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Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter and Walnuts

Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter and Walnuts

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  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder (spooned into cup to measure, then leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon unbleached all purpose flour

Recipe Preparation

  • Position rack in bottom third of oven; preheat to 325°F. Line 8x8x2-inch metal baking pan with foil, pressing foil firmly against pan sides and leaving 2-inch overhang. Coat foil with nonstick spray. Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Continue cooking until butter stops foaming and browned bits form at bottom of pan, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; immediately add sugar, cocoa, 2 teaspoons water, vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon (generous) salt. Stir to blend. Let cool 5 minutes (mixture will still be hot). Add eggs to hot mixture 1 at a time, beating vigorously to blend after each addition. When mixture looks thick and shiny, add flour and stir until blended. Beat vigorously 60 strokes. Stir in nuts. Transfer batter to prepared pan.

  • Bake brownies until toothpick inserted into center comes out almost clean (with a few moist crumbs attached), about 25 minutes. Cool in pan on rack. Using foil overhang, lift brownies from pan. Cut into 4 strips. Cut each strip crosswise into 4 brownies. DO AHEAD Can be made 2 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

Nutritional Content

One serving contains: Calories (kcal) 199.7 %Calories from Fat 57.2 Fat (g) 12.7 Saturated Fat (g) 5.2 Cholesterol (mg) 45.3 Carbohydrates (g) 20.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 1.9 Total Sugars (g) 16.1 Net Carbs (g) 18.9 Protein (g) 3.7 Sodium (mg) 45.3Reviews SectionThe best brownie recipe I've found to date.I've added my own minor tweaks:Instead of coating the foil with nonstick spray, brush with a bit of coconut oil (gives a mild coconut taste to the bottom)Add a teaspoon of Espresso powder with the dry ingredients for extra flavor, so so good!This was DELICIOUS! I topped it off with vanilla ice cream and it was the cherry on top! Absolutely delicious but definitely on the sweeter end. I added white “chocolate” chips instead of the nuts. Nice flaky top and fudgy in the middle. Bon appétit !!jojomochoSan Francisco06/09/20I’ve made this recipe a few times now and everyone loves it!! The goey chocolatey texture is a big win. I used chocolate chips instead of walnuts, but they’re just as good! If you use chocolate chips instead, I recommend waiting longer for it too cool or else the chocolate will melt in the batter and create streaks and you won’t get those little pockets of melted chocolate.AnonymousVancouver WA04/21/20One last thing ... I also used some coarse salt, to added a little salty surprise her and, there throughout eating something so decadent and, sweet. Figured I'd add, I'm sure they'll be amazing!! Otherwise, id add or update.Lilcrzi1West virginia01/13/20Well, actually, its in the over now! But, I already know its going to be the absolute BEST! And, definitely added to my "bag of tricks cook book" 😉 soooo easy to make!! Wow. I'm in love with everything browned butter also! I cant wait till these finish!! But, I wanted to add, I subbed out a bit of white sugar for a little brown sugar, personal preference, I love the added depth and, slight molasses flavor it adds. Just a thought 😀😍 thanks SO much for the recipe!!Lilcrzi1West virginia01/13/20Browned butter is a real game changer. So nice to find a cocoa powder brownie recipe that can hold its own, definitely will make again!I will add my vote to those who say this recipe is the best of the brownie recipes. People devour them. I actually prefer Dutch cocoa, but either type works well here. One of my "best recipes for my chocolate-addicted friends."C. PatootieSouthern California12/20/19I’ve tried over a dozen brownie recipes & this one is my favorite!AnonymousIrvine, CA09/25/19Absolutely the most heavenly brownies I have ever made and enjoyed eating. They are perfection. I also made the Alice Medrich’s other very similar, regular cocoa brownies recipe, the one made without browning the butter. I have trouble deciding which one is more decadent and delicious. The main difference: the browned butter brownies were shorter and denser. The regular cocoa brownies rose up as high & tall and beautiful as anything, yet somehow they were still dense and fudgy and just addictive. Both were the best brownies I’ve ever had or will ever want to make or eat from now on.I urge you in the strongest possible way to make them. I promise you will be delighted you did.I was not even a brownie lover before I tried these little squares of fudgy chocolate joy. These brownies made me one!mellielairVirginia Beach, Virginia06/16/18AnonymousNew York, NY 03/23/18

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