Sunday, September 5, 2010

unruly recipe: breaking the girl brownies

That previous post? You must try these brownies.

I started with a recipe from I searched for "Best Brownies", and this is what showed up. It's super easy, quick, and contains staples you probably already have in your pantry.

But it's me, so I messed something up.

As often happens in art and life, the mistake made the brownies 10 times better.

Here's the recipe, with my subtle change that made all the difference


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (CHANGE: USE COARSE SEA SALT!!!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook.
  4. To Make Frosting: Combine 3 tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 cup confectioners' sugar. Frost brownies while they are still warm.

I call them Breaking the Girl Brownies because using the coarse sea salt adds this delectable, exotic, salty crunch to every bite. Like sea salt caramels, or that lovely sea salt dark chocolate by Lindt that Target just can't keep in stock.

It reminds me of the Red Hot Chili Peppers song Breaking the Girl off Blood*Sugar*Sex*Magic, when Flea's banging on kitchen pots and garbage cans made an already beautiful song even better.

I have never enjoyed brownies so much, and even Dr. Krog was pretty smitten, despite his ravaged post-surgery mouth.


Yeah, so I like to put on a green clay mud mask and pretend to be a zombie eating nine-hour-old brain-filled brownie batter when I'm half skunked on white wine and coming down off a Rock Band high. You wanna fight about it?


K A B L O O E Y said...

Coarse sea salt is my chocolate chip cookie secret weapon. Shhhh!

jmartinlibrary said...

Um, I just took your advice and made these. YUMMMMMMM....never had such a velvety, moist variety.