Rich and fudgy dark chocolate brownies are my favorite! Aside from ice cream, they are probably one of my favorite dessert items. For some reason, I always thought that making homemade brownies was difficult. I just always bought a box mix and would occasionally throw in some extra goodies like chocolate chips, marshmallows, nuts, etc… Then I learned how amazing homemade brownies taste and decided to give it a try. After a bit of research, I found the perfect fudgy dark chocolate brownies.
I prefer my brownies to have a crispy top layer and a slightly gooey and soft center. (That’s why I love adding extra chocolate chips!)
These brownies are rich and delicious and are the ultimate dessert for anyone that loves dark chocolate.
Ingredients and Substitutions
DUTCH-PROCESSED COCOA POWDER – Dutch chocolate cocoa powder offers a rich and creamy chocolate flavor. Do not use sweetened cocoa powder if you want to achieve a rich dark chocolate flavor.
BAKING SODA – Adding a small amount of baking soda provides a bit of lift to the brownies. This will give the brownies a nice thick texture.
BUTTER – Unsalted butter is preferred but either will work for this recipe. Butter provides the fat needed to keep the brownies nice and moist.
SUGAR – Use granulated sugar for this recipe. Brown sugar adds more moisture to the brownies.
EGGS – The eggs provide chewiness to the brownie.
FLOUR – All-purpose flour is best for this recipe. Cake flour will make the brownies too light and airy.
CHOCOLATE CHIPS – Add dark chocolate chips for an extra bit of chocolatey goodness.
Tips for Cutting and Storing Brownies
- Use a plastic knife to easily cut brownies into squares.
- Keep brownies stored at room temperature in an air-tight container.
- To Freeze Brownies: Allow brownies to cool completely. Cut into squares wrap in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. To thaw brownies place them in the refrigerator overnight.
Rich Dark Chocolate Brownies
- 3/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2/3 cup butter melted & divided (1/3 cup + 1/3 cup)
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/3 cup flour
- 2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Grease a 9×13″ baking dish.
In a large bowl mix together the cocoa and baking soda.
Stir in 1/3 cup of the melted butter until smooth.
Next, Stir in the boiling water until the mixture is thick.
Then stir in the sugar and eggs and the remaining 1/3 cup melted butter.
Then, stir in the vanilla and salt until just smooth.
Add in the flour and chocolate chips and stir until combined.
Spread the batter into the baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the edges start to pull away from the pan. (I prefer slightly under-baked brownies)