Colossal Brownies

A stack of giant sized brownies

Colossal Brownies are for the ‘go big or go home’ crowd ~ and who could resist these luscious oversized pillowy brownies?

big fat colossal brownies

Even if this isn’t’ your normal dessert style, sometimes it’s fun to change things up.  You’ll get gasps of wide eyed wonder from your audience, I promise.

These super moist brownies help settle the age old debate between cakey and fudgey — they’re the perfect compromise with some nice height and a tender crumb without being dry, and a dense richness without being wet or gooey.

Dutch process cocoa powder makes them extra deep and dark.  And did I mention they’re big?  You just can’t go wrong ;)

A stack of giant sized brownies

How many of us got our start in the kitchen with a humble batch of brownies?  Brownies are so easy I sometimes forget about them, and I just realized that I only have one other brownie recipe on the blog.  But it took just one bite of one of these chocolatey squares to remind me that there aren’t too many things in life that can beat a freshly made brownie.

Don’t ever be tempted to buy the boxed mixes, there’s no reason to — a great brownie can be whipped up in a few minutes with ingredients that you always have around.

Big extra dark chocolate brownies

These brownies are so deep in color because I used a Dutch processed cocoa powder.

Dutched cocoa powder has been treated with alkali, which makes it milder, and darker, than regular.  You’ll see both kinds right there on the shelf in your baking aisle.  I like to use Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder, which is formulated to give a super deep chocolate result.  The only thing you have to remember about Dutched cocoa is that it will not react with baking soda, so you need to use it in recipes that call for baking powder.  If a recipe uses baking soda, be sure to use regular cocoa powder.  For this recipe you can use any cocoa powder you like because there is no baking soda or baking powder involved.

Extra rich, extra dark extra BIG brownies!

Just remember this recipe only makes 4 colossal brownies, so plan accordingly (or cut them smaller!)

If you love the look of these Colossal Brownies, I have a feeling you’ll also like my Death By Chocolate Zucchini Bread, and my Warm Chocolate Pudding with Chili Spiced Walnuts.  And I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you fell head over heels for my DIY Ferrero Rocher Truffle recipe!

Colossal Brownies

Yield: 4 colossal sized brownies

Colossal Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup, (2 sticks or 16 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp almond extract (or vanilla)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup dutch-process cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark)

Instructions

  1. Set the oven to 350F
  2. Spray a 9x9 square baking sheet with baking spray, and (this is optional) line with parchment paper with overlapping ends so it will be easier to lift out for cutting.
  3. Cut the butter up into chunks and put it in a large microwave safe mixing bowl. Zap it for a minute in the microwave until the butter is melted.
  4. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time. Add the extract.
  5. In a separate bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. Sift the cocoa if it has alot of lumps.
  6. Gently mix the dry ingredients into the wet, stirring just until everything is well combined.
  7. Spread the batter in the pan, and take a moment to even out the surface.
  8. Bake for about 35-40 minutes, until the brownies are risen, slightly dry along the edges, and a toothpick inserted in the center doesn't have wet batter on it. (Moist crumbs are ok) Don't over-bake.
  9. Let cool slightly and dust with powdered sugar. Cut into four large squares.
https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/colossal-brownies/

colossal brownies are big and cakey, but still super moist and chocolatey!

Just think of it this way…you made it all the way to Friday, you deserve a treat!

 

23 Comments

  • Reply
    Brownie Fan
    October 5, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    I could not eat more than half of one piece in a single sitting. This is the most ridiculously rich brownie I’ve ever tasted, and I can’t wait to make it again. Too much will definitely make you sick, but it’s so worth it.

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 5, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      As I was reading your comment I wasn’t sure whether you liked them or hated them ;)

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    Diane (Created by Diane)
    March 2, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    I love brownies and these are making my mouth water. I have some black onyx cocoa and I just figure out what I’m going to make with it :)
    These are going to the top of my must make list!

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    Susan | LunaCafe
    February 23, 2015 at 9:31 am

    I can’t get over the color of these brownies. Incredibly dark and luscious. Texture looks great too!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 23, 2015 at 9:36 am

      That color is due to the super dark cocoa powder — it’s almost black :)

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    grace
    February 23, 2015 at 6:08 am

    i’ve never used dark cocoa powder, but i need to find some because i LOVE the color of these! the texture part ain’t too shabby either. :)

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    JayanthiSindhiya
    February 23, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Mouthwatering brownies,looks stunning

  • Reply
    Angie@Angie's+Recipes
    February 22, 2015 at 11:25 am

    So dark, rich and divine! I would love one with a pot of freshly brewed tea.

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    Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
    February 22, 2015 at 1:14 am

    OMG…could these be any more gorgeous? There isn’t a more appropriate name than “Colossal Brownies”. Seriously, I could eat these all day long! Pinned!

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    Christina
    February 21, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Can you say “decadent”? Nice!! :)

  • Reply
    Betty
    February 21, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    I truly have a weakness for brownies. When I’ve got a sweet tooth and need a treat, brownies are my default solution. These look absolutely fabulous! And I’d only need one. (at a time, anyway) :)

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    February 21, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Wow Sue you did it now! These are magnificent, beautiful and big! We love a good chocolate dessert and brownies are a wonderful treat – you’re right – no need to buy a box mix! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    February 21, 2015 at 10:53 am

    These brownies look so divine and rich, the perfect weekend treat!

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    Yankee Kitchen Ninja (Julianne)
    February 21, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Holy moly, so dark and delicious-looking! I’m sold.

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 21, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Thanks Julianne!

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    Monica
    February 21, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Yes, brownies were my fist bake way back in the day when I remember going to a friend’s house and making some (from a box) together! And lately, we’ve been cutting our brownies bigger and bigger so colossal works for me! Looks irresistible!

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    Amy
    February 21, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Those are divine. Did you trim off the edges? If so, may I have those edges? That’s my favorite part. Just looking at these makes this endlessly snowy cold winter seem a little cozier.

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 21, 2015 at 7:01 am

      Haha, thanks Amy, but my husband Grant already claimed the edges :)

  • Reply
    Penny
    February 21, 2015 at 6:31 am

    What is not to love. Beautiful!

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    February 21, 2015 at 6:24 am

    The best way to have brownies is colossal ;) Love these!

  • Reply
    Monique
    February 21, 2015 at 5:52 am

    Love the dark..I have not seen that cocoa powder here..They look super!

  • Reply
    Lily Lau
    February 21, 2015 at 4:51 am

    If you consider we deserve a treat, then why disobey you? Hahah, thank you for this delicious recipe! :D

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