Brownies and Bars

Hands Down Best Brownies {ever}

You may be wondering why I do not have a brownie recipe here on my blog (besides my mug brownie recipe). I actually love brownies, however these past few months I have been researching and testing for a best brownie recipe. These brownies that I am sharing today are fool-proof, one bowl, tested numerous times, and come out great each time. I wish I could share a Christmas related post, but this will have to do!

These brownies have a shiny and crackly (meringue-like) top, and a chewy, but fudgy center. To make these brownies perfect, there were a few things that I changed about the traditional way of making brownies.

  1. Melt the butter w/ chocolate chips

Instead of using all cocoa powder for this recipe, I found that using melted chocolate, or chips creates an outstanding flavor, along with the small amount of cocoa powder. It also makes these brownies not too dry. Try adding a pinch of instant coffee to bring out the flavor a little more.

2. Leaving out the egg white

When I tested this recipe with a second full egg, I found it to be more spongy and a bit too moist. Using just the egg yolk gives these a nice chew.

Enjoy! Merry Christmas!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) of unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of light brown sugar (may use dark brown for more flavor depth)
  • 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chopped, or chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs and 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F, and line an 8×8 square pan with baking paper and butter.
  2. In a large, microwave safe mixing bowl, melt together the butter and semi sweet chocolate in 10-15 second intervals, until completely melted. Make sure to stir well after each addition. Add the cocoa powder.
  3. Add your sugars and stir until combined.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time. Whisk vigorously after each addition for roughly 30 seconds. Then add the vanilla.
  5. Stir in the flour and be very careful not to over mix.
  6. Pour into your prepared pan.
  7. Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until set. You don’t want too much goo on your toothpick when testing, but you don’t want none because you want these to be fudgy.
  8. Take them out, and cool completely before cutting.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Merry Christmas, or happy holidays to everybody, and a happy new year! Thank you for sticking with me and reading my blog this year in this unpredictable time of 2020. Writing for this blog has really changed me as a person, and each one of you mean so much to me. Thank you everyone!

*I will not be posting until 2021 due to plans with family, but thank you everyone!*

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