These One-Bowl Cocoa Brownies Are a Perfect Fix for Bad Days

Photo: Thomas Lawn.

Some folks soothe highlight by baking sourdough bread or elaborate covering cakes; good for them. When I’m unhappy and stressed, we need a shortest, hardest-to-mess-up trail to a lot of chocolate we can find. For me, that trail always leads to cocoa brownies.

If you’ve never done them before, all-cocoa brownies substantially sound like a vast play of whatever—but we gamble a initial collection will modify you. Like box brownies, they come together in about 5 minutes, use one bowl, and bake adult unenlightened and fudgy with a shiny, crackly crust. Unlike box brownies, they use butter. we resolutely trust that cocoa brownies are a One True Brownie and also that we merit some right now. (Not you, though. Or you. Or any of y’all. And especially not you.)


My recipe is a mutated chronicle of Deb Perelman’s best cocoa brownies, that is itself blending from Alice Medrich’s best cocoa brownies. I’ve tweaked it to my preferences—salted butter instead of unsalted, twice a vanilla, a brew of brownish-red and white sugars—and inspire we to do a same. Throw in some pecans, chopped chocolate, a glug of bourbon, some cinnamon and cayenne, whatever. Life is fleeting; go wild.

You will need an 8×8” vessel (or whatever we customarily use for brownies), vellum paper, and these ingredients:

  • 10 tablespoons (140 grams) pickled butter
  • ¾ crater and 2 tablespoons (65 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 crater (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • ¼ crater (50 grams) light brownish-red sugar, not packed
  • A vast splash of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 vast eggs, cold
  • ½ crater (65 grams) all-purpose flour

Line your vessel with vellum paper and preheat a oven to 325ºF. Using a scale or crater measures, get a butter, sugars, cocoa, and salt into a quart-sized microwave-safe vessel. we use possibly a 4-cup Pyrex measuring crater or—shocker—a cosmetic soup enclosure for palliate of pouring.


Microwave for thirty seconds to a minute, or until a butter is totally melted. (If we don’t have a microwave, a temporary double boiler works great.) Stir with literally any spoon-like intent you’ve got until good combined. It will demeanour a small dirty during this point, though don’t persperate it, since all is going to spin out great.

Photo: Thomas Lawn.

Add a vanilla and stir to combine, afterwards supplement a eggs one during a time. You wish ‘em churned in there genuine good, so stir aggressively in between any egg. Now is a good time to concentration on anything that’s been pissing we off lately.

Once a eggs are entirely incorporated, supplement a flour and stir kindly until it’s entirely incorporated. Summon some some-more disastrous thoughts—anything we didn’t understanding with while violence in a eggs will do—and kick a beat vigorously forty times with your spoon. Alice Medrich, a GOAT herself, compels we to do this. Don’t defect her.

Photo: Thomas Lawn.

Pour a beat into a prepared vessel and widespread it around into one even layer. Bake during 325ºF for around 30 minutes, or until a toothpick extrinsic in a core comes out mostly clean. (I use a low 6×6″ pan, so cave always take about 45 minutes.) Allow to cold during room heat until we can safely hoop a pan, afterwards possibly send a brownies to a shelve to finish cooling or eat them immediately.

Photo: Thomas Lawn.

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