Colossal Brownies

A stack of giant sized brownies

Colossal Brownies ~ these easy brownies are lusciously large and decadently dark, because when it comes to chocolate, I say go big, or go home!

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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.ย  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 are big and cakey, but still super moist and chocolatey!

A stack of giant sized brownies
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3.28 from 18 votes

Colossal Brownies

Yield 4 colossal sized brownies
Author Sue Moran

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

  • Set the oven to 350F
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Whisk in the eggs, one at a time. Add the extract.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. Sift the cocoa if it has alot of lumps.
  • Gently mix the dry ingredients into the wet, stirring just until everything is well combined.
  • Spread the batter in the pan, and take a moment to even out the surface.
  • 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.
  • Let cool slightly and dust with powdered sugar. Cut into four large squares.
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Don’t forget to pin these Colossal Brownies to your Dessert board!

Colossal Brownies ~ lusciously large and decadently dark, because when it comes to chocolate, I say go big, or go home! #brownies #dessert #bestbrownies #chocolate #easybrownies #darkchocolate #chocolatecake

 

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  • 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) ๐Ÿ™‚

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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.

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      Sue
      February 21, 2015 at 7:01 am

      Haha, thanks Amy, but my husband Grant already claimed the edges ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Penny
    February 21, 2015 at 6:31 am

    What is not to love. Beautiful!

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

    The best way to have brownies is colossal ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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