Deep Dark Brownies

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This recipe for Deep Dark Brownies is a good one for those who find joy in chocolate.

Deep Dark Brownies Cut into Pieces

These Deep Dark Brownies are a combination of espresso powder, cocoa powder and melted chocolate baked within the brownie. Extra chocolate chips are thrown into the batter too and sprinkled on top just before baking to make them extra decadent and worthy of consumption for the above-average chocolate fanatic. They are truly a brownie for Chocolate Lovers!

This recipe comes from the guys at Baked (a bakery in New York City). They wrote a baking cookbook many years ago, and that’s where I discovered this delicious brownie recipe!

Deep Dark Brownies Batter

How to make Deep Dark Brownies:

This is a very simple recipe for brownies. The dry ingredients are a mix of flour, baking powder and salt. The chocolate mixture is a melted combination of butter, espresso powder and chopped semisweet chocolate. White sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla are mixed in too. Finally, the dry ingredients and the chocolate mixture are combined, along with some chocolate chips. This makes the batter for these brownies. A few more chocolate chips are sprinkled on top.

Can I leave out the espresso powder?

Yes. I recommend that you add it in because it really intensifies the flavor of the chocolate, but if you can’t find it or don’t wish to purchase it… it’s okay to leave it out. There are a lot of chocolate dessert recipes that call for using espresso, so I think you’d find it useful to have in your collection of baking supplies. You can find instant espresso powder in your market’s coffee aisle, or you can order it on Amazon.

Deep Dark Brownies in the pan

I prefer to bake brownies in a pan lined with parchment paper so that I can literally lift the whole thing out after cooling and remove it to a cutting board.  

Deep Dark Brownies ready to cut

I’m a sucker for making sure I get as clean cuts as possible.  And as much as people might like the edges, I usually cut all of those off first.  You can cut your brownies any way you’d like. In the original recipe, these are cut into 9 good-sized Deep Dark Brownies. This is an extremely rich brownie recipe, so I cut these brownies into smaller pieces. 

Deep Dark Brownies stacked

Cutting the brownies:

You should be able to get 25 small brownies out of this recipe. If you want bigger brownies, you can cut them in larger pieces. I like the way the brownies look when they have nice, clean sides all the way around.  With this brownie recipe, that’s a difficult goal to reach since they have a rather moist texture. I recommend letting them cool completely before cutting. You might even choose to refrigerate them to get them as firm as possible before you make the cuts. Enjoy!

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Deep Dark Brownies

A decadent chocolate brownies recipe!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 25 servings
Calories 153kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownies, chocolate

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 5 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8x8-inch pan with nonstick spray. Line with parchment paper and let it hang over two sides. Spray the parchment too.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt; set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the butter and espresso powder. Heat on low and stir until the butter has melted. Add the chocolate, and stir constantly until the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in both sugars until combined. Let cool slightly.
  • Whisk the eggs and vanilla into the chocolate mixture and keep moving the batter around until combined and no longer grainy-looking. Add the flour mixture to the batter and stir just until combined. Stir in 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan; smooth the top with a greased spatula. The batter will be very gooey. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips on top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a just a few moist crumbs attached (28 to 30 minutes). Don't over bake! Let cool completely before cutting.

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 156IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

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  • AD wrote:

    I know this is a very old post but I have been making these brownies for years! Everyone loves them!! I thought I would finally drop a note to say how much I enjoy this quick, easy, DELICIOUS recipe! Thank you for sharing! 

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Thank you!

  • Ana wrote:

    Delicious brownies! The espresso really enhances the chocolate flavor. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Emma wrote:

    These brownies were a big hit in my family. I didn’t change anything and they turned up perfect. Thanks for posting.

  • Meg wrote:

    Hi! I made these at Christmas and they were a HUGE success, everyone loved them! Can I made these in advance and freeze them?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Probably.

  • Cecilie wrote:

    These are exactly what I wanted. They were rich, moist and an absolute chocolate lovers dream. Everyone loved them and they are definitely my go-to recipe now. No more yucky box brownies for me.

  • Sherri Williams wrote:

    41 years of marriage to a man who LOVES brownies, and I have never been able to perfect them, until now. These are without a doubt the BEST brownies I have ever had and they were so easy to make. No more store bought or mixes for us. These are just as easy as a mix and hands down better. Thank you

  • unglamfam wrote:

    Just tried this recipe. Brownies are in the oven but if the spatula taste is anything to go by they’ll be delish! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe.

  • Dominique wrote:

    These brownies are incredible! For a girl who has moved overseas and doesn’t have access to the “easy” boxed stuff anymore, this recipe has officially been dubbed a staple 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing and for making it possible for me to share a small taste of home with brownie novices in Europe. Lori, you rock!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Awesome- glad to help!!

  • TrinaBaby wrote:

    I made these brownies today and they are über rich, moist,super chocolatey and delicious!! They are perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream… So, so good!!!

  • Roan wrote:

    Thank you very much for this Great recipe!!! I have tried a lot of cakes and brownies recipes in the internet and most of them are all a waste of time!! This one is really very Good, very moist and chewy!! Cant thank you enough… Best brownies ever! 🙂

  • Nafisaa wrote:

    Tried the recipe out. Turned out delicious. Love the underline flavour of coffee that is left on. Wish I could post a pic of the brownies. Thanx for the recipe

  • Ann wrote:

    I baked this brownies many times and i love it but i have a problem my brownies is not compact it cracks once i cut it. What will i add to make my brownies not flacky but moist and compact? Will i add more flour? Thanks

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Texture of brownies varies by recipe. I like to refrigerate them until they are quite firm, then cut them cleanly with a sharp knife, then bring to room temp again.

  • Susan wrote:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This is an awesome brownie!! My husband loved these so that makes me extremely happy! 🙂

  • Lizzy wrote:

    By far the most DELICIOUS, perfect brownies I’ve ever made! They are chewy, gooey, and rich. I omitted the espresso because I didn’t have any on hand. yum! thanks for the recipe, will definitely be making it again and again 🙂

  • chocoholic wrote:

    This is an amazing recipe! I’ve made it several times now, and each time it has been a success.

    Now I need to make 3 tier professional looking (fondant and all) chocolate cake for my parents anniversary. I was hoping to use a variant of this recipe to make the chocolate cake. I still need the cake to be dense because I want to make at least 3 layers in each tier. Can I just add some baking soda (and how much?) to it to make it a little bit more cake like but still keep it pretty dense so that it can handle the layers and tiers? Also, is there some way that I can avoid having the brownie crust form on the top? It’s not a big deal if it does form, I can just cut it off since I’ll need to do that anyway to layer the cakes.

    Any Input would be great appreciated. I LOVE this recipe and I hope I am able to use it for the cake. Once again, thank you so much recipegirl for this recipe!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      @chocoholic, Oh goodness, I’m afraid I can’t help you with this. The only thing I can suggest is to just do some experimenting and see what you can come up with… or look for more of a “brownie-cake” somewhere else. Wish I could give you an answer! Let me know if you figure it out!

  • TWreck wrote:

    Awesome recipe. I added cinnamon and substituted with sucanat and florida crystals. Plus I made one batch with walnuts and the other with pecans. These really curled my girl’s toes.

  • annehara guy wrote:

    Hmmmm! This brownie is sooo delicious! Though I must say, it is quite full on and not for the faint hearted!!

    My 3 year old daughter does not like chocolate and she loves these! They are moist and have a rich deep flavour of cocoa with just an underlying hint of coffee. And the chocolate chips add another dimension when you bite into them. I’m having one right now! Bravo 🙂

    p.s. I too am not a chocolate lover and can resist it with ease. But, if I am making anything chocoloate I always use the best powders and cacao I can find.

  • Stacy wrote:

    I made these with my daughter today. She has been sick so I wanted to make something comforting…and really what is more comforting than a gooey chocolate brownie and milk?:) They are moist and delicious as promised…