Nearly a decade ago now, I made Fine Cooking’s rich, fudgy brownies, and I’ve been a devotee ever since. Made with cocoa powder alone — no melted chocolate — these brownies are delicious freshly baked, but get better by the day, becoming richer and fudgier as they sit. I make these year-round for various occasions and most recently for birthdays, stacked and studded with candles or a few sparklers when I have them.
If you’ve been reading for awhile, you’ve seen this recipe before. I’m reposting the recipe because, like the soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies, I fear these have gotten lost in other posts, and they are too good to be forgotten.
Hope all of your Valentine’s Day preparations are going well. Happy Baking, Everyone.
Also, if you’re still in need of a Valentine’s Day treat, these are fun: Tartine’s buttermilk scones cut and baked into hearts:
I made a half recipe and made notes regarding quantities in this post for Cranberry Snow Scones.
Or you could make heart marshmallows. This is a very old Tyler Florence recipe, which I remade recently:
Source: Fine Cooking
- 8 oz. (1 cup) unsalted butter; plus more for the pan
- 15¼ oz. (2 cups) granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
- ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 2½ oz | 72 g (¾ cup) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 oz | 84 g (2/3 cup) unbleached all-purpose flour; plus more for the pan
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. table salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F and position rack in the center of the oven. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan or line with parchment paper.
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the sugar and whisk until well combined. Add the beaten eggs and vanilla and whisk until well blended. In a large separate bowl whisk together the cocoa, flour, baking powder and salt. Transfer butter mixture to bowl with flour and stir with spatula or wooden spoon until batter is smooth.
- Spread into prepared pan and bake for approximately 37-40 minutes. Insert a pairing knife or steak knife straight into center. If it comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs, the brownies are done.
- Let cool completely in pan on rack. Brownies can be made two to three days in advance.