Chewy Brownies from Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook & Giveaway

I made these brownies months ago and I can't believe I'm just now sharing them with you. I received the Cook's Illustrated Cookbook to review & am so happy to be sharing it with you. It has five brownie recipes with tons of variations on the five recipes. There are even seven chocolate cakes in this cookbook including one for a flourless chocolate cake that I'm dying to try. There are tons of chicken recipes, any recipe you can think of including two recipes for sangria – I love the drink section! Margaritas too!

Are you sitting down for this? This cookbook has over 2,000 tried, true and tested recipes. It's over 20 years of hard work on the part of America's Test Kitchen – the show, the magazines, which I'm a huge fan of. I love this book and will I get blasted for saying this? I wish this was the book I was given to me when we got married, instead I was given the Joy of Cooking. If I had to do it all over again…well, I would have to get married today since this book in it's form wasn't around when we got married nine years ago.

When I got this book in the mail, I went straight for the brownies section – why? Because I love them. My favorite way to have a brownie? Warm and underneath some vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. It's a very simple brownie sundae but my favorite.

Chewy brownies – they call it, I had to try it. With three kinds of chocolate, I definitely had to try it. There's cocoa powder and the unsweetened chocolate is chopped super fine.

And then when you're almost done with the batter, add 1/2 inch pieces of bittersweet chocolate. I love this…I might have accidentally left them as one inch pieces but who is paying attention anyways?

They are called chewy brownies, right? Well they are and they are the most amazing brownies I have ever had. Try them, you'll thank me for it!

If you'll excuse me, I need to go make a batch of brownies…anyone want some?


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Chewy Brownies

Yield: 24 brownies

For an accurate measurement of boiling water, bring a full kettle of water to a boil, then measure out the desired amount. For the chewiest texture, it is important to let the brownies cool thoroughly before cutting. If your baking dish is glass, cool the brownies 10 minutes, then remove them promptly from the pan (otherwise, the superior heat retention of glass can lead to overbaking). Use high-quality chocolate in this recipe.


1/3 cup (1 ounce) Dutch-processed cocoa
11/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder (optional)
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs plus 2 large yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups (17 1/2 ounces) sugar
1 3/4 cups (8 3/4 ounces) all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut into 1/2‑inch pieces


Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Make foil sling by folding 2 long sheets of aluminum foil so that they are as wide as 13 by 9‑inch baking pan (one 13‑inch sheet and one 9‑inch sheet). Lay sheets of foil in pan perpendicular to one another, with extra foil hanging over edges of pan. Push foil into corners and up sides of pan, smoothing foil flush to pan. Grease foil and set aside.

Whisk cocoa, espresso powder, if using, and boiling water together in large bowl until smooth. Add unsweetened chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted. Whisk in oil and melted butter. (Mixture may look curdled.) Add eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla and continue to whisk until smooth and homogeneous. Whisk  in sugar until fully incorporated. Whisk together flour and salt in small bowl and then mix into batter with rubber spatula until combined. Fold in bittersweet chocolate pieces.

Transfer batter to prepared pan; spread batter into corners of pan and smooth surface. Bake until toothpick inserted in center of brownies comes out with few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking. Transfer pan to wire rack and let cool for 11/2 hours.

Remove brownies from pan using foil. Return brownies to wire rack and let cool completely, about 1 hour. Cut brownies into 2‑inch squares and serve. (Brownies can be stored in airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.)

From Cook's Illustrated Cookbook, reprinted in its entirety with permission

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