Who needs a box mix?

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word brownies?  Chocolate goodness, gooey, fudge, sweet?
What's the first thing that comes to mind when you want to MAKE brownies?  Is it a box?!

Heidi has been craving brownies the last few days and for some reason my mind immediately thinks "We don't have any!"   Who says that brownies have to come from a box?!  Sure it's easy and they taste good, but why limit yourself to a box?  As long as you have the typical baking ingredients laying around and some chocolate, you can have brownies anytime you want.

I grabbed a recipe out of my newest cookbook that I got for Christmas, Home Baked Comfort (Williams-Sonoma) and whipped up a batch of Chef Joey brownies.


1 cup unsalted butter
10 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp kosher salt
1 1/3 cups cake flour  (I used all purpose flour and they turned out great.)
3 tbsp natural cocoa power


Preheat oven to 350F, generously butter a 9x13 baking dish.
In a sauce pan, melt the butter and chocolate over low heat. stirring often. (about 4 minutes)
Remove from heat and whisk in the sugars. Whisk in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Whisk in the vanilla and salt.

Sift the flour and cocoa over the chocolate mixture and, using a rubber spatula, stir in until just blended.
Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out almost completely clean, 30-35 minutes.



I actually cut this recipe in half and used a 9x9 dish (bake for 20-25 min).  It's too dangerous to have any more than this in the house.  Heidi and I have been known to eat until they're gone.


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  1. Thank you for this!!! Went out of my way to buy a Box today and now I wont have to!

  2. You’re right… I have only ever made brownies from a box! Those look super yummy though…!! Send one to me? Ha!

  3. Love a 9×9 brownie. The 9×13′s are always too thin and crispy. I like the thick ones!

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