Best Cocoa Brownies

Best Cocoa Brownies

If you like rich, chewy brownies that practically taste like fudge, bake these! The instructions may seem a little detailed but they work really well. Refrigerate the brownies before cutting them to have nice smooth edges.
Course Valentines
Servings 25 small brownies


  • 1 ¼ sticks butter
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup+2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large cold eggs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour


  • Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees.          
  • Line the bottom and sides of an 8" square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides.
  • Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium heatproof bowl and set the bowl in a wide skillet of barely simmering water.
  • Stir from time to time until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth and hot enough that you want to remove your finger fairly quickly after dipping it in to test.
  • Remove the bowl from the skillet and set aside briefly until the mixture is only warm, not hot.
  • Stir in the vanilla with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously after each one.
  • When the batter looks thick, shiny, and well blended, add the flour and stir until you cannot see it any longer, then beat vigorously for 40 strokes with the wooden spoon or a rubber spatula.
  • Spread evenly into the lined pan.  Bake until a toothpick plunged into the center emerges slightly moist with batter, 20 to 25 minutes.
  •  Let cool completely on a rack.  Refrigerate for one hour.
  • Lift the ends of the parchment and transfer the brownies to a cutting board.  Cut into 16 or 25 squares.


Recipe from Bittersweet Cookbook.