Desserts Recipes

The Best Brownies (According to Me)

Sometimes you want a recipe that is more health food and less dessert.

And sometimes you want brownies, with not even a bit of pretending to be healthy.

Bart and I love these brownies. Brownies are among his top three favorite desserts and I’m banned from trying any new recipes for them now that we’ve discovered this one.

And brownies are not among my favorite desserts, but when I start smelling these baking in the oven, I suddenly remember that this recipe, well, I really really love this recipe.

This recipe is the perfect cross between a fudgy and a cake-y brownie. I didn’t know such a thing was possible, but apparently, it is.


The Best Brownies

Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 1 9x9 pan
Author Janssen Bradshaw


  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup flour I always use white-wheat, as if that makes them at all healthy
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9x9 baking sheet with tin foil (with enough overhang on two edges that you can pull the brownies out after baking) and spray with cooking spray.

  2. Melt chocolate and butter in large-ish saucepan over medium-low heat until completely smooth, stirring very frequently to keep from burning.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in sugar and vanilla.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each one before adding the next. Whisk until mixture is completely smooth.

  5. Add dry ingredients (with the salt and baking powder on top of the flour), and stir until well combined.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan; bake until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in center comes out with wet crumbs, 35-45 minutes (it's always 35 minutes for me).

  7. Cool brownies in pan on a wire rack for five minutes. Use foil handles to pull brownies from pan. Cool on wire rack for at least 15 minutes.

  8. Cut into 16 squares and serve warm or at room temperature.



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  • Reply Ash August 28, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Um, YUM. Must try these! Hope you're having a fun trip!

  • Reply Elaine August 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I'll have to try these. So far I've never tried a brownie recipe that I liked better than the Ghiradelli mix and I make my cakes from scratch.
    Funny story about the smell of brownies baking. We went to someone's home to purchase a piano from them. Smelled heavenly brownies baking and hoped they would offer us one. It turned out that they mulched their plants with cocoa husks!

  • Reply Rachel August 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Yum! I'm sure I'll be making these soon

  • Reply Kathleen August 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Brownies ARE my favorite dessert, and while I don't use this EXACT recipe, the one I use is very similar and I can vouch that they really are the best ever, and I have tried a LOT of brownies!

  • Reply Erica August 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I love brownies more than anything in the world, but I'll be honest – I've never found a recipe that bests box brownies. Those are just SO good! But I'll give these a shot because why not?

  • Reply suffocatedbliss August 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I'm not a big fan of brownies either. But I do love brownie sundaes with a warm brownie, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and some caramel sauce … yumm

    – tianna 🙂

  • Reply Amy August 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I am really excited to try these!

  • Reply Andrea Smith August 28, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I wish I lived close to come eat these! I do love brownies. I have to tell you whenever I read your posts I definitely read it with your voice in mind, especially the loooove! Miss you guys. Hope all 4 of you are doing great!

  • Reply Sarah Marie August 29, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    This is the exact same recipe I use! (and while I do love them, I try not to make them too often because somehow or other the whole pan tends to go missing in too-short a period of time…)


  • Reply Magnoliepigen September 22, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    WOW – We love this cake, it would be on the bakeing menu very oftent. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 🙂

  • Reply Danielle October 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Last night I found myself stranded at home without a car, my husband had a class at 5. I also found myself with no food to make for dinner. So… what better for dinner than a pan of brownies! We have tried countless recipes and always end up liking the plain ol' box mixes better. But yours finally beat out the box mix! Thanks so much for sharing and rescuing our sad dinner-less evening with your fantastic brownies 🙂

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