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The Ultimate Brownie
April 29, 2005

I lost my favorite recipe for brownies and I've been searching for a replacement ever since. This is the closest thing I've found. I'm a fan of fudgey, gooey brownies (if I want cake, I'll make a Devil's Food, not brownies). Like many folks, I tweaked this recipe. *6 eggs instead of 7. Next time I'll try 5 as these were still a tad cakey. *I added 2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate to the butter when I melted it. I thought it was wrong to make brownies only using cocoa powder. Initially, I eliminated 1/4 c. of the cocoa powder, but then I added it anyway. The brownies were decadently rich...although, in my mind, the words "chocolate" and "overkill" are mutually exclusive. * I used a 9x13 pan, made a sleeve of aluminum foil, and put the pan in an ice bath immediately after I removed it from the oven (you could also pop it in the freezer, but my freezer was full). The brownies slowly sunk, making them much more dense than they would normally have been. The ice bath also gives you that nice sheen on the top of the brownies. The aluminum foil peeled off the brownies quite easily, without any oil or spray. All in all, I liked it. I'll probably still tinker with it a bit, but it's a great start!

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