Best Cocoa Brownies

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by Roxanne J.R.

From Alice Medrich's Bittersweet

Top Review by Greeny4444

I'm not the best brownie maker, so I am constantly trying new recipes to see if I can make good ones. This one came out really nice right from the oven - see my pic with two casserole dishes (I doubled the recipe and baked them in two 8x8's for 28 minutes), but I fell asleep at step 12 (with them in the refrigerator), and by morning they had a fudge-like consistency (see my other picture). :( I am kinda nervous to take them to my BBQ today, but maybe once they warm to room temperature they will un-firm or de-dense (is that a word?) a little bit. I have a feeling that something, somewhere does not want me to be able to make good brownies. LOL! I am going to try this recipe again, because it was actually really easy to do. Thanks for posting it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 325°F Line the bottom and sides of an 8×8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or foil, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides.
  2. Spray the pan and lining with cooking spray.
  3. Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium heatproof bowl and set the bowl in a wide skillet of barely simmering water.
  4. Stir occasionally until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth, though it will appear somewhat gritty.
  5. Remove the bowl from the skillet and set aside briefly until the mixture is only warm, not at all hot.
  6. Stir in the vanilla with a wooden spoon.
  7. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring well after each one.
  8. When the batter looks thick, shiny, and well-blended, add the flour and stir until all the streaks of flour disappear, then beat vigorously for 40 more strokes with the wooden spoon or a rubber spatula.
  9. Stir in the nuts, if using. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
  10. Bake until a toothpick plunged into the center emerges slightly moist with batter, about 25 minutes.
  11. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
  12. Set the pan in the freezer for 10 minutes (it will make for clean cutting of the brownies).
  13. Lift up the ends of the parchment or foil liner, and transfer the brownies to a cutting board.
  14. Cut into 16 squares.

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