Everybody says their brownies are the best, but these really are the best. They feature the "holy trinity" of brownie perfection-a crispy, flaky top, chewy edges, and a fudgy center. Serve with a glass of ice cold milk.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
35 mins
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
9
Yield:
9 brownies
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Ingredients

9
Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter an 8-inch square baking dish or pan, then line with parchment paper if desired to make getting the brownies out easier.

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  • Mix flour and salt together in a bowl; set aside.

  • Place chopped chocolate and butter into a heatproof bowl and set over a saucepan with 1 inch of very gently simmering water. When the butter and almost all of the chocolate is melted, stir until smooth. Turn off the heat and set aside.

  • Mix sugar and eggs in a mixing bowl with an electric hand mixer until very airy, thick, and creamy, about 5 minutes. Mix in vanilla extract, then slowly drizzle in the melted chocolate mixture, while mixing on high speed.

  • Dump in the flour mixture and mix on low speed just until the flour disappears. Use a spatula to transfer the batter into the prepared baking dish and spread as evenly as possible.

  • Bake in the center of the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out virtually clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Use a spatula to lightly press down the higher parts of the brownie around the edge of the dish. Let cool to room temperature, 20 to 30 minutes, before removing and cutting into 9 pieces.

Chef's Notes:

If you want to double this recipe and use a 9x13-inch baking dish, that will also work, although I believe they'll be a little bit thicker and take a little bit longer to bake. Buttered foil will also work instead of parchment paper.

You can use 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon fine salt instead of kosher.

Make sure you use chocolate that is 99 to 100% pure cacao.

Nutrition Facts

296 calories; protein 3.7g; carbohydrates 37.8g; fat 16.3g; cholesterol 68.4mg; sodium 179.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews

Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2021
Holy Moly, Chef John! I only created an account to tell you how amazing this recipe is! I followed your video, and they turned out perfect. Really easy to make. They truly are the BEST Brownies, and my new potluck dish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2021
Made these today! Doubled the batch and added caramel! Best brownies I've EVER had! Ive tried millions of your recipes and LOVE the videos even more, you never dissapoint Chef John! Thank you! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/17/2021
Excellent and addictive. I used a stand mixer, doubled the recipe for a 13x9, and used a microwave to melt 2 sticks of butter and 6 ounces of Baker's 100% (unchopped, just broken-up) 30 seconds at a time in a pourable Pyrex. Mixed the salt in with the melted chocolate, I didn't want a lot of dishes. I cooked them for about 38 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2021
Thank you Chef John for simple but yummy recipe! For the chocolate, I bought a bar of Ghiradelli's 100% unsweeted chocolate bar from the baking aisle. It's 4 oz, an ounce more than the recommended, but I put the whole thing in anyways, plus half a cup of walnuts, and used a 9-inch dutch oven. It turned out sooo crispy and chocolately that I had to make an account here to leave my review and photo to encourage you all to try it! This will be my go-to brownie recipe from now on. So delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2021
Great recipe! Easy to follow and taste delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2021
Alright, CJ. I made the recipe as is. The verdict: exceptional! Crusty on the outside, fudgy on the inside , and crustiness where the batter touched the pan edge. Superb! I made a second batch where the middle was undercooked - even BETTER!! I had that with homemade vanilla and homemade hot fudge sauce!! TOTAL FOODGASM!!!! (My wife was so annoyed!!) >:-))) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2021
Loving some Chef John!! First time, I always make the recipe as written and this was no exception. Fam loved it....delish! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2021
This is exactly like the recipe my mom used to make for brownies. They are chewy and chocolatey and amazing! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2021
Turned out great! I used Cocoa powder, didn’t have any baking chocolate on hand. Had to bake it a bout 40 minutes total to make sure it was done. Turned out perfect! Read More
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