Last month, I realized something… I failed as a chocoholic.
Yes, I ate a piece of dark chocolate after every meal (even breakfast!), I stored a secret stash of M&Ms in the pantry (in case of emergencies), and I only ordered chocolate desserts off of restaurant menus (except on my last birthday, but that’s a story for another time).
But I, a baking-obsessed food blogger, didn’t have my own chocolate brownie recipe.
I set to work that night, pulling out measuring cups and spoons, melting butter and chocolate, and mixing in the flour and cocoa powder with my fingers crossed. I know it’s better to let finished brownies cool and set for a few hours, but… My impatient side comes out around chocolate. So I cut out a square and ate it.
Then I snuck another sliver. And another. And another. Until I realized that if I wanted to share those Midnight Dark Chocolate Brownies with you, I needed to stop nibbling so I’d have some left to photograph!
But why stop at just one recipe?
With that first set of brownies under my belt, I began brainstorming ideas for another. While the Midnight Dark Chocolate Brownies were rich and decadent, I wanted the new batch to be moist, fudgy, and chocolaty. Something classic that anyone, even non-chocoholics, would love.
I tried adding in ingredients and swapping out others. I baked a pan at my parents’ place when I visited for Father’s Day, and another a week later at my own house (where I kind of ate 7 brownies in a single day). I missed up one final batch last night, just to be 110% positive that this recipe was the ONE.
It is! These brownies are dense, chocolaty, and fudgy. The kind that make your eyes roll back in delight. Or pop out of your skull in surprise. Because you just couldn’t believe that healthy brownies could taste so GOOD.
But no need to take my word for it… Go ahead, try one yourself!