These fudgy chocolate brownies are the ultimate homemade brownies! Made with chopped chocolate AND cocoa powder, nothing beats their thick, fudgy texture and rich chocolate flavor. Best of all, this easy, one-bowl brownie recipe takes less than an hour to bake from start to finish (with only 15 minutes of hands-on time)!
Let's talk about brownies. I have a LOT of opinions about brownies. But I'll begin with a story.
When I was pregnant with Cameron, I craved fruit. Especially pineapple and watermelon. I seriously could not get enough fresh fruit. Everyone kept telling me how lucky I was to be craving fruit instead of chocolate.
But then all of a sudden, with just one month to go until Cameron's due date, I NEEDED brownies. And I needed them RIGHT NOW. Without the energy to bake them myself, Alex made a late night trip to the grocery store to buy a box of brownies from the bakery. Were they perfect? No. (More on what makes a brownie perfect in a minute.) But did they hit the spot in my time of need? Oh heck yes!
To understand what I consider to be the perfect brownie, let's start by discussing what I do not believe brownies should be:
- Cakey. If I wanted cake, I would make a cake. Only fudgy brownies, please!
- Frosted. Again, this is not cake. I like my brownies with a nice, shiny top and no frosting.
- Chunky. I prefer a smooth chocolatey texture. No nuts or chocolate chunks in my brownies.
So I went on a quest to bake a perfect batch of brownies, and after several test batches I found a winner! These brownies are sheer perfection. They're ultra decadent with thick, fudgy centers and shiny tops. Here's what makes these brownies amazing:
- TWO kinds of chocolate! We'll use both melted semi-sweet chocolate and unsweetened cocoa powder for perfectly rich chocolatey flavor.
- Brown sugar. Instead of using just granulated (white) sugar, we'll also use some brown sugar. Brown sugar adds an extra bit of moisture and flavor to the recipe.
- No baking powder or baking soda. We want our brownies to be as dense and fudgy as possible, so we're avoiding ingredients that would make our batter rise up to become more cake-like.
- Espresso powder. Adding a little bit of espresso powder helps to really bring out the flavor of the chocolate without adding a coffee flavor to the brownies. This ingredient is technically optional, but a little bit goes a long way towards enhancing the richness of the chocolate flavor!
- Oh, and did I mention this is an easy brownie recipe? You can mix them up using just one bowl!
The next time a brownie craving strikes, I know exactly which recipe I'll be baking!Print
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