Who can resist that perfect bite of brownie that has just the right amount of gooey fudginess mixed with a bit of crunch and chew from the crackly, flaky top and batter baked just right?
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Mmmmm..... My favorite style brownie recipe are these ultimate one-bowl chewy brownies - you know, that perfect bite that has just the right amount of gooey fudginess mixed with a bit of crunch and chew from the crackly, flaky top and batter baked just right. Who can resist? They don't last long in our house, and we like them best served up warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and sprinkled with a few chopped cashews. Heaven!
A little history about the Brownie recipe
Legend has it that Brownies were first invented in 1893 at the direction of socialite Bertha Palmer. She asked the chefs at The Palmer House Hotel create the desert to serve to a group of ladies attending the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Her version contained chopped walnuts and an apricot glaze. Many brownie recipe versions have been developed since then, and the brownie continues to be a favorite chocolate treat to this day.
No stove-top, and very little clean-up
That's right! There's no standing over the hot stove melting chocolate - this recipe uses powdered cocoa. One mixing bowl, one baking pan, done. This is the ultimate easy brownie recipe!
Three key ingredients to this chewy brownie recipe
For the ultimate moist and chewy brownie and achieving density, the keys to this recipe are:
- Using an extra egg yolk
- The addition of vegetable oil
- Cornstarch - it makes the brownies thicker and will help you achieve that flaky top layer
Achieving the famous flaky top
The eggs in this brownie recipe are key to achieving the famous flaky top on chewy brownies! When you add the eggs to the batter, you will be whisking them in. Be careful not to over-whisk or whisk too vigorously, though, or you might lose the flaky top.
When to say "this is enough chocolate"
One thing this recipe does not do is add chocolate chips to the batter or as a topper. To me, the amount of cocoa in the batter is quite enough, and additional chocolate can be overkill. If you are a real chocoholic, however, you can add chocolate chips to the batter before pouring it into the baking pan. Just take care not to overmix the batter - remember the eggs!
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Ultimate One-Bowl Chewy Brownie Recipe
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1¼ cups granulated sugar
- 2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk straight from the refrigerator
- 1¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ¾ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350℉.
- With an 8x8-inch baking pan (metal works best, heats more evenly than glass), line it with parchment paper or foil and grease only the bottom of the pan.
- Add the butter and sugar to a microwave-safe, medium size mixing bowl and microwave on high, covered, for about 1 minute - the butter must melt. Stir to mix the butter and sugar together.
- Spread the butter-sugar mixture around the sides of the bowl and let it cool for about 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk, being careful not to whisk too vigorously or the famous light brown crust on the top of the brownies won't form very well.
- With a rubber or silicone spatula, stir in the vegetable oil and the cocoa powder.
- Still using the spatula, stir in corn starch, flour, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips, until combined - but don't overdo it, remembering the eggs.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and spread it evenly. Bake for 30 minutes and check the brownies in the center with a toothpick. The pick should not be clean, but have some moist crumbs attached. If it needs to bake more, check it every 5 minutes with a clean toothpick. Remove as soon as it's finished.
- Allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting. For something fancy, serve warmed with some vanilla ice cream and chopped nuts. If you can stand more chocolate, drizzle lightly with chocolate syrup. Decadence!
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