Lindsay Ann Bakes: THE BEST Easy Chewy Brownies (Box-like brownies from scratch!)

Monday, March 24, 2014

THE BEST Easy Chewy Brownies (Box-like brownies from scratch!)

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I can't deny my love for a great boxed mix of brownies, but nothing beats a homemade version that is just as quick and simple to make. These brownies are fudgy, and perfectly chocolatey and chewy with a crisp, shiny crackly top. To me, perfection!

The brownies are made in one pot for an easy as a box mix prep and only one dish to wash!
Instead of using plain melted butter, I keep it on the stove top a little longer and brown the butter to add another dimension of flavor to your brownies. Browned butter is what gives the brownies an incredible rich, toffee-like flavor! Do not over cook butter though as it can burn very easily and turn from a perfect caramel scented brown hue to burnt and blackened within seconds! If you have burnt your butter, you will know by the scent. This is completely optional.


CLICK HERE TO SEE MY STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL ON HOW TO BROWN BUTTER


Chewy Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies (For a smaller batch, cut recipe in half and bake in an 8x4 inch loaf pan. For a larger batch, double recipe and bake in a 9x13 inch pan)

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick/4oz.) butter, melted (browned for maximum flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cup (300g) granulated white sugar
  • 1/2c + 2 tablespoons (50g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (60g) all-purpose flour, weighed or spooned and leveled
  • 3/4 cup mix-ins (chocolate chips, chopped nuts, M&Ms, chopped candy bar, etc.)

Directions


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil or parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray.

Stir together melted butter, oil, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Add the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, stirring vigorously after each addition until batter becomes thick, smooth and shiny. Stir in flour until just incorporated. Fold in mix-ins, if desired. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake for about 35-45 minutes. An inserted toothpick will come out with moist crumbs sticking to it. Do not over bake. Cool brownies completely in the pan on a cooling rack before cutting. Once completely cool, slice and serve. Chill  brownies in the fridge for a chewier texture.

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 Get creative and whip together your favorite flavor combination!



The best part is, you can customize these to create all kinds of fun flavor combinations. My favorite thing to do with these is to bake up a mini batch in the toaster oven, using two ramekins, and top them with ice cream for a quick and simple dessert for two! Which if your favorite?!


 Add some chocolate frosting and candy to the top.


How about a S'mores brownie?


Here is a layered effect with my Mint Oreo Fudge Brownie


Make your favorite ice cream in brownie form, with Cookies and Cream brownies

 Keep it simple and add some chopped nuts or chocolate chips to the batter and a little frosting on top.





Get fancy with my cheesecake swirl brownies!


Crumble your favorite cookie on top before baking for some extra crunch.

Top with sweet buttercream and rainbow sprinkles, for a festive and fun look.

Cut them into little bite-sized squares with a dollop of icing, perfect for parties.


Bake into individual ramekins and top with ice cream and a cherry!
  
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