Best Cocoa Brownies

"From Alice Medrich's Bittersweet"
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16 brownies




  • 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.
  • Spray the pan and lining with cooking spray.
  • Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium heatproof bowl and set the bowl in a wide skillet of barely simmering water.
  • Stir occasionally until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth, though it will appear somewhat gritty.
  • Remove the bowl from the skillet and set aside briefly until the mixture is only warm, not at all hot.
  • Stir in the vanilla with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, stirring well after each one.
  • 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.
  • Stir in the nuts, if using. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
  • Bake until a toothpick plunged into the center emerges slightly moist with batter, about 25 minutes.
  • Let cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Set the pan in the freezer for 10 minutes (it will make for clean cutting of the brownies).
  • Lift up the ends of the parchment or foil liner, and transfer the brownies to a cutting board.
  • Cut into 16 squares.

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  1. 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.


I'm 23 years old and I live in Trinidad. One of the islands in the Caribbean. I love baking and have a major sweet tooth but I am trying to cook more savoury foods and I am enjoying trying new recipes. Recently I have come to love photographing the food I make. Too bad they don't all come out photo worthy, but at least they still taste good! lol <img src=> <img src="">
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