Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Perfect Brownie

It's a cliché to have chocolate on Valentine's Day. But so are big puffy red hearts and oversized teddy bears. I'm okay with that, especially when chocolate comes in the form of these delicious brownies. These would be "perfect" brownies, to be exact. And perfect they are. Brownies are a funny thing and there are so many different types out there and everyone has a preference. There are some made with just cocoa, some made with only chocolate, with chocolate chips, with nuts, without nuts, frosted, iced, glazed. Then there's the cakey, the fudgy and the chewy. Me? I like them chewy on the edges, a little fudgy in the middle, plain with no adornments and there must me a shiny crackly top. Enter the "perfect" brownie. 

I found these brownies through a fellow Instagrammer named Cheryl. She posted a photo on her Instagram of a recipe she made from Blackjack Bake House and was kind enough to share the link with me. Thanks Cheryl! There are so many drool worthy recipes on her site that I want to try. I read her description for these brownies and they were high on the top of my list. For the longest time, I thought that the only way to achieve chewy brownies was to make them from a boxed mix. And while those are still delicious, I prefer to make them homemade. I just never quite found the right recipe.  I tend to be a "cocoa only" type of brownie girl, but the added melted chocolate in these makes them a little richer and denser. if you want to add nuts, chocolate chips or chopped up candy, feel free to personalize them. You'll have everyone (even sneaky toddlers) reaching for one!

Perfect Brownies adapted from Blackjack Bake House

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 10 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 oz. chopped bittersweet chocolate or chocolate chips 
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper. Make sure the edges are long enough to drape over the sides of the pan, for easy brownie removal. Butter the foil or parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray and set aside.   

In small bowl, whisk together cocoa, flour and salt. Set aside.

Melt butter over double boiler. Add sugar and chopped chocolate and whisk until chocolate melts and mixture is fairly smooth (it will be grainy). Remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly.

Add eggs to lukewarm chocolate mixture and beat with an electric mixer on medium for about 1 minute, until smooth. Add vanilla extract and beat to combine.

Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture and beat on medium speed for a full 3 minutes. (This is important to the success of the recipe)

Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly over the bottom and into the corners. 

Bake for about 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in brownies comes out mostly clean. 

To store, wrap in plastic or store in airtight container at room temperature.

Happy Valentine's Day! Lots of love to you all!


Becca said...

Oh. My. God! These look just like my version of the perfect brownie. I thought these were going in your book when you posted them on Instagram. I just made a batch of brownies ver the weekend, so I'm a little brownied out, but I can't wait to try these! :D

bellini said...

These do sound perfectly chocolatey for Valentines Day.

Memoria James said...

YUM!! They DO look perfect!! I just made really good brownies last week that looked very similar to these. I will need to still try these out soon.

Hayden's officially a toddler?? No! Say it isn't so! ;)

Debbie said...

Monica, pinning these as soon as I finish this comment. Will be making this soon...thanks and have a nice Valentines Day!

cybil said...

wow they look incredibly good!!!

Debby Foodiewife said...

Hayden's hand shot is just too cute. I love me a fudgy brownie with crusty edges, too. Happy Valentine's Day, Darlin'

VelezDelights said...

This looks great! It’s definitely becoming a part of my future To-Do list! :)

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

Oh, forget the brownies...look at that little sweetheart! So cute!! Well, the brownies look wonderful too. I like mine with nuts and I always use my mom's homemade recipe...real butter of course, cocoa, sugar, flour and vanilla. What I wouldn't give for a pan right now but my husband doesn't like chocolate, so you know what would happen with a whole pan and no company!

Anonymous said...

These were the BEST brownies I've ever had in my life. I'm going to share this recipe to everyone I know. Omg thank you for changing my life.

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Olga StarDec said...

Oh my! So much yummyness found here! Pinned some of them! :)

Glenda said...

I made these brownies yesterday and I cannot stay out of them! I will never buy another boxed brownie mix again. So good!

Anonymous said...

50-55 minute???
so much?

Anonymous said...

My cousin made them and they were soo good and chewy but when I tried to make them, they were good but not chewy. What am I doing wrong? does the temp of the chocolate mixture have anything to do with the chewiness?

Anam Fayaz said...

extreamlyyyy gooooddddd. .. i did put aluminum foil in my pan the sugar got jammed. . i should hv used the butter paper. .. but one thing they are really yummy chewy n awesome. .. i was a bit not sure abt the granulated sugar but but but granulated sugar make it chewy. . i will try it again

Milla said...

I made a batch today and they are so good! Though the ones in the edges are more cakey but the bites in the midddle yum! Next week I'll make triple batch of these and bake 5 mins less! Thanks (from Finland!) for this easy and delish recipe :)

Anonymous said...

I baked for only 45mins which already resulted in a burnt top :( anyone who tried all baked for a full 55mins?

Milla said...

Hi! So forget to comment but the triple batch was perfect! I baked 5mins less and on the middle/low level in the oven. The best thing is that they are perfectly delicious also after freezing so you can always have a batch of these in the freezer.. if you can resist the temptation of knowing their existence ;)

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