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Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownies Recipe

Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownies Recipe

As someone who grew up in the country, I love getting out into nature whenever I can. I also love home-style recipes, including these yummy brownies. —Carol Prewett, Cheyenne, Wyoming
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. YIELD:36 servings


  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted, divided
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chunks


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine cocoa and baking soda; blend 1/3 cup melted butter. Add boiling water; stir until well blended. Stir in sugar, eggs and remaining butter. Add flour, vanilla and salt. Stir in pecans and chocolate chunks.
  • 2. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake 35-40 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 159 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 73 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Reviews for Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownies

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Reviewed Feb. 4, 2016

"My son has extremely severe milk allergies. These are by far the best dairy free brownies I have made. He gave them a 10 rating...and me too:) I used the Earth Balance to replace the butter and used the Ghirardelli semi sweet chocolate chips. They are very moist and fudgy. I baked them for about 30 to 35 minutes (started at 25 and just kept checking every 5 minutes) in a glass Pyrex pan...I'll never go back to metal...just until it started pulling away from the sides. Checked with toothpick to see if done also...trying not to hit a chip:) Sorry about all the specifics, but I bake everything from scratch and find the smallest things and brands can make the biggest difference in my kitchen anyways."

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2016

"Everyone loved the chuncks."

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2015

"These brownies are super easy to make. I love the chocolate chips. They are more cakey than I like but I thought the flavor was good. However, they fell apart when I served them so maybe I needed to bake them a few more minutes."

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2015

"These are the most amazing brownies. I have to agree about the ingredients...just easy, common ingredients that you have on hand. You may not have the chocolate chunks, but could use anything you have on hand or even nothing. I actually do not think these are too sweet at all. I add milk chocolate frosting to mine. I think these have more of a bitter sweet taste, especially because of the large chunks. I leave half plain (some don't like frosting), then I frost the rest. They bake beautifully & make such a large amount. This is a great recipe that I have now made three times. I will keep this one forever."

Reviewed Sep. 2, 2015

"This brownie recipe has replaced every brownie recipe I own, even the recipe that won 1st place at the county fair I was a judge at years ago! That says it all! : )"

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2015

"If I could give these brownies 10 stars, I would! Easy to make, quick, common ingredients, & a 9x13 pan of super-delicious treats that made everyone in my family happy! Satisfied the chocolate craving of two kids. Moist. I cut the sugar to 1 2/3 cups, & used a 12 oz. bag of semisweet chocolate chips. Will make these often!"

Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

"Easy to make and delicious. Always have these ingredients on hand except the chocolate chunks. I used a heaping cup of chocolate chips as I alway have those in my pantry. Will definitely make again."

Reviewed Feb. 26, 2015

"I've been making these since around 1980 - when they were published on the Hershey's can! Back when it used to be in a can. I lost the recipe for awhile, but found it on their website. These are out favorites, but there is no way these make 3 dozen! They're also on my blog as they are a family favorite."

Reviewed Nov. 15, 2014

"Delicious brownies! I don't like super sweet so I used 1 1/2 cups sugar and substituted half of the butter for coconut oil and they came out great!"

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2014

"These were very good! We followed the recipe almost exactly, but substituted coconut oil for the butter. Delicious!"

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2014

"My favourite brownie recipe for years now! My 10 year old made them today for her first brownie recipe and they turned out great. We like them with the brown butter frosting from the Out of this World Brownie recipe also on this site. Ours were done in 25 mins. We like them so they're ooey gooey good....I think baking them 35-40 mins would be far too long. My kids don't like nuts so we omitted. Wonderful recipe! I am a volunteer Field Editor for TOH as well ??"

Reviewed Jun. 7, 2014

"Just delicious. This quickly became my new go-to brownie recipe. I substituted gluten-free all-purpose flour to accommodate to my sister's health (She's clinically gluten-free, not by choice.) And they turned out wonderful. I will be making them again soon!"

Reviewed May. 7, 2014

"very yummy and had all the ingredients on hand!!"

Reviewed Apr. 27, 2014

"How do you make 36 brownies from this? Then they would be a bite size !"

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2014

"Sorry to say, this was probably the least favorite brownie recipe I've made yet. I've made about half a dozen or so, trying for the perfect recipe (by the way, think I've found it under Speedy Brownies here at Taste of Home). These were too chocolatey with all the chips, and maybe that's why the brownie/cake part is not sweet enough - to not make it too rich. But it takes the worst from both worlds - not sweet enough in one part and super-duper rich in another. But definitely try the other recipe if you're not satisfied with this one."

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

"These really were ultimate brownies!"

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

"I know I'm in the minority but I thought these were not that great. I cooked them the minimum time and they came out very cakey. The brownie was pretty bland- they lacked the sweetness we like in brownies. We actually ended up throwing most of the pan away after they sat on the counter untouched."

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014

"These brownies are delicious! The chocolate flavor is amazing and the texture is the perfect blend between chewy and fudgy. My coworkers ate these brownies up in a jiffy!"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"This is my favorite brownie recipe. It's nice that you don't have to get out the mixer for it. Have to be careful to not overtake as it will be more cake-like."

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013

"I am a volunteer TOH field editor and these brownies are absolutely delicious!!! They are dense and fudgy and so good! It is always the brownie recipe I use to make a hot fudge brownie sundae!"

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2013

"These brownies are addictive!! I wasnt sure how they would turn out at first because the batter was so liquidy but my gosh-the best ever!!"

Reviewed May. 18, 2013

"This recipe has brought my family's enthusiasm for brownies to a whole new level. They are moist and tasty. I always use this recipe now!"

Reviewed May. 5, 2013

"Makes a beautiful thick brownie. Not too hard and not crumbly. I used Milk Choc Drops in the mix and no nuts, but still came out great.

Took a good 40 -45 mins on 170 C in our oven, but well worth the wait!!"

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2013

"These brownies are great! I think this will be my go to recipe whenever I want to bake some brownies. They are fudgy and yummy! If you prefer a cake brownie, do not make this one! Next time, I will have to try one of the variations written here."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"I just have to review these again--they are that spectacular. This was the first--and will be the last--from scratch brownie recipe I use. THE BEST. The person who reviewed them as bland and cakey obviously needs to try them over as something was done incorrectly. These are extremely dense and fudgy."

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"Threw this together really quickly...was surprised at how tasty it was. I reduced the sugar to 1 cup and replaced the vanilla extract with peppermint extract for a holiday twist. The girls and I frosted the brownies and topped it with crushed candy canes. Yum!!"

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2012

"I do not understand how anyone could call these cakey! They are very moist if you do not overbake them. I have been making these for many, many years and recipients always rave over them. I sometimes leave out the chocolate chips and the nuts, place a thin layer of mint frosting and then a thin layer of melted chocolate chips and butter for a glaze. Super Yummy! The dutch processed cocoa almost gives them a dark chocolate taste. Try them, you won't be disappointed!"

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2012

"Bland & cakey. How this won a contest is beyond me!

I found this recipe to have a cake texture, which I really dislike in a brownie! I also found it quite bland. If you are looking for a delicious fudgy brownie,.. look up fudge brownie,.. the corresponding picture is a brownie that has a layer of nuts on top (I left all nuts out). No, I definitely would NOT make this again, I am not even going to try to "tweek" it as it was just not good."

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2012

"Bland & cakey. I found this recipe to have a cake texture, which I really dislike in a brownie! I also found it quite bland. If you are looking for a delicious fudgy brownie,.. look up fudge brownie,.. the corresponding picture is a brownie that has a layer of nuts on top (I left all nuts out). No, I definitely would NOT make this again, I am not even going to try to "tweek" it as it was just not good."

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"I did these with dutch processed cocoa and Ghiradelli Double Chocolate Chips, without the excellent brownie."

Reviewed Jun. 9, 2011

"This recipe won the 1st ever brownie recipe contest any of the Reiman Publications had back in 1994 in Country Woman magazine. It's truly the best--without the nuts!"

Reviewed Jun. 6, 2011

"I loved this recipe. I took out the pecans and just left in the chocolate. These brownies are so moist and chewy. I made a batch to give to my best friend when they moved in next door. They loved them as well!"

Reviewed Apr. 18, 2011

"One of the best brownie recipes I've ever made. And so easy. We couldn't eat them fast enough!"

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"I didn't think anyone could improve on my old brownie recipe, but this recipe is my new favorite. I'll make these again and again!"

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"This recipe is The Best!! I added 3 teaspoons of instant coffee to the boiling water for an added flavour and because of family allergies, I omitted the pecans but mixed in some white chocolate chips along with the chocolate chunks....Yummm...Don't last long around here!!"

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2010

"Been making these for YEARS. Lived in India for several years and had a coffeehouse and the young people went wild over them there. Always sold out and when we didn't have them people complained. Moved from India 3 years ago but STILL have old friends from there writing to tell me just how much they miss my brownies!"

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"These are really good but I don't know if they are the best brownies on the planet. They are super rich, of course, with a whole bag of chocolate chunks in them. The recipe is a little more work (boiling water, melting butter) than my usual just-as-good brownie recipe. I know that doesn't sound like much additional work, but I have a 1-yr-old and a 2-yr-old, so I'll stick to what's quick and yummy. Might make again but probably won't go out of my way to."

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2010

"These turned out great! We live at high altitude and I didn't have to change a thing!"

Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"I've Made This Recipe 3 times now!"

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2010

"This is HANDS DOWN the Best brownie recipe and I've tried dozens of them. No other recipe measures up. I use Walnuts instead of Pecans for a little different flavor sometimes."

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2009

"If you are looking for the best brownie recipe EVER this is it. Been making them for years. Very chocolatey, and stays moist!"

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2009

"These brownies are awesome. I made them for a friend's birthday and they got rave reviews."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2008 Edited Jun. 9, 2011

"You can't beat these with any other brownie recipe on the planet. These won the first brownie recipe contest sponsored by any of the Reiman publications. It was in Country Woman 1994."

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