Like the title says these Birthday Brownies are the BEST brownies in the world! They have slightly fudgy centre and crisp chewy edges. Sweet and chocolaty and so simple to make!
How to know when your brownies are cooked
Over cooked brownies are so very very sad.
The same toothpick test you do with cakes doesn't work with brownies, you want the centre to still be moist
Start by gently pressing the centre of the brownie, it should depress slightly and feel only just set.
After this, use a toothpick, which when inserted should come out covered in a slightly gooey brownie mix.
How do I get fudgy brownies?
Fudgy brownies need to have a high fat-to-flour ratio. So these fudgy brownies use more butter and chocolate than some recipes.
Also make sure you use granulated sugar as this melts more slowly and keeps the centre moist.
Cutting your brownies
Your brownies will smell delicious, and you'll want to eat them straight away. But the texture of these brownies will be best if you let them cool completely before cutting.
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Birthday Brownies - The BEST Fudgy Brownies
- ½ cup salted butter (1 stick)
- 1 ½ cup dark chocolate melts or chips
- 1 ⅓ cup all purpose flour (plain flour)
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¾ tsp salt
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 3 eggs
- Pre-heat oven to 175ºC/Gas Mark4.
- Line a 20x12x5 (cm) baking tin with cooking paper.
- Chop the butter into small pieces and tip into a glass/metal bowl. (you can use plastic if you are sure it can take heat)
- Add the chocolate melts to the bowl and place it over a pan of boiling water. Ensure the bowl isn't touching the water and be careful not to get any water into your chocolate mix.
- Melt the chocolate and butter together, stirring occasionally.
- You can melt these together in the microwave, but be careful not to burn the chocolate.
- Measure out the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Stir gently to combine and break up any lumps of cocoa.
- Once the chocolate has melted add the sugar to the chocolate in two equal(ish) batches. Ensure you stir the chocolate mixture well between the additions.
- Crack the eggs in one at a time, stirring between each egg until completely smooth.
- Pour the chocolate mixture into the dry ingredients and fold together until just combined.
- Pour the batter into your prepared tin and smooth over the top.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes. The inside should still be gooey, down try the skewer test, the point of a brownie isn't a clean skewer.
- Allow to brownie to cool for 30 mins in the pan.
- Cut into bite sized pieces and sprinkle with icing sugar to serve.
- Alternatively cut into greedy large pieces 😉
Birthday Brownies Anecdote
(aka my recipe ramble for those who love the waffle)
I call them birthday brownies as I make them every birthday. The boys take these to school every year and Stew got a box to take to work this year. This is one of the few sweet recipes that I love! I would (and have) happily eat 2 or 3 of these. (or maybe even 6 if I cut them small ;- ) )
They really are that good. Promise!!!
It was Mr 4's birthday on Thursday. He is now Mr 5! I don't even know where those 5 years have gone!!!! He will always be my baby!!!! I can remember the morning he was born so clearly. Springsteen was playing!!! And Stew looked pretty cute in his scrubs 😉 with his "Daddy" badge.
So as you would expect he has been so excited about his birthday! The biggest excitement came from the fact he is now old enough to ride on the water slide at the aquatic centre in Albany! He has been waiting so long to be able to ride the slide. It is all he has gone on for the last 3 months!!!
And, like all children, has been planning his party for months!
So you knew that brownies would make an appearance!!!! He took a big platter into school and I used a few for the panda ears on his birthday cake. Check out Instagram for my attempt at a panda birthday cake. - Not sure cake decorating is where my strengths lie 😉