Best. Brownies. Ever.

One of my favorite cooking shows is America's Test Kitchen. (I referenced it before in this post). For every recipe, they ask the question, what makes this dish GREAT? And then they search for the exact reason of it's greatness. For brownies, the greatness is the chewiness (duh). They did a taste test and more than half the participants chose the boxed brownie over the homemade brownie. Although the homemade brownie had a better chocolate taste, more people chose the chewy goodness box-mix as their favorite. Thus, they came up with the perfect recipe for the perfect homemade brownie. I had to give it a whirl. No better time to do this than when I'm stuck at home after ACL surgery! Fortunately my parents were there to help out. I was dressed for the occasion...I know, I look awesome.

There are a couple of "keys" to these chewy brownies. #1 Fat. It's important to have the right ratio of saturated : unsaturated fat. I'll leave it at that so we don't feel too guilty enjoying these treats.  #2 Chocolate.  Using different types of chocolate (cocoa, unsweetened and bittersweet) adds a rich and complex taste. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. #3 Cool it.  Let the brownies cool completely before diving in. It's okay to do a little taste test though. 

½ cup Dutch-processed cocoa
1½ teaspoons instant espresso powder (optional)
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted 
2 large eggs
2 egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2½ cups sugar
1¾ cups all-purpose flour 
¾ teaspoon salt
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate cut into ½ inch pieces

A few more notes about this recipe: when it says "½ cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water", that means you're supposed to measure out ½ cup and then add 2 tablespoons to that (do the same with the oil).  That confused me when I first read it, I'm sure you got it though. Boil the water first and then measure it out.


1) Prep your pan.  Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. 

2) Whisk the cocoa, espresso powder (I used instant coffee), and boiling water in a large bowl until smooth.

3) W-H-I-S-K. Add the unsweetened chocolate and whisk until the chocolate is melted. Whisk in the oil and melted butter. Add the eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla. Continue to whisk until smooth. Whisk in the sugar until fully incorporated. Add the flour and salt and mix with a rubber spatula until combined. Fold in the bittersweet chocolate pieces. 
 Finely chopped unsweetened chocolate.
Bittersweet chocolate (½ inch pieces)

4) Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted halfway between the edge and center comes out with  just a few moist crumbles attached, about 30 to 35 minutes. 

5) Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool for 1½ hours (yep, you'll need a heaping scoop of patience for this recipe!)  NOTE: If you're using a glass pan, let it sit for 10 minutes to cool and then pull the foil/brownies out of the pan so it won't continue to cook.  Then let it cool for another hour and 20 minutes.  I made the mistake of leaving them in the ban, which is why I don't have a great "after" picture...shame on me. 
This pictures comes from this website, but mine looked similar :-D Right.  

Thank you, ATK.  I love you. 

Anonymous –  (June 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM)  

This is my first time pay a visit at here and i am actually happy to read all at one place.

Also visit my weblog ... acai ultra reviews

Anonymous –  (June 12, 2013 at 7:13 PM)  

Touche. Outstanding arguments. Keep up the great work.

online profit master

Anonymous –  (June 13, 2013 at 2:55 AM)  

I seldom leave a response, however i did a few searching and wound up here
"Best. Brownies. Ever.". And I actually do have 2 questions for you if it's allright. Could it be just me or does it appear like some of these comments appear as if they are coming from brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are posting at other social sites, I would like to keep up with everything new you have to post. Would you make a list of the complete urls of your community pages like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

my weblog: Vimax Free Trial (

Anonymous –  (June 13, 2013 at 4:41 AM)  

Magnificent items from you, man. I have keep in mind your stuff previous to and
you are just extremely excellent. I actually like what you've bought right here, really like what you're saying
and the way in which during which you assert it. You're making it entertaining and you still take care of to stay it sensible. I can't wait to learn much more from you.

This is really a terrific web site.

Max Thermo Burn Muscle review

Anonymous –  (June 13, 2013 at 10:35 PM)  

Attractive component to content. I just stumbled upon your
blog and in accession capital to say that I acquire actually enjoyed
account your weblog posts. Any way I will be subscribing
on your feeds and even I fulfillment you access persistently rapidly.

Feel free to surf to my website Green coffee reviews

Anonymous –  (June 14, 2013 at 3:33 AM)  

Hi there colleagues, nice article and good urging commented here,
I am in fact enjoying by these.

Here is my website: direct deposit loans

Anonymous –  (June 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM)  

Spot on with this write-up, I honestly think this site needs much more
attention. I'll probably be returning to read more, thanks for the advice!

Also visit my blog post; how to loss weight

Anonymous –  (June 19, 2013 at 4:13 AM)  

[url=]Fake Oakley Sunglasses[/url] Hi there, I enjoy reading through your post. I like to write a little comment to support you.

Post a Comment