Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

Posted on 23 September 2010

Fudgy chocolate brownies

I have a confession to make: I don’t like chocolate.

No, don’t go…I’m not crazy. Hear me out.

I do think chocolate is ok. It’s good enough, but I’m never going to pick a molten chocolate cake over a lemon tart. And I usually need my chocolate cut by vanilla or caramel. I just don’t buy into the whole cult of chocolate.

Fudgy chocolate brownies

I remember loving chocolate as a child. At Halloween, my mom was well-known in the neighborhood for giving out full chocolate candy bars, not those dinky snack-sized ones, and I took full advantage of it. One Christmas morning, I remember getting sick to my stomach eating all the chocolate in my stocking. And then I did it again the following year.

But fruit candy always won out. Ronald Reagan and I may not have agreed on his economic policies, but, man, we both loved those Jelly Bellys. And don’t even get me started on Now & Laters. And Nerds. And Spree (just not the chewy kind).

This is still the case today. It’s easy to eschew M&Ms, but don’t give me Mentos because I’ll snarf the entire roll in one sitting. And Twizzlers. And those little candies that come in the round metal canisters.

Fudgy chocolate brownies

The one exception to my standard chocolate rule is these brownies. These dark deep fudgy brownies. I start on the outside with the chewy edge pieces and slowly work my way to the ooey, gooey crumbly interior ones. And then I squish the leftover crumbs into several mega-morsels until every last bit is gone. And then I lick my fingertips clean.

Matt and I have been known to fight over these brownies. He had to resort to making his own batch because I wouldn’t share — and, sadly (for him), because they were not as good as mine.*

This had to be the dish that christened the new oven. And then I enjoyed them for the rest of the week. And shared them with Matt. Eventually.

Fudgy chocolate brownies

Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

Yield: 24 servings


2 sticks unsalted butter
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate**
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon ground vanilla or vanilla extract
5 large eggs
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt butter and chocolate -- I do this in the microwave in 5- to 10-second increments. Cool to lukewarm.
Whisk in sugar. Whisk in eggs 1 at a time until mixture is glossy and smooth.
Whisk flour, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt into chocolate mixture until combined.
Spread in 13 x 9-inch pan and bake until a pick inserted in center comes out with crumbs, 25 to 35 minutes. Be very careful not to overbake.
Cool completely and cut into 24 pieces.

Adapted from Gourmet

* Matt overbaked his batch. It was so sad; no one wanted them. Don’t be Matt.

** Gourmet recommends no more than 60% cacao. I don’t know what they are talking about — I always use 70%.

9 responses to Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

  • sheri says:

    Your shots are stunning!! Me too, I like my choc with stuff — like nuts and vanilla bean ice cream.. But this looks totally decadent.

  • ChezAmy says:

    i also confess i am not a huge chocolate fan.
    the brownies seems hopeful but i’m not sure i want to invest my hope in an entire batch in case i still don’t like them. They do look thick enough not to be crumbly dry… love the photos!

  • allfourburners says:

    Sheri, I don’t know what it is with these brownies. I generally prefer mine with walnuts, but would never sully these in that way.

    Amy, I am *shocked*. Worst case scenario, if you don’t like them, take them to work and everyone will love you. That’s what I do with my baking experiments.

  • daph says:

    love the opening line! ha!

    … i don’t discriminate.. full chocolate or mixed brownies.. love them either way.
    and i see you have mastered the technique of that camera! 🙂

  • Mmmm, brownies sound perfect. Great photos! Can’t wait to give this recipe a try 🙂

  • Vanessa says:

    Hey! I didn’t know you didn’t like chocolate either..I’m not a big fan but only crave it once in a while…and when I do, I gorge!! haha

    But can eat a whole pan of fudge brownies any day…I especially love the sides b/c of the crust ;)…

    • allfourburners says:

      I also love the contrast between the chewy and the gooey of the crusty pieces. These brownies are possibly the best I’ve ever had.

  • Rebecca says:

    These brownies were unbelievable. Very fudgy. Teeny tiny pieces were enough for me (and I’m a chocolate lover). Thanks again for the chocolate. These were pretty amazing.

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