The Best Fudge Brownies ever (okay, maybe not “ever” but close) are from the back of a bag of King Arthur brand flour, these brownies are excellent! To get really dark brownies I used Hershey’s Dark, but you can use any unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder.
I usually make these in a 9×13 inch pan, but I’ve also been known to halve the recipe and use an 8 inch square metal pan. Another nice thing about this recipe is that while the brownies are rich tasting, they’re made with cocoa powder and aren’t quite as expensive to prepare as brownies made with chocolate.
- 1 cup (8 ounces) butter
- 2 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 1/4 cups Dutch process cocoa (Hershey's Dark makes dark brownies)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cup King Arthur unbleached all purpose flour
- 2 cups chocolate chips, semi-sweet (or Hershey's Dark)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch metal pan or line it with foil and grease the bottom.
- In a microwave-safe mixing bowl, or in a saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Return the mixture to the heat (or microwave for 1 minute) and heat until mixture is very hot but not bubbling; it'll become shiny looking as you stir it. Heating the butter and sugar a second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl (if you melted the butter and sugar in the mixing bowl, you don't have to transfer anything).Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder and vanilla. Add the eggs, beating till smooth; then add the flour and chips, stirring until combined. (Note: if the batter is still very warm, let it cool slightly before adding the chips, otherwise they will melt into the batter).
- Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake the brownies for 28 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out dry. Remove them from the oven and after 5 minutes, loosen the edges with a table knife. This helps prevent sinking as they cool. Cool completely (and chill for better cutting) then cut and serve.
- Makes 2 dozen brownies
Increase salt to 1 scant teaspoon if you are using unsalted butter.
Use the best cocoa powder you can find and make sure it's Dutch for this recipe