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Feb 6, 2010 01:38 PM

Cooks Illustrated Chewy Brownies

I just got the new Cooks Illustrated in the mail two days ago and they have a recipe for chewy (like boxed) brownies that involves veg oil. Has anyone tried these? There's also a video on the web site. I'm wondering if they're really chocolate-y or if the flavor is lacking when they focused on the texture. Please let me know if you've tried them. I'm thinking of making them for the Super Bowl tomorrow. Thanks!

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  1. I made these this afternoon, and I found them to taste very much like boxed brownies. Chewy and not very chocolate-ly. I was disappointed. It may be that I didn't chop up the bittersweet chocolate into small enough pieces, since some bites of the brownie were more chocolate-ly than others - so if you do make it, you may want to add more chocolate chunks or cut the chocolate into smaller pieces.

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    1. re: Eddie24

      Thanks Eddie. I'm sad that they didn't live up to your expectations. I LOVE a good chewy brownie, but that they're not that flavorful doesn't bode well. I have a bag of peanut butter chips I was thinking of using instead of the chocolate chunks, but then it sounds like I won't have any chocolate flavor at all! I guess I'll stick with my normal recipe. Thanks for the helpful reply!

    2. I read that article too. I've just started to like brownies. My bf made them a few times - betty crocker. Not so good. So I was excited to see chewy brownies in Cooks. Recipe was way too complicated. It inspired me to check out the baker's aisle at my local Shop Rite - If it's good enough for cook's illustrated staff, it's good enough for me. Pillsbury Milk Chocolate brownie mix. D-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s!!!!

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      1. re: Snorkelvik

        I didn't think the recipe was complicated - it's just one bowl and you don't even have to melt anything except the butter. Besides needing all the ingredients, seems just as easy as the boxes. Of course, Eddie says they weren't that great, so maybe the point is moot, but didn't seem that complicated to me.

        1. re: jenhen2

          You're right, the recipe isn't complicated. It's like jlunar said, the ingredient list is daunting for me. I don't have espresso powder, cocoa, unsweetened chocolate or bittersweet chocolate.

          I'll keep my eye out for Ghirardelli Sweet Ground mix - that sounds great!

      2. I saw that. Didn't love the ingredient list and neither do I like the taste of box-brownies. I quite enjoy the one-bowl brownie recipe though and have had good success (in taste-tests with fam and friends) with them.

        To me, they're chewy enough and chocolately enough. And then you add some salted caramel... !

        --- -- food. is. love.

        1. Ghirardelli triple chocolate brownie mix!! Hard to find except for @ costco. So frackin' good why bother with homemade? (This coming from an avid baker...) adam

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          1. re: adamshoe

            I agree, if you're going to use a mix, Ghirardelli is the best. But almost as easy and certainly the best brownies I've ever made are from the Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate box --
            they are amazing! Very simple to put together and everyone raves about them.

          2. For those who have found these disappointing, have you tried Hershey's Best Brownies recipe? It is my never-fail, go-to brownie recipe. I was startled how easy it is. (I generally use better cocoa tho.) The recipe recommends an icing too; I don't think it's necessary, they're just fine on their own.