Brown butter makes everything taste better, especially these brown butter brownies. The brown butter gives a rich, fudgy texture that is truly out of this world.
If you are a brownie lover, be prepared to fall in love with these brown butter brownies. The brownies have everything you want in a classic dessert. Thanks to the brown butter, they are super rich and deep in flavor. Plus, they are fudgy, chewy, and have that classic shiny crust.
Brown Butter Brownie Recipe
Now when it comes to brownies, I'm all for the store-bought version. I've never found a recipe that was better than the classic Ghirardelli box until I made this brown butter brownie recipe. They are worth making from scratch.
So what makes these brownies different from plain old regular brownies? It's all in the brown butter. When you make brown butter, you are basically caramelizing butter, giving it a nutty and deep flavor. That flavor pairs so well with the chocolate to create a rich and fudgy texture in the brownies.
Why I Love These Brown Butter Brownies
- One Bowl Recipe - Everything is basically made in one bowl, making this a very friendly and simple recipe to make.
- Rich Flavor - It's a chocolate overload in the best way possible.
- Freezer-Friendly - The brownies are great to keep in the freezer for when you are craving a chocolate treat.
Ingreidents Needed For Brown Butter Brownies
See below for all the details on what you'll need to make the full recipe.
- Butter - Unsalted butter works best in this recipe.
- Cocoa Powder - The key to the chocolate flavor.
- Eggs - Whisking those eggs gives the brownies that shiny crust.
- Espresso Powder - A small pinch enhances the brownie flavor.
- Chocolate Chips - More chocolate in brownies is always a good idea.
How To Make Brown Butter Brownies
- Prepare. Preheat the oven to 350 and prepare an 8x8 pan with parchment or grease and set to the side.
- Brown the butter. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. The butter will melt, then foam, and then turn a golden brown color. Keep a careful eye on the butter because it can burn in an instant.
- Chop the chocolate. Chop the chocolate into small chunks and place in a bowl. Add the melted butter and oil and mix until the chocolate is fully melted.
- Combine ingredients. In a large bowl, combine the sugars, salt, eggs, vanilla, and espresso powder. Whisk everything together for 5-6 minutes, until light and foamy.
- Add in the chocolate. Add the melted chocolate to the bowl, stirring until combined.
- Fold in the dry ingredients. Fold in the flour and the dry ingredients. Keep the folding mixture going until everything is fully combined.
- Bake the brownies. Add the brownies to the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. Let the brownies cool in the pan for 10 minutes before cutting into.
Make-Ahead and Storage
These brownies can be made 1-2 days ahead if needed. They taste best warm, so if making them ahead of time, place them in the oven at a low temperature to warm them up. The brownies can also be frozen and kept in the freezer for 2-3 months.
Tips and Variations
- Don't Rush - Don't rush the whisking process. Go the full 6 minutes until they are light and foamy. This will make the signature shiny crust on top of the brownies.
- Baking Time - Keep a timer, but check the top of the brownies while they are baking. When the crust starts to crack, they are just about done.
- Melted Butter - Is brown butter too rich for you? No problem! Skip the browning and just add melted butter.
Browning the butter adds a rich and nutty flavor to the brownies. The butter basically caramelizes, adding another layer to the flavor of the butter.
Brown butter has a nuttier and toasty taste compared to plain butter. The milk solids brown while cooking the butter, making a rich and deep flavor.
The espresso powder adds a slight bit of flavor but also enhances the chocolate flavor. It's a small addition that has a large impact on the chocolate flavor.
Brown Butter Brownies
- ½ cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 6 tablespoon unsalted butter, browned
- ⅓ cup oil
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs, plus one egg yolk
- 1 ½ tsp espresso powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 12 oz bag chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 and prepare an 8x8 pan with parchment or grease and set to the side.
- Brown the butter in a small saucepan on low heat. The butter will melt, then foam, then turn golden brown.
- While the butter is melting chop the chocolate. When the butter is done, pour the butter over the chocolate and add the oil. Mix until chocolate is fully melted.
- In a large bowl, combine the sugars, salt, eggs, vanilla, and espresso powder. Whisk until light and foamy, about 5-6 minutes. Add in the melted chocolate and mix to combine.
- Fold in the flour and cocoa powder, making sure everything is fully combined. Mix in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Let the brownies cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes before cutting.