Dark Chocolate Salted Brownies

Updated on August 3, 2017
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After eating chocolate you feel godlike, as though you can conquer enemies, lead armies, entice lovers.

— Emily Luchetti, Pastry Chef and Author

I did a Google search on "chocolate" and got 66,700,000 hits. That's a lot of interest in a mere bean.

...I'm joking of course. Referring to chocolate as a mere bean is like calling Handel's Messiah a nice little song, or Water Lilies by Monet a pretty painting. I have had a love affair with chocolate for as long as I can remember (although some days that's not saying much). But even as a child I didn't care much for Hershey bars. My tastes leaned more toward the dark chocolate of Sno-Caps or nonpareil wafers.

On Super Bowl Sunday we had two dear friends from church over to watch the game. Mary is an unabashed carb lover just like me. We can rhapsodize at length about bread and pasta, but for both of us it's chocolate that really brings a sigh from our chest and a smile to our lips.

Yes, I made chocolate brownies but I must insert a word or two of warning. If you like light cakey brownies, this is not your recipe. If you prefer a sweet chocolate treat, this will not be to your liking. However, if you like the taste of really dark chocolate and a brownie the consistency of fudge--THIS is your recipe.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: One 9-inch pan


  • 12 ounces unsalted butter, 1 1/2 cubes
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, 2 squares
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. espresso powder
  • 3 eggs, large
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a 9-inch square pan with foil--the ends of the foil should extend over two sides of the pan to use as "handles" to help remove the brownies from the pan once they are baked and cooled. Lightly butter the foil, or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Melt the butter and chocolate together in a large saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Add the cocoa powder, espresso powder, and sugar and then whisk in the eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly blended. Stir in the vanilla and flour.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the edges are set. The center will still be soft. While the brownies are still not, sprinkle the salt on the top and press gently so that it adheres to the top of the brownies. Let cool to room temperature, remove from the pan, and cut into squares.

© 2013 Linda Lum


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      Linda Lum 4 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Billybuc - thank you for your kind words. I'm humbled--you are a very gifted writer and cover topics that are helpful to so many people. All I do is write recipes.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So I take it you like to cook? LOL

      My goodness, all of these hubs look delicious. I of course headed for the one with chocolate in it....just one of my many weaknesses. It is only by the grace of God that I don't weigh 300 pounds. :)

      I'll definitely try this recipe. Thank you!....and nice job writing. I'm big on introductions and you captured me with the first sentence.

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      Robyn D Bera 4 years ago from California

      Hey there CarbDiva - interesting recipe. I will have to try it out. I use about 13 ounces dark chocolate in my brownie recipe (also fudgy) so it will be interesting to see if I can get the same bitter chocolate flavor with only 2 ounces chocolate and cocoa powder. I love the addition of the sea salt! Going to try it...