Decadent Brownies

by Nicole on March 16, 2010

Tonight I have Parent Teacher Conferences, so I will be a zombie by the time I get home. I will get to meet with 20 parents tonight. WOOHOO? Thank goodness I got a workout in this morning, because otherwise it does not happen on these days. 

Over the weekend I had lots of plans to bake a couple different things, I only got to making english muffins and these brownies. 

I saw these brownies over at Brown Eyed Baker and had to make them. We usually just make brownies from a box, since they are super easy, but I am always looking for a way to avoid buying things from a box. After searching my pantry, I didn’t have all of the ingredients, so I had to improvise, and obviously my improvisations turned out well because Danny’s eaten about 10 brownies at this point. I imagine these are really good, but I can’t eat them since I gave up white flour for Lent. :( Danny did tell me how good they would be over my ice cream though.

smells like hot chocolate
added the butter…
more chocolate
and more…
SO good

Chewy Brownies
  • 1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped (I used 72% cacao)
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1¾ cups (8¾ ounces) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate chunks (I used whole foods 70% cacao)

1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with foil, leaving about a one-inch overhang on all sides. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Whisk cocoa and boiling water together in large bowl until smooth. Add 2 oz dark chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted. Whisk in melted butter and oil. (Mixture may look curdled.) Add eggs, yolks, and vanilla and continue to whisk until smooth and homogeneous. Whisk in sugar until fully incorporated. Add flour and salt and mix with rubber spatula until combined. Fold in dark chocolate pieces (6 oz).
3. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake until toothpick inserted halfway between edge and center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack and cool 1½ hours.
4. Using foil overhang, lift brownies from pan. Return brownies to wire rack and let cool completely, about 1 hour. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve. Brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Have a great day! I don’t think I’ll have much time to read many blogs today, but I’ll make up for it tomorrow!  What is the thing you least look forward to all year? For me, this is one of them!

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pegasuslegend March 16, 2010 at 6:15 am

oh these would be perfect with some old fashioned ice cream and hot fudge one of my favorite desserts! looks like I;ll be making some brownies this weekend oh yum~


Estela @ Weekly Bite March 16, 2010 at 6:54 am

I LOVE brownies! These look delicious!

I make my brownies out of a box ;) I make them so much that its just easier ;) I do doctor up the box recipe though :)

Have a great day!


Jessica @ How Sweet March 16, 2010 at 7:54 am

THose brownies look absolutely amazing. And you cut them so perfectly!!


Simply Life March 16, 2010 at 8:15 am

oh wow, those look look decadent and amazing!


Noelle March 16, 2010 at 8:33 am

I agree they looks so good! Yum!


Trix March 16, 2010 at 9:45 am

I gained weight looking at this .. that happens a lot these days!


Christine @ Grub, Sweat and Cheers March 16, 2010 at 9:54 am

Those look wicked. I've been in such a chocolate place lately I may have to make them on the weekend.


Jeanne March 16, 2010 at 10:48 am

I saw these too, and I've been wanting to make them! You didn't get to eat any? Wow, you've got a lot of willpower. They look amazing!


tasteofbeirut March 16, 2010 at 11:02 am


I love brownies, especially these! I could eat them daily, in lieu of dinner or breakfast. I made some recently with tahini and they came out delicious too.


Andrea @ March 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Love these fudgy brownies! They truly look amazing! Great job!


Anonymous March 17, 2010 at 6:25 am



Lele March 17, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I am completely in awe of you. I can't imagine making brownies and not getting to eat them! The brownie batter! The smell coming from the oven! Your will power is seriously impressive.


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