Amazingly Fudgy Brownies


For Violet’s 2 week birthday, Adam and I were feeling ready to get back into the kitchen. The February issue of Bon Appétit had arrived just in time, and included a number of recipes to get us inspired.

Adam wanted to make chili for the Superbowl, and decided on the veggie version – a Black Bean Chili with Butternut Squash. Unfortunately that didn’t fare so well… it ended up extremely spicy – and not all that interesting. So if you also get Bon Appétit, I’d give that recipe a miss.

These brownies, however… make them. Make them NOW. They weren’t kidding about them being the best ever – they are so fudgy and decadent. A great way to get back into baking. MmmMm.

Full recipe:

Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter & Walnuts

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/4 stick), cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, chilled
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  1. Prep a 8x8x2 pan by lining with aluminum foil and spraying with nonstick spray. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook until butter browns, stirring often to prevent burning – about 5 minutes total.
  3. Remove from heat and add sugar, cocoa, 2 tablespoons water, vanilla, and salt. Let cool for 5 minutes (it will still be hot).
  4. Add eggs to mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. When mixture is thick and shiny, add flour and stir until blended. Then beat vigorously for 60 strokes. Stir in nuts. Transfer to prepared pan.
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack.



2 Responses to “Amazingly Fudgy Brownies”

  1. Betsy Says:

    Oh no! I’m so bummed to hear that chili recipe wasn’t good – I had planned on making it when I got my Bon Appetit. Boo! But you definitely have me convinced about the brownies – they look AWESOME! 🙂

    I hope Violet enjoyed her first cooking and baking experience! 🙂

  2. Barb Says:

    Looks like your brownies turned out WAY better than mine did!
    (I didn’t get a chance to wish you congratulations by the way – I hope you’re enjoying every minute of parenthood (even the crappy minutes!))

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