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Rich Chocolate Brownies Recipe

Rich Chocolate Brownies Recipe

I'm one of those people who need chocolate on a regular basis. I looked high and low for a rich brownie recipe that called for cocoa instead of chocolate squares...and this is it. My family loves these brownies - they never last more than a day at our house. -Karen Trapp, North Weymouth, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat in butter. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to batter and mix well.
  • 2. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. For frosting, combine the cocoa and butter. Combine the water and coffee granules; add to cocoa mixture. Stir in sugar until smooth. Frost brownies. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 257 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein .

Reviews for Rich Chocolate Brownies

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MY REVIEW
dschultz01
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2016

"Delicious brownies! I did not make the frosting after reading previous reviews, and they were great without it!"

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Starlakay
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

"Very rich and moist! Better than any other recipe I have tried. I did not use the instant coffee as we are not into that kind of coffee. I used brewed coffee in place of the water but I did need to add more to make the frosting spreadable just a few extra drops to make it spreadable. My husband really enjoyed these and said he could taste the coffee in the frosting. Make sure you have Ice cream to off set the richness of these brownies. I will make these again."

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vewebber58
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2015

"Very good brownies! I only added one half a teaspoon of instant coffee to the frosting, and even that was too much - I'd leave it out if I made the frosting again. Actually, I don't care for frosting, period, and I'd rather just make the brownies and leave them unfrosted. These were very soft and delicious, and I'd make them again without hesitation."

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laura70
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"A richer brownie recipe for when you have a taste for frosted brownies. I don't usually like coffee in brownies but this was really good,"

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MOTCook
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

"With the exception of the frosting recipe, this is the Hershey's Best Brownies I have been making for years. When I made them the first time, my husband said don't bother making any other recipe!"

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lisamaria728
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2014

"I just made these today, and honestly, this brownie recipe is nothing special or exceptional to me. They were no better than any other brownie recipe I have made. Not bad. Just not as good as I was expecting according to the reviews. I guess I am still in search of a really awesome dense brownie recipe."

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kaktoh323
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2014

"These brownies are wonderful! Moist and fudgy and the frosting is delicious. Can't taste the coffee in the frosting; it just serves to enhance the flavor of the chocolate. I doubled the brownie recipe for a 9x13 pan (and added 1 Tbl. of vanilla) but only 1.5 times the frosting recipe (adding 2 tsps. vanilla) because it makes so much. Still baked for 30 minutes. Heavenly!"

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jamieml
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2014

"Recipe doubles well. I, too, questioned the small amount of flour (1/2 cup) in the regular recipe, but, wanting to trust the recipe as written, only doubled it to 1 cup for my double recipe version. It was perfect! Used 1 tsp. instant espresso in the doubled brownie recipe. It added a nice depth of flavor. Also used 1/2 tsp. instant espresso in the double recipe for the frosting instead of regular coffee. Needed an extra TBSP. of water in doubled recipe of frosting for spreadable consistency. Baked in 25 minutes in 9x13 at 350. Really great recipe! Thank you for sharing. I think this will now be my "go to" brownie recipe."

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Brodyboo
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2014

"These are so good! These will be MY go to brownie recipe from now on. I don't know why anyone would waste money on a box brownie mix when these are so much better! Thank you for sharing :-)"

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margrant
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2014

"These brownies are excellent! I sort of collect brownie recipes, but haven't come across one

like this. The frosting makes it too, I think."

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susanna 56
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2014

"Just the brownie I was looking for. I love the moistness so opted not to use the icing. Dusted with powdered sugar. Yum"

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MTHORSELOVER
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2014

"This is a horrible recipe. I am an experienced baker; however, these were tasteless and sunk in the middle. All of my ingredients were fresh and I used ranch fresh eggs- major disappointment. The frosting part of the recipe is OK though!"

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delowenstein
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2014

"I recall making this recipe when it was first featured in TOH! I rate this as a 5* recipe! I am going to edit the recipe as it appears that I had adjusted it for my personal tastes! It is a great recipe! I used about 4 Tbsp. of warm water for the icing and 2 to 2-1/2 cups of confectioners'

sugar! I greased and floured my baking pan! I used a cake tester to test the brownies! Thank you, Karen Trapp, for sharing your recipe with TOH! delowenstein"

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slm110
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2014

"Beyond words delicious...bet you can't eat just one."

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islandgrl1956
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2014

"My family favorite... Traditional and moist"

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DarLynn4706
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2014

"1/2 cup of flour sounds crazy.. but I'll give them a try; maybe double the recipe?"

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bethgood_2000
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2014

"I have been using this recipe for months, with a few changes. I don't make the frosting, but instead use a drizzle of Secolari Dark Cherry Vinegar (sounds weird, tastes AMAZING). And, I add 1 cup of chocolate chips, bake in a brownie pan for 18 minutes. Also, for the best results, use Penzy's high-fat cocoa. I'm telling you, everyone loves these brownies, and with the cherry vinegar drizzle they seem like a gourmet dessert."

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DailyCooking
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2014

"My favorite go to brownie recipe. I have made it in 8" square pan and in cupcake size.

Works great either way. Good unfrosted as well as frosted."

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pamdevone
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"These are very good, rich brownies."

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tinkie1986
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2014

"Looked for a good brownie recipe and came across this one. After reading the reviews, I decided to try it. It was pretty easy to make (which is saying a lot for me because I can hardly stand to clean and cook) and tasted even better! I absolutely LOVE these brownies and so does my husband (who doesn't eat a lot of sweets because they hurt his teeth)!! I already bookmarked this page and WILL DEFINITELY make these again and again and again!!! SO SCRUMPTIOUS!!"

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stef55
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2014

"I made the recipe as it was written except for the coffee in the frosting and my boys and I all really enjoyed it. It will be a keeper as brownies are very popular at our house!"

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homemadewithlove
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2013

"Dense and good brownie - I only baked for the 25 min and they turned out chewy. I served mine "a la mode" with ice cream, no frosting, a homemade chocolate sauce also from TOH, and "wet" (glazed) walnuts"

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Lessie-Lou
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2013

"I took this recipe and multiplied it by 4. It filled a half sheet pan, baked perfectly, was fudgey, AND is simple enough that I would make it again.

I made a few additions to the recipe - I added one shot of espresso to the brownie as well as some more vanilla.
I haven't made the icing yet and I don't know if I will. These brownies are nice without it."

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shirleylaverne
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2012

"I have a brownie recipe I've used for years, but decided I wanted to try a new one. I'm so happy I did! These brownies are delicious and everything a brownie should be, they're rich, chocolately and dense. ( I've learned that the type of baking cocoa used makes a noticeable difference in taste. A cocoa that is dutched gives a superior chocolate taste.)"

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lilsher
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"Love them! My daughter was concerned about the coffee granules, but there is absolutely no coffee taste to them."

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Flora Colboch
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

"this is one that I make all the time. I usually have the ingredients on hand. It isn't very hard and the result gets cheers and they go fast so I double the recipe.( I don't use the inst coffee though.)"

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Flora Colboch
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

"this is one that I make all the time. I usually have the ingredients on hand. It isn't very hard and the result gets cheers and they go fast."

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leannepr
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2010

"The easiest no fuss, best tasting brownies I've ever made!"

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thegeema
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"The rest of those brownies are "calling" me. LOL  Thanks goodness I only made a half of the recipe."

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thegeema
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"I just made this recipe and cut it in half - SINFUL.  I will give it 5 stars or more. What is the top number?

Rich Chocolate Brownies- (Half recipe)                                  
1 cup sugar (1/2 cup)
2 eggs (1 egg)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (1/4 teaspoon)
1/2 cup butter, melted (1/4 cup)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (1/4 cup)
1/3 cup baking cocoa (1/6 cup)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder (1/8 teaspoon)
1/4 teaspoon salt (1/8 teaspoon)
FROSTING:
3 tablespoons baking cocoa (1 1/2  tablespoons)
3 tablespoons butter, melted (1 1/2 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons warm water (1 tablespoon)
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules (1/2 teaspoon)
1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar (3/4 cups)
In a large bowl, beat the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat in butter. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to batter and mix well.
Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
In a large bowl, beat the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat in butter. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to batter and mix well.
Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
For frosting, combine the cocoa and butter. Combine the water and coffee granules; add to cocoa mixture. Stir in sugar until smooth. Frost brownies. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 257 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 64 mg cholesterol, 174 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

I  made 1/2 recipe and baked in a round 5 1/2 x 1 1/2 layer pan (I greased and floured pan). Watch time after 20 -25 minutes "but" bakes about the same as a whole recipe.
YUMMY - half recipe almost as "bad" as a whole recipe. 
 
 "

MY REVIEW
reiner
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"Better than boughten. best ever"

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susqgal
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"I love Taste of Home and bake constantly. These are the worst brownies I've ever made. They tasted like raw eggs and never rose. The eggs were fresh and were fine when used with other recipes so not sure what I may have done wrong, but my chocoholic husband actually said he may never eat chocolate again after these."

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jolenemom6
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2009

"My brownies also sank in the middle but I thought maybe it was because I doubled the recipe (and used a 9 x 14 pan)."

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joanysrefuge
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2009

"the brownies tasted excellent. But they did not rise, like I thought. They sank in the middle. What did I do wrong? Any suggestions? I do live in the higher alltitudes."

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clean plate
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2009

"What can be used instead of the coffee granules? I don't keep instant coffee plus & don't like the taste."

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lwilkinson
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2009

"I've made this recipe for years .. they're the best. Always requested when the guys go fishing."

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