Baked Brownies

/// May 19th, 2011

These are Oprah’s FAVORITE Brownies!

This is the recipe for the FAMOUS Baked Bakery brownies! Super thick, fudgy, and sure to win you over! Yoga pants, netflix, and brownies… that’s what’s up with me today. High five if it’s what’s up with you too. If not… jump on this! I have a hankering tomorrow will be yoga pants and some variety of cookie, so we might as well get on the same page now 😉  P.S. I’m thinking a cookie involving loads of chocolate… and maybe salted nuts? What do you think?

Since we have 6 days of crappy weather in the forecast, I’ve decided to call out of life and just bake my ass off. I took the hour I would have spent beautifying and made us some brownies. Baked brownies, you know, from those guys @ Baked Bakery in Brooklyn. They’ve been all over the media. Oprah listed them one of her “favorite things”… and we all know what happens when Oprah announces she likes something. People go nuts for it. I remember the year she named oatmeal “color of the year”. Good luck finding a sweater in that color without putting up a fight! <— I fought. I won. I rocked oatmeal all winter long.

But I digress. Back to Baked! It’s a rad little bakery in Brooklyn, NY. It’s owned by two hip fellows Matt and Renato; they are culinary geniuses that celebrate American classic desserts beyond the typical cupcake deal. The have tons of fun treats, and 2 cook books out that have me in a doozy. They’re also pretty famous for this brownie recipe. And guess what? It lives up to the hype.

The bakery is a fun time, and if you happen to be in NYC, so worth the trip out to Red Hook. You might gain like 3 pounds, but that’s what the yoga pants are for.

This is the recipe for the FAMOUS Baked Bakery brownies! Super thick, fudgy, and sure to win you over! Bless you sweet, stretchy yoga pants. Invest in some stretchy garments and bake yourself some brownies. Happy Wednesday!

This is the recipe for the FAMOUS Baked Bakery brownies! Super thick, fudgy, and sure to win you over!

Baked Brownies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: (1) 9x13 pan of brownies, about 12 slices

Serving Size: 1 brownie

The famous recipe for baked brownies from the baked bakery in Brooklyn! Thick, chewy, irresistible!


  • 1 1/4 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 11 ounces dark chocolate (chopped)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter ( 8 ounces ) cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 5 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the sides and bottom of a 9×13-inch baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and cocoa powder together.
  3. Put the chocolate, butter and instant espresso powder in a large bowl and set it over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and smooth.
  4. Turn off the heat, keeping the bowl over the water and add the sugars. Whisk until completely combined, then remove the bowl from the pan. The mixture should be room temperature.
  5. Add 3 of eggs to the chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Add the remaining eggs and whisk until combined. Add the vanilla and stir until combined. Do not overbeat the batter at this stage or your brownies will be cakey.
  6. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the chocolate mixture. Using a rubber spatula (not a whisk), fold the flour mixture into the chocolate until just a bit of the flour mixture is visible.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with a few moist crumbs sticking to it. Let the brownies cool completely, then lift them out of the pan using the parchment paper. Cut into squares and serve.
  8. Store at room temperature in an airtight container or wrap with plastic wrap for up to 3 days.
  9. (Recipe adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking)

41 thoughts on “Baked Brownies

  1. Nuts about food

    Ok, so you know that my daughter will be back from her big trip tomorrow and she loooooves brownies. Minus nuts. So this sounds like the perfect recipe…I don’t think 1tsp espresso powder is such big deal, considering I will probably end up eating 3/4 of the brownies myself!

  2. Tori (@eat-tori)

    Brownies. Yoga pants. Law and Order marathon. I think you just named my heaven. But I’m not committing until I read about the cookies with salted nuts. That could also be it.

  3. Grace @ Balancing Me

    I’m completely salivating at my desk right now, even though it’s 8:46am. I’m definitely craving brownies right now, and I agree completely that 10 days of rainy forecast is enough to justify constant baking. I heard there’s more rain coming … more recipes, please! 😉

      1. bakerbynature Post author

        Hi Mdua. Sounds like they may have been over baked. Your oven may run a little hot, so next time keep a close eye on them. Once the edges are set and the center is semi-set, you should pull them out. Since you cool the brownies completely before cutting them, they firm up a lot. I hope this helps :)

  4. Sharon

    Wow! It is fantastic, I had so much leftover chocolate from Easter, that I didn’t know what to do with it… Then I thought, wait a second…. Brownies! Over here in Italy they don’t know what it is so went on looking for a good recipe…the results? Well this is the second time I am making it, and,while I’m writing it’s in the oven . My family loves it,even my daughters . Thank you for the recipe.

  5. Vaishnavi Salunkhe

    Hi there is bit confusion u mentioned 5 eggs in ingredients list and u added 3 eggs in recipe can u Pls tell me how many eggs need to add for same

    1. bakerbynature Post author

      Hi Vaishnavi! It’s 5 eggs. The directions tell you to “Add 3 of eggs to the chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Add the remaining eggs and whisk until combined.” This just means add 3 eggs first, then add the other two after.

  6. Renate Marie

    These were very tasty….but a question that perhaps you could help with. Mine looked more like a cake. It didn’t have that fudgy look. Any suggestions? Thank you!

    1. bakerbynature Post author

      Hi Renate. Sounds like the brownies may have been overbaked a little bit. For that really fudgy center, they should be removed from the oven still slightly jiggly in the middle 😉 The only other thing I can think of would be overmixing the batter.

  7. Nicole

    These turned out awesome! Made them for a bachelorette party and everyone loved them! They were so fudgey and delicious! I did add chocolate chips to it for fun! 😉 Thank you!!

  8. Sonya

    Hi i am just making these now – I have just melted my chocolate and butter and added the sugar and left it to rest – but there is a layer of water sitting at the top of the mixture – what do I do? Thanks a lot!

  9. Emma

    Just took a batch of these out of the oven! My whole house smells beautiful. I can’t wait to share them with my family this afternoon. They look amazing, and I’m sure they will taste amazing, too!

  10. L

    OMG…perfect! I still consider myself a novice at baking. Great instructions and the brownies came out as described. They are bakery quality and I love these brownies (my family too).

    Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  11. Cathy Lau

    Hi, what if I am using a 6x10x3 inch rectangular pan, will it be okay? Or it will be too small for this recipe?

  12. Nisha


    I’d love to follow your recipes but here in U.K. We measure in grams or ml and not cups. So I’m not sure how to measure this. When I google it, difference sources give difference grams to cup measurements for diffeeent things.
    Can you possibly give your recipes in grams?
    Thank you so much

  13. Dona

    I made these for new years and I just want to say they are the best brownies I have ever eaten in my life so thank you for this recipe! Everyone who had them went crazy for them and I’m pretty sure I will never try another brownie recipe again.

  14. Raj

    Hi, tried the recipe it came out well except the sugar which the recipe says has to be granulated did not melt at all and the brownies had the sugar settled at the bottom. Kindly suggest where did I go wrong.


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