Brownies Recipe

Brownies—rich, dark, chewy, fudgy homemade. These flaky, swirled brownies have cocoa powder and brown butter. I rarely brag, but this brownie recipe is the best! 


– 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch slice – 1 ¼ cups cane sugar – ¾ cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder – ½ teaspoon fine sea salt – ¼ teaspoon baking powder – ½ teaspoon espresso powder or very finely ground coffee (optional) – 2 cold large egg – 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract – ⅔ cup white whole wheat flour or flour of choice – 2 ounces dark or semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped, or ⅓ cup chocolate chip

Prepare the oven with a lower third rack at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Two criss-crossed pieces of parchment paper should cover the sides of an 8-inch square baking pan by 2 inches. Grease parchment.

Step 1


Brown butter: Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook the butter, whisking constantly, until it's pale golden brown and the particles are reddish brown. This usually takes 10 minutes.

Step 2

Remove pan from heat and add sugar. Next, add cocoa, sea salt, baking, and espresso powder. Stir until ingredients are combined. Cool the mixture for 5 minutes.

Step 3

After adding each egg, beat vigorously with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula. Vanilla extract and flour should be added when the mixture is thick, shiny, and well blended. Remove flour streaks by stirring. 

Step 4

Use the wooden spoon or spatula to beat vigorously for 50 strokes. Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes if it is warmer than slightly warm. Mix in chocolate chips or chunks.

Step 5

Spread the batter in the lined pan and swirl it with a knife. Bake 25 minutes on the lower rack until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out mostly clean. On a baking rack, cool brownies in the pan.

Step 6

Once the brownies are cool enough to touch, lift the paper off the sides and place them on a cutting board. Cut the brownies into 16 or 25 squares with a chef's knife that is very sharp. 

Step 7

See Also

Vegan Banana Nut Scones Recipe