Dark Chocolate Brownies

IMG_2387For these ultra-rich, ultra-decadent fudgy  brownies, I use a simple and a run-of-the-mill recipe. Brownies are the go-to dessert in my family whenever we need a chocolate fix or we need something to tame our fussy toddler with.

Some prefer to enjoy their brownies with a swig of milk, some like it a tad warmed up topped with vanilla ice-cream and some like it as-is with coffee. Anddd, that’s me. A generous square of a dark brownie with a steaming cup of black coffee is all I need. If the idea that a little dark chocolate every day keeps you happy, these babies could be your therapy at a hand’s reach.

Oh! Brownies were first developed in the USA. So here we go – Its an all American dessert.

Here is how I make them and yes, the better the quality of dark chocolate you use, the better the results.


  • Soft butter, for greasing the pan
  • Flour, for dusting the buttered pan
  • 1 2/3 cups dark chocolate chips. (Try to go for a good brand and aim for the cocoa content to be 60%) – I used ghirardellii.
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water or dark coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (unmelted)



  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Melt chocolate chips in a saucepan for a minute, stirring after to see if chips have melted.
  • In a medium bowl, sift the flour, salt and baking soda until combined.
  • In another bowl, mix eggs, sugar and oil until combined.
  • Add water and vanilla extract.
  • Add to the dry mixture to the wet mixture and melted chocolate chips.
  • Stir until combined.
  • Stir in 1 cup dark chocolate chips.
  • Pour into a greased square pan. Bake for 35 minutes.


My Tweaks:
  • I used brown sugar instead of regular sugar
  • I used dark coffee instead of water
  • I used dark chocolate chips which are semi-sweet
  • I used oil instead of butter
    I used a round pan.  The pan size does not make any difference really. Square is better because your brownies will be even sized.

25 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate Brownies

  1. Hi Aish!
    I remember you asked me for some feedback about 10 days or so ago. I tried to find an e-mail or contact form I could send it to, but could not and don’t really want to do it in a public post. (You can delete this one afterwards if you like). I think a contact form or e-mail on the blog would be a good thing, and also in your About profile, if you could give your name, that would be great. I know it only because of Facebook.
    Anyway, if you can e-mail me at info@lifeoutofbounds.com, I can then e-mail you back with feedback.
    Love your work, though, and your recipes.


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