Chewy Brownies

October 16, 2012

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In the meantime, I tried a new brownie recipe today.  I love making brownies!  They are easy, the  ingredients are always to be found, and my house smells like a chocolate factory.    I heard about this recipe in the Cooks Illustrated cookbook and then put my own little spin on it.  I think they turned out pretty good, but I would still choose my sinful brownie recipe over this one.  If you like a more chewy brownie you will love this one, if you like a more fudgy brownie it’s my sinful ones.  I’ll make those next and you can do a side by side taste test.


Chewy Brownies
  • ⅓ cup Hershey's special dark cocoa
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate,  finely chopped
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla paste ( I love this stuff, you can use extract if you don't have it)
  • 2½ cups sugar
  • 1¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  1. Adjust oven rack to bottom position and preheat to 350 degrees.
  2. Line 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper so that flaps hang over.  Grease with spray.
  3. Whisk cocoa into boiling water.  Add unsweetened chocolate and whisk until melted.  Whisk in oil and melted butter.  Mixture at this point will not be smooth , don't worry.
  4. Add eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla and continue to whisk until smooth.
  5. Whisk in sugar until fully incorporated.
  6. In another bowl whisk flour and salt and add to batter.  Mix with rubber spatula until combined.
  7. Fold in chocolate chips.
  8. Transfer batter to pan, and Bake for 30-35 minutes.  Transfer pan to wire rack to cool for 1½ hours.
  9. Remove brownies from pan while holding on to parchment paper, return to rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.
  10. Cut into 2-inch squares and try to leave some for the kids:))))
  11. ENJOY

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