I love brownies.
I know – big shocker there: Lacey loves sweet, chocolatey, chewy goodness.
But, for some really annoying and unknown reason, Dustin and I could never perfect a good brownie recipe. Our brownies would always fall short — be it too crunchy, not chocolatey, too cakey, too dry, etc.
This saddened me because, as we have established, I love brownies.
So, you can imagine my joy when we finally perfected the dark chocolate brownie recipe. These brownies are absolutely amazing. They are moist, dark chocolatey, chewy – yet crunchy – goodness. They are everything a brownie should and aspires to be.
In addition to this brownie recipe being totally deliciously awesome, it’s also super easy to make.
They are literally in the oven and making your house smell like yummy goodness within less than 15 minutes.
And I am now happy.
Oh, so happy.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder I use Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 3/4 cup bread flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips semi-sweet or dark will do
- powdered sugar for dusting finished brownies
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Butter an 8x8-inch (2 quart) baking dish and set aside.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, turn off the heat and add the cocoa powder. Stir to combine.
- In a mixer, beat the eggs on a high speed until they become light yellow in color, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat again until well mixed.
- Slowly add half of the butter-chocolate mixture into the eggs while keeping the mixer on a medium speed. It is important to do this step very slowly so as not to cook the beaten eggs with the hot butter. Once the first half of the butter-chocolate mixture is mixed in, add the remaining mixture and beat again until fully mixed.
- In a medium-large bowl, combine the salt, bread flour and baking powder. Slowly add the flour mixture into the egg mixture while keeping the mixer on a low speed. Continue to mix until the flour is just incorporated and then stop. Try not to over-beat the mixture.
- Add the chocolate chips and stir in by hand.
- Pour the mixture into the buttered pan and place in the oven on a middle shelf. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted into the brownies comes out clean. I error on the side of not quite clean to get a more moist brownie.
- Let cool before cutting into 9 equal squares.
- Using a sifter, dust with powdered sugar.