I love chocolate. Let me clarify. I love dark, decadent, rich, smooth, indulgent chocolate. Get it? Good! Let’s get to baking these gooey dark chocolate brownies that will make you groan in guilty pleasure with your very first bite.
Making brownies is a simple and quick process that yields the most indulgent dessert. You only need a handful of ingredients and you don’t need to worry about softening butter or getting your eggs to room temperature.
To begin, get your bittersweet baking chocolate melting in a double boiler with a stick of unsalted butter. I used bittersweet morsels from Hershey’s. If you don’t have a double boiler, just get a little water simmering in a pan and put a heatproof bowl right on top of that pan. Put your chocolate and butter into that bowl. Use low heat and stir as it all melts together.
Look at how it melted into a glorious pool of chocolatey goodness.
And then add in your DARK chocolate cocoa powder.
And get it all smooth again.
Chocolate lovers rejoice! You are on your way to brownie heaven! Now, set this aside for a moment to cool a bit while you get to work on the rest of your batter.
In a large mixing bowl whisk together your eggs and granulated sugar. Now this is where you get to make a decision!
There is debate whether or not vanilla should be used with chocolate. Some say it mutes the chocolate and a different extract, or espresso powder, or a liquor like Cointreau should be used instead. I tried it several ways, and while all will work, I prefer the vanilla. I personally think it brings out the wonderful essence of chocolate while subduing the bitterness that can sometimes arise from darker chocolate.
So now that you have made a decision on what you will use, you will add that. I used vanilla. Now you are ready to gently incorporate your chocolate mixture. You’re going to do this slowly, as you will be adding hot chocolate into your eggs. While you slowly add in the chocolate whisk it all together.
In a small bowl give your flour and salt a quick stir then add it. When it is all incorporated it will be thick and look like this-
Put your batter into a buttered pan. I used a Reynolds foil pan since this beautiful batch of brownies is going to Bea’s school tomorrow. As we all know by now, when that kid is the class leader, she takes some seriously good snacks! Oh, and don’t worry, I have my very own batch too!
Once it is baked and cooled (yes, you must resist the urge to dive into these until they are cooled!), it will look a lot like this.
Look at that glossy top layer! And those edges! Oh my chocolate! But wait, this is what you get to look forward to.
And since we are so close to Halloween, let’s accessorize these a bit!
So there you have it. The BEST, most decadent, delicious, velvety dark chocolate brownies in the world.
Decadent Dark Chocolate Brownies Recipe
- 1/2 cup of butter (one stick)
- 5 oz. bittersweet chocolate (such as Hershey’s bittersweet morsels)
- 1/4 cup of Hershey’s dark chocolate cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 and butter an 8×8 pan.
- In a double boiler, melt butter and bittersweet chocolate. Once melted, mix in the dark chocolate cocoa powder.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, and vanilla.
- Slowly mix chocolate mixture into the egg mixture, carefully whisking as you incorporate it all together.
- In a small bowl mix together the flour and salt then fold that into your batter.
- Spread into your pan.
- Bake for approx. 25 minutes or until set. Insert a toothpick and see if it comes out without any wetness. A moist crumb is ok! Be careful not to overbake or you will dry out your brownies!
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