Saturday, January 25, 2014

Flaky, Chewy Brownies

This morning, I had a craving for brownies.  Like 1am craving.  What's a guy to do when this urge hits and the normal ingredients (a.k.a. "the box") aren't available?

Improvise.  And make the best damn brownies ever.

  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2C + 2 T solid coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2C powdered/confectioner's sugar
  • 1 1/4C all-purpose flour
  • 1 T water
  • Baking spray (non-stick spray with flour)
  • Wire whisk
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • One 9"x11" or two 8"x6" glass baking dishes
  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Grease with the baking spray.
  3. In a medium Teflon saucepan, begin heating the chocolate chips, butter, and coconut oil, stirring occasionally.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat all four eggs, vanilla, and water with a whisk. Fold in the powdered sugar and salt.
  5. Remember to stir the chocolate chips.
  6. Continue stirring the batter.  Add in the flour.
  7. Remove the melted mixture from heat.
  8. Stir the egg and flour mixture until it's as smooth as it can be, until your hand hurts, or for about 2 minutes.
  9. Slowly add the melted chocolate chip mixture to the mixing bowl.
  10. Stir some more until the mixture is smooth.
  11. Pour the batter into the baking dish(es) and place them in the oven.
  12. Set the timer for 25 minutes and grab a Disaronno.
  13. At the 25 minute mark, stick a wooden toothpick, chopstick, or skewer in.  If it comes out super-gooey, add another two minutes.
  14. Lather, rinse, repeat, but don't get any soap in the brownies, because that will suck.
  15. When the wooden insertion tool comes out mostly clean (not all the way clean--it's kind of an art at this point), take the brownies out of the oven and set on a wire rack to cool.
  1. Once they've cooled so you can cut them, do so.
  2. Pour a cold glass of milk.  Rum optional.