Sunday, May 26, 2013

the best brownies in the universe

just sayin'  :)

we released ourselves from providing the burden of proof on this statement.  if you want to find a better brownie, knock yourself out.

i referred to this recipe over a year ago.  we've changed things up just a little to perfect it.  diana makes them entirely by herself.  i serve merely as sous-chef and reach ingredients from high shelves.

bossk brownies, from wookie cookies: a star wars cookbook

rule 1: this recipe is for a single batch.  but always double the recipe. they are too good to make just one pan, and we always make enough to share.  right now, the lucky recipients are our neighbors and uncle brian, who is visiting us for the holiday weekend.

  • 2/3 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (we use kosher.  the bigger crystals make for a better taste)
  • 1/2 c. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. chocolate chip: we have used dark (heavenly), milk (pretty good) and white (diana's favorite) but not semi-sweet.  diana says they just don't taste right.

preheat oven to 350 and butter 8 in. square pan.  if you are like us and double the recipe and bake in a pampered chef stoneware pan, use the 9 x13 pan and don't bother buttering - it's not necessary with stoneware. stir flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt together.  mix butter and both sugars until well blended and creamy (about 3 minutes).  add eggs and vanilla extract.  add flour mixture until just combined.  stir in chips.  pour batter into pan and smooth top.  bake about 25 minutes or just until cake tester comes out of the middle cleanly.

we have found it makes a big difference when you melt the butter first rather than having it at room temperature.  when you are stirring by hand, your arm can get pretty tired and you still may not have the butter satisfactorily blended with the sugars, lending itself to a less homogeneous mixture.

p.s. this post was inspired by jen's cookie recipe post.  check it out.


  1. i actually prefer the milk chocolate chips, not the white. but i'm going to use butterscotch chips soon, and i love those!

    1. i stand corrected.

      please make sure the butterscotch chips and more butter gets on the shopping list, my sweet :)

  2. I love to inspire ; )
    Here's to butter & all the bowl-licking yumminess it's responsible for!

  3. I've got a good recipe: