Friday, January 25, 2013

Serious Brownies


I call these Serious Brownies, because I take them very seriously.  I know.  I am very creative with names.  But seriously- they are perfect.

I was arguing with myself all week about making these.  I have made plenty of delicious brownies, but they have never been my idea of perfect.  But lately, I have been craving the perfect brownie that I have never yet tasted.  Well, I adapted a few recipes and guess what?  They turned out just how I wanted them to!  I hesitate in building them up too much, because I know everyone has their own tastes.  And if you're a food snob, or even worse- a dessert snob -it could get ugly.

So, if you are like me, and want a rich, chocolatey-fudgey-but not too fudgey-brownie with the perfect frosting...well, these might just be for you!  Give them a try, and please let me know how you like them.

Serious Brownies

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 oz. unsweetened, or semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
In large saucepan, melt butter and chocolate until smooth.  Take off heat.  With wooden spoon, gently stir in sugar, eggs, and vanilla.  Then add cocoa, flour, salt, and baking powder.  Mix just until combined.  Spread batter in greased 9x13 pan.  Bake at 350 for 28 minutes.  (Mine came out perfect at 28 minutes, but I know everyone's ovens bake differently, so bake until toothpick comes out mostly clean-but a little tiny bit fudgey.)

Frosting
  • 6 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 6 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2-2 cups powdered sugar
Beat until combined to the consistency you like.  You can add milk to thin it.  Frost while brownies are still warm.



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8 comments:

thesmartcookiecook.com said...

These look gorgeous, so moist and rich! I just want to dive right into that stack. Yum!

Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom said...

These look like the perfect brownies! def going to give these a try!

Cuca said...

I just have one doubt: it's really only 1 oz. of chocolate? It seems so little :)
I was thinking of doing it, but I'll wait for your answer before I screw them up :)

Becky said...

@Cuca There is actually cocoa powder in the recipe-that is where most of the chocolateness comes from. I added the 1 oz of baking chocolate for texture and to add a little more of a richer taste. Hope that helps!

Cuca said...

Thank you so much, Becky!I know that it has cocoa powder, but I saw so little ammount of chocolate that I got afraid of doing something wrong! Thanks a lot :)

little black dress said...

Hi Becky, If I want to make this a gluten free brownies and change the flour to almond flour, will it turn out ok? I'm looking for a great gluten free recipe. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Just made these and easily found out how amazing they are! Thanks for the recipe.

Lena said...

Looks amazing! What type of cocoa powder do you recommend? :)