- 1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) plain cake flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine
- 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into six pieces
- 2 1/4 cups (15 3/4 ounces) sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
Adjust an oven rack to the middle position; preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 13x9-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Line baking pan with parchment paper or foil and spray with nonstick spray again.
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and baking powder together until combined. Set aside.
Melt the chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl over a saucepan of almost-simmering water, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Alternatively, in a microwave, heat the butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl on high for 45 seconds, then stir and heat for 30 seconds more. Stir again, and, if necessary, repeat in 15-second increments until melted. When the chocolate mixture is completely smooth, remove the bowl from the saucepan and gradually whisk in the sugar. Add the eggs, on at a time, whisking after each addition until combined. Whisk in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, folding with a rubber spatula until the batter is smooth.
Transfer the batter to the prepared pan; using a spatula, spread the batter into the corners of the pan and smooth the surface. Bake until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 30-35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack to room temperature, then remove the brownies from the pan. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve. Brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
My 12 year old son wanted to make brownies and he found the perfect recipe!! We had fun making them and they were delicious! Super chewy and fudgy!
Sounds like the perfect afternoon baking together! So happy you loved this recipe!
What if I don’t have cake flour?????
I would suggest trying a different brownie recipe that does not use cake flour-it’s essential to this recipe. I’ve actually got over 40 brownie recipes on my site, here are just a few of them that don’t use cake flour: Ultimate Fudgy Brownies, Best Ever Chewy Brownies, and Brown Butter Brownies. Hope that helps!
These are delicious! Reminds me of my childhood!
Can I use cocao powder instead of the chocolate?
hi if i wanted to add corn syrup for it to stay moist longer, how much and when should i add it in the recipe?
Will subbing 1/4th of the butter for vegetable oil add more moisture?
Hi! I really love brownies and saw this recipe…i’ve tried a lot of other brownies recipe and this is the best so far…it has that crispy top and its not too sweet…im just a little bit bothered on how fudgy the inside…i dont know if i made a mistake or i made it too thick…but all in all i and my family love it!
Can I freeze them?
hai..do you use white or brown sugar for this recipe? thanks!
I live in Thailand and I just bought new oven. (I never baked before, people here use gas stove to cook).
By the way, I would like to bake brownies for treat at the church. It was my first time to do, so I researched a lot of websites (more than 30 recipes) and I found your recipe!!
I just baked it and it is super delicious!!
It is the best brownie I have eaten !!
Your recipe is AMAZING!! Thank you so much. I will bake it again for sure, and also your another brownies recipe.
Can’t wait until tomorrow to show my first brownie to my friends!
Thank you so much!
hey can I add chopped hersheys semisweet dark chocolate and walnuts in the final mixture?
Hi! The recipe looks yummy! I would like to try it over the weekend. But i only have a 8×8 pan. How do i tweak the recipe for a smaller sized pan? Thank you!
Just cut the recipe in half and decrease the baking time to about 20-25 minutes!
Will it work if I use regular All-Purpose flour? I don’t have cake flour
Yes but cake flour is best!
These are excellent- rich but not oily, fudgy to bite but not so gooey you need a spoon to eat them. Pleasantly chewy around the edges with a crackly top. I used World Market 99% chocolate and Plugra European style butter and was very pleased with the depth and roundness of flavor. This is the 4th brownie recipe I’ve tried, and it’s the best so far.
these look great! i love the look and sound of the cookie dough ones too! have you ever tried the NY times recipe? i have it on my blog- soooo good. my favorite. my i have never tried cook’s illustrated ones! ill have to compare!
What is a ‘stick’ of butter and could you please translate this to ounces for those of us across the pond?
1 stick of butter = 4 ounces
This might help you in the future if you’re following American recipes: http://www.traditionaloven.com/conversions_of_measures/butter_converter.html
I am with you on the cakey brownies! I can't tell you how many brownie recipes I have tried trying to find that perfect one that would give me my chewy, fudgy brownie! I will try this recipe and keep my fingers crossed!
I LOVE this recipe, too! It's been my go-to for a few years now. I'm so glad you agree… Cakey is for cake and cake only. Thick, fudgy, chewy, and chocolaty is for brownies 🙂 Yum!
Wow, you speak right to my soul- I feel the same way about brownies. In fact, I love both recipes you mentioned! I'm tempted to bake some now…
Nice idea to post this brownie recipe! I really love to try making it. I love eating brownies but now I'd like to make it for me. Wanna join me? 🙂
Those look deeelicious. and you've basically covered all the details of what I consider a 'perfect' brownie as well.
No cakey brownies in my kitchen!
I'm bookmarking this!
These look mouth wateringly good! I love brownies witha tall glass of milk!
These look awesome! I love anything by Cook's Illustrated!
Can I use cocao powder instead of the chocolate?
I tried to make this a while back, and I screwed something up, because they came out so bad I threw them out. I knew it had to by my fault since Cooks Illustrated has never failed me before. I forgot about them until you posted this, so I'm going to have to try again!