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May 13, 2009   •   Ariel and Whitney

Lookie at my Cookies: Best Brownies

I hadn’t intended on blogging about these brownies but after one bite of the perfect textured fudgey chocolatey wonderful brownie I decided it was my duty to share the Best Brownies with the world. For the past few days I have been baking myself out of my apartment…meaning I have been baking anything and everything to try and use up ingredients before I move out (today eek!). Mainly this includes left over cake flour, butter, and eggs. Also since everything else is packed I only had my muffin pan and a spatula out, no measuring utensils, no whisk, nothing…it was brutal. Yet, I managed to bake a few things and they all turned out well. I now have more faith in my palette for butter and sugar! I needed to use up some cocoa powder too so I searched for brownies made with cocoa powder and found this recipe that seemed perfect for all my needs. 

As you can see, I made the brownies in a muffin pan so they were more like 2 bite brownies. It’s a good thing they were individually portioned because otherwise I would have taken a fork to the pan and felt no guilt–these were actually the best brownies I have ever had. They were the absolute PERFECT texture. I like my brownies more fudgey versus cakey, and these were fudgey on the inside with a crisp crust outside. They tasted sosososooooo good, all of my taste testers echoed the recipe’s name saying “these are the BEST brownies I have ever had”. The chocolate frosting on top was equally delicious and added more sweetness to the brownies. If you don’t feel like making the frosting the brownies are great by themselves but it’s really good! This is my new go to brownie recipe. I want to try making my peanut butter cup brownies with these because they seem like they might lend themselves really well to that recipe…yum! The Best Brownies were quick and easy to make (even sans a whisk and measuring utensils) and would be a great base for any variations on brownies.
Best Brownies
Brownies:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter*
1 cup sugar*
2 eggs*
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (I used cake flour)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
Frosting:
3 tbsp butter, softened*
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
*Heathy Swaps: Smart Balance Blend butter, egg whites instead of eggs (2 egg whites per egg called for), and 3/4 cup sugar instead of 1 cup.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan (or 10 cups of a muffin pan). In a large saucepan melt stick of butter. Remove from heat and stir in sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Beat in cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan.
Bake for 25-30 minutes. Do not over cook.
To make the frosting: Combine 3 tbsp butter, cocoa powder, honey, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Frost brownies while they are still warm.
Makes 16 brownies in 8 inch square pan or 10 individual brownies in muffin pan.
Enjoy!
Bon Eating
Whitney

9 thoughts on “Lookie at my Cookies: Best Brownies

  1. Mary says:

    I’m supposed to start my diet today. You gals aren’t helping! They look delicious. I’ve bookmarked them for later on.

  2. Anjali says:

    No but actually, these really were the best brownies I’ve ever had. It kind of breaks my heart that they were made in order to use up the last of your cooking ingredients because all I want is another batch.

  3. Anonymous says:

    heh heh…baking yourself out of your apartment…

  4. Justin says:

    brownies with frosting is so totally decadent

  5. junko says:

    these look so delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe… can’t wait to try them!

  6. liz says:

    Best brownies I’ve ever had. I think I ate 6 or 7 in one day. WHOA

  7. Ingrid says:

    I’m gonna keep these in mind for my next batch of brownies. Gotta run need to check out the link for the peanut butter cup brownies you mentioned!
    ~ingrid

  8. Whitney says:

    Justin: totally agree, why not make a good thing better by adding more chocolate and sugar?!
    Junko: let me know how they turn out and enjoy! they are pretty tasty. thanks for stopping by!
    Liz: why aren’t you here to be my taste tester in nashville?!
    Ingrid: let me know how it goes and ohhh my goodness…the PB cup brownies…get ready!

    Thanks to all for the comments!
    Bon Eating,
    Whitney

  9. Lisa says:

    I’m not much of a cook at all but I tried these brownies and they were…DELICIOUS. They were soft and yummy and incredible even after sitting for a day. I’ve been reading your blog because I’m not much of a cook at all (yet) and I’m always looking ideas for easy recipes to kind of get myself familiar with cooking and, lucky me, yours happens to be all about sweets! :P

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