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Deluxe 8 Inch Pan Brownies

by on March 21, 2012 · 21 comments

Today’s brownie recipe is adapted from a contest winner from Southern Living magazine. A $1,000 “brand winner” in the desserts category, it features 1/4 cup of Millstone Coffee. Unless you brew your coffee really, really, strong, you’re not going to get much flavor from 1/4 cup brewed coffee, but in this case it doesn’t matter because the brownies are so good.


If you don’t drink coffee, you could probably get away with using water. The base is made with unsweetened chocolate, but to get the full flavor and texture effect, you need to add some good chocolate chips. In the original recipe, it’s a full 2 cups, so in the half batch recipe below I used 1. Since I was making these for a group of kids, I left out the nuts.

These are neither fudgy nor cakey but rather somewhere in between. They bake at fairly high temperature, so keep an eye on them and err on the side of underbaking rather than over. Mine were perfect in 30 minutes, but the full batch will need 35. Here’s a link to the 9×13 inch version of Deluxe Brownies. Below is the 8 inch version.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Deluxe 8 Inch Pan Brownies
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Brownies that are neither too cake nor too fudgy
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt (omit if using salted butter)
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons brewed coffee
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup extra dark chocolate morsels
  • 1/2 cup chopped and toasted walnuts (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Line an 8 inch square metal pan with nonstick foil.
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan or in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the salt, chocolate and coffee Reduce heat to low, and stir until melted. Remove from heat and allow it to cool slightly.
  3. Beat eggs on high speed of an electric mixer. Gradually add sugar and vanilla, beating 3 minutes or until thick and pale. Add chocolate mixture, beating until blended. Gradually add flour, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in chocolate morsels and walnuts (if using). Pour into the pan and bake on center rack at at 375° for 30 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack for about an hour, then transfer to refrigerator and chill for another hour or two or until very cold. Lift foil with brownies out of pan. Cut brownies into squares.

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Published on March 21, 2012

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Chewthefat March 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Wow! Those look quite perfect! And the chocolate chips in the chocolate bottom…yum! I just made Nigella’s chocolate chocolate chip muffins, subbing out a half a cup of milk with coffee. Coffee and chocolate always attract me as a great baking combination…and coffee is particularly nice because it’s very flavorful without having to add extra sugar or fat.

Gloria March 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm

These look like I could eat too many of them!!! I have a new favorite chocolate chip I’ll try in them: Hershey’s special dark. Not all stores carry them anymore :( Also, I’ll use decaffeinated coffee! I want to bring treats in tomorrow to the elementary school I volunteer at so also no nuts,,

Lisa Ernst March 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm

These look great! When I took a look at the recipe, I could understand cutting the morsels down to one cup. Normally my philosophy is the more chips added the better, but in this case, I can’t quite imagine two whole cups in such a small recipe. If somebody tries it, I’d love to hear a report though. :-)

Anna March 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Mary, I highly recommend these brownies. If you’re on a brownie kick, give them a try.

Gloria, I always used Guittard extra dark. My grocery store sells them!

Lisa, I actually halved the whole recipe and not just the chips. Maybe I should reword that, because in this case the more chips the better.

Gloria March 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm

They are in the oven now!! Followed the recipe with only ONE exception. The batter was thinner than I’m used to so I added 2 T more flour. The raw batter is DELICIOUS!!!!! I’ll update again later when they are out and cooled a little.

Anna March 21, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Gloria, the batter is supposed to be thin. Hopefully the extra 2 tablespoons of flour won’t have a negative effect. Let me know what happens. But yes, the batter is almost like cake batter.

Gloria March 21, 2012 at 9:54 pm
gaylin March 22, 2012 at 12:41 am

I think I will give these a try, I am allergic to grains so will switch the flour out with either almond flour or quinoa . . .

Gloria March 22, 2012 at 12:50 am

I used salted butter, decaffeinated coffee, and added 2 T of extra flour. They were still great!!! Thanks for the recipe!!

Paula B. March 22, 2012 at 3:34 am

Always on the hunt for another perfect brownie! And I, too, subscribe to “the more chocolate chips the better” philosophy Thanks for the recipe.

Karen March 22, 2012 at 11:48 am

I am curious about the science of melting the butter rather than just having it softened. I recently noticed that in your post of Lee’s Chocolate Chip cookies also.
The Hershey Special Dark choc. chips were just on sale for a buck less per package. I should have picked up a “CASE” full. LOL.

Adam March 22, 2012 at 11:49 am

ooooo… these look way good. I’m having a serious brownie craving right now. Though I suppose I’m always having one :). And typically coffee is added to chocolate based recipes because it actually enchances the flavour of chocolate without needing to add more. As a result you don’t get the flavour of coffee, but you do get a richer chocolate flavour without making a heavier dessert :),

Karen March 22, 2012 at 11:54 am

Another thought–Anna, are you still using your chocolate extract in your baking? I haven’t tried it with something like brownies, although it really enhances the hot chocolate when I add to the heated mixture. I was just thinking about what the extract might do to this recipe, maybe since I don’t like coffee flavor at all, adding the chocolate extract would be pretty darn tasty.

Katrina March 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Made the granola. Now I want brownies!

Karen, I did make brownies with chocolate extract in them back when Anna was first talking about extracts. It was a brownie recipe right on the extract box (Watkins). I liked it! And while reading about this and knowing I don’t use coffee either, I actually thought of that extract–though I wouldn’t use it per tablespoon in place of the coffee, I’d go with less, maybe a teaspoon and the rest water.

Anna March 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Karen, in my experience, things made with melted butter have a denser texture. These brownies are interesting because they’re light (like cake), but dense. They don’t appear to be very special at first glance, but they taste rich. They remind me of a local Austin brownie called Mrs. Butter’s Brownies.

About the chocolate extract, I thought about adding some then decided not to. It might have added extra flavor, but the brownies didn’t necessarily *need* it. And if I did use chocolate extract, I’d only use 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoons and still use the 2 tablespoons of coffee (even if I didn’t like it) or 2 tablespoons of water (if I didn’t use coffee because I didn’t have it or for other reasons).

Katrina, I’m so happy to hear you tried the Viceroy granola. Post a link to your review if you get a chance.

Oh, and back to the coffee. The reason I said it doesn’t add much flavor is because I think two tablespoons of coffee divided among a whole pan of brownies just wouldn’t do much, so even coffee haters probably wouldn’t notice the flavor. For more coffee flavor or for just enough coffee to intensify the chocolate (as Adam mentioned), I’d add a little instant coffee to the batter or dissolve an instant coffee packet in water.

Karen March 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Hi All, I made the brownies. With a couple of modifications. I added 1/2 tsp. chocolate extract. I figured if there was 1/2 tsp. vanilla, equal amt of choc. would work. Instead of the chocolate squares I used 1/3 c. of special dark choc. chips = 2 oz. I weighed on my older than dirt WW scale. My brain wasn’t thinking right then… I did have the choc. squares in the cupboard but the choc. chip bag was sitting out already… No coffee, just used water. Plus then I used the same dk. choc. chips in the batter. They baked up lovely, although even after an extra 4 minutes baking time were still very gooey. But I like my brownies under done. These were definately under baked. The taste was wonderful. I couldn’t wait for them to chill. Wow! Loved the intense chocolate flavor. And this morning after chilling, well, I like them warmed back to room temp. better. Very reminiscent for texture of my mom’s brownie recipe that she got from a great aunt before I was born. No choc. chips in that one though. I might try Mom’s recipe with the choc. extract.

Anna March 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Hi Karen,
Thanks for the detailed review! That’s terrific that you were able to use 2 ounces of dark chocolate in place of unsweetened. Your version is definitely more convenient since you don’t have to bother with buying unsweetened chocolate. That being said, now you just have to try them with the unsweetened chocolate!

By the way, there’s a recipe on called Mmm Brownies which might also be convenient for those days when there isn’t any unsweetened chocolate in the house. I have yet to try it, but it has great reviews.

Gloria March 28, 2012 at 2:05 pm

My niece says they are the best brownies I’ve made so far!!! Just thought you should know. She is 13 and a dark-chocoholic, but she is still discriminating. She gives her honest opinions.

Anna March 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Awesome! That made my day!

I think it’s neat that she’s 13 and discriminating. Kids are excellent tasters when they know that you really want an honest opinion and that you are truly taking things into account.

They should do a Top Chef kids, with kids taking over for Padma, Tom and Gail.

Jenny May 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm

hi, i was just wondering if i could use dark chocolate chips instead of unsweetened chocolate but use less sugar. it’s hard to find unsweetened chocolate where i live.

Anna May 24, 2012 at 7:56 am

Hi Jenny, I wouldn’t try that. A better substitute would be to use unsweetened cocoa powder and butter. For ever ounce of unsweetened chocolate (in this case, two), use 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of butter. So for the 2 ounces of chocolate, use 6 tablespoons of cocoa powder (a little over 1/3 cup or 1 ounce in weight) and 2 tablespoons of butter.

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