Super Simple Brownies

I’m heading to San Francisco this Friday for a big food blogger conference. Months ago, I was excited. Now I’m sort of nervous, but still looking forward to it. At least when you get a bunch of food bloggers together, there’s something to talk about.

So this week I’m baking things that are easy to give away, like these brownies. I’d intended to make the Nick Malgieri/New York Times famous Supernatural Brownies, but didn’t have the right kind of chocolate and did some improvising. I’m sure these are just as good as the original, and maybe not quite as sweet. I love the slight molasses flavor from the brown sugar.

These aren’t quite as light as Artpark brownies, but they don’t involve 10 minutes of whipping with a stand mixer and that is a good thing.

super simple brownies

Super Simple Brownies
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An easy brownie recipe made with semisweet and unsweetened chocolate as well as brown sugar.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16
  • 4 oz unsalted butter (114 grams)
  • 2 ounces 58% semi-sweet chocolate (56 grams)
  • 2 ounces 100% unsweetened chocolate (56 grams)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt plus a pinch
  • 1/2 cup very well packed dark brown sugar (110 grams)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (96 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (5 ml)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour (65 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 inch metal baking pan with non-stick foil.
  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Add the chocolate, reduce heat to low or turn off the heat and stir until chocolate melts over residual heat. Cool slightly.
  3. Whisk eggs in a mixing bowl, then whisk in salt, sugars and vanilla. Do this gently, so as not to whisk in to much air. Whisk in the chocolate. Fold in flour just until combined.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle top with chopped nuts if desired.
  5. Bake for 33-35 minutes or until shiny and beginning to crack on top.
  6. Cool in pan on rack. Cut into brownie size of your choice.

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  1. says

    I will be at the conference as well and share your apprehension. I don’t consider myself a blogger at all and only “know” one other woman who will be there. The agenda looks great though and it should be a fun time!

  2. Doris Ruth says

    Dear Anna,
    Have fun at the Food Blog pow wow. You will just have to make your nerves work for you! You certainly have a great site!

  3. says

    Have fun at the conference! I know how nerve wracking a big group of people can be, but you’ll find some familiar faces and voices and be just fine.
    The brownies are attractive and I like the brown sugar twist. Like Fallon, I’ve never had brownies with brown sugar either.

  4. gloria says

    These look scrumptious…I feel the weight gain just looking at the picture.
    Would these be your favorite plain brownie so far?

  5. Candace says

    I was going to make the Artpark brownies last week and then realized I didn’t have the right chocolate, so I ended up making the Supernatural brownies. I love that recipe.

  6. says

    These look awesome and fudgey! I’m bookmarking them on Delicious so I can go back to them the next time I have that brownie urge.

    Have a great time at the food blogging event. LilSis and I really wanted to go to that, but it was sold out by the time we heard about it. We’re going to BlogWorld in Vegas in 3 weeks, so we can’t complain! Let us know how it goes in San Fran!

  7. cb says

    if you get a chance to go to Specialty’s Bakery and order a wheat germ chocolate chip cookie…and then help me figure out the recipe!!! Enjoy your time here in SF..

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