Chocolate-Chunk Brownies
  • ½ cup oil
  • ​1/2​ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ​1​ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon espresso powder​​
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup flour (regular or whole-wheat)
  • ½ cup chocolate chunks
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F with a rack in the lower third of the oven. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with two crossed pieces of parchment paper, then grease.
  2. ​Stir the sugar into the oil, then add the cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and espresso powder. Stir thoroughly.
  3. ​​Add the eggs one at a time, beating vigorously with a wooden spoon after each one. When the mixture becomes thick, add the vanilla extract and the flour. Stir again, about 5 minutes more until well-mixed. Fold in the chocolate chunks or chips.
  4. ​Spread the batter in the lined pan (it will be thick). Bake about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean.
  5. Cool the brownies in the pan on a rack (completely or they will break). Lift the edges of the parchment paper and transfer to a cutting board and slice the brownies into squares.
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