My favorite brownies ever (with a gluten-free twist)!

>> Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Just because we've given up HFCS and are eating healthier doesn't mean that we can't enjoy a decadent dessert every now and then. I found this delectable brownie recipe in Fine Cooking about a decade ago, and it's the only brownie I make since. If you like a cakey brownie, this is not the brownie for you! These brownies are extra fudgy with a deep chocolate flavor.

If you are gluten intolerant or have a wheat allergy, I'm happy to report that these brownies are just as good with a non-wheat flour. I've made many batches using brown rice flour (one to one substitution), and I don't think that there is any noticeable difference in the final product.

The next time you're looking for a chocolaty treat, whip a batch of these up. It takes literally 5 min to throw these together to pop into the oven.

Best Brownies Ever

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
10 TBSP melted butter
2 large eggs
1/3 cup all purpose flour (brown rice and other gluten free flours work well too)
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Heat the oven to 350 F. Line an 8"x8" baking pan (preferably metal) with aluminum foil across the bottom and up two opposite sides of the pan. (I use 2 long strips of Al foil and criss-cross them.)

In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix the cocoa, sugar, vanilla, salt, and butter. Add the eggs and beat until the batter is thick and lightened in color. Add the flour and mix until just blended. Fold in the nuts, if using. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake until the top is puffed and slightly crusted and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a little fudge batter clinging to it, about 30 min.

Let the brownies cool completely in the pan on a rack. Lift the ends of the foil to remove them. Invert the brownies on a plate and peel the foil off. Turn the brownies right side up and cut into squares.

I live at altitude, and that seems to affect the cooking time. The last batch I made took about 50 min to really set up. So, check them at 30 min, but don't be afraid to let them cook a little longer if necessary!

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laura April 14, 2009 at 6:44 AM  

I LOVE a good fudgy brownie. Will have to try these. They look so good! I have recently started sprinkling a little salt on the top of my brownies, inspired by this recipe:

cathy April 14, 2009 at 6:52 AM  

Laura - A local chocolatier makes a divine orange caramel and sea salt chocolate. The pops of salt make the chocolate. So, I can see a little sprinkling of salt on the top of these brownies being really good. I'll have to give it a try!

Lori April 14, 2009 at 6:58 AM  

Oh wow! I'm feeling a strong urge to head into the kitchen and make these right now. They sound so good!

Natalie April 14, 2009 at 11:14 AM  

YUM!!!! I'd try it today if I hadn't pigged out on homemade carrot cake all weekend (will someone please finish that for me!)

James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. April 14, 2009 at 7:29 PM  

Sound delicious. I am not a big chocolate eater, but it is difficult to turn down a fresh brownie.

Kara April 15, 2009 at 4:29 AM  

In our quest to go HFCS- and dye-free at home, I find myself baking more and more from scratch. I think trying to eat healthier is going to make me plumper :-) These look delicious! #sinupret

Sagan April 15, 2009 at 8:22 AM  


EvaD April 16, 2009 at 12:05 PM  

I'm always in search of a good vegan brownie recipe - let me know if you find one! Until then, I'll pass this on to my friend who is gluten free. #sinupret

My Year Without April 18, 2009 at 8:24 PM  

Seriously, those look amazing and sound incredible. Can't wait to try them. I think I'll try them using agave as a sugar substitute, in keeping with your description of the chewiness--I bet my husband can't tell the difference!


Karen April 20, 2009 at 2:27 PM  

I have the worst recipes for brownies.All my recipes are too cake-like. I always resort to mixes to get the "fudgy-ness" we like. Looking forward to trying these.


Jennifer April 20, 2009 at 5:45 PM  

Excellent. I was just thinking about making some brownies!

Jennifer April 20, 2009 at 5:47 PM  

oops, I forgot to put this at the end of my comment: #sinupret

Dazy June 12, 2009 at 3:59 AM  

I was looking for something creative like this. Then tried this awesome recipe. This recipe does not disappoint. It's a snap to prepare and really tasty.

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