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Chewy Brownies


Yields sixteen 2-inch squares.

Added flour helps to give these brownies their chewiness. It's important not to overbake these or they'll dry out. This recipe can be doubled easily; use a 13x9-inch pan and increase the baking time slightly.

  • 4 oz. (8 Tbs.) unsalted butter; more for the pan
  • 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • Scant 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 4-1/2 oz. (1 cup) flour
  • 2 Tbs. natural cocoa (not Dutch-processed)
The recipe gives a range of baking times—use the shorter time for metal pans, the longer for Pyrex pans.

Position an oven rack on the middle rung. Heat the oven to 350°F. Butter an 8-inch square pan, line the pan bottom with parchment (or waxed paper), and then butter the parchment.

In a double boiler over simmering water, melt the butter and chocolate. Remove the pan from the heat; cool slightly. Stir in the sugar, salt, and vanilla. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, stirring each time until blended. Add the flour and cocoa; beat until incorporated and the mixture is smooth, 30 to 60 seconds. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the top is uniformly colored with no indentation and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out almost clean, with a few moist crumbs clinging to it, 35 to 45 minutes.

Set the pan on a rack until cool enough to handle. Run a paring knife around the inside edge of the pan and then invert the pan onto a flat surface and peel off the parchment. Flip the baked brownie back onto the rack to cool completely. Cut into squares with a sharp knife.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per brownie, Calories (kcal): 200, Fat (kcal): 10, Fat Calories (g): 90, Saturated Fat (g): 6, Protein (g): 3, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3, Carbohydrates (mg): 27, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 1, Sodium (g): 40, Cholesterol (g): 40, Fiber (g): 1,

Photo: Scott Phillips

I have to Try this! I didn't have any chocolate on hand could I use more cocoa powder? Thank you!!!

Brownie Perfection! Every brownie recipe I have tried before now I've hated, but finally I have the perfect chewy and chocolatey brownie recipe. I did have to make a couple changes (semi sweet chocolate chips, less sugar and a little more cocoa because I didn't have unsweetened chocolate) and they still came out perfect! They had a crackly top, chewy insides and the corners and edges got nice and crisp. Best brownies ever! Thank you :D

This recipe ROCKS!!!! Seriously. These were THE BEST brownies I have made in a long long time. AND they were EVEN BETTER when they cooled. Chewy on the outside, gooey on the inside. Thank you for the recipe Cindy.

Finally, the recipe to replace boxed brownies! I've tried so many over the years, but they were always cakey or fudgy or .... Not this one. It's wonderful, even though I accidentally put 4.5 cups of flour and had to adjust everything else to make 4.5 batches. Had to use bittersweet instead of unsweetened after the 1st 4oz. And added extra 2T of cocoa to finish off my tin. Lovely crackly top. Just like boxed brownies except homemade. Thank you!!!

I baked these for a scant 30 minutes and they turned out perfect. Please wrap carefully as they do dry out fast. My grandchildren are addicted to "box" brownies and they voted this recipe hands-down superior. I also thought they were delicious and very easy to make.

I just made these, perhaps the first brownies I've made in my life? Really easy to make and absolutely delicious. Dense, chewy. A 5-star recipe!

Excellent!... after reading reviews I also added instant coffee, but only 1/2 t, I also added 1 t cinnamon, which is my secret to fabulous chocolate frosting so thought it might be good in these brownies... the whole thing is easy and must try this.

These were good, looking for a gooier, crisp crust brownie...nayloves2cook - would love your recipe for the brownies mentioned in your review

this is my go-to recipe for brownies! i don't know how many times i've made this recipe (10-20 times?)- but it turned out awesome every. single. time! i've actually got a batch baking in the oven right now! :)

I found this brownie to be good, but not very chocolatey and perhaps a little to sweet. It's no match for my all time favourite brownie recipe which consists of a chewy crust, fudgy inner, and gooey centre with a thin, flaky top and white chocolate chunks randomly scattered through!! Unbeaten so far!!

I baked the brownies with 180C and about 35 minutes, it turned out good but slightly hard. How can I make it moist?.

I've been on a quest to find the perfect chewy brownie recipe for years, and I've finally found it here! These are moist and chewy with a slight crispiness on the top, and the crunchy corners I love. That being said, I made one change to perfect the recipe: Using all bittersweet chocolate made them a little sweeter, which we like, and also produced the shiny, crispy top surface I was looking for. My husband questioned this quest at first, insisting that a certain boxed brand was very good, so why bother? He has since changed his tune, recently posting this on my G+ page where I mentioned this recipe: "Although I really enjoyed the quest for the perfect brownie, this is the peak. Definitely the best we've tried, and so much better than box brownies." Hurrah! Win for me, and for made-from-scratch cooking!

Very easy to make. I found the batter to be too thick at first, which worried me, but they turned out fine. I baked them for 25 minutes in a convection baked oven.

What happened? I followed the recipe and directions to a T. They came out flat :/ maybe the Sugar I used was too corse? It was refined cane sugar. If there is any one out there with suggestions I'd appreciate it.

I would give this recipe more stars if I could. It was great!!!

Exactly what I was looking for. A deep chocolatey flavor, a chewy, box-brownie texture, and the lovely flakey top. My search for the perfect brownie is over. This one's a keeper.

MMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm so good....they didn't even last a night.

I have spent every day this week trying out different brownie recipes from popular food blogs and recommended sites... finally, I have found the one I have been looking for. These brownies are moist, full in flavor, and most importantly, they have that wonderful CHEWY texture! All of the previous recipes I have tried claimed be for "chewy" brownies, but were too fudgy and dense for my liking (delicious in their own right, but just not what I was looking for). This recipe stays true to that wonderful chew of box brownies, with a richer, more refined flavor. There is even that nice flaky layer on the top of these brownies that has been hard for me to get with other recipes. To top it all off, this recipe is so easy and simple. Woooo that was wordy, but I'm just so ecstatic that I found this recipe.

Wow. These brownies are amazing.I can't bring myself to stop eating these.

This has been my standby brownie recipe for years. I have tried many, many recipes, and this is my hands-down favorite.

I really wanted this to work, but mine just came out all wrong, only the top cooked, and then separated from the rest of the brownie, so when I cut it, it all fell apart. I put it back to try to cook it more as the inside was liquid, but even after an hour it wasn't cooking. What did I do wrong?

Ohh, perfect, perfect, perfect! I've been trying different recipes for years; and this one is IT. Not too sweet; perfect chewiness. Terrific!

found this recipe today and it was so easy to do. the results were SUPERB. My 10year old daughter absolutely loved the brownies. We had them warm with cream on top and it was amazing. Will definately use this recipe again and again. This is the ultimate brownie,chewey, chocolatey recipe. We put chopped up chocolate buttons in the mix and used galaxy dark choc with some milk choc and worked a treat.

This is a very good recipe and will be the one I make for from now on. They are really chewy and chocolatie. The best I have tried in a long time. I added a tsp of instant coffee to strengthen the chocolate flavor. Got the 5* in my book.

We had a brownie taste testing last night, while this recipe came in 3rd overall it's still my favourite. It did get slightly under-cooked, but it made it more fudgy than chewy in my books. Of the two recipes that tied for first place one was much richer/sweeter/more undercooked and the other baked a little more for a better/chewier texture. I don't think I'd change this recipe at all.

These brownies are THE perfect consistency - a little fudgy without being too toothsome.

I followed the recipe exactly. They came out chewy, moist and very chocolatey. Be careful not to overbake; check for doneness after about 30 minutes. Delicious served with a little vanilla ice cream!

Sheer perfection - moist and chewy with a deep, dark chocolate taste. They're great both at room temperature and chilled. (I always bake these for less time than indicated, about 32 minutes in a metal pan).

This is the brownie recipe I have been searching for-- great texture, intense chocolate taste.

Rich chocolate flavor but not to sweet. I added semi-sweet chips as well. Delicious.

This recipe is perfect. The brownies came out so well. I have never made brownies from scratch before and can't believe how delicious they are. thanks!

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