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really good brownies + a giveaway

Sunday, October 20, 2013

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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    Emily
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    These brownies look great!

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      Kim
      Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      I use white chocolate and I made a home made cherrie sauce. Fun recipe thank you!

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    Stella
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Must make these soon!!

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    Susan Moak
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm

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

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    Joy
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm

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

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    Sarah | The Sugar Hit
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 9:38 pm

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

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    Dana
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    yum!!!

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    Natasha
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    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!

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    Debbie
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    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.

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    Megan
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 9:47 pm

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

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    des
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    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!

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    Olivia
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 9:54 pm

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

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    Nikki
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 9:57 pm

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

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    Katy K
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    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.

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    Leslie
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    These look so good! And I love Cooks Illustrated!

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    Rachel
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 10:32 pm

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

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    Melissa@Julia's Bookbag
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 10:49 pm

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

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    Thea
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 10:54 pm

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

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    Michelle @ Hummingbird High
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 10:56 pm

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

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    Meghan
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    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.

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    Nickie Gorsky
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 11:15 pm

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

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    Bonnie
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    So dark… so deeply delicious looking. Yum!

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    Kelly
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:09 am

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

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    jessica
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:26 am

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

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    Angela Zink
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:29 am

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

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    Teresa
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:31 am

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

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    /fæn/
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:32 am

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

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    Scott Oliver Beck
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:49 am

    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!

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    Lisa
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:54 am

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

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    Erin
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:29 am

    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.

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    Alyssa
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 2:03 am

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

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    Kezia
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3:17 am

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

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    Suzanne
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3:23 am

    These look delicious..

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    Ana
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3:25 am

    Heaven must be made out of CHOCOLATE!

    Thank you for another fantastic recipe.

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    thelittleloaf
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3:45 am

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

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    Kristi M
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 4:08 am

    That cookbook looks amazing! Great giveaway 🙂

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    Nic Miller
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 4:37 am

    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.

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    Tuesday
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 4:38 am

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

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    Nic Miller
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 4:38 am

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

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    Christina
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 5:10 am

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

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    Karen
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 5:18 am

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

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    Charlotte Gill
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 5:19 am

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

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    olivia
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 6:11 am

    This Book Looks Amazing!

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

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    Dannielle
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 6:31 am

    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!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 6:47 am

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

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    Deepa@onesmallpot
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:01 am

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

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    Katerina Bondi
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:02 am

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

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    Cristina
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Cream cheese coffee cake, yes please!

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    Lizzet
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:18 am

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

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    samantha
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:29 am

    They look divine.

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    Carol
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Crossing fingers and toes!

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    Barb langlois
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:55 am

    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!

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    Jesi
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:02 am

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

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    Allie
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:12 am

    These brownies look scrumptious! Must make this fall season 🙂

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    Casey Stonecypher
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:15 am

    The brioche looks out of this world!

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    Emma
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:23 am

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

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    Avi
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:31 am

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

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    Mindy Trotta
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:39 am

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

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    Jesikah Orman
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:42 am

    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!

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    Val
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:43 am

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

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    Amy
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:43 am

    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.

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    Mike
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:44 am

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

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    Rachel
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:45 am

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

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    Cindy Baxley
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:46 am

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

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    Marie
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Those look yummy!

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    Jay
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:48 am

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

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    Mark
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:49 am

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

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    Joanne
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:53 am

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

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    Trisha
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:00 am

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

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    lina
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:04 am

    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!!

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    Tasneem
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:06 am

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

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    Leigh
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:06 am

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

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    Angel
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:06 am

    No I want Brownies !!
    These look so Good !

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    Christina
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I love Cook Illustrated!

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    Emily
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:13 am

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

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    Molly
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I’m curious about the no-knead brioche.

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    Penny in Texas
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:16 am

    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.

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    Lottie Caiella
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:20 am

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

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    Aaron
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:23 am

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

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    Lindsay
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I love your blog. It makes me so happy.

    Oh. And ATK. Because, well. Brownies.

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    Kristin
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:33 am

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

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    Tami
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:34 am

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

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    Kathryn
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Can’t wait to try these out!

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    Jane Downes
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:41 am

    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.

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    christine
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:46 am

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

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    Lisa Evans
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:47 am

    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

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    Jessica L.
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:47 am

    This book looks fabulous!

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    TC
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Holy cow, those brownies look delicious!

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    Jessica
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I have enjoyed Cooked Illustrated publications.

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    YokoLily
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:56 am

    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!)

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    steph@stephsbitebybite
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I think I’ll take two please!

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    Michelle Sandal
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Yum! These brownies look delicious !

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    Yuchen
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:08 am

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

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    Denise O
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Oh, my….these look heavenly!

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    Veronica
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:21 am

    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!!

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    Kristin Doucette
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Love ATK and now your blog!

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    Amber!
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:26 am

    These look amazing, thank you for sharing!

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    Rozie
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:30 am

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

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    Whitney
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:34 am

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

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    Laurie @ Relishing It
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:41 am

    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. 🙂

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    michele
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:41 am

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

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    Erica @ Not Quite Gourmet
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:41 am

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

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    Courtney
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:47 am

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

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    Dan
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:49 am

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

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    ingrid
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:49 am

    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.

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    Sheron Chapa
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:49 am

    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!

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    Terry Yohnka
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:50 am

    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!

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    Liz
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:50 am

    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!

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    jessica
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Yay for brownies!!!

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    Ann D.
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:53 am

    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!

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    Daniel Burnette
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:53 am

    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!

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    Patrick
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:53 am

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

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    Emily M
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:55 am

    These look amazing!

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    John Donohoe
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:55 am

    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)?

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    Jessica
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:55 am

    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!

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    Christine Mills
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:57 am

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

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    Charity
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I love Cooks Illustrated! I hope I win!!

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    Jennifer C
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Those looks incredibly delicious.

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    Maria
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:00 am

    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 🙂

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    Melissa
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:01 am

    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!

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    Diana Webster
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:02 am

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

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    Jackie
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:03 am

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

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    Wendy
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:04 am

    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.

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    felicia | Dish by Dish
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:04 am

    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!

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    Ann J
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:05 am

    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!

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    Ronda
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Looks yummy!

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    Michael G
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:07 am

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

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    Nao
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:07 am

    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!!

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    Naomi
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:07 am

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

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    Tracy
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:08 am

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

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    Lauren
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:16 am

    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!

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    Megan J
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Those brownies look incredible!!

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    Jenn C
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:18 am

    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.

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    Leo Hudzik
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:20 am

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

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    Anne
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Those brownies look amazing!

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    Stephanie Meadows
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:24 am

    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.

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    Stephanie Meadows
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Oops … I mean brownies and now browning.

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    lindsey kozecke
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:30 am

    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!

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    DAVID TILLEY
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:31 am

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

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    imiss
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:33 am

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

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    Dawn Russo
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Those look great! I have to try them.

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    Lorena
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Those look so decadent, must give them a try.

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    heather
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:46 am

    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!

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    Deb
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:47 am

    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!

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    Renee
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Can’t wait to make these!

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    adrienne
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:49 am

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

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    Magda
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:50 am

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

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    JR
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:50 am

    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!

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    Alicia
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:52 am

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

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    Susan
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Love the brownies – I would love this cookbook!

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    Karen T
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:53 am

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

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    Sandi
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:55 am

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

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    Megan G
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:57 am

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

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    Kat
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:57 am

    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

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    Esther Hoffman
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:58 am

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

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    Jeffrey
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    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.

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    Debbie L.
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:04 pm

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

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    judi violanto
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Brownies are our favorites!! Hope I win!!

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    Karen N.
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    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.

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    Kathi
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:16 pm

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

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    Rachel W.
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:16 pm

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

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    Sara L.
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Ooooohhh my these look fantastic … #pinned!!

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    Amy
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Yum! I’d love these with some tea.

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    Amy M
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway and LOVELY pictures!

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    Caitlin
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm

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

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    Sharon Grissom
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    must try these SOON

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    patrice
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:26 pm

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

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    Becky
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:37 pm

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

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    Beth Bilous
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:39 pm

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

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    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Those do look like REALLY good brownies!

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    Veronika
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    These brownies look perfect!

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    Barbara Britton
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Best brownies ever!

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    Elizabeth
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm

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

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    AshleyK
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    These look fabulous!

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    Marie Walsh
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm

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

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    Carrie
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    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

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    Corinne
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:51 pm

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

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    Bob
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    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”?

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      Sarah
      Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      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.

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    Kelly
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:58 pm

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

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    Ashley Hardcastle
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:11 pm

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

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    Maisk
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm

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

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    Suzette Norby
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:23 pm

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

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    Stephanie
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm

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

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    Alicia
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm

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

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    Athena R
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Those brownies look amazing.

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    Maika Clarke
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Those look amazing!

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    Andrea Evangelista
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    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!

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    Judy
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    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!

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    meg allison zaletel
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    yum! can’t go wrong with cooks illustrated.

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    m l dewar
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    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.

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    Crystal
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:50 pm

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

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    Jen
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm

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

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    Carla
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm

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

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    Danzel
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm

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

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    Jen
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm

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

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    Joanne
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Yummm will be trying this one tomorrow

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    katy
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 2:47 pm

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

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    Amy Williams
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    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!

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    Megan
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 2:59 pm

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

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    julie leggett
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Love all things Cooks Country

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    Paula
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm

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

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    Jonena
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    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!

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    Sara
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm

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

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    Carrie Ann
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    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.

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    Ann L.
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3:25 pm

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

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    Sue B.
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    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! 🙂

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    Ellen K
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3:39 pm

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

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    Barb Harding
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    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. 🙂

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    Jessica
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Pick me please! Those brownies look SCRUMPTIOUS!

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    Pamela
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    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!

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    Gina
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3:54 pm

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

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    Deanna Peoples
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 4:36 pm

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

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    Ginny Czuprynski
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 5:08 pm

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

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    Stephanie
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 5:14 pm

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

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    Cathy Hall
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 5:36 pm

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

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    Elizabeth
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    This looks like a great book!

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    Anallely
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I want to make these brownies!!!

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    CK
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Love Cooks Illustrated, thanks for sharing.

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    sara forte
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    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.

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    Emily
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    AH I cannot WAIT to try those out!

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    Angie dong
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Sounds yummy

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    tina
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:13 pm

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

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    Mala Kavuluri
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:26 pm

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

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    Kate
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:27 pm

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

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    Susan Lamb
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:51 pm

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

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    Mary
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:55 pm

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

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    Anna
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Wow, these look ah-ma-zing.

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    Laura
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:56 pm

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

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    deneen
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:59 pm

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

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    Tara
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Brownies look amazing!

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    Shannon
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:04 pm

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

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    Jen
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Yum, just yum!

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    Karen
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:10 pm

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

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    Virginia Taylors
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm

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

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    Serena S.
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I love all things from Cook’s Illustrated!

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    Sarah
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    These look like the perfect brownie texture! Yum!

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    Karine D.G.
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:24 pm

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

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    Darla
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:33 pm

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

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    gt
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:44 pm

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

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    Haley
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    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

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    Elizabeth M.
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:56 pm

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

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    Amy F
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:57 pm

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

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    Tina
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:57 pm

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

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    Julie
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Wow, those look amazing!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:20 pm

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

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    Iron Stef
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I want those brownies!!

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    Iron Stef
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Nothing beats a good fudgy brownie. These look great!

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    Liane
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:36 pm

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

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    Tracey
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:59 pm

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

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    Mrs Baker
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    “Can be stored for up to 4 days.”

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

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    Ronna PAYNE
    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    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.

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    Brad G
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 12:01 am

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

    The Brownies look amazing!

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    Amber
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 12:55 am

    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 🙂

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    Megan Ball @ Blue Sky Baking
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:23 am

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

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    francis-olive
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:45 am

    no. seriously. these are my dream brownies.

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

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    Corina
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:31 am

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

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    Jasmine
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:41 am

    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!

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    Carole
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:38 am

    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.

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    KatTreats
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:22 am

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

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    Lindsey | The Next Course
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:23 am

    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!

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    Deena Rathkamp
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 8:30 am

    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.

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    Sarah
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:09 am

    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.

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    marian
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:39 am

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

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    martina
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:55 am

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

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    Lauren
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I love the addition of instant espresso! Delish

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    ~Heather
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

    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!)

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Nothing beats a good brownie. This cookbook sounds perfect!

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    Bethany
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Love CI!

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    Ellyn
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I am going to make these today.

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    Robin
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:08 pm

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

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    Allison Godart
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    These look delicious! 🙂 Thank you for posting.

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    Mary Miller
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:54 pm

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

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    Taline
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 8:59 pm

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

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    Deb E
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    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.

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    Ronda White
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    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

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    Bree-Ellen Hansen
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    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!!!

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    Sarah
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:01 am

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

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    Pamela
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 9:07 am

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

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    andrea gutierrez
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Oh most certainly! wonderful giveaway 🙂

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    Michaela
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm

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

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    Lindsey @ The Hungry Hydrologist
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Mmm… Now I’m hungry! Beautiful pictures!

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    Sini @ my blue&white kitchen
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    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 😉

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    Lyndsey
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    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!!

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    Vicky
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 6:54 pm

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

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    Gabby
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    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!

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    Veronica
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm

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

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    Jen
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 9:15 pm

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

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    Sarah
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Drooling on my keyboard…

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    Karen
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 9:55 pm

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

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    Lisa G.
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 10:36 pm

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

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    Sarah
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    What a perfect addition to my kitchen this would be!

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    Sofie168
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Yummm…

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    Stacy
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Looks rich.

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    Katie
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 7:00 am

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

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    Laurie
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 7:38 am

    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.

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    KT
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Love a good brownie!

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    Shaina
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 8:39 am

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

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    Ellie Peters
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    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!

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    Wendie
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Look divine!

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    Lucy A
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    lovely, as always!!

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    Vickie
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    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 too..my 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!

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    Andrea
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Just stumbled across your blog and loving it! xx

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    Tina
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 4:23 pm

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

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    ashley e
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    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!

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    Beth W
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 6:15 pm

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

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    Julia
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    What a lovely giveaway and delicious looking brownies!

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    Alex S
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    The book looks great!

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    Tara
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Can’t wait to try these!

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    Traccy
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    These brownies look delicious- must try them soon!

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    sara haaf
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    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.

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    Pat
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    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.

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    Valerie S
    Friday, October 25, 2013 at 12:54 am

    My favorite blogger & inspiration!!

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    Kirsten
    Friday, October 25, 2013 at 7:20 am

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

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    ginny
    Friday, October 25, 2013 at 12:38 pm

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

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    Jan
    Friday, October 25, 2013 at 12:38 pm

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

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    Donna
    Friday, October 25, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    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….
    🙂

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    Sheryl Pierce
    Friday, October 25, 2013 at 12:55 pm

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

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    Chris
    Friday, October 25, 2013 at 12:56 pm

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

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    Alexandra
    Friday, October 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm

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

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    Lara
    Friday, October 25, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Mmmm I love fresh brownies! Making these tonight!

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    pretty_pathetic
    Friday, October 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm

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

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    Erika e
    Friday, October 25, 2013 at 3:51 pm

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

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    Lily
    Friday, October 25, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    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!

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    Karly K
    Friday, October 25, 2013 at 4:28 pm

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

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    Becca Entenberg
    Friday, October 25, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    These look terrific!

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    Sebastian vN
    Friday, October 25, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    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.

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    Chris b
    Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 12:10 am

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

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    Hana C
    Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 10:00 am

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

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    Teaya
    Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 10:04 am

    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!!

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    Penny
    Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    One word…YUMMY!

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    Lucy
    Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    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! 🙂

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    Maisie Greene
    Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 12:40 am

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

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    Meryl
    Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 3:07 am

    The brownies look great. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Lou
    Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Angela
    Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 8:11 am

    These look delicious! Can’t wait to try them

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    melanie
    Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Oooh – I would love a copy of this book!

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    Amos
    Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 10:28 am

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

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    Elise
    Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 10:44 am

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

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    wendy fawcett
    Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    yummy! on my to do list!

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    Katie Huang
    Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Can’t wait to try baking these!

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    Katie Winkleblack
    Monday, October 28, 2013 at 12:44 pm

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

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    Tonya
    Monday, October 28, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Love Cooks!

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    Michelle N.
    Monday, October 28, 2013 at 1:44 pm

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

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    Serene Dong
    Monday, October 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    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!

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    LAMusing
    Monday, October 28, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Oh wow – now I’m craving brownies 🙂

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    Alex
    Monday, October 28, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    So many yummy things in one book!

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    Vicki
    Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 7:46 am

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

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    Valerie
    Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 10:14 am

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

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    Amanda T
    Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 10:15 am

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

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    Robin G.
    Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

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

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    Amber Arnao
    Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 11:00 am

    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!

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    Rebecca Genzink
    Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 3:01 pm

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

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    Daniela
    Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Great book!!

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    Kaley
    Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 1:10 am

    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.

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    Sarah Hina Hassan
    Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 8:59 am

    I’ve been looking for a new brownie recipe!

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    Kyra
    Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 11:27 am

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

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    Nik@ABrownTable
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 9:51 am

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

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    Katy Manck (BooksYALove)
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 9:52 am

    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)

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    Jamie
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 9:52 am

    mmm…brownies! 🙂

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    Alexander
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I need to learn to make that brioche!

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    Jason Waltman
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 9:55 am

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

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    Erin Hawkins
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 9:57 am

    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.

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    Suzanne Conopka
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 9:58 am

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

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    Cinda
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 9:59 am

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

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    Katie
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:00 am

    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!

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    Summer McCall
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:02 am

    xoxo

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    Emily W
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:05 am

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

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    Becky Pliego
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Love this blog, the book, and brownies. 🙂

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    Robin
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:08 am

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

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    Jaime
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:08 am

    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.

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    Craig
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Just jn time for Halloween.

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    Jen @ Savory Simple
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I am obsessed with all thinks Cooks Illustrated/ATK.

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    Lisa
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:41 am

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

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    Medha
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:45 am

    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.

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    Gali
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:52 am

    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 🙂

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    Laura
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:59 am

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

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    Ken
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Brownies look delish….

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    La Cuisine d'Helene
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm

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

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    Sean
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Love the blog.

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    allison
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Yes, yes, yes. This book looks delicious.

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    richard
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 3:01 pm

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

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    Mary Elaine N
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    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.

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    Solducky
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 3:32 pm

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

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    Streganonna
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 5:22 pm

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

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    Kasey
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 5:37 pm

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

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    Maisie Greene
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 6:07 pm

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

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    ellie
    Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 4:20 am

    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!

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      Sarah
      Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:22 am

      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. 🙂

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    Julie Wong
    Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Wow, those look absolutely scrumptious!

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    Adrienne
    Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    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! 🙂

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      Sarah
      Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      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!

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