Fudgy Flourless brownies. Photo: The Washington Post by Deb Lindsey. Food styling by Amanda Soto
I suspect you've never eaten a brownie and thought, "Hmm, there's too much chocolate in here."  That's the point of a brownie, right? A delectable, indulgent, classic Chocolate Delivery Vehicle.

Bake the brownies to the consistency you prefer. At the lower end of the baking time range (25 minutes), they are gooey and reminiscent of a molten lava cake. A few minutes longer in the oven and their crumb is more like a chewy brownie.


Make Ahead: The brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to a week. For long-term cold storage, wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze, for up to 6 months.

Ingredients:

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1⁄4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1⁄2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1⁄4 cup cornstarch
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (may substitute chopped chocolate)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 175c degrees. 
  2. Press a long piece of aluminium foil into a 20 cm square pan to create a sling, leaving several cms of overhang on two opposite sides so you can use it to pull the baked-brownie slab out of the pan. 
  3. Grease the foil with cooking oil spray.
  4. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. 
  5. Stir in the cocoa powder until thoroughly smooth and well incorporated.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat; stir in the brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract, until smooth. 
  7. Break the eggs into the saucepan, stirring until well incorporated.
  8. Add the cornstarch and salt, stirring until smooth, then fold in the chocolate chips.
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it evenly into the corners.

Bake (middle rack) for 25 to 30 minutes, until the edges of the brownies, are firm, the top is shiny and the centre is just set. Let cool (in the pan) on a wire rack for 1 hour.

For easier slicing, you may then chill the brownie slab in the freezer for up to 1 hour. Use the foil sling to lift out the brownie slab before cutting it into 16 pieces.

Adapted from "American Cookie," by Anne Byrn (Rodale Books, 2018).