really good brownies + a giveaway | the vanilla bean blog
I have a giveaway for you! And one I’m terribly excited about. It’s for a copy of the new Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book. I was given a copy of their first baking book, Baking Illustrated, eight years ago, and it is currently resting on my shelf of favorite cookbooks, covered in flour, and chocolate, and handwritten notes. After spending the last few weeks reading through this latest book, I am confident that it will be just as well-used. There are new recipes, and improved recipes. And there are beautiful black and white photographs. I’m sold.

I had already made several things from the book (they had been featured in Cooks Illustrated Magazine), and I spent some time this month making a few more: blueberry scones, cream cheese coffee cake, no-knead brioche, cinnamon swirl bread, multigrain bread, focaccia, ultimate chocolate cupcakes, almond ring coffee cake, and triple chocolate cake, just to name a few. Oh, and these brownies. (My husband threw the word sexy around when he took his first bite; they are really good.)
really good brownies + a giveaway | the vanilla bean blog
really good brownies + a giveaway | the vanilla bean blog
really good brownies + a giveaway | the vanilla bean blog
really good brownies + a giveaway | the vanilla bean blog
All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment on this post! I’ll be picking a winner November 1st. Good luck! The winner is Kelly from kellybaked! (FYI: Sometimes it takes comments awhile to show up!)

(And, Cook’s Illustrated generously gave me a review copy of this cookbook, but all opinions are my own!)

really good brownies + a giveaway | the vanilla bean blog

Really Good Brownies
America’s Test Kitchen (reprinted with permission)

Makes twenty-four 2-inch brownies

For the chewiest texture, it is important to let the brownies cool thoroughly before cutting. If your baking dish is glass, cool the brownies 10 minutes, then remove them promptly from the pan (otherwise, the superior heat retention of glass can lead to overbaking). While any high-quality chocolate can be used in this recipe, our preferred brands of bittersweet chocolate are Callebaut Intense Dark Chocolate L-60-40NV and Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Bar. Our preferred brand of unsweetened chocolate is Scharffen Berger. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

1/3 (1 ounce) cup Dutch-processed cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso (optional)
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped (see note)
4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups (17½ ounces) sugar
1 3/4 cups (8¾ ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon table salt
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut into ½-inch pieces (see note)

1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Make a foil sling using the following steps: Cut 18-inch length foil and fold lengthwise to 8-inch width. Fit foil into length of 13 by 9-inch baking pan, pushing it into corners and up sides of pan; allow excess to overhang pan edges. Cut 14-inch length foil and fit into width of pan in the same manner, perpendicular to the first sheet (if using extra-wide foil, fold second sheet lengthwise to 12-inch width). Spray with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Whisk cocoa, espresso powder (if using), and boiling water together in large bowl until smooth. Add unsweetened chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted. Whisk in melted butter and oil. (Mixture may look curdled.) Add eggs, yolks, and vanilla and continue to whisk until smooth and homogeneous. Whisk in sugar until fully incorporated. Add flour and salt and mix with rubber spatula until combined. Fold in bittersweet chocolate pieces.

3. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake until toothpick inserted halfway between edge and center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack and cool 1½ hours.

4. Using foil overhang, lift brownies from pan. Return brownies to wire rack and let cool completely, about 1 hour. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve.
really good brownies + a giveaway | the vanilla bean blog
sarah kieffer
(A few instagram shots from things I’ve baked from the book: cinnamon swirl bread, no-knead brioche, and brownies)

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394 Responses to really good brownies + a giveaway

  1. Emily says:

    These brownies look great!

  2. Stella says:

    Must make these soon!!

  3. Susan Moak says:

    Really enjoy your blog! Brownies are one of my favorite treats. Too bad they aren’t fat free 🙂

  4. Joy says:

    These look wonderful! On my to do list, for sure.

  5. These do look gorgeous. Your photography is killer as always.

  6. Natasha says:

    The Cook’s Illustrated brownie recipe is by faaaaar my favorite. So good. Perfectly fudgy and crackly. I look forward to seeing what else is in their baking book!

  7. Debbie says:

    The brownies look exceptional. I love Cooks Illustrated and I subscribe to it on my iPad. It’s such a good publication. I’m sure their books are equally amazing.

  8. Megan says:

    Brownies are my favorite food! These look fabulous. Can’t wait to try!

  9. des says:

    These look amazing, like the kind you keep cutting little bits off to make sure all edges are even and before you know it…they’re all gone!

  10. Olivia says:

    These look delicious and I am DYING to know how to make no-knead brioche…

  11. Nikki says:

    Those brownies look amazing!! I’ll be trying these this weekend

  12. Katy K says:

    Mmm! These brownies look so good. Super chocolately and crackly. All of the other recipes that you’ve made from this book look amazing as well! No-knead brioche, definitely on my to-make list.

  13. Leslie says:

    These look so good! And I love Cooks Illustrated!

  14. Rachel says:

    These brownies look super yummy! And I have been wanting to try making brioche for some time, so this no-knead recipe intrigues me.

  15. Heavens to Betsy! Oh how I would love to get my hands on this book! What glorious things you have created……

  16. Thea says:

    Brownies are sexy! Something about that chocolatey, moist cake… of my first food loves. These look divine.

  17. OMG, these brownies AND the cookbook look amazing. Can’t wait to try them for myself!

  18. Meghan says:

    Thanks to you, I’m now the proud owner of Nigel Slaters’ Ripe and Toast, one purchased immediately after devouring the other’s sole first chapter. I have yet to rustle up any of the infamous Cook’s Illustrated recipes, but after seeing these brownies, I might just have to take up your suggestion once again.

  19. Nickie Gorsky says:

    I am a big fan of both Cook’s Illustrated and brownies…FABULOUS GIVEAWAY!

  20. Bonnie says:

    So dark… so deeply delicious looking. Yum!

  21. Kelly says:

    These brownies look so yummy! Brownies are my favorite. 🙂

  22. jessica says:

    these look delish! i cant wait to wrap my lips around them – thanks for sharing! xx

  23. Angela Zink says:

    Beautiful photos, scrumptious brownies, my husband’s in for a treat!!!

  24. Teresa says:

    Brownies and Cook’s Illustrated — you can’t go wrong. Those look amazing.

  25. /fæn/ says:

    Another must try recipe to add to my brownies collection. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Scott Oliver Beck says:

    You are the Worlds Greatest Baker! I love you and everything you do! Your photos are amazing and your recipes are my go to every day! Thank you for being an inspiration and letting us all be better people just from learning from one of the greats!

  27. Lisa says:

    America’s Test Kitchen’s version of brownies? They’ve GOT to be perfection!

  28. Erin says:

    just found your blog thru pinterest — looks amazing! as do these brownies… they look super rich… like the use of two different chocolates. can’t wait to make.

  29. Alyssa says:

    Just stumbled upon your lovely blog. Those brownies look fantastic and what a great giveaway.

  30. Kezia says:

    You can never have too many brownie recipes! These look fabulous, as does everything else you made from this book.

  31. Suzanne says:

    These look delicious..

  32. Ana says:

    Heaven must be made out of CHOCOLATE!

    Thank you for another fantastic recipe.

  33. That book sounds absolutely wonderful and as for those brownies? Oh my. Is the competition open to UK readers?! 🙂

  34. Kristi M says:

    That cookbook looks amazing! Great giveaway 🙂

  35. Nic Miller says:

    Very glad to see your brownie recipe uses Dutch Process Cocoa. It makes all the difference. We have been harvesting our cobnuts and I used some in a brownie recipe last week. These were used as they were so to speak but I have also caramelised them and added them to various bakes. They are delicious.

  36. Tuesday says:

    My husband will love me even more when I bake these brownies for him!!

  37. Nic Miller says:

    And Brownies are also super decadent if you add soft prunes to them. Especially Prunes soaked in Armagnac!

  38. Christina says:

    I’ve been craving brownies for a while now. This is perfect timing! Thank you for the giveaway, too!

  39. Karen says:

    These look delicious.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win the book.

  40. Charlotte Gill says:

    Sounds a great recipe to me. Can’t wait to try it out for myself. Thanks.

  41. olivia says:

    This Book Looks Amazing!

    I Didnt Realize You Were On Instagram! I Need To Find You So I Can Look At Your Lovely Pics.

  42. Dannielle says:

    I’ve been looking for a really good brownie recipe after my last ones turned out like cake (boo) so am excited to try this one!

  43. Brownies make me a happy, happy, lady! Love these!

  44. Oh my, I’m dreaming of this book already! Is this open to readers in Australia? If so, please count me in!

  45. Katerina Bondi says:

    I have to try this recipe! Cooks Illustrated is my favorite cookbook series! I’d love the baking book!!!

  46. Cristina says:

    Cream cheese coffee cake, yes please!

  47. Lizzet says:

    Delicious!! As many ofnthe other things you have made from the same book!

  48. samantha says:

    They look divine.

  49. Carol says:

    Crossing fingers and toes!

  50. Barb langlois says:

    I’m a huge fan of Cook’s Illustrated. And I love to bake. The brownies look fabulous. Would love to bake my way through their cookbook!

  51. Jesi says:

    What an amazing giveaway! I’ve always loved cooks illustrated, and I would love to hone my baking skills! Thank you!

  52. Allie says:

    These brownies look scrumptious! Must make this fall season 🙂

  53. The brioche looks out of this world!

  54. Emma says:

    I love Cook’s Illustrated! Everything looks so good!

  55. Avi says:

    Another brownie recipe to try!! I love making different recipes to see which I like best! 🙂

  56. Mindy Trotta says:

    One can never have too many “really good brownie” recipes. These will be added to the list. Thanks!

  57. Inspired once again by your beautiful words, photos, and baking sensibility! Perfect way to warm a home and heart as the weather gets colder! Thank you! And, excellent giveaway!

  58. Val says:

    Yuuuuuummmmy! Warm brownies on a cool fall day….can’t wait!

  59. Amy says:

    I SO want this book. I love to bake. Also, I have America’s Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution, volumes 1 and 2. Failproof recipes – cover to cover.

  60. Mike says:

    My 6-year old and I watch that show (and read the magazines) religiously. Love their scientific approach to recipes.

  61. Rachel says:

    Love everything about baking and your blog- this is my first time here. Thanks for sharing your feedback on the CI recipes too!

  62. Cindy Baxley says:

    Sounds yummy! I will try these on my co-workers.. They love it when i bring in baked goods!

  63. Marie says:

    Those look yummy!

  64. Jay says:

    I’ve made these and they are ABSOLUTELY sexy! 😛

  65. Mark says:

    I can not wait to make these brownies. They look so good and moist.

  66. Joanne says:

    This is my favorite recipe. I tried many many recipes until I baked these. Yummy chewy heavenly ….

  67. Trisha says:

    Whoa those look amazing!! Can’t wait to try them 🙂

  68. lina says:

    I’ve been dreaming of the Cook’s Illustrated book since its release! Can’t think of a better way to show some love this holiday season than with delicious baked treats!!

  69. Tasneem says:

    These brownies look delicious…I’m going to try to convince my husband to bake some for me tonight 🙂

  70. Leigh says:

    Love your blog, love the recipe, love the giveaway. I’d LOVE this book!!!

  71. Angel says:

    No I want Brownies !!
    These look so Good !

  72. Christina says:

    I love Cook Illustrated!

  73. Emily says:

    These brownies appear to have all the things! I look forward to trying the recipe soon. Thanks for posting it!

  74. Molly says:

    I’m curious about the no-knead brioche.

  75. Penny in Texas says:

    I don’t think I’d have tried the no-knead brioche on my own, but your photo convinced me it’s a good idea. Gotta dig out my CI back issue . . . unless I get lucky and win this cookbook.

  76. Lottie Caiella says:

    I’ve been looking for a great brownie recipe all weekend. You’re a savior!

  77. Aaron says:

    Love Cook’s Illustrated and America’s Test Kitchen! Those brownies look awesome!

  78. Lindsay says:

    I love your blog. It makes me so happy.

    Oh. And ATK. Because, well. Brownies.

  79. Kristin says:

    These look delicious! I think I gained five pounds just reading the recipe 😉

  80. Tami says:

    Great recipe and beautiful book! I hope I win!!!

  81. Kathryn says:

    Can’t wait to try these out!

  82. Jane Downes says:

    Love your blog! I can hardly wait to get my hands on a copy of the new Cook’s Illustrated book and start baking — especially with the weather getting cooler.

  83. christine says:

    Yum! Gonna try this recipe asap… can’t wait to see what other goodies are in the new CI baking book!

  84. Lisa Evans says:

    the baker in our family is my sweetheart and I am going to have him bake them for our little family gathering this Sunday!!! Thank you so much for sharing that with us

  85. Jessica L. says:

    This book looks fabulous!

  86. TC says:

    Holy cow, those brownies look delicious!

  87. Jessica says:

    I have enjoyed Cooked Illustrated publications.

  88. YokoLily says:

    First time reader here-just came across your blog through a RT on twitter! Loving the concept, recipes, and photos. Keep up the fab work! (And hooray for a cookbook giveaway!)

  89. Michelle Sandal says:

    Yum! These brownies look delicious !

  90. Yuchen says:

    Those brownies look really great! They held together well after you cut them too haha

  91. Denise O says:

    Oh, my….these look heavenly!

  92. Veronica says:

    This book (and these brownies-um srsly yummmm!) looks amazing. I’ve added it to my amazon wish list but as no one shops for me there I’d love to win it! Thanks for all the great recipes and inspirations!!

  93. Kristin Doucette says:

    Love ATK and now your blog!

  94. Amber! says:

    These look amazing, thank you for sharing!

  95. Rozie says:

    Brownie’s are my absolute favourite thing to bake (and eat)!

  96. Whitney says:

    Definitely have to make these!! Would love to have a Cooks Illustrated cookbook!

  97. These brownies look gorgeous, Sarah! As does everything else you’ve baked from the book. It looks to be a winner– I have a special place on my shelves for their cookbooks, too. 🙂

  98. michele says:

    I love Cook’s Illustrated & ATM. Your blog also brings me great joy 🙂

  99. This brownie recipe looks fantastic – a must try this week!

  100. Courtney says:

    Lovely as always. The brownies look perfect, of course, but my favorite part of this post are the sweet little hands sneaking a treat. 🙂

  101. Dan says:

    Just looking at the pictures makes me feel like I overate. Delicious! Looking forward to the book.

  102. ingrid says:

    Pick me! 🙂 Oh, how I love Cooks Illustrated. They perfect a recipe and all I have to do is follow it, with amazing results! Each. Time.

  103. Sheron Chapa says:

    Mmmmm. Just finished a pan of brownies I made last week and was thinking of trying out a few different recipes. This one will be at the top of my list!

  104. Terry Yohnka says:

    I’m a BIG fan of Cook’s Illustrated and America’s Test Kitchen. I have their old baking book (buried amid an entire shelf of their cookbooks), but would trade up if given the chance!

  105. Liz says:

    I can’t wait to try the brownie recipe! Thanks for the comments on the new baking book. My husband and I love to cook, but we don’t do much baking. We’ll have to change that!

  106. jessica says:

    Yay for brownies!!!

  107. Ann D. says:

    Oh, to be able to eat these now! Thank you for sharing the recipe and for the chance to win the book. We love ATK’s work and recipes!

  108. Daniel Burnette says:

    I’m always in search of a better brownie recipe. Usually, a recipe has either cocoa or baking chocolate, but not both. I’ll give these a try!

  109. Patrick says:

    These look amazing, I will have to try them soon.

  110. Emily M says:

    These look amazing!

  111. John Donohoe says:

    Looks delish. Adding to my weekend recipe queue.
    How did the cinnamon swirl bread turn out? Thats in the queue as well.
    And have you ever made babka (chocolate or cinnamon)?

  112. Jessica says:

    These look delicious! This book is on my wishlist. I can’t wait until I can try some of these recipes. A friend and I are planning to do some baking together and we are in need of inspiration. I have a feeling this will help a lot!

  113. Christine Mills says:

    Brownies look so good can’t wait to try the recipe. I love Cooks Illustrated everything I make from their books is always good.

  114. Charity says:

    I love Cooks Illustrated! I hope I win!!

  115. Jennifer C says:

    Those looks incredibly delicious.

  116. Maria says:

    Love brownies, and love Cook’s Illustrated! I have so many recipes I’ve replaced with CI recipes over the years…I do believe this brownie recipe will be added to the list! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  117. Melissa says:

    I spent several months developing my perfect brownie recipe, using this one as a base. It is by far the best basic brownie recipe out there. I would love to bake some of the other offerings from the new Cooks Illustrated Baking book!

  118. Diana Webster says:

    I love chewy brownies – can’t wait to try these!

  119. Jackie says:

    Everything looks delicious! This book is on my wish list.

  120. Wendy says:

    Everything I’ve tried from my ATK cookbook has been a hit – sometimes the changes from a regular recipe are minute, but they seem to make all the difference! Can’t wait to try these brownies – last night I made baked brown rice, and it was actually the very best I’ve ever had.

  121. I haven’t made brownies in a long time, but the last time I did, I had such a joyful moment eating them. Perhaps I might use this recipe to make some more, but substitute the flour with quinoa? thanks for sharing this recipe & your thoughts on the book!

  122. Ann J says:

    I’ve been trying various different brownie recipes. I love ATK recipes and this one is next on my list. I want to thank you for mentioning the heat retention in glass pan. Although I removed my last batch of brownies from the oven several minutes before the recommended bake time because I had determined they were done, the edges of the brownies continued to cook outside the oven, leaving them just a bit overdone – even for a crispy edge lover!

  123. Michael G says:

    These look outstanding. I’ve used many Cooks Illustrated rec. in the past; awesome

  124. Nao says:

    Love everything Cook’s Illustrated & America’s Test Kitchen!! Those brownies definitely look sexy & amazing; will have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing; will be visiting again!! Happy Baking!!

  125. Naomi says:

    How could I ever wait that long for the brownies to cool? They look amazing!

  126. Tracy says:

    These look delicious, and remind me of my mom’s brownies from childhood. Aaaah, chocolate… :-).

  127. Lauren says:

    I have Baking Illustrated and would love to add Cooking Illustrated to my collection as well! And I will definitely be making these brownies soon!

  128. Megan J says:

    Those brownies look incredible!!

  129. Jenn C says:

    I love America’s Test Kitchen/Cook’s Illustrated/Cook’s Country! I’m totally going to try this brownie recipe out too. Thanks for posting.

  130. Leo Hudzik says:

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. And I am going to win the giveaway. I just know it. 🙂

  131. Anne says:

    Those brownies look amazing!

  132. Stephanie Meadows says:

    The directions in the cookbook must be perfect because if the pictures of your work are first go, you nailed it. Everything looks incredible!! Baking browning from scratch has NEVER worked for me, but this post inspires me not to give up.

  133. Stephanie Meadows says:

    Oops … I mean brownies and now browning.

  134. lindsey kozecke says:

    The first baking illustrated is probably my most used cookbook. There is not a single recipe I’ve made from that book that has turned out anything but spectacular. I would love to add the new one to my shelf to love and cook from!

  135. DAVID TILLEY says:

    Thanks for the post….Love ATK and your blog ,too!

  136. imiss says:

    I like the idea of a sexy brownie.. this recipe is a must try now!!

  137. Dawn Russo says:

    Those look great! I have to try them.

  138. Lorena says:

    Those look so decadent, must give them a try.

  139. heather says:

    yuuum! i love baking AND cooks illustrated, and their baking cookbook has been on my wish list for a few years. thank you for such a fun giveaway!

  140. Deb says:

    Cook’s Illustrated recipes are always successful! I have been looking forward to the release of their new baking book and trying the new phenomenal recipes!

  141. Renee says:

    Can’t wait to make these!

  142. adrienne says:

    Oh those brownies look amazing! Everything Test Kitchen does is ridiculously good.

  143. Magda says:

    I love brownies and yours look amazing. Your photos are gorgeous.
    What a great giveaway too!

  144. JR says:

    I enjoyed Cook’s Illustrated cookbooks and things do come out like the pictures in the book. We “heart” their recipes – especially the Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza with the laminated crust. Thanks for the giveaway!

  145. Alicia says:

    The brownies look delicious! I love Cooks Illustrated, America’s Test, and Cook’s Country.

  146. Susan says:

    Love the brownies – I would love this cookbook!

  147. Karen T says:

    I love Cook’s Illustrated. These brownies look amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  148. Sandi says:

    I LOVE Cook’s Illustrated! These brownies look delish- I will have to make them!

  149. Megan G says:

    I will be trying these brownies soon! Along with anything else from Cook’s Illustrated.

  150. Kat says:

    These brownies look like everything I try to achieve in the “perfect” brownie. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I do adore Cook’s Illustrated as so much thought goes into the formulation of the recipes to give us all amazingly precise results <3

  151. Esther Hoffman says:

    Can’t go wrong with cocoa and espresso. Cook’s Illustrated is the best there is hands down!

  152. Jeffrey says:

    Ever since I made brownies from scratch there hasn’t been a box variety in my house. Not only are they so simple to make they taste so much better.

  153. Debbie L. says:

    Brownies are a favorite in my family. I can’t wait to try this recipe!!

  154. judi violanto says:

    Brownies are our favorites!! Hope I win!!

  155. Karen N. says:

    This appears to be a superb brownie recipe. The Cook’s Illustrated recipes never fail. I have many CI cookbooks and am a charter subscriber to the magazine from oh so many years ago. I reference the recipes often.

  156. Kathi says:

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! I’ve been trying to tweak my sneaky zucchini brownies to make them less cakey and more chewey. This recipe might help!

  157. Rachel W. says:

    These look great! I’m going to try this recipe this weekend.

  158. Sara L. says:

    Ooooohhh my these look fantastic … #pinned!!

  159. Amy says:

    Yum! I’d love these with some tea.

  160. Amy M says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and LOVELY pictures!

  161. Caitlin says:

    Looks and sounds amazing! Can’t wait to add the book to my shelves!

  162. Sharon Grissom says:

    must try these SOON

  163. patrice says:

    Just now finding your blog. What took me so long?? Those brownies will be made very soon! Yum!

  164. Becky says:

    Brownies. Baking. Book. The kitchen trifecta! I adore brownies. I like trying new baking recipes. I love to read cookbooks. Win/win/win!

  165. Beth Bilous says:

    Okay okay, I’ll try one more new brownie recipe, THIS ONE.

  166. Veronika says:

    These brownies look perfect!

  167. Barbara Britton says:

    Best brownies ever!

  168. Elizabeth says:

    i never get tired of new baking cookbooks or brownie recipes! can’t wait to try these!

  169. AshleyK says:

    These look fabulous!

  170. Marie Walsh says:

    The brownies look scrumptious! You wouldn’t need a glass of milk with them!

  171. Carrie says:

    Mmm, I can almost taste the chocolate! I can’t look on my phone or I might eat it, thinking it’s a brownie;-) Thank you for sharing<3

  172. Corinne says:

    I want that book! I love Baking Illustrated. Can’t wait to see what’s in the new one.

  173. Bob says:

    question: severe carpal tunnel makes whisking by hand a challenge. can you use a stand mixer instead when making these brownies? Is one of the lower settings an equivalent to “hand whisking”?

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Bob- I think that would be okay! You just want to be really careful not to overmix. Just watch carefully, and I think a stand mixer would be just fine.

  174. Kelly says:

    I’ve made Cook’s Illustrated brownies before and they are to die for! Your brownies look delicious. Love the pics 🙂

  175. Ashley Hardcastle says:

    As soon as I have this baby and am off bed rest, I’m making these brownies????!!

  176. Maisk says:

    I love Cooks Illustrated! Please pick me! And sexy brownies? Sign me up! 🙂

  177. Suzette Norby says:

    I “discovered” America’s Test Kitchen several months ago on Create TV. It is “Must watc TV” for me.

  178. Stephanie says:

    Saw these brownies on your instagram and immediately came on to the blog to get the recipe. Can’t wait to make them!

  179. Alicia says:

    YUM! I cannot wait to try out this brownie recipe, thanks for the fun giveaway! 😀

  180. Athena R says:

    Those brownies look amazing.

  181. Maika Clarke says:

    Those look amazing!

  182. Andrea Evangelista says:

    These look delicious! I haven’t had a bad recipe from America’s Test Kitchen or Cooks Illustrated! Love them and the show. This book is going on my Christmas wish list!

  183. Judy says:

    oh my goodness! i’ve been CRAVING brownies and this just drove it home for me! this is on my task list this weekend for sure!

  184. yum! can’t go wrong with cooks illustrated.

  185. m l dewar says:

    Recipe looks wonderful. Can’t wait to try it with chocolate ganache on the top — my favorite way to dress up brownies for dinner parties.

  186. Crystal says:

    I love America’s Test Kitchen too! Cant wait to try these.

  187. Jen says:

    YUM! I am excited about a new brownie recipe to try!

  188. Carla says:

    Oh, these brownies look incredible! I can’t wait to try them!

  189. Danzel says:

    Love Cook’s Illustrated! (And brownies…. )

  190. Jen says:

    Those brownies look sooooo Amazing! Way to go Cook’s Illustrated for perfecting brownies. Will have to make tonight.

  191. Joanne says:

    Yummm will be trying this one tomorrow

  192. katy says:

    I love Americas test kitchen!! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  193. Amy Williams says:

    Those brownies look delish! My husband is in the process of starting a small baking company out of our home, so winning this prize would be very handy! Thanks so much for the chance to win! Love your blog!

  194. Megan says:

    I love CI! They are my go-to for everything! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  195. julie leggett says:

    Love all things Cooks Country

  196. Paula says:

    These look so good! My husband would eat the pan and not share with my boys..

  197. Jonena says:

    Brownies are by far my favorite dessert and yet I have made some horrific disasters! So sad! Would love to give this one a whirl!

  198. Sara says:

    I am a devoted Cook’s Illustrated fan and would love to add this to me collection!

  199. Carrie Ann says:

    I am so excited for this book. I love everything Cooks’s Illustrated. While I am an awesome cook, I fail miserably at baking and desperately need to hone my baking skills. Can’t wait to try this book out, especially with the holidays coming.

  200. Ann L. says:

    Just in time for holiday baking, I am so looking forward to Cook’s Illustrated’s Baking Book.

  201. Sue B. says:

    Our family loves brownies and I can hardly wait make this recipe for them! I love Cooks Illustrated recipes…they always turn out great! I have my fingers crossed that I win this cookbook. Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂

  202. Ellen K says:

    Yay, brownies! Just in time for snow in Duluth…

  203. Barb Harding says:

    I am baking challenged. I bought ATK baking book for my daughter .. she was only 18 but she did a fantastic job following the recipe for Grasshopper pie.

    If any 18 yr old that doesn’t normally cook anything but boxed mac n cheese can follow the recipes and make it look and taste delicious .. I’m hoping there is hope yet for me. 🙂

  204. Jessica says:

    Pick me please! Those brownies look SCRUMPTIOUS!

  205. Pamela says:

    oooh, i want this for me, but if i win i would give it to my good friend who introduced me to cooks illustrated and who bakes something in her oven every single day. thanks for the chance!

  206. Gina says:

    Ooh! Those brownies look amazing! IIust make them. 😛

  207. Deanna Peoples says:

    no-knead brioche? Yes please! this book needs to be in my flour covered hands! lol

  208. Ginny Czuprynski says:

    America’s Test Kitchen….the ONLY cookbooks I use 🙂

  209. Stephanie says:

    I am such a sucker for brownies – and these looks delish! I wish I were there now.

  210. Cathy Hall says:

    I have been so hungry for some brownies! This recipe will be the lucky winner!

  211. Elizabeth says:

    This looks like a great book!

  212. Anallely says:

    I want to make these brownies!!!

  213. CK says:

    Love Cooks Illustrated, thanks for sharing.

  214. sara forte says:

    I see you have quite a crowd here! I love their recipes – so well tested. Glad to see the book has your thumbs up. I’ll have to take a peek. If anything, I at LEAST need some sexy brownies. Hope all is well, lovely.

  215. Emily says:

    AH I cannot WAIT to try those out!

  216. Angie dong says:

    Sounds yummy

  217. tina says:

    These brownies, your photography, and Cooks Illustrated are all my faves !!

  218. Mala Kavuluri says:

    The brownies look so good ! I love Cook’s Illustrated and their recipes. Thanks for the giveaway.

  219. Kate says:

    Always looking for that perfect brownie recipe – must try this one soon!

  220. Susan Lamb says:

    These look fantabulous! Nothing better than a good brownie. Or a great episode of Americas Test Kitchen!

  221. Mary says:

    I’ve seen this recipe on their show, I can’t wait to make it myself! We love ATS, they make cooking fun!!

  222. Anna says:

    Wow, these look ah-ma-zing.

  223. Laura says:

    Awesome!!! Love cooks illustrated and your blog!!

  224. deneen says:

    I just licked the screen. Goodness do those brownies look amazing!

  225. Tara says:

    Brownies look amazing!

  226. Shannon says:

    Our current brownie recipe to beat is the Bittersweet Chocolate Brownie with Sea Salt! This looks yummy!

  227. Karen says:

    Cook’s Illustrated – Baking Book looks like a little bit of heaven to me,

  228. I am searching for the perfect brownie recipe…could this be it??

  229. Serena S. says:

    I love all things from Cook’s Illustrated!

  230. Sarah says:

    These look like the perfect brownie texture! Yum!

  231. Karine D.G. says:

    Just find your blog through Pinterest. It’s beautiful and those brownies looks scrumptious ^-^

  232. Darla says:

    Oh how we appreciate the most simple joys in life, and brownies are such! Thank you for the giveaway!

  233. gt says:

    awesome! i was just thinking about brownies yesterday. i’m going to try this

  234. Haley says:

    Oh god these look amazing! Haven’t had a really good brownie in FOREVER, but there are plenty of fond bowl-licking memories 🙂 I used to make the best from-the-box brownies

  235. Elizabeth M. says:

    I can’t wait to try these! Thank you!!!

  236. Amy F says:

    These brownies are my go-to. They are ri-dic-u-lous.

  237. Tina says:

    Just found your blog on Pinterest. Those brownies look delicious!

  238. Julie says:

    Wow, those look amazing!

  239. I have so much appreciation for Cook’s Illustrated, I’d love to get my hands on this cookbook!

  240. Iron Stef says:

    Nothing beats a good fudgy brownie. These look great!

  241. Liane says:

    Love ATK, Cook’s Illustrated, Cook’s Country! I’ll be making these brownies soon. Thanks for posting the recipe.

  242. Tracey says:

    oh chocolate swoon! thank you for sharing this recipe as well as your preferred brands of chocolate. I find that so very helpful!

  243. Mrs Baker says:

    “Can be stored for up to 4 days.”

    Yeah, right. They don’t stand a chance lasting that long in my kitchen. 🙂

  244. Ronna PAYNE says:

    Have subscribed to Cook’s Illustrated since the first issue some 20 years ago. Have most of the books and special publications also. If it’s a Cook’s Illustrated (or Cook’s Country or
    America’s Test Kitchen) recipe, I know it will be the best. Brownies, choc chip cookies, banana bread are my “go to” recipes for numerous compliments.

  245. Brad G says:

    Cooks Illustrated always has some great tips, I’m sure the book is fantastic!

    The Brownies look amazing!

  246. Amber says:

    Wow, you know they’re good if your husband calls them sexy. I have a recipe for chocolate cake which has a similar nickname (think O)! There are a few recipes that are always worth trying new versions of, brownies, choc chip cookies, chocolate cake… you can never have too many recipes 🙂

  247. Wow, these look really good! I’ve been searching for the ultimate brownie recipe and these might be it! 🙂

  248. no. seriously. these are my dream brownies.

    thank you for the post, and the very generous giveaway!

  249. Corina says:

    One can never try too many brownie recipes 🙂 thanks for this one!

  250. Jasmine says:

    My most used cookbooks have notes written all over them too, nothing like ‘personalising’ your own cookbooks. Oh, and brownies, my favourite. I can always make space in my belly!

  251. Carole says:

    I wanted to reach through the screen to grab one of those brownies. Yum!

    I enjoy your blog so much. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  252. KatTreats says:

    It is hard not to love a good brownie. You can always trust a recipe from Cooks Illustrated, too.

  253. Cooks Illustrated is so cool! I have their “Science of Cooking” book, and it rocks. I’m sure the baking book is equally amazing, especially if these brownies and your instagram teasers are any indication!

  254. Deena Rathkamp says:

    Saw your brownies on Pinterest and then found you! I look forward to exploring your site. Cooks Illustrated can take a bow for teaching me how to cook. I haven’t tried their brownies yet…maybe this weekend.

  255. Sarah says:

    You can always tell a delicious brownie by the thin, shiny, sugary crust that forms on top, and by how little time it takes for them to be devoured haha.

  256. marian says:

    Wow, just found your blog via the CI facebook page. I love your photography and the brownies will be tonight’s dessert! Thank you.

  257. martina says:

    America’s Test Kitchen is something I always look for when I’m in US!!! These brownies are to die for! Martina

  258. Lauren says:

    I love the addition of instant espresso! Delish

  259. ~Heather says:

    Oh my 7 year old would love this book for inspiration when he makes up his own recipes. (I might thoroughly enjoy it as well!)

  260. Nothing beats a good brownie. This cookbook sounds perfect!

  261. Ellyn says:

    I am going to make these today.

  262. Robin says:

    Tomorrow I declare Chocolate Day and the REALLY GOOD BROWNIES will be made!

  263. Allison Godart says:

    These look delicious! 🙂 Thank you for posting.

  264. Mary Miller says:

    I can’t wait to make these brownies. Great tips too!

  265. Taline says:

    Also here from Pinterest. Delightful blog! And your DH is correct; can’t say exactly why but the brownies do look sexy.

  266. Deb E says:

    There’s just something about black and white photos I love. With all the technology we have at our fingertips, I still love the feel of a real cookbook too. This one looks great and the brownies even better.

  267. Ronda White says:

    These look fabulous..been looking for a chewy, chocolaty brownie…will try them out tomorrow..can’t wait. the contest for the cookbook is a plus

  268. Bree-Ellen Hansen says:

    Wow!!! I thought that I already had the most perfect brownie recipe in the whole world. No kidding – friends, family, mates, co-workers, sometimes even strangers have requested some of my brownies. Out of sheer arrogance I gave this recipe a go to see if it is better than mine ………. IT IS! Wholley Molley – These Brownies Are The BOMB! Chewy, delicious, nothing free mouthfuls of joyfully wicked indulgence and delight!!!!! What a dream! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  269. Sarah says:

    Do I need more baking books? Maybe n– yes I do! That book looks beautiful, as do the brownies. 🙂

  270. Pamela says:

    CI has never failed me yet — and these brownies look delicious!

  271. Oh most certainly! wonderful giveaway 🙂

  272. Michaela says:

    Those Brownies look so wonderful, I can already taste them. Thanks for posting such a great recipe.

  273. Mmm… Now I’m hungry! Beautiful pictures!

  274. I’m really intrigued by the no-knead brioche! And the brownies? The DO look sexy! Have to make them to see if they also taste sexy 😉

  275. Lyndsey says:

    Thank you for the baking tips to go along with these brownies! Overbaking can make even the most flavorful and rich brownie not so…well, desirable! These look perfectly moist and fudgy!!

  276. Vicky says:

    I would love this book. I can’t get enough of ATK!

  277. Gabby says:

    I love the brownie action shot, with the square being whisked away by a small hand. It’s like that in my house when I make brownies, you’ve got to get in quick! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  278. Veronica says:

    I’ve been looking for a new recipe for brownies for awhile!

  279. Jen says:

    Even if I don’t win; I’m picking up this book, I love baking!

  280. Sarah says:

    Drooling on my keyboard…

  281. Karen says:

    There is nothing like a really good brownie! Thanks for the pin.

  282. Lisa G. says:

    yum! I have baker’s illustrated and love it – would be so happy to add this to my collection 🙂

  283. Sarah says:

    What a perfect addition to my kitchen this would be!

  284. Katie says:

    These brownies, and everything else mentioned, sound absolutely delicious!!

  285. Laurie says:

    These look like perfect brownies though I’m kind of surprised to see vegetable oil in them. Have to trust COOKS though – I’m sure they tested them every which way and found the butter/oil combo superior. Love your blog….soulful and authentic.

  286. KT says:

    Love a good brownie!

  287. Shaina says:

    I clearly need a brownie at 8:45 in the morning. Who doesn’t?

  288. Ellie Peters says:

    My Mum’s birthday is coming up and she’s asked me to bake some brownies for her work so I may just have to give these a test run!

  289. Lucy A says:

    lovely, as always!!

  290. Vickie says:

    Wow..this brownie recipe looks deslish…I can never have to many brownie recipes as they are my fave desserts…and, please save the corners for me. The berry picture here looks delish second fave dessert…third would be cinnamon rolls or about anything cinnamon. Oh, and did I say I love to bake/eat artisan breads…haha 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway and a new blog for me to enjoy!

  291. Andrea says:

    Just stumbled across your blog and loving it! xx

  292. Tina says:

    I love ATK and just know a copy of this would be well used

  293. ashley e says:

    ahh I love Cooks Illustrated. Simple & beautiful layout = I want to read and cook from it forever 🙂 The brownies sound delicious! And I love your photography!

  294. Beth W says:

    Those look amazing! Hands down, the best cheesecake I ever made was the Cooks Illustrated recipe. Their books are GOLDEN.

  295. Julia says:

    What a lovely giveaway and delicious looking brownies!

  296. Alex S says:

    The book looks great!

  297. Tara says:

    Can’t wait to try these!

  298. Traccy says:

    These brownies look delicious- must try them soon!

  299. sara haaf says:

    I think I gained 5 pounds reading this. I would love to own this, it’s cool how you can find lots of recipes online these days, but it can never replace the feel of flipping through the pages of cookbooks, making notes, and passing them on.

  300. Pat says:

    I am a sucker for cookbooks, especially those that specialize in baking. Even though I have several “best” brownie recipes, I may just have to try these.

  301. Valerie S says:

    My favorite blogger & inspiration!!

  302. Kirsten says:

    Thanks for your post! These brownies look exquisite, and I’m intrigued by Cook’s Illustrated’s recipe for chocolate espresso dacquoise too!

  303. ginny says:

    Excellent brownie recipe as well as the review of the cookbook. I will keep my fingers crossed for Nov 1st!

  304. Jan says:

    Those brownies look really wonderful. You can’t go wrong with Cook’s Illustrated!

  305. Donna says:

    Looks delish! I don’t know what is better the gooey center or the delicious end pieces.. Both go very well with some nice vanilla ice cream and a fresh cup of coffee….

  306. Sheryl Pierce says:

    These look delicious and thanks for the chance at expanding my beloved ATK cook book collection!

  307. Chris says:

    Love brownies! Will have to try this recipe and I’m sure it’s going to be amazing!

  308. Alexandra says:

    Thank you for the recipe, and the chance to win! These look like really good brownies, indeed.

  309. Lara says:

    Mmmm I love fresh brownies! Making these tonight!

  310. pretty_pathetic says:

    If I don’t win the book, I think I’m going to have to go out and buy it!

  311. Erika e says:

    Mmmmmm… Yes please! Love cooks! And also, your blog is my go to for baking ideas. Thanks!

  312. Lily says:

    These look amazing! And it seems like kismet that I would stumble on this post (I was linked over from Food52) because I just happen to have 2 leftover egg yolks in my fridge that I was wondering what to do with. My husband is going to be so happy–brownies are his favorite food!

  313. Karly K says:

    Hello! I’m new to your blog & I must say that it is BEAUTIFUL! Stumbled over here via Beth’s Local Milk 🙂

  314. Becca Entenberg says:

    These look terrific!

  315. Sebastian vN says:

    When I landed in the USA some 25 years ago, brownies were one of the first treats I had to sink my sweet tooth in and I haven’t stopped since. Like America and apple pie, the brownie is a classic that never stops perfecting itself. This recipe is a winner among winners.

  316. Chris b says:

    The photos are such a tease! A cookbook…yes, please!

  317. Hana C says:

    This book would be a wonderful companion for winter! Thanks for the opportunity!

  318. Teaya says:

    These as well as all the other things you have made look awesome! How could anyone go wrong with Cook’s Illustrated?? Thanks, LOVE your blog!!

  319. Penny says:

    One word…YUMMY!

  320. Lucy says:

    GASP! you have written little notes in your recipes book???! I always want to do the same in mine but i never dare to. Brave soul! 🙂

  321. No knead brioche needs to be in my life. Actually, it probably needs to be in every person’s life!

  322. Meryl says:

    The brownies look great. Thanks for the giveaway!

  323. Lou says:

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  324. Angela says:

    These look delicious! Can’t wait to try them

  325. melanie says:

    Oooh – I would love a copy of this book!

  326. Amos says:

    These look great. I’m going to try them out tonight.

  327. Elise says:

    Made brownies last night! I added homemade whipped cream and caramel sauce = truly decadent.

  328. wendy fawcett says:

    yummy! on my to do list!

  329. Katie Huang says:

    Can’t wait to try baking these!

  330. Katie Winkleblack says:

    Always on the lookout for a new brownie recipe and Cook’s Illustrated is always an amazing resource!

  331. Michelle N. says:

    I’m still on the search for a good from-scratch brownie. Perhaps these will do the trick!

  332. Serene Dong says:

    I’m a recent convert to your blog and to Cook’s Illustrated/ATK. Looking forward to getting my own copy chocolate dusted and batter coated. Cheers!

  333. LAMusing says:

    Oh wow – now I’m craving brownies 🙂

  334. Alex says:

    So many yummy things in one book!

  335. Vicki says:

    First time visitor to your beautiful blog! Will be baking the brownies today!

  336. Valerie says:

    A cookbook is merely a “cookbook” until it’s lovingly peppered with floured thumbprints and spatters of butter. : )

  337. Amanda T says:

    Just got a new oven and would love to make these my first baked goodies!

  338. Robin G. says:

    I can pass on most sweets but never on a good brownie! 🙂

  339. Amber Arnao says:

    Holy cow! These made with coconut oil in place of the vegetable oil would be amazing! These look and sounds really good as is anyway. Can’t wait to try them!

  340. Rebecca Genzink says:

    These look so great! I love Cook’s Illustrated! Thanks for posting.

  341. Kaley says:

    Chewy brownies vs. Fudgey brownies vs. Cakey brownies? Chewy! I believe I made this recipe before, and it calmed the sweet chewy chocolatey beast within.

  342. Sarah Hina Hassan says:

    I’ve been looking for a new brownie recipe!

  343. Kyra says:

    made this today! yummylicious! thanks for the recipe, it was soooo good! (^^,)v

  344. The brownies look wonderful, Sarah! I love Cook’s Illustrated, they are probably one of the best resources for learning to cook.

  345. I enjoy Cook’s Illustrated magazine so much – I’d love to have a copy of this Baking Cookbook!! (In the mood for something pumpkin-y and gingerbread-y right now)

  346. Jamie says:

    mmm…brownies! 🙂

  347. Alexander says:

    I need to learn to make that brioche!

  348. Must get my hands on that brownie recipe! They look delicious!!

  349. Erin Hawkins says:

    I love the whole ATK/Cook’s Illustrated family. Every time I receive a recipe, I immediately think of how to engineer it into an ATK style (3 cups of flour? What’s a cup? What happens when I use 3c of 4.25oz flour). Can’t wait to try these brownies.

  350. Suzanne Conopka says:

    Oh! Brownies are a weakness for me – must try these!

  351. Cinda says:

    Boy oh boy, those brownies look delicious!
    I love Cook’s Illustrated. This will be on my wish list!

  352. Katie says:

    Oh I’m so curious about the mix of chocolate and cocoa powder, and oil and butter. Seems like it’s a combination of all the best recipes out there? I’m intrigued and will try the brownies soon!

  353. Emily W says:

    Love your pictures (especially the little hand)! The brownies look delish!

  354. Becky Pliego says:

    Love this blog, the book, and brownies. 🙂

  355. Robin says:

    I enjoy following you on Twitter! Great blog! Brownies look yummy!

  356. Jaime says:

    I love America’s Test Kitchen recipes! Every one I have ever made has been fabulous! I can’t wait to try this brownie recipe as I have no doubt it will be a keeper.

  357. Craig says:

    Just jn time for Halloween.

  358. I am obsessed with all thinks Cooks Illustrated/ATK.

  359. Lisa says:

    Those brownies look incredible! I would love that Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book – their stuff is fantastic!!

  360. Medha says:

    Brownie sounds so perfect for rainy day! Those Instagram shots are so tempting and mouthwatering! Cook’s Illustrated books are great resource for any home cook- Love their simple tips and tricks – which makes everything manageable in the kitchen.

  361. Gali says:

    How wonderful! I enjoyed your post and planning on making these most delicious brownies this weekend. Thank you so much for the Giveaway! Cook’s Illustrated is one of my favorite food Magazines … I’m excited 🙂

  362. Laura says:

    My nieces will love those brownies. Thank you for the recipe.

  363. Ken says:

    Brownies look delish….

  364. I would love the book just to make the brownies. Delicious pictures 🙂

  365. allison says:

    Yes, yes, yes. This book looks delicious.

  366. richard says:

    They all look great! I’m drooling now!!!

  367. Mary Elaine N says:

    I have actually made these brownies, have been getting the Cooks Illustrated magazine for years and watching America’s Test Kitchen on PBS. They are absolutely the best brownies I have ever had.

  368. Solducky says:

    These look so good, and I love the little hands peeping into the pictures.

  369. Streganonna says:

    The brownies look delicious, but I’d make that cinnamon swirl bread first!

  370. Kasey says:

    Sarah, your food makes me weak in the knees. I mean it! I trust these are really, REALLy good brownies. x

  371. I just checked this books out from the library and I never want to return it. I want to bake everything, forever!

  372. ellie says:

    thanks for the recipe! i just made these and while the texture was amazing, i found the flavor to be a bit too reminiscent of oil. Is there something I could substitute the veg oil with?? Thanks!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Ellie, You might be able to replace it with more butter, but I haven’t tried it so I’m not positive. If you have time you could ask America’s Test Kitchen- either by email or tweet; they’ve always answered my questions, and since this is their recipe, they might have a better answer. 🙂

  373. Julie Wong says:

    Wow, those look absolutely scrumptious!

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  375. Adrienne says:

    Hi! My baking pan is smaller its 8 x 8. I was wondering if I halfed the recipe, do I need shorter baking time as well? Thanks! 🙂

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Adrienne – it should work just fine to cut the recipe in half (although I haven’t tried! But I think it should be ok). You would need a shorter baking time. I would start checking to see if they are done at 18-20 minutes. Let me know how they turn out!

  376. […] You can use your favorite brownie recipe here, either from scratch or a box, as long as the recipe calls for a 9-by-13-inch pan. I used this recipe. […]

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