2 years ago

Dark Chocolate Brown Butter Brownies

Brown butter adds a rich, nutty
flavor to these fudgy brownies. Twin Cities food blogger
greens & chocolate shares her new go-to brownie recipe!

I’m a firm believer that brown butter makes any
baked good better. It’s such an easy way to take a recipe from good to great,
especially baked goods. I just love the nutty flavor it lends to whatever it is
used in.  

These Dark Chocolate Brown Butter Brownies are
no exception and now are my new go-to brownie recipe. Let’s talk about the
reasons why.

First off, they’re made with cocoa powder. Dark
cocoa powder to be exact. This means there’s no chocolate chopping that stands
between me and a pan of brownies. Maybe it’s just me being lazy, but I dread
the thought of having to do that.  

Second, it’s all made in one pot! Let me be
clear, it’s all made in one pot IF you use a big enough pot. Don’t go melting
your butter in a tiny saucepan and expect all of the brownie batter to fit. But
you knew that.  

Third, the brown butter. This is an obvious one,
right? The brown butter just gives these brownies that SOMETHING, y’know? That
thing that will make people stop and go, “Wow… that’s a REALLY good
brownie.” Then you can smile back at them knowing you didn’t have to chop any
chocolate and it only required one pan.

Fourth (yes, I’m still going), it doesn’t make a
huge pan. This recipe is written for a 9×9 pan (you can also use an 8×8 pan for
thicker brownies; you’ll just want to add 5-8 minutes to your baking time),
which means I’m not stuck with a huge pan of brownies for only me and my
husband.

Fifth, the dark chocolate. It’s not only made
with dark cocoa powder but there are dark chocolate chips all throughout, too. I’m
a chocoholic, what can I say?

Lastly, the crackly tops. Before I finally
struck gold with this recipe, I kept coming out with batches of brownies that
were fudgy, but the tops weren’t crackly. I just need that crackly top,
y’know?! I finally got it with these, which solidifies that this recipe is the
one
.  

Dark Chocolate Brown Butter Brownies

Makes one 9×9 pan of brownies
Preparation time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks)
    unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated
    sugar
  • ¾ cup dark cocoa
    powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon pure
    vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup all-purpose
    flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 325 F. Spray
    a 9×9 baking pan with cooking spray.  
  2. In a medium saucepan,
    add the butter over medium heat. Tip: Using a light-colored pan will make it
    easier to tell when the butter has browned.
  3. Swirl the pan
    occasionally, but try not to stir. As the butter melts, it will foam and the
    color will turn from lemony-yellow to an amber brown. This takes anywhere
    between 5-10 minutes. Just be sure to watch carefully, as you do not want it to
    burn.
  4. Once the butter is
    amber colored, immediately remove from heat. Let cool slightly for 10-15
    minutes.
  5. Once slightly cooled,
    add sugar and stir well to combine. Note: you can either do this in the pan you
    melted the butter in or, if it’s too small, transfer butter to a large bowl.
  6. Add cocoa powder and
    stir until well combined.
  7. Add eggs, one at a
    time, stirring until well combined and the batter is shiny.
  8. Add vanilla and stir
    to combine.
  9. Add flour and salt,
    stirring until combined, and then give the batter 60 good strokes with your
    spatula.
  10. Fold in dark chocolate chips.  
  11. Transfer batter to
    prepared pan.  
  12. Bake for 28-32
    minutes for 9×9 pan (add another 5-8 minutes baking time for an 8×8 pan), until
    the edges are crackly and the middle is set but slightly jiggly. A
    toothpick should come out with just a few crumbs on it.  
  13. Cool, slice and
    enjoy!