Yield: Yields 16 brownies.
Brownies made with cocoa powder are softer on the inside than those made with bar chocolate. I like the tart and lively flavor of natural cocoa powder here; Dutch-processed gives a mellower flavor. Try both types to see which you like best.
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I usually substitute olive oil or sometimes coconut oil for the butter, mostly because I'm sure to have the oil on hand and it's one less step without melting. I also love the nutty flavor of olive oil. Don't get me wrong, butter is amazing, but I'd rather eat it straight on great bread or in a croissant, where I can really appreciate the flavor. The texture of these brownies is fantastic whichever fat you use, especially cold, and between the oil, walnuts and cocoa I almost feel like it's a health food.
Best brownie recipe you can make, and I agree they are better the next day.
It needs to be noted that these brownies are better the next day. The day I made them, they were ok but not great. The next day, fabulous! So good. I think next time I make them, I might tweak them a little, with a touch more flour (maybe 1/2c instead of 1/3) and maybe sugar (I like things sweet). But very good, very fudgy.
These were really good! The only issue is that they fell apart when I tried to cut them (after letting them cool to room temperature). Next time I'll try chilling them in the fridge so they harden and hopefully stay together better.
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