Chewy Brownies

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Do you have any recipes that are a little too easy, if you know what I mean? Like, for example, these super yummy brownies, which can be made in one bowl and take all of 5 minutes to throw together?

I like to intentionally force them out of my brain, lest I make them every other day. Because not only are they pathetically easy to whip up, they are also my favourite brownies.

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They are mega-chewy, quite thin, and darkly chocolate-y. With only a piddly half-cup of flour in the batch, they are really mostly cocoa. They have that dark, bordering-on-bitter cocoa flavour of the cookie part of an oreo.

And because they are made only with cocoa, they lack the distinct heavy feeling that often comes with many of their melted chocolate-based counterparts. You could totally eat two, with ice cream sandwiched between them, and not feel icky.

I haven’t decided whether or not that’s a good thing…

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The brownies owe their chewiness in part to the melted butter, and in part to the eggs being the only leavener; without any baking powder or soda, they don’t get much lift in the oven. Just make sure not to over-bake them!

The hardest part is spreading the batter out in the pan. It’s really thick, you need to really work it into the corners with the back of your wooden spoon.

They freeze really well… and taste dangerously good while still mostly frozen.

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I tried to go for a long walk today to offset the… er… brownie situation. It ended in a frazzled Jenn with a screaming 10-week old strapped to her chest, single-handedly wrangling a stroller, a giant diaper bag and a crazy Irish Setter into a rickety boat (little ferries that seat about 8) in desperation to get home after 40 minutes of nonstop crying (the baby, not me – but I was close). I am frankly impressed we made it. Oliver (dog) tried a couple of times to dive. Theo (baby) screamed himself purple. Co-boating tourists shot me dirty looks. And I feel I earned my brownie sandwich… although what I’d really like is a large bourbon on the rocks.

Chewy Brownies
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Serves: 16
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8x8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper, leaving a 1-inch overhang, or grease well and coat with flour. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup. (Alternatively, melt butter in a large saucepan on the stove, then turn off heat and proceed.) Add cocoa powder and stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in sugar, salt, eggs and vanilla extract. Add flour and stir until well combined.
  3. Spread batter evenly into the prepared pan - you'll need to work at it, spreading it out with the back of a wooden spoon - the batter is very stiff. Bake for about 30 minutes, until edges are set and centre is firm but still just slightly underdone. A toothpick should come out with a few moist crumbs attached. Let cool 10 minutes at least before lifting out by parchment overhang to slice into squares.
  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    Oh my goodness, I would just lick that spoon clean.. then the bowl.. I don’t know if the brownies would ever get made!

  • Becki @ Bites ‘n Brews

    Yes, please! If I weren’t living with sugar-free people, I’d make a batch of these NOW. Unfortunately if I did, I’d be forced to consume the entire thing myself in seconds…

  • Lynne Polischuik

    Oh, people who shot you dirty looks be damned! I am so over people on planes, etc who give parents grief. I don’t know how you manage! Anyway: Sounds like you more than earned a delicious brownie…and some bourbon :) Can’t wait to try these!

  • col

    Uh oh, I’m not sure if I need to know how to make something that’s too easy! My pants are tight already. But, I can’t resist. Your photos look so tasty!

    (PS. I can’t believe you’re a new mom and still maintaining this blog, taking fab pictures, and baking! Kudos)

  • Elohello

    I did it today, and OMG, It was *SO* good ! And lighter than the one I used to do (250g of butter + 5 eggs). Perfect for chocolate craving on a hot summer day !! Thanks ^^

  • Jessica

    I added about 4 small spoonfuls of local honey and- BAM! Tasted ABSOLUTLEY AMAZING! The honey added a bittersweet taste and was soo good. I had ran out of butter that day (a baker’s worst nightmare) and used conola oil instead, also to grease the pan. Came out a bit greasier than planned, but I didn’t mind.
    My Rating- 10 out of 10!!!

  • Graziela

    Those brownies look delicious, I’ll make them asap! I’m a fan of your page, I love all the recipes & I like the way you write and describe them, also your photos are great! :)

    • foodess

      Thank you so much, very nice to hear :)

  • manisha shah

    made these last night and they are beyond delicious, and so easy that I almost feel bad about all the compliments I got on them. almost :)

  • MizzJ

    Omg. This sounds dangerously good!!

  • Dagmar

    Oh LADY, I feel bad for you and baby, I remember those days. Chocolate will make your baby scream, as will cinnamon. So sad. Really. BUT, MY kids are no longer breast feeding….ha ha…so I will make those delicious brownies…they are exactly what I’m looking for…and can use the Dutch Process cocoa that is sitting in my cupboard, as there is no soda/powder issue. Thanks! (But I think I will DOUBLE the recipe)

  • jigsc13

    i tried to bake this but how come the top of my brownies didnt come out as yours?

    • foodess

      I don’t know, how did yours turn out?

      • jigsc13

        it came out same texture as its inside moist and chewy. i wanted to have that crisp like top

        • foodess

          Hmm, my top was not crisp… just chewy ;) Crispy only around the edges of the pan, like any good brownie.

  • Minnie

    I found this recipe by chance after several other sites failed to produce tasty looking chewy brownie recipes. I’m so glad I found this blog! These brownies are perfect. I made a double batch and they turned out great. The edges are a little crisp and the rest of the brownie is chewy and rich. They have a perfect balance of chocolate and sweetness. I agree with you that these don’t leave you feeling like you’ve over-indulged after one brownie- (I find that making a boxed mix, they always feel too sweet and not chocolate-y enough). Putting together the ingredients took a total of about 5 minutes. By far the most difficult part was smearing the batter into the pan. If I had known I would be making these, I’d have started doing some push-ups a couple weeks ago. :)
    I will use this as my go-to brownie recipe from now on. Thanks so much for posting it!

  • Leah

    I just tried this recipe and it came out delicious! I did change it just a tad: I like added a half a teaspoon of baking powder, for just a tiny bit or a rise, and a heaping spoonful of applesauce to help the batter spread more easily (this is a trick I learned from a woman who’s been baking for 30 years- she always adds a bit of applesauce, or substitutes half the butter with applesauce and it makes all my brownies and cakes that much moister and chewier!) Thanks for the great recipe =)

  • Cooky girl

    This is the most CHEWY Brownies I ever tasted !!!!!!

  • Nicole

    I love this recipe! I make it every time I’m having a little party with the ladies! Tonight is a “Steeped Tea” home party and these brownies will be perfect! I always cut them really small so my friends will eat them : )) bite size and they always get gobbled up!

    • Nicole

      My 4 year daughter also loved helping!! Thank you for sharing the yumminess that is this brownie recipe!

  • Rachel

    Made these just now, was really good!

    But would cut down the sugar to 3/4 cups instead and bake a little longer :D

  • Isabelle Gutierrez

    I ran out of butter. How much oil can I use for butter?