dorie’s classic brownies

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The worst brownie I ever ate was on a layover at the Detroit airport. My flight was delayed, so obviously I deserved a treat. Despite my suspicion of the freshness and quality of desserts from coffee chains, I figured any chocolate was better than none.

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Except there was, essentially, no chocolate in this brownie. It goes to show how a little cocoa goes a long way in terms of color, but not so much with flavor. What a disappointment.

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This was not that brownie. This brownie is full of chocolate flavor. It isn’t chewy and it isn’t cakey, but I’m not sure fudgey is the word I would use to describe it either. It isn’t my favorite brownie – my favorite is taller and fluffier – but certainly wasn’t a disappointment.

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Anne, who chose these brownies for Tuesdays with Dorie, has the recipe posted. The only changes I made were to add the salt (½ teaspoon) and espresso powder earlier in the process, with the melting chocolate, so they would dissolve and be perfectly evenly dispersed in the batter.

One year ago: Peach Upside-Downer
Two years ago: Chocolate Soufflé
Three years ago: Chocolate Chunkers

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  1. I haven’t made brownies in so long…and a true classic brownie may be just what I (do not) need!

  2. I frosted them with Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting–it was delicious. But I love most brownies.
    Have a great week.

  3. Airport food is the worst. Great pics, as always.

  4. Those look delicious! And I’d like to start nomming on the big chocolate block.

  5. Are those square liners, or just look so perfect with a square brownie in them? Curious minds want to know 🙂

    It’s hard to find a disappointing brownie, I agree…but everyone has a favorite. I prefer the really, really dense, fudgy ones with nuts and/or caramel. Mmm 🙂

  6. bridget says:

    Nicole – They’re actually just regular mini-cupcake liners! But they squashed down perfectly to fit a little square of brownie.

  7. I love brownies in cupcake wrappers, they look so happy and like the perfect treat. Your pictures are beautiful and I can’t wait to read more about your favorite brownie.

  8. yes, best to stick to a kit-kat or twix in the airport. these look pretty good, and perfect for a party in those little cups.

  9. Don’t you hate to be disappointed in a sweet treat when you really need one. These were not disappointing. Love them in their little papers.