Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

Taken from Cook's Illustrated "The Best Light Recipes". This is a tried and true brownie recipe that is made using way less and better than your average brownie recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Set oven to 350 degrees (adjust oven rack to middle position).
  2. Line an 8-inch square metal baking pan with parchment paper or foil, then spray lightly with cooking spray.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together flour and baking powder; set aside.
  4. In another bowl whisk cocoa powder, water, vanilla and espresso powder; set aside.
  5. In a medium microwave-safe bowl microwave the butter and chopped chocolate together on 50% power until melted (about 1 minute); whisk until the mixture is smooth, then add in sugar and salt and whisk until completely combined.
  6. Add in the cocoa mixture and then the egg; whisk until combined.
  7. Stir in the flour mixture until JUST incorporated (do not overmix!).
  8. Pour the batter into prepared baking pan and smooth out on top.
  9. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with a few moist crumbs attached (rotate the pan about halfway through baking, do not overbake the brownies).
Most Helpful

Didn't taste like low-fat brownies at all!! They were delicious with a nice cup of coffee and not too sweet! Nobody believed they were low-fat!! Thanks Kit!

Redsie December 19, 2006