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The Very BEST Cocoa Brownies and a Blogger Challenge!

Hello friends – how goes the long weekend? Good you say? Let’s make it great by rustling up a pan of these brownies. All it takes is some undecidedly fancy ingredients to get some pretty darn delicious results. Now I have had a go-to brownie recipe for a long time now, it is quick and delicious. With a few notable exceptions other brownie recipes have left me feeling a little ‘meh’ especially the ones that have involved elaborate procedures and recommended that I wait 24 hours before trying a piece – laughable really.

When I came across this one from Cookie + Kate I had a feeling. For one she takes crackly tops seriously, as do I. For another she seems to really get that a brownie, a perfect brownie, should be mostly fudgy but with a little bit of heft. A rich caramelly back note, a touch of coffee and a little extra cocoa powder doesn’t hurt. Also I think the stirring is kinda magical – the last 50 strokes at the end – don’t skip it.

The Very BEST Cocoa Brownies

Speaking of skipping things, I think I may have failed to mention something – the South Asian Bloggers Network. A duo of wonderful women came up with the idea of bringing South Asian bloggers under one banner to help foster the advantages of a community both in terms of blogging support and sponsorship. You can read more about it here.

Well the same duo also came up with a challenge a few weeks ago – a two week blogging challenge, a post on each weekday for two weeks straight making for a total of 10 posts over 14 days. Bring it on I say! Actually moment of truth:  I totally panicked and am now faking a cool bring-it-on-its-no-bigs attitude. What I am genuinely excited about is bringing you a slew of yummies over the next two weeks – as my insta followers now I have been cooking and baking away and now it’s time to get blogging!

The BEST Cocoa Brownies

Hope you enjoy this sweet start to the next two weeks!

 

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cocoa brownies
The Very BEST Cocoa Brownies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Servings: 16
Author: Sarah - Flour & Spice
Ingredients
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into ½-inch slice
  • cups sugar
  • ¾ cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon espresso powder or very finely ground coffee optional
  • 2 cold large eggs
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cup  flour
  • 2 ounces dark or semi-sweet chocolate roughly chopped (or ⅓ cup chocolate chips)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit with a rack in the lower third of the oven. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper and grease the paper. 

  2. Now  brown some butter by melting it in a heavy bottomed saucepan and cooking, stirring until it turns golden brown with caramelly bits. 

  3. Remove the pan from heat and briskly stir in the sugar to allow it to dissolve

  4. Now throw in the cocoa powder, sea salt, baking powder and espresso powder. Mix well. Let the mixture cool for 5 minutes.

  5. Energetically mix in the eggs one at a time with a spatula or wooden spoon

  6. When the mixture looks thick, shiny and well blended, then pop in the vanilla extract and the flour. Stir until you no longer see streaks of flour.

  7. Now VERY IMPORTANT: Stir the batter for an energetic 50 Strokes

  8. Fold in the chocolate chunks or chips. Spread the batter in the lined pan, then use a knife to make light swirls in the top of the batter. 

  9. Bake on the lower rack for about 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean. Cool the brownies in the pan on a baking rack, remove from the pan by lifting the parchment paper once cool and cut into squares.

Recipe Notes

If you want to skip browning the butter that's fine - they will still be yummy! Just use 1 tbsp less of butter 

 

 
 

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32 Comments

  • Reply
    salmadinani
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    These look seriously delicious! Can’t wait for the multitude of recipes to come for the next two weeks and thanks for the shout out to SABN, you’re the best 🙂

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      Thanks Salma – as in really, really thank you 🙂

  • Reply
    Alyssa's Breakfast Cafe
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    Totally trying this! I’ve had the same issue with other brownie recipes just being kinda “meh.” I’m all about the fudginess and the crackly topping ❤️

  • Reply
    AppetiteDeluxe
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    omg these looks so delicious!

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      Thank you – they were a little too delicious (as I stare guiltily at the empty pan…hehe)

  • Reply
    Doctor Pragati
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    WOW! These look SO good!

  • Reply
    Anonymous
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    Absolutely divine!! Going to keep trying it soon 🙂

  • Reply
    ritusundaram
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    My oh my….this looks a little life changing!!! I usually go with an amazing recipe but I love the espresso powder in this one. Reminds me of the classic Hershey cake recipe, in brownie form.

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    Pink Chai
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    These look so yummy!! I’m on a bit of a sugar break right now, but I’m going to make these for the Mr. for Father’s Day I think 🙂 PS: So happy to have you as a part of SABN!

  • Reply
    Farah.F
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    Oh great! im always searching for a good cocoa brownies recipe. But somehow i never get that beautiful top crust SIGH! will give this a try now.

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      its the magic of sugar and butter i tell you – swoon worthy crackliness!

  • Reply
    Sarita G
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    Brownies are seriously my love language. Need to make these VERY soon!!

  • Reply
    Vaish
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    OMG! Are you kidding me? Seriously? If only I could reach into my computer and grab one!

  • Reply
    love in the kitchen
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    I printed this one out and the recipe is up on the side of my refrigerator! Can’t wait to make them.

  • Reply
    Hirra Pervaiz
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    I’m so trying these soon, look amazingly delicious

  • Reply
    Ethan Jameson
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    Sarah, YUM! You know I’m a huge fan of yours and your cooking/baking. Def going to try these out. Any suggestions for a chocolate icing to go on top?

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      Ethan Ethan Ethan, some brownies don’t need icing 😉

  • Reply
    Michele
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    The only problem with these… Is I can’t wait for them to get out of the oven!! Just tried them today & if the batter is any indication, these really are the very best brownies ever.

    Thanks for sharing!!

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      oooh how did they turn out? i was away for a few weeks and am back to blogging now hence the late response

  • Reply
    Rida Zahra
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    can i use oil instead of butter? of course it won’t brown but do you think it’ll be okay?

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      Hi Rida! I think it’s worth a shot – just use 2 tbsp less of oil. Keep me posted on the outcome – that way I can add a note on the recipe!

  • Reply
    aaminah
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    Tried the brownies sarah! the batter was very very thick with 10 tbsp butter so added quite a bit more…

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      sarahjmir@gmail.com
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      oh really? my batter is usually very thick for brownies and they always bake up fine. How did the extra butter turn out? Let me know and I’ll add a note about a.)how thick the batter is and b.) what adding extra butter does! Thanks so much for commenting!

  • Reply
    Kloesunny @ Kloe's Kitchen
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    These might quite possibly be the best brownies I have ever seen. 🙂

    • Reply
      sarahjmir@gmail.com
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      why thank you very much!

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