Supernatural Brownies


If you’ve been searching for the perfect brownie recipe, look no further. I promise you, this is it!  These aptly named squares of chocolate indulgence are from Nick Malgieri’s Chocolate cookbook, an excellent resource for all things chocolate.  Typically brownie lovers fall into two camps: the “fudgy” and the “cakey.”  I dare say these brownies – moist and fudgy in the center, and cakey and crisp on the surface – will appeal to all.

Supernatural Brownies

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Servings: 24 2-inch brownies
Total Time: 1 Hour


  • 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut into 1/4-inch pieces (I use Ghirardelli bars)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled off with knife


  1. Set the rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Line a 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan with parchment paper (bring parchment up sides of pan so there is a slight overhang) and grease with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil and turn off heat. Combine butter and chocolate in a heat proof bowl and set over pan of water. Stir occasionally until melted. (Alternatively, melt butter and chocolate in a bowl in the microwave, stopping at 20 second intervals to stir and prevent scorching.)
  3. Whisk eggs together in a large bowl, then whisk in the salt, sugars, and vanilla. Stir in the chocolate and butter mixture, then fold in the flour.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for about 45 minutes, until top has formed a shiny crust and batter is moderately firm. Cool completely in pan on a rack. If not serving right away, wrap pan in plastic wrap and keep at room temperature or refrigerated until the next day.
  5. To cut brownies, first lift them out of pan using the parchment overhang and transfer them to a cutting board. Separate parchment from edges. Using a sharp knife, trim away edges and cut brownies into 2-inch squares.


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  • Kathy

    These are right up Big Al’s alley can’t wait to try them!!

  • Julie

    My friend brought these over the other night fresh out of the oven…outstanding!

  • These are my favorite brownies – I found them earlier this year on The Brownie Project, and just love them. Every friend I’ve given them to has loved them! Definitely the best brownie recipe I’ve ever seen.

  • Susan

    These are wonderful, I would however cut the baking time, I baked for 35 mins. and mine weren’t quite as fudgy on the inside as I like.

  • Adrienne

    This is definitely my new go-to brownie recipe – made them for a party last night and everyone LOVED them…can’t wait to try more of your recipes :)

  • Christy

    Why are they “Supernatural”?

  • Patsy Finster

    Who really cuts brownies in 2 inch squares?

  • Jenn

    Christy – Because they are out of this world! Hope you’ll try them…

  • Doug

    These are incredible…so much better than the box! I’ve never used parchment paper like this before – the photo is very helpful. Thanks!

  • Heck of a job there, it absoluelty helps me out.

  • Suzie

    I love this recipe. I made them the other night,I don’t have any left. I will make them again,real soon.I love all your recipes.

    Your Fan,


  • Rosalinda

    great recipe!

  • Dottie

    you had me at supernatural!

  • Amy

    This is my go-to brownie recipe now – I’ve been making them for about 3 years now. My husband loves to lick the bowl.

  • Ilene Smith

    Oh my. Clearly a threat to my current recipe. Will make another batch – or two – to judge for sure.

  • Paula Laberge

    can’t wait to try these

  • Kristen

    These look so amazing! Thank you!

  • Esther

    Ok, you are right – these are the perfect brownie. I try every brownie recipe because that is one of my very favorite foods & this is perfect – fudgy, cakey, chocolatety, & easy to make on top of that! I made one batch exactly as the recipe shows & another batch where I just added pecans (for my husband) – both were the best ever!!! Thanks for another great recipe!

  • Brecken

    “Supernatural Brownies”… sounds like a great accompaniment to my next X-Files drinking game marathon. And an ingredient in a great recipe for a hangover. :)

  • Shelley Thomas

    Definitely not your ordinary brownie! Very chocolatey, and the perfect amount of fudginess!

  • Susan Smith

    These are so rich, moist and chocolaty

  • Emily Pedersen

    These were absolutely delicious. My friend turned me on to this website and I’m so glad!! These brownies were moist with the right amount of chocolate :)

  • Michelle

    I made these twice…in one weekend, and I’m NOT ASHAMED TO ADMIT IT. They were fabulous!

  • Rose

    I think I may have eaten the whole pan of these by myself LOL. They were AMAZING.

  • Michelle

    These brownies are AMAZING! So easy to make, and they are just wonderful! I haven’t made “boxed” brownies since I found this recipe, and everytime I make them, I get raves about them. My husband especially likes to warm them in the microwave for about 30 seconds and then top them with a scoop of ice cream…really yummy!

  • Gianna

    I love ghiradelli chocolate in brownies.

  • Perrie

    Oh. Yes.

  • Willette

    I have made just about every brownie recipe around. These are too much like supermarket “bakery” brownies. The ones they dust with powdered sugar and make into brownie bites.

  • mala

    hi jenn… when the last time i made brownie i hv complete failure.. not ur recipe.but ingredients and cooking method are similar with yours. my brownie wont set.the top is crunchy but middle is still wet.and it also stick to my’s been in oven for over than 1 hour. can you please tell me what wrong with my brownie.

    • Jenn

      Hi Mala, I don’t think you’re doing anything wrong. It just sounds like you have a fudgy brownie recipe. These are quite fudgy in the center as well. Try searching for a “cakey brownie recipe” and you will probably have better results. Hope that helps!

      • mala

        i want a fudge brownie, jenn.. not cakey. maybe next time i will use parchment paper. not just brush the pan with the butter and dusting it with flour.

        one more question… when i use bamboo skewer to test the cake after more than 40 minutes, it still wet and stick on my skewer. is that because brownie contain with a lot of sugar and chocolate that make them like that or it just not ready yet?

        • Jenn

          Mala, Maybe you just have a bad recipe? If there is not enough flour, the brownies will be very wet. This is an excellent brownie recipe — try it with the parchment and see how it comes out. (I know you said your recipe is similar but even minor differences will greatly effect the outcome in baking.) And to answer your second question, if you are making a fudgy brownie recipe, you will not get a clean skewer. You can tell they are done when the brownies are set and the top is shiny.

  • mala

    thanks jenn.. i will try yours soon. thanks so much.

  • Loreto Camino

    Amazing, fabulous quick and easy to cook. The best brownies ever! Thank you very much.

  • My Pam 13x9x2 inches looks much bigger than the one in your photo? I’ll let you know how it works out

    • Ronna

      I agree with Sharyn that the pan pictured does not look like a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan, more like a 9″ square pan. The recipe batter also doesn’t seem like enough to fill a 13 x 9 inch pan.
      Jenn, your recipe says 13 x 9. Which size pan did you use? I want to try this recipe but don’t want to fail.

      • Jenn

        Ronna, It is definitely a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan. It’s just the angle of the camera that makes the pan look square. It’s a wonderful recipe…you will love it!

  • Natalie

    These are perfect! They take brownies to a whole new level of deliciousness. This was a huge hit with my husband (who is picky with his sweets). They are so easy to make, I don’t think I will ever make brownies out of a box again.

  • Suzy

    These are my absolute, go-to brownies — I like them fudgy and dense. Stirring in a cup of chocolate chips before baking put them over the top!

  • Suzy

    These are my absolute, go-to brownies — I like them fudgy and dense. Stirring in a cup of chocolate chips before baking put them over the top!

  • Lu

    Stumbled upon this on yummly! By far the BEST brownies I’ve whipped up! Thanks!

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