Chewy Brownies


Brownies…yawn…boooring 🔗

Another star recipe for seriously gooey brownies, originally from the 2011 America's Test Kitchen Cookbook (ASIN: B005C1H80W) but edited here to eschew obfustication.

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Makes 24. Heat your (fan) oven to 350°F. Prep time: 10 minutes + 2½ hours (cooling). Cooking time: 35 minutes.


  • ⅓ cup cocoa
  • 1½ tsp instant espresso powder
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate | chopped fine or grated
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter | melted
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups sugar
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • ¾ tsp salt (see tip)
  • 6 oz dark 60% chocolate | cut into ½ ″ pieces


  1. Line a baking pan with two strips of baking foil folded lengthwise, one placed at right-angles to the other, and both overhanging the ends and sides. This will give you something to lift the brownies out of the pan with after cooking. Spray the foil with vegetable oil.

  2. Whisk the cocoa, espresso powder, and water in a large bowl together until smooth.

  3. Add the unsweetened chocolate and whisk until the it is melted.

  4. Whisk in the oil and butter (the mixture may look curdled but it will be OK).

  5. Add the eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla and continue to whisk until smooth and homogeneous.

  6. Whisk in the sugar until fully incorporated.

  7. Add the flour and salt and mix with a rubber spatula until combined.

  8. Fold in the dark 60% chocolate pieces.

  9. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted halfway between the edge and center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, about 35 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let them cool in the pan for 1½ hours.

  10. Loosen the edges with a paring knife and lift the brownies from the pan using the foil overhangs as handles. Return the brownies to the wire rack and cool completely, about another 1 and a bit hour.


  1. Cut into 2 inch squares and serve.

  2. The brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days if you don't tell anyone else where you hid them.

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