Mission: Complete

Most people spend their lives searching for the perfect soul mate, the perfect vacation location, or even the perfect tan. But my pursuit is so much more significant, and even more satisfying. What is it, you might ask? The perfect brownie.  


Rich, fudgy, and intensely chocolatey, there is absolutely nothing better than a brownie. You can keep your fancy crème brûlées, éclairs, and tiramisus. I’m sticking with my simple yet satisfying baked chocolate treat.


Unfortunately, most restaurants and bakeries ruin their brownies. My biggest brownie pet peeves?

Adding too much espresso to enhance the chocolate flavor. I asked for a brownie, not a chocolate mocha bar.

Overbaking the brownie so it turns dry and cakey. If I wanted chocolate cake, I would have ordered it.

Topping it off with a huge scoop of ice cream. When I can’t even see the (now soggy) brownie underneath the gargantuan snowball of ice cream, I’m not happy.


But when I pulled these—my own homemade, not store-bought, brownies—out of the oven, I instantly knew I had died and gone to heaven. Perfectly fudgy, irresistibly decadent, and extremely chocolately: my search was complete.


…So what am I going to do for the rest of my life?



The Perfect Brownies

veganized from CL’s Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

makes about 2 dozen

Do NOT overbake these! They’ll continue to bake slightly while they cool in the pan. They’re best eaten the day of, but be sure to let them cool entirely before slicing. Otherwise, the knife gets covered in chocolate fudge. (On the other hand, what’s so bad about that?)

5 tbsp margarine

1 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate

⅔ c. unsweetened cocoa powder

1½ c. granulated sugar

4½ tsp Ener-G egg replacer (or 3 egg whites & 1 egg)

6 tbsp water (omit if using eggs)

1 c. flour

½ tsp baking powder

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Lightly spray a 9”-square baking tin with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Melt margarine and baking chocolate in a medium pot over low heat, stirring constantly. Add cocoa powder and stir for 1 min. Add sugar and stir for another minute, or until all incorporated. Remove from heat and let the chocolate mixture cool slightly.
  3. Whisk flour and baking powder together in a medium bowl.
  4. Thoroughly whisk Ener-G and water together in a large bowl. Stir in chocolate mixture. Add flour mixture and stir until just incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pan, smooth out the top, and bake for 25-30 min. (The toothpick test won’t work; it’ll come out fudgy even when they’re done!) Cool completely on a wire rack.



June 8, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Have a Heart.


  1. Cyndi replied:

    I would like to volunteer to be a test kitchen sampler, please! Starting now!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I’ll put you on the list! There’s one or two people ahead of you, but at the rate I’m baking, there will be more than enough treats to go around!

  2. Julie replied:

    YUM! Looks and sounds wonderful….which kind of chocolate do you use? I miss ScharffenBerger, but Boulder has ChocoLove…we should try that soon with this recipe!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I used Baker’s unsweetened chocolate and Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder to make these brownies. That’s all the Safeway across the street carries, but they still tasted amazing.

      (As for my daily dark chocolate, it turns out that my favorite bar from TJ’s doesn’t contain any dairy! What a blessing in disguise.)

  3. Missy's Kitchen replied:

    There’s another person that shares my love of the brownie…. I just can’t resist them. The crispy corner ones are the first to go … 🙂 Yum! They look fantastic!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thanks! I agree, if I have to eat a corner or edge brownie, I bite off the crispy bits first to save the fudgy parts for last. It’s the only way to eat a brownie!

  4. mrswebbinthekitchen replied:

    Mmm… I die for that crackly top! Glad you reposted this treasure!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      These are still the best brownies I’ve ever made, and probably the best ones I’ve ever eaten too! Super dense and fudgy and dark and chocolatey… I’m so tempted to make another batch right now!

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