A Perfect Dark Chocolate Brownie Recipe

by aimee @ shugarysweets on May 2, 2013

Rich, fudgy Dark Chocolate Brownies. Simple. From Scratch. And Perfect.

Dark Chocolate Brownies: delicious, one bowl, from scratch fudgy brownie recipe #brownies

It occurred to me after posting THIS RECIPE, that I have never shared my favorite dark chocolate brownie recipe.

I’ve just been hoarding it all this time. I’ve made brownie bites using a variation of this recipe…but haven’t share these dark fudge brownies. Until now.

Dark Chocolate Brownies: delicious, one bowl, from scratch fudgy brownie recipe #brownies

This recipe takes one bowl. I know that’s important to some of you. Being able to whip it up in about as much time as it takes to make the boxed version (Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate is exactly what this tastes like). I’m not even kidding.

So what’s stopping you from making these brownies? And, what’s stopping you from then making some frosting with caramel sauce?

Or, just eat them with a little powdered sugar, totally perfect in every way.

Dark Chocolate Brownies: delicious, one bowl, from scratch fudgy brownie recipe #brownies

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A Perfect Dark Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 12 brownies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup semi-sweet morsels (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a glass bowl, melt butter in microwave for 30 seconds to one minute. Add sugar, flour, cocoa and eggs. Stir with a spoon until well combined. Fold in morsels.
  2. Line a 9inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Pour batter into dish, spreading evenly. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 22-25 minutes. I like my brownies a little under done and fudgy. You can add about 3-5 minutes for more well done, if desired.
  3. Cool completely. Top with powdered sugar or your favorite frosting recipe. ENJOY.
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Don’t go yet!

First you need to drool over some other delicious brownie ideas! Want some decadent frosted brownies? Try making this smooth and creamy Caramel Frosting with homemade Caramel sauce. You won’t be disappointed! Also tastes delicious on cupcakes!

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Do you enjoy a thicker, cake like brownie? These Sweet and Salty Brownies are thick, moist and chewy!

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Remember these Milky Way Double Fudge Brownies? I can’t even tell you how delicious they are! You just need to try them for yourself.

Milky Way Double Fudge Brownies from www.shugarysweets.com

Brownies from Bloggers:

Browned Butter Brownies from Something Swanky. These look incredible, you must see the photos!

The Epic Brownie from A Spicy Perspective has been on my WANT list for some time now. Drool!!!

Hershey’s Best Brownies from Baked by Rachel are delicious. I’ve made Hershey’s recipe before and it’s quite delicious!

Ready to indulge? These Reese’s Rocky Road brownies from Inside BruCrew Life look sinfully good.


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Monet May 2, 2013 at 9:30 am

One bowl brownies that look this good? I”ll take the recipe please! Thank you for sharing your favorite. I can see why it’s the winner. I hope you have a wonderful day!

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aimee @ shugarysweets May 3, 2013 at 7:36 am

Thank you Monet! Have a great day yourself!!
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Averie @ Averie Cooks May 2, 2013 at 9:45 am

Wow they look incredible! So dark, fudgy, rich, perfect. And one bowl – the best kind!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 3, 2013 at 7:37 am

Thanks Averie! Sometimes one bowl desserts are needed, especially when it gorgeous outside and I don’t want to spend my day doing dishes!
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Jess @ On Sugar Mountain May 2, 2013 at 11:16 am

Love this – simple yet decadent. One bowl is my FAVORITE type of baking ever since I don’t have a dishwasher lol. ;)
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 3, 2013 at 7:37 am

Ah yes, I would never survive…
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Kathy May 2, 2013 at 11:41 am

Yum! We love brownies around here! In fact, my husband has been known to make them just so he can lick the bowl! He says that’s the best part!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 3, 2013 at 7:39 am

He is like a kid, love it!! Although I don’t blame him, I’ve been known to leave a little extra in the bowl for my kids (and my self).
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Nicole May 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Wowzers! These look amazing! I’m more of a dark chocolate gal so these are perfect. Now I’m craving brownies at 9AM … I don’t think I’ll make it through the entire day without whipping up a batch. Thanks for sharing your ‘secret recipe’ :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 3, 2013 at 7:39 am

Thanks Nicole! I love dark chocolate too :)
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Nora @ Buttercream Fanatic May 2, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Oh man. I thought I had the most amazing brownie recipe, but now I am going to have to try this one, juuuuust to be sure. These look incredible!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 3, 2013 at 7:41 am

Yours look incredible too Nora, love the mint addition!
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Nora @ Buttercream Fanatic May 3, 2013 at 11:57 am

Thanks, Aimee! I am thinking about trying yours with mint chips AND semi-sweet chips. The best of both worlds!
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Melissa {Persnickety Plates} May 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm

This is like the easiest recipe ever! & I love small batch brownie recipes. I don’t need a 9” x 13″ pan-full taunting me. I will eat them all.
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 3, 2013 at 7:42 am

It really is easy, and I hear ya on the 9×13. Although, sometimes I NEED a double batch, LOL.
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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com May 2, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Omg. That’s a definite brownie perfection :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 3, 2013 at 7:43 am

Thanks Kiran :)
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marcie@flavor the moments May 2, 2013 at 1:56 pm

That is one easy recipe and the fact that it’s in one bowl is so appealing when I want to make awesome brownies FAST. I’m always looking for more brownie recipes, so I’m adding this one!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 3, 2013 at 7:44 am

Thanks Marcie, you won’t be disappointed!
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Eva @ Eva Bakes May 2, 2013 at 3:26 pm

One bowl? Seriously? Look at how ooey-gooey these are! I want one now!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 3, 2013 at 7:45 am

Yeah, I love my brownies soft in the center. But you can always cook a little longer if you don’t like the ooey gooey!!
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Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch May 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Yum!!! Rich chocolate brownies – Pass the milk!!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 3, 2013 at 7:45 am

No joke! Thanks for stopping by Robyn.
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Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection May 2, 2013 at 3:51 pm

These brownies look amazingly rich and decadent. And I love how easy they are!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 3, 2013 at 7:46 am

Thanks Elaine, I tried to make them as easy as opening up a box mix!
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Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet May 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Love how these are made from scratch!!
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Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry May 2, 2013 at 4:09 pm

One bowl chocolate brownies is so wrong but oh so right! I know what I’ll be having for dessert tonight.
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust May 2, 2013 at 4:22 pm

I want to stuff my face with these Aimee!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 3, 2013 at 7:48 am

I know the feeling Dorothy!
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Gloria @ Simply Gloria May 2, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Aimee, these look so decadent! My little one could live on brownies…if I let him. And I love dark chocolate! Pinning!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 3, 2013 at 7:49 am

I think I could live on brownies too :)
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Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods May 2, 2013 at 9:35 pm

YUM, these look so rich! I love dark chocolate. I’ve got to try these :D
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Elizabeth May 3, 2013 at 12:11 am

Those look amazing! Is there a particular dark chocolate unsweetened cocoa powder that you would recommend?

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aimee @ shugarysweets May 3, 2013 at 7:51 am

I have TWO favorites. I use King Arthur Flour Dark Cocoa or Hershey’s Dark Cocoa. I love them equally :)
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Medeja May 3, 2013 at 1:59 am

Brownies is an ultimate sweet treat! If I have craving for something sweet it’s usually brownies or cupcakes :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 3, 2013 at 7:51 am

Me too. Or cookies. Or pie. Or milkshakes :)
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Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen May 3, 2013 at 2:01 am

The chocolate oozing out is making me hungry again…this seems to happen to me all day long! LOL Wish I could stuff my face with these!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 3, 2013 at 7:51 am

haha! I know the feeling!
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tanya May 3, 2013 at 7:28 am

Yep, it’s the perfect dark chocolate brownie all right. And because it’s dark it’s healthier right? So I can eat as much as I want, at least thats what I’ll tell myself!
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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) May 3, 2013 at 9:25 am

I love how simple and easy these are and how gorgeous and fudgy they look! YUM!
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ashley - baker by nature May 3, 2013 at 10:29 am

Whoa! These brownies look divine!!!
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carrian May 3, 2013 at 11:14 am

oh my gooey deliciousness. Can we just go ahead and order a box full?
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Gina May 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I love that these don’t require a ridiculous amount of ingredients. Simple & yet decadent. YUM! Thanks so much.
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Renee @ Awesome on $20 May 4, 2013 at 2:04 am

I usually prefer to make brownies with melted chocolate if I’m going to make them from scratch, but I’m curious about trying this recipe, since you love it so much. Plus, there’s really no such thing as too many brownies.
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Karly May 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm

These are too chocolatey for me to handle.

Oh, wait. That’s not even possible.
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Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen May 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Your brownies look so good! I really love the pics with the caramel frosting and caramel sauce too – definitely looks like best way to eat them!
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Ashton May 4, 2013 at 7:32 pm

I’m baking these up tomorrow night!! Can’t wait!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 5, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Let me know what you think! You can always send them to me if you don’t like them :)
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life May 4, 2013 at 10:33 pm

I love how decadent and dark chocolate these are!!! And I love one bowl recipes ;-)
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Nutmeg Nanny May 5, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Oh my, these look so decadent! I must try this recipe in the future :)

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aimee @ shugarysweets May 5, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Thanks! It’s a keeper in our house!
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Rachel May 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm

can you use coconut oil instead of butter?

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aimee @ shugarysweets May 5, 2013 at 9:38 pm

I’m not sure, I’ve never tried it! Sorry.
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Ari @ Ari's Menu May 6, 2013 at 11:19 am

You have been holding out! So much rich, gooey chocolate and so few ingredients! Perfection!
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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen May 7, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Are you serious? Put me in a room with these and I’m a gonner!
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Judy May 10, 2013 at 11:50 am

I’m almost on sugar overload just from the drool-worthy photos. Really look tempting.
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Aline July 8, 2013 at 8:54 pm

These are delicious, I made them last week and have been craving them. So I’m about to make them again. :)

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Poh July 14, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Hi Aimee, may I know if the 3/4 cup unsalted butter refers to 3/4 cup butter before it is melted? Or does this mean 3/4 cup melted unsalted butter?

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Georgia July 16, 2013 at 3:24 am

Delicious and fudgy my family ate them all in one night !!!!!!!
thanks for the recipe Aimee :)

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aimee @ shugarysweets July 16, 2013 at 10:31 am

I’m so glad you all enjoyed the brownies Georgia! Thanks for stopping back and giving feedback!

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Georgia July 21, 2013 at 12:03 am

Thats okay i am just about to make some more!

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Sarah July 22, 2013 at 9:51 am

OMG!! These brownies taste amazing!! Not too sweet too! the dark chocolate is so perfect in them! Def my go to brownie recipe!

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Helen July 27, 2013 at 6:03 am

I love brownies, but never made them before. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Thus, I have question/comment:
1. Every time I bake something, I always use at least 1/2 tea spoon of baking soda or powder, how come brownie dough, does not need it?
2. The amount of flour is also surprisingly little for a cake. Does the cocoa powder compensate for it?
thanks

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Shaina August 6, 2013 at 3:11 pm

This is the easiest, quickest, best brownie recipe I have ever tried. I just used it for the base of chocolate peanut butter brownies and they are DELICIOUS! This is now my new go-to brownie recipe. I’ve been searching for a while, and this is it!!! Thank you thank you thank you!

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Mariah Camilleri August 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Well done your brownies look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Um , i m just think can i replace the dark chocolate cocoa powder with dark chocolate ? Or it s not the same :) ? Thanks :D

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aimee @ shugarysweets August 8, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Nope, not the same. Sorry!!

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Danielle August 29, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I had to bake these for an extra 40 minutes because the middle would not set. They were burnt on the edges and totally raw inside after over an hour. Out of the oven and straight into the trash.

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Brenna September 28, 2013 at 9:10 pm

I made them today. Very good! But you have to like dark chocolate to appreciate them.
I made them in a 9×13 pan. But I doubled the recipe so that they would be thick. I had them in the oven for 25minutes and they cooked just right.

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Brenna September 30, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Wow, need to comment again. These are amazing, thanks so much for sharing! They are like fudge. So moist! I love them and will definitely be making them in the future.

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Bryan September 30, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Made these brownies for a meeting. They were very popular. Great recipe, if I can make them, anyone can.

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Leah December 8, 2013 at 5:34 am

nice pics! i really prefer dark chocolate to any other. the recipe is so simple and tempting! i made a batch myself, with just a few swaps: used 1 C sugar and 1/4 C brown sugar, added a splash of vanilla extract, and espresso. also added a pinch of salt to complement the sweetness. the pics of the dark chocolate brownies with the caramel frosting looks soooooooooooo good, but i didn’t have the ingredients for that. they look absolutely gorgeous tho, thanks for the recipes! i will definitely come back later for the caramel frosting! ;)

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Trish January 24, 2014 at 11:00 pm

These were delicious in flavor! I baked a tad too long, but was able to choke some down anyway! tee hee. Tomorrow I will crumble the remainder and serve with pudding and whipped cream! I have only made scratch brownies with baker’s chocolate, but these were just as good and dark and cocoaey!

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aimee @ shugarysweets January 25, 2014 at 6:02 pm

So glad you enjoyed the brownies. Pudding and whipped cream sounds like a delicious combo!

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natasia January 30, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Heavenly brownies,these came out to be..i’m never gonna have it out now…everytime I do, it’ll be made by me..these are so easy!!!

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Mary March 30, 2014 at 4:48 pm

I made these with morsels/chocolate chunks. They took for ever to cook and were diabetically sweet. They were definitely fudgy but I think your recipe is off by about a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of flour (as in it needs it) . Possibly less sugar as well.

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Cat Thompson May 18, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Absolutely stellar! The quintessential all-American brownie. Fudgey and dense, sweet but not too, thin, firm top. This goes together in a flash, which when you think about it, is scary! Using Dutch process dark cocoa is absolutely crucial to the success of this recipe. Those who found them to be underdone either have oven calibration problems, or they are unfamiliar with a proper, home made brownie, which most food historians agree was intended by some poor, hapless baker way back in the day, to be a chocolate cake. The leavening was mistakenly left out, and voila! The brownie was invented. It should be pointed out that as a result, these rise very, very little. What you see going into the oven is pretty much what you get coming out. The one slight adjustment that I have found works better for our palates is to add 1/4 tsp salt, which increases depth of flavor and fulfills that elusive taste of “something missing.” Salt also rounds out the sweetness, which will be of benefit to those who thought this too sweet. I have even mixed as written, filled the pan, and sprinkled lightly with fleur de sel. Everyone went crazy for that! I’m a retired chef, having also spent time in the pastry kitchen, and have made countless brownie recipes over the years. Have to say, these are some of the very finest to come out of my kitchen.

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Nisrin Vasi June 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm

I tried making it turned out excellent very easy n nice recipe first timemy family enjoyed my brownie

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C June 28, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Agree all around with Mary, 3/30/14. I wanted to like these brownies and will never turn down chocolate, but they are so sweet that I have no appetite to try more than the first bite. Family agrees, and we are all chocolate fanatics! I cannot imagine topping them with caramel sauce. Just thought about the fact that there is no vanilla, nor salt, in the recipe and wonder if that may also have affected the end result. I did sprinkle the finished brownies with a bit of coarse sea salt while still warm so that it would stick, but that did not help the overall cloying sweetness. Sorry, however picture was great, and the recipe did sound good. I may adjust proportions and try again.

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neha July 21, 2014 at 1:39 pm

made some today. super dense and intensely chocolaty! thanks :*

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aimee @ shugarysweets July 21, 2014 at 8:08 pm

You’re quite welcome :)

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Priya July 29, 2014 at 8:32 am

Hi dear,
very tempting recipe to try….. just wanna know it does not need baking powder.
Thnx

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