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Deep Dark Chocolate Brownies (from Gourmet)

by on October 8, 2008 · 17 comments

Last night I needed an impressive yet easy brownie recipe to take to a block party. This recipe, which had 5-fork reviews on Epicurious, was a winner. I made it all in one sauce pan, quick cooled the brownies in a roasting pan with ice water, chilled, then cut. Chilling was important, as the brownies were a bit sticky straight from the oven, but they firmed up nicely and I was able to cut them into small squares.

One last thing, it’s important to pay attention to the % cacao on the chocolate package because some brands might be too intense. I used Ghirardelli 52% semi-sweet and that worked well. I think 72% or above might be too chocolaty…if there is such a thing.


Deep Dark Chocolate Brownies (adapted from Gourmet)

2 sticks (8 oz) unsalted butter
8 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (no more than 60% cacao if marked)
2 cups sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
5 large eggs
1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13×9 inch metal pan with foil and spray foil with cooking spray. Alternatively, you may use parchment. These are pretty sticky at first!

Melt butter and chocolate in a 3-qt heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring, until smooth. Add 1 cup of the sugar to the hot chocolate mixture. Remove from heat and let cool to lukewarm.

Whisk in remaining 1 cup sugar and vanilla. Whisk in eggs 1 at a time until mixture is glossy and smooth. Whisk in salt and cocoa powder, then add flour and stir until it disappears (do not overbeat).

Spread in pan and bake until a pick inserted in center comes out with crumbs, 25 to 35 minutes. Cool too room temperature then chill for an hour or more. Lift from pan, place on a cutting board, cut into squares.

Makes 1 13×9 inch pan (yield depends on how big you cut your brownies, but they are rich, so small is fine.

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Published on October 8, 2008

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Lisa Ernst October 8, 2008 at 8:50 am

These look so dense and rich that I was surprised to see flour in the recipe! I will have to bookmark this for my next brownie adventure.

runjess October 8, 2008 at 8:58 am

Wow those look like FUDGE!

Todd October 8, 2008 at 9:45 am

What a great looking picture. I’m totally going to steal it and give myself credit for taking it.

VeggieGirl October 8, 2008 at 9:55 am

Those brownies certainly do look impressive!! Yum!!

Ellen October 8, 2008 at 11:06 am

Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about! YUMMY Anna, thank you for posting these. Your recipes are excellent, I must say. :-)

Maria October 8, 2008 at 11:19 am

I love brownies! These look fantastic!!

Karen October 8, 2008 at 11:22 am

They look great, I think the combination of cocoa and semisweet or bittersweet chocolate makes the best brownies.

snookydoodle October 8, 2008 at 1:14 pm

yummy brownies :)))
these look really nice they re perfectly baked neither too fudgy nor too cakey :)

clumbsycookie October 8, 2008 at 1:55 pm

They look like pieces of fudge! I was gonna steal the picture too, but Todd beated me to it! ;)

HeartofGlass October 8, 2008 at 5:59 pm

This is my type of recipe–I am definitely bookmarking it, but I may dare to try it with the really dark stuff.

FFichiban October 9, 2008 at 12:54 am

Mmmmm I can taste the gooey rich centres through the photo Yumm^^!

Sue October 9, 2008 at 9:58 am

I’ve always been tempted to try those brownies. Too many brownie recipes, so little time! :-)My husband loves the King Arthur brownies, and my kids love an old recipe that you see versions of everywhere, with marshmallows and chocolate chips. I think the Cook’s Illustrated brownies went over well here too.

Angie October 9, 2008 at 11:14 am

Those brownies look so good!

Christie October 9, 2008 at 4:19 pm

I already have way too many brownie recipes to try, but I think I’ll need to add these, also! Who doesn’t love a thick, fudgey brownie?
Great photo, too!

Cherie October 9, 2008 at 8:42 pm

I made these a few weeks ago and LOVE THEM! They are the most perfect brownies I’ve ever tried. And I agree with your cocoa note. I used 60% and wouldn’t want to go any higher.

Kristacular December 18, 2008 at 12:09 pm

MMMMM!!!! These look like Tiff’s Treats brownies!!!!! Nerd requested these for Christmas! Can’t wait to make them!

Janice January 7, 2009 at 3:15 pm

These brownies are great!
Thanks and Happy New Year!

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