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Death by Chocolate Brownies
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Death by Chocolate Brownies

Death by Chocolate Brownies are somewhere between cakey and fudge-y.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Death By Chocolate
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Author Cookie Madness
Cost 5

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate chopped (56 grams)
  • 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate (114 g rams)
  • 10 tablespoons 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (140 grams)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder or 2-3 teaspoons instant coffee crystals
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar (250 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • tiny drops almond extract*
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour (84 grams)
  • 3/4 cup toasted almonds or walnuts optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325F. Adjust an oven rack to a lower-middle position.
  • Line an 8 inch square metal baking pan with foil or parchment paper.
  • Put chocolates, butter, and instant coffee/espresso in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high, stirring every 30 seconds, until chocolate is almost melted. Remove from microwave, and stir to melt remaining bits of chocolate. Alternatively, you can melt the choco/butter/coffee combo over a pan of simmering water: put a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water, and stir until everything is melted. Remove from heat.
  • Whisk in sugar, salt, baking powder, and extracts into the chocolate mixture. Then whisk in the eggs, one at a time, mixing each one completely before adding the next one. After adding the eggs, whisk the mixture until smooth and glossy. Add flour; whisk until just incorporated. Do not overmix. Stir in the nuts.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan; flatten the top with a spatula. Bake until a toothpick poked into the center comes out with wet crumbs, 55 to 65 minutes. (If your oven is notorious for overheating, start checking around 45 minutes.)
  • Cool brownies in pan on a wire rack. When cool enough to handle, use the foil or parchment to pull the brownies from pan. Completely cool brownies on rack, at least 3 hours. Be patient, or the brownies won't cut into nice squares and you'll have a mess on hand. ... Cut and enjoy!!!