Today is the day! I’m off to California for the BIG DAY. No, not the wedding. Sillies. The marathon! EEK! I’ve spent the last day (or two. or three.) going over lists in my head of everything I need: Hopefully I haven’t forgotten anything. I guess we’ll find out! Yesterday was my final run (with the exception of a quasi-run to loosen up I’ll do Saturday), and honestly: it felt HARD! Ugh! 2×1600 at 6:45 pace, which I haven’t done in a while… It was nice to move quickly, but it wasn’t super encouraging.
On to the good stuff: BROWNIES!
So, I don’t really have a brownie recipe on the blog yet. Weird? Yes. I have cream cheese caramel swirl brownies and the infamous brownie cheesecake, but no plain brownies! And no super-awesome-totally-my-favorite-delicious FUDGE brownies!
So here ya go.
Brownies should be dense: I demand it. Cakey brownies are, well, just cake. If I wanted cake, I would make cake. But I want brownies, so damnit give me dense brownies! These babies do just the trick.
They’re dense, double-chocolatey, and pretty much amazing.
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
- ⅔ cups Dutch-process cocoa
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp espresso powder
- ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 F, and lightly grease an 8×8″ pan.
- In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter.
- Once melted, add the sugar and cook for another minute.
- Remove from heat and add the cocoa and salt. Stir to combine.
- Add the vanilla, and then the eggs one at a time. Whisk fully so that the mixture is smooth and glossy.
- In a separate bowl, combine the baking powder, espresso powder, and flour. Add to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
- Stir in the chocolate chips (if you want them fully intact, let the mixture cool 10 minutes before doing this step).
- Spread the mixture into the prepared pan and cook for 25-30 minutes – the top should have a thin crust, but the center will still be quite moist.
- Let cool 20 minutes before cutting and serving.