This is my most iconic brownie recipe. You can almost say it's a legend!
This has been downloaded thousands of times on this site and it’s a recipe in my cookbook, The New Best of Betterbaking.com Nothing is easier, more fudgey or satisfying than this quintessential brownie. These fabulous brownies are high and dense, chewy but not like sludge! They are inspired by the fabulous brownie showcased in the dinner scene in the romcom, Notting Hill.
2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 cups unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cup cocoa
1-2 cups walnuts, chopped, optional
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 9 by 13 inch pan lightly with cooking spray. Line bottom with parchment paper.
In a mixer bowl, blend melted butter with white and brown sugars, then add vanilla and eggs. Blend well on slow speed. In a separate bowl, stir together cocoa, flour, baking soda and salt. Fold into batter and blend well, scraping bottom of mixing bowl to ensure ingredients are evenly combined.
Pour or spoon into prepared pan. Place pan on a baking sheet (this protects bottom from overbaking while top bakes). Bake until done - 35-40 minutes. Brownies will be set and slightly firm but not dry. Cool before cutting.