When bon appetit says something is THE BEST ever, you’re going to trust them, right? I do, and for good reason. I made these bad boys last night for a party tonight and they are awesome! The flavor is rich without being overbearing and heavy. Truly distinct. Great for any party or a sweet Valentine’s day gesture.
Of course I changed up the recipe a bit. I’m not a huge fan of nuts in my brownies so I poured the batter into the pan and then dropped the walnuts over half of the pan. With a fork, I gently patted them below the surface.
You’ll see the instructions are pretty precise (thankfully). I thought it was strange they instructed me to line the pan in foil, but I believe it ended up making the brownies more fudgey.
Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter and Walnuts
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 8×8 pan
- Aluminum foil
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter cut in 1 in pieces
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup natural unsweeted cocoa powder (spooned into cup to measure, then leveled)
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 2 teaspoons of water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, chilled
- 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 cup walnut pieces
Here’s what you do:
- Put rack in bottom third of the oven and preheat to 325.
- Line 8x8x2 pan with tin foil with a 2 inch overhang. Coat with spray.
- Melt butter in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Let it cook until butter stops foaming and browned bits come up from the bottom (about 5 mins).
- While it’s cooking, combine sugar, cocoa, and salt in a bowl. Prepare vanilla and 2 teaspoons of water.
- When butter is ready, remove from heat and add above ingredients immediately. Stir to blend
- Let it cool for 5 minutes.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating vigorously after each addition.
- When mixture looks thick and shiny, add flour and stir until blended.
- Beat vigorously. About 60 strokes.
- Add nuts (optional in my opinion).
- Pour into pan.
- Bake about 25 minutes – until a toothpick comes out clean with flakes on the top.
- Cool in a pan on a rack. Then remove brownies using the foil, flip over to peel off foil, and cut.