Cocoa powder and pantry staples make up the best brownie recipe you will ever eat. Warm perfect brownies in under an hour without running to the store for chocolate bars? Yes!
There are a lot of brownie recipes out there. Thousands and thousands to be exact. But this, is the only one that I ever use and it is relentless in it’s beautiful results and utter simplicity. You might think that you need chocolate bars to make really awesome brownies but let me tell you straight up….you don’t. I challenge you to try these and prove me wrong.
And the fact that it doesn’t use chocolate bars means that I almost always have the ingredients on hand (I’ve yet to find my hubby or myself digging into the cocoa powder for a late night binge). The other night when hubby and I had sent the kids away to grandma’s for date night we stared at each other in our exhausted state and tried to think of something to eat.
He ran to the store for some ingredients for dinner and I whipped these up even though our pantrys are basically empty right now because we are too worn out to shop and cook hardly at all. We stood over the counter bleary eyed with mugs of milk and ate spoonfuls of technically too warm to eat brownies together in that cherished kid free silence.
We commented on the fact that it’s been forever since I’ve made these because I’ve been trying for years to make healthier desserts or just limit our consumption of sweets entirely. What I’ve learned in this time? Brownies aren’t supposed to be healthy. These are full of sugar and white flour and they are fantastic. They are just the perfect level of chewy, and fudgy, and just a smidge cakey on the crispy edges. Because of their perfectness I’ve learned that I just have to realize it’s okay to give away the extras or freeze them.
We each ate one that night and I nibbled on another the next day while I photographed them on top of boxes in my piled up studio, before gifting the rest away to my new studio neighbors. After lending hands and tools to me over the past month while I’ve been getting setup with my continual promises of tasty things, I figured this was a good tide over until we are up and running full speed there.
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- 1⅔ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey's)
- ¾ cup butter
- 2 Tablespoons strong coffee or water
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup chopped walnuts
- (Optional) chocolate chips or chunks---I never add them, these are already quite sweet for our tastes but you do what you need to do 😉
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×9-inch baking pan.
- Microwave butter until melted, stirring as needed to prevent splattering. Add cocoa and coffee or water and stir until smooth.
- In a medium sized bowl whisk together the eggs and the sugar for 2 minutes. Add the vanilla extract. Add the chocolate mixture into the sugar mixture slowly while stirring to combine.
- Add the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the chopped walnuts, reserve some for the top if desired.
- Pour the batter in the pan, top with nuts if desired. Bake for 21-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out mostly clean. If gooey lava cake style is desired they can be underbaked a few minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to fully cool before cutting into bars (or dig in with a spoon!)
This best brownie recipe is adapted very slightly from Tollhouse via Joy The Baker so it’s not surprising that it is fantastic. I was not compensated for this recipe by Hershey’s I just like their cocoa powder.