Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter

Holy Cow – I have a new favorite brownie recipe. Can I just say WOW? I’ve almost eaten the whole pan. This is bad. Good thing I ran 3 miles today. Yish! Someone please come and take these away from me!

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I have a weakness for brownies. The first recipe I ever memorized front and back and made a thousand times was a brownie recipe from the Better Homes and Garden Cookbook. They’re easy, the batter—unbelievable, and what’s better than a huge bowl of chocolate goodness.

I saw this recipe on The Cilanthropist and kept returning to it again and again.

Last week I made an icing from browned butter for these amazing brown sugar pound cake cupcakes and knew that the change from regular butter to browned butter was complete genius for brownies. The Cilanthropist has a great description on the process of browning butter (Check it out).

The hardest part about making this recipe is waiting for the chocolate mixture to cool enough to add the eggs. Pure torture.

I couldn’t stop licking the spoon!

These are unbelievable! Are you convinced yet? The browned butter adds a subtle nuttiness and caramel flavor that takes these to the next level. They are absolutely perfect with a little extra sea salt on top.

Wow- I’ve decided that all I’m eating tomorrow is salad because all I’ve eaten today is brownies and grapefruit. Tehehe I have a bit of a stomach ache right now 🙂

Best Brownies ever? I thought the Cilanthropist was making a bold statement but after trying these, I agree. They are one of THE best brownies I’ve ever tasted. Try them! Seriously. I just ate another one.

Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter
Adapted from Bon Appetit, February 2011, recipe by Alice Medrich
1 1/4 stick unsalted butter (10 tbsps) cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups cocoa powder
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup pecans (or walnuts), toasted and chopped


Extra sea salt for sprinkling


Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, and line the inside of an 8×8 square baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving 2-inch overhangs and pressing the foil tightly to the sides of the pan.  (If you like spray the aluminum foil with non-stick cooking spray, though I didn’t find this necessary.)  


In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat, stirring often.  The butter will first melt, then foam, then form more clear bubbles.  Once the butter has only bubbles (and no foam) and there are browned bits at the bottom of the pan, remove the butter from the heat.  Stir in the sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, salt, and 2 teaspoons water.  Let the mixture sit for about 4-5 minutes to cool, then mix in the eggs one at a time, beating quickly after each addition.  Once the chocolate mixture looks relatively smooth, mix in the flour, and then beat well for a few minutes.  Mix in the chopped nuts, and transfer to the prepared pan, smoothing the top before baking. 


Bake for about 30 minutes or more, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean – if there is still a tiny bit of moist batter at the very bottom that is ok.  Remove the brownies from the oven and cool completely on a cooling rack.  Once cool, remove the brownies from the pan using the aluminum foil overhangs; then pull the aluminum foil away from the brownies and cut them into 16 square pieces.  Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.
Enjoy!


30 thoughts on “Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter”

  • Oh my, brownies are my weakness, too! I have to make these. I may be back to blame you for the 15 pounds I put on 🙂

  • These look so yummy! I am going to have to give these a try! Your pictures are beautiful too!

  • I licked my spoon to when I was making my batter this afternoon. There is no shame in that.

    Looks delish!

  • @Alison Thanks so much Alison! I'm honored! I just checked out your new blog and it's super cute. Can't wait to start reading your posts 🙂

  • @Dee Dee!! I know!! I think I gained 2 pounds today! hahaha You can blame me all you want but just wait and see – these are incredible. Worth the extra weight! haha

  • @Kimberly oh Kimberly! Thanks so much! haha But uuuuuuuuuuhhhhhh there might not be any left…… haha

  • I think we're having some sort of psychic mind-meld…I've been dreaming about browned butter brownies all week! Great recipe, thanks for sharing, they sound uber-amazing!

  • WOW those look awesome! Looks exactly like the brownies I like. Nice and rich and moist and delicious!

  • These are near perfect. I can't resist the salt/sweet combo. This is my first visit to your blog so I've spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  • Brownies are awesome, add browned butter and you've got yourself a winner! These look amazing and I would be happy to take them off your hands 🙂

  • Heehe. I think we're all struggling here in the queue to take them off you! They do look incredibly moist. Perfection. Even your wooden spoon is tantalizing enough!

  • @MaryThanks for stopping by my blog Mary! I'm so glad you like it! Salty and sweet combos are some of my favorite too- Sea Salt Caramel gelato… yum!

  • @Jill Colonna hahaha- I gave the rest to my mom yesterday but not before taking one last brownie! haha I had a stomach ache Saturday night but it was oh so worth it!

  • I just love brownies! I have been looking for a recipe to make me want to try them from scratch and I think I've just found it!

  • These brownies look fabulous. Nice and rich, and oh so gooey. Just how I like them. Delicious!

  • I made these pretty much the second I got my February Bon Appetit in the mail. My husband practically had to pry the pan out of my hands. I added orange zest which was wonderful but I love the idea of sea salt…I guess I'll have to make them again.

  • @Sarah What a great idea! I'm thinking of adding toffee bits the next time I make these. Maybe just sprinkled on top?

  • Molly,
    Thank you for being a baker for the Online Bake Sale. It means s much to me. Together we can make this event a success!

  • Molly,
    Thanks for baking for Becky's bake sale! The brownies arrived and are YUMMY!! I've had to ration them out in an effort not to ruin all the work I've been doing at the gym!

    Best,
    Kimberli
    The MacKay Way – Kimberli's Kitchen

  • This browned butter trend is everywhere lately…it must be a sign that I need to give it a try! 🙂

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