Brownies

You want this recipe. These are the best brownies I’ve ever made, and I didn’t even use enough or the right kind of chocolate last night when I made them. It was Oscar night, and we had four inches of snow, so what better time to have a little party in my new house with chili, cornbread, cole slaw and brownies? And these brownies were the hit of the night. Perfect consistency–crispy and cakey on top and fudgy in the middle. The New York Times food writer who I stole the recipe from calls them “Man-Catcher Brownies,” and the recipe ran in the food section right around Valentine’s Day. And if a man doesn’t fall for these, well, he probably has a severe lack of appreciation for chocolate and sweetness.

12 oz (3 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups cocoa powder, sifted (natural or dutch process)
6 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups light brown sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking oil spray.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in cocoa powder. Let cool slightly.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs together, then add the sugars and vanilla. Stir to combine. Add the cooled butter-chocolate mixture, then fold in the flour and salt until just combined. Do not overmix. Spread the batter evenly in the pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a crust forms on the surface and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack. Cool completely before cutting the brownies.

There they are. Enjoy them. Substitute mint or almond extract for a tablespoon of the vanilla for a different twist. And then catch a man, whatever that means.

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2 Responses to “Brownies”

  1. Beth Says:

    Hi Robin,

    I have a batch in the oven now. I was intrigued by the brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of vanilla, so I had to try them.

    These are for a 5 pm viewing of a conference basketball final, during which Chris, Nevaeh, and I will eat supper in front of the TV. Man catching highly unlikely! But I’ll let you know how ours turn out.

    Beth

  2. Beth Says:

    Hi Robin,

    I have a batch in the oven now. I was intrigued by the brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of vanilla, so I had to try them.

    These are for a 5 pm viewing of a conference basketball final, during which Chris, Nevaeh, and I will eat supper in front of the TV. Man catching highly unlikely! But I’ll let you know how ours turn out.

    Beth

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