Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

  2. 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar

  3. 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder American-style or Dutch-process

  4. 3 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (50-72% cacao), coarsely chopped, plus

  5. 2 1/2 ounces chopped into mini chip-size pieces, divided

  6. 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter or canola oil

  7. 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  8. 1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup blended with

  9. 3 tablespoons lukewarm water

  10. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  11. 1/8 teaspoon salt

  12. 1 large egg

  13. 1/3 cup chopped toasted walnuts (see Tip), optional

  14. 2 to 3 minutes.

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350 degrees F.

  2. Line an 8-inch-square baking pan with foil, letting it overhang on two opposing sides. Coat with cooking spray.

  3. Sift flour, confectioners' sugar and cocoa together into a small bowl. Combine the 3 ounces coarsely chopped chocolate and butter (or oil) in a heavy medium saucepan; place over the lowest heat, stirring, until just melted and smooth, being very careful the chocolate does not overheat. Remove from the heat and stir in granulated sugar, corn syrup mixture, vanilla and salt until the sugar dissolves. Vigorously stir in egg until smoothly incorporated. Gently stir in the dry ingredients. Fold in the walnuts (if using) and the remaining 2 1/2 ounces chopped chocolate just until well blended. Turn out the batter into the pan, spreading evenly.

  4. Bake the brownies until almost firm in the center and a toothpick inserted comes out with some moist batter clinging to it, 20 to 24 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack, about 2 1/2 hours.

  5. Using the overhanging foil as handles, carefully lift the brownie slab from the pan. Peel the foil from the bottom; set the slab right-side up on a cutting board. Using a large, sharp knife, trim off any dry edges. Mark and then cut the slab crosswise into fifths and lengthwise into fourths. Wipe the blade with a damp cloth between cuts.


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