingredients? Also I have a tip for putting parchment paper to the pan. If you very lightly spray the pan then smooth the parchment paper in the pan, I also cut the corner and put a bit of oil on my finger and smooth one corner to the pan and the other point to the other side of the paper. It eliminates the wrinkly mess you get otherwise. Thank you for the wonderful recipe! I'm making them for my Husband's Valentines.

Jesseca

Thursday 11th of February 2016

Hi Jodie,

I'm at a pretty high altitude as well and don't normally have to add an additional flour but I know that a few people have added a tablespoon for safe measure. Let me know how they turn out and I LOVE the tip about the parchment. I'll give it a try this weekend!

MGowan

Thursday 10th of December 2015

You mention using a 9x13 pan. When I see pan I think metal or aluminum. Would using glass change the cook time or temp? I was thinking of just getting those cheapo disposable pans but I'm afraid the brownies will have a burnt bottom.

Jesseca

Friday 11th of December 2015

I'd just place the disposable containers on a baking tray. Keep a close eye on them but they should be just fine.

Beata

Thursday 17th of September 2015

This was the only recipe that I found online that matched the pan size and the ingredients in my pantry. After reading all the comments I wasn't sure if I should make it but I gave it a try. I followed the recipe step by step, didn't change anything. It turned out great! First brownie I baked in my life. Directions are easy to understand and English is not even my first language. Don't let negative comments discourage you, just go and bake it.

Jesseca

Friday 18th of September 2015

Yay! I'm so glad you liked them!

sabrina K

Saturday 12th of September 2015

I just wanted to say thank you and how AWESOME these brownies are! This is my go do recipe for any time I am in the mood to make a batch of brownies ^_^

I made these for my boyfriend's workplace and apparently I have them ruined! If any brownies come into their building, unless they're these, then they don't want much to do with them! *lol* The only thing I did differently is that I added some walnuts to them. You can't beat the classic combination of brownies with walnuts ;)

Jesseca

Sunday 13th of September 2015

Yay! I'm so glad you like the recipe!

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