Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Best Ever Outrageous Brownies

This recipe is the chocolate lovers dream!  The Best Brownies Ever are chocolaty, fudgy, soft and melt in your mouth delicious.  It is our most requested brownie recipe and I make 2 pans of these and give them as part of our gratitude gifts we hand out each year.

Every year we make a point to take the time to give a gift of homemade goodies and cards to those people who have touched our lives.  Family, friends, postal carriers, neighbors and store clerks are all included.  You get the idea.  One year we had our truck in the shop a lot and the service tech was so helpful that he was on our list that year.

We started this tradition of gratitude gifts 6 years ago and it is possibly my favorite part of the holiday season.  Embracing the spirit of giving really sets the season off in the right direction, especially since Munchkin was born.  She is in the spirit of giving already and told me "Mommy, we need to help the kids that have no houses because we are vewwy fornuatate (very fortunate)".

DO.I.NEED.TO.TELL.YOU?  That was probably the proudest moment of my life.  Give me a moment to gush please.   {{{gush}}} OK.  I'm good now.

Our family and friends are pretty sure they are getting a basket each year and start teasing about what they want in the basket next year, pretty early on.  Usually by Easter we are hearing about the Pecan Pie Bars and The Brownies.  I can not think of one person that disliked either of these fabulous treats.

I am so excited to finally share our Best Ever Outrageous Brownie recipe with you.  They are rich, chocolaty, fudgy and so soft they will melt in your mouth.  Made with a truckload of chocolate and a sprinkling of coffee you are going to get the most amazing chocolate taste in these brownies with an incredible depth of flavor that you will not forget.

Get baking.  Your loved ones will thank you for it!

With love from our Kitchen Table to yours!


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The Best Ever Outrageous Brownies
serves 48 (or 24 LARGE)

1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter
1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, divided
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
8 large eggs
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
unsweetened cocoa, to dust pan

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Butter a 12 x 18 x 2-inch baking sheet and dust with cocoa (this keeps the brownies from having a white powdery appearance)

Melt together the butter, 1 pound of chocolate chips, and the bittersweet chocolate in a microwave safe medium bowl.  Heat in 30 second increments until melted.  Stir between each heating. Allow to cool slightly. 

In a large bowl, stir (do not beat) together the eggs, coffee granules, vanilla, and sugar. Stir the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.

Add 1 cup flour, baking powder and salt to a sieve and sift into chocolate mixture.

Toss the remaining 12 ounces of chocolate chips with ¼ cup of flour.  Add them to the chocolate mixture and stir to combine.

Pour batter into prepared baking pan.

Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Half way in between cooking time; rap the baking sheet against the oven shelf to force the air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough.  Use care not to overbake! Allow brownies to cool thoroughly, cut into 48 brownie squares.

Serve and enjoy!

COOK'S NOTE:  You can also cook this recipe in (2) 9x13 pans. Or bake one 9x13 and halve the recipe if you like.

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten 

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Originally published 12/4/13


  1. Fudgy brownies with shiny tops? Outrageous alright!

  2. Sounds like a Paula Deen recipe

  3. The 1/4 cup flour used with the 12 oz. chocolate chips, is that in addition to the 1 1/4 cups called for or is it the 1/4 cup?
    Sorry if it's a dumb question, just want to get it right.
    I can't wait to make them.
    Happy Holidays

    1. That is part of the ingredient list. Add 1 cup at first. Hope that helps. Enjoy!

    2. Thank you Donna. It helps me. :)

  4. Made several times, took me an hour to make it first time, had to keep rewinding TiVo while Ina breezed along like it was no big deal, made a huge mess of my kitchen but in the end, coworkers devoured the whole huge pan in minutes!!! Since then, I've made them several times and it's become easier and easier and quicker too, it's just way too expensive with the amount of stuff but I never managed to halve the recipe; it's surely the best tasting brownies ever!!!

    1. Glad you like them! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Can you melt on the stove top?

    1. Set up a double boiler and melt chocolate.

  6. Can you use pan spray instead of the butter and cocoa?

    1. Yes! That would be good too. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

  7. I made these brownies and they were fabulous. When I went to cut them, I found huge hunks missing. It seems my kids, grandkids and daughter in law decided to to "taste". We wound up putting the cooled pan on the table and just cutting out chunks.

  8. another brownie in my book is a bonus! Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe xoxo

  9. no unsweetened baking chocolate where I live. Can I substitute with baking cocoa?

    1. I have not tested baking cocoa. So I can not say how it would work. Where do you live? In the baking aisle near the chocolate chips you will find all sorts of baking chocolate bars. Look for one that says unsweetened. Or you can pick it up here:

  10. can I substitute bittersweet chocolate with good quality dark chocolate?

  11. Donna, do you know if expresso powder can be subbed for the instant coffee granules? Is so, how much? Thx!

  12. Hi! I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I want to prepared a Layer Cake with at least three or four cakes with an 8" round pan. Do you think this quantity should be enough to make four cakes? Thank you


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