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Fudge Brownies

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Pretty excited about these brownies! It’s my first time making a from-scratch brownie recipe that turned out better than a box mix (I’m not ashamed to admit I LOVE brownies from a box), AND had the shiny crackly top. Exciting stuff, at least in my world!  These were so fudgy and so chocolatey and so delicious, especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce on top.  Ultimate dessert treat!  Treat yourself today…

Fudge Brownies

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1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 ¼ cups (1 lb) granulated sugar
1 ¼ cups (3 ¾ oz) Dutch-process cocoa (I use Hershey’s Special Dark)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon espresso powder or 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs (cold)
1 ½ cup (6 ¼ oz) all-purpose flour
2 cups chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease the bottom of a 9×13” baking dish.

In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, or in a saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Return the mixture to the heat (or microwave) briefly, just until it’s hot (about 110°F to 120°F), but not bubbling; it’ll become shiny-looking as you stir it.

Transfer the sugar mixture to a medium-sized mixing bowl, if you’ve heated it in a saucepan. Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla. Whisk in the eggs, stirring until smooth. Add the flour, again stirring until smooth, then stir in the chocolate chips if using. Spread the batter into prepared dish.

Bake the brownies for about 35 minutes, until they feel set on the edges, and the center looks very moist, but not uncooked. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a rack before cutting and serving.

Recipe source: King Arthur Flour

Other brownie favorites…

Mocha-Frosted Kahlua Brownies

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Brownies

Mocha Toffee Brownies

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About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

12 responses »

  1. Look at that top! Fab!! I am going to try this recipe…

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  2. oh goodness, brownies from scratch are SO hard to get right. looks like a winner of a recipe!

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  3. Fabulous Veronica, just fabulous. I can’t believe you have time to make brownies with a little tiny one! Bravo to you!

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  4. Oh yeh! You’re speaking my language! =) I LOOOOVE how they look…love the tops of them. Could dive in and eat the whole plateful if given the opportunity. You did good Mama V! Pinning! And Hugs too! XO

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  5. OMG. Insulin worthy for sure V!!! I better not show this link to my hubs – he’ll want these stat!

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  6. V, I’m so impressed that you’ve got new baby in tow AND baking brownies from scratch! How do you do it? PLUS blog? Superwoman over here!!

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  7. Brownies look delicious. I have to make them.

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  8. BEAUTIFUL. How did you not devour the whole batch?!

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  9. Woah… Veronica! Those babies look divine! I’ll be trying them. I have a love affair with homemade brownies. Thanks for the posts and great pics!

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  10. I grew up with my mom making brownies from a box..but then I discovered my love for baking and brownies from scratch was the only way for me…brownies are one of the easiest things to bake when you are first learning to bake, well at least for me it was. these brownies look divine, good job mommy!!!

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  11. those look delish. I wish I had one right now! :)

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  12. It’s not even 10 am & now I want to eat a pan of brownies! Nom nom nom!!

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