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Brown Brown Brownies

Brown butter and brown sugar give these Brown Brown Brownies some big flavor! - Bake or Break

I’ve made a lot of brownies in my baking life. A lot. Then, one day on a whim, I made these brownies. Oh, my.

These are really just your basic brownies. No add-ins, just brownies. But, two little adjustments turn them into something amazing.

Brown butter and brown sugar give these Brown Brown Brownies some big flavor! - Bake or Break

First of all, instead of just melting the butter, I browned it. Browned butter has such a fantastic nutty flavor, and I could not love it more. I also used all brown sugar, which adds a whole different level of flavor than you’d get from granulated sugar. So, there we get to the origin of their name — Brown (Butter) Brown (Sugar) Brownies. Seriously, how fun is it to say Brown Brown Brownies?

Brown Brown Brownies

Yield 16 2-inch brownies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes

Brown sugar and brown butter make these brownies extra special!

Brown butter and brown sugar give these Brown Brown Brownies some big flavor! - Bake or Break


  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Place butter in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until butter begins to foam. Continue cooking until brown specks begin to form at the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat and pour into a large mixing bowl and allow to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan. Line with parchment paper so that the paper overhangs on two opposite sides.
  3. Whisk together flour, cocoa, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Add brown sugar to cooled butter in mixing bowl. Beat until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.
  5. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing just until combined.
  6. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool completely in pan. Then, using the overhanging parchment, lift out the brownies onto a cutting board. Cut into bars.

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What I hope is even more exciting than these brownies is my big news. I have published an iBook! Yay, me! It’s a cookbook all about some of my favorite things to bake – Cookies, Brownies, and Bars. The book contains 32 recipes, including some favorites from BoB as well as these brownies and 10 other recipes that have never appeared on BoB.

I’ve been working on the book for a while, and I’m very proud and terrified and ecstatic all at the same time. The official name of the book is Bake or Break Volume 1: Cookies, Brownies, and Bars. That Volume 1 part implies that there are more volumes to come. In fact, I’ve already started working on the next book!

If you have an iPad and enjoy Bake or Break, I hope you’ll love the book! For the remainder of 2012, the book is available for a discounted price of $4.99. So, get yours now while it’s on sale!

I am so caught up in my iBook excitement, and now you can benefit from that. I am giving my fabulous readers an opportunity to win a shiny new iPad mini!

In the coming days, I’ll also be giving away free copies of Bake or Break Volume 1: Cookies, Brownies, and Bars through Facebook and Twitter. So, be sure to follow me there for chances to win!

UPDATE: Contest has closed. Congratulations to the winner!

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    33 Comments on “Brown Brown Brownies”

  1. Love trying new brownie recipes. Congrats on the ebook, too! Thats awesome!

  2. Congratulations on the book!! It’s adorable, now if only I had an ipad to read it on…teehee 😉

  3. So exciting! Now I can have your recipes in one convenient location.

  4. Yay, congrats on the book! 🙂 These brownies look and sound DELICIOUS, by the way.

  5. Jennifer, yur mom would be so proud of you. I know sure must be! God bless you! Awesome recipes!

  6. Congratulations on the cookbook and the giveaway is awesome too!

  7. Congrats on your iBook! And I agree, brown butter makes everything more delicious.

  8. Such fabulous news! Congratulations!

  9. Congrats on the cookbook!

  10. Book? NICE GOING! Thanks for publishing it.

  11. God must have created these brownies! They look heavenly!

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  12. They look great – almost like blondies!

  13. Love the use of brown butter and sugar, they look fabulous!

  14. I’m anxious to try these!

  15. I want anything CHOCOLATE!!!

  16. I can’t find a link to the recipe! Am I missing something? Need to make these, they look fabu!

  17. 🙂 And just in time for me too! Thanks Jenn!

  18. Congrats! I can’t wait to check your book out! 🙂

  19. My fingers are crossed for the mini!!! Can’t wait for the E-Book. Congrats!

  20. I just discovered your blog – wonderful! I think I’ve gained 10 lbs just by reading your marvelous recipes. 🙂

  21. love this blog on of my favorites to this day your grilled pizza recipe is my very favorite and I have share with many.

  22. I bet the book will be fabulous. Look forward to checking it out.

  23. Phew, thank you! Recipe is saved, can’t wait to try it! 🙂

  24. that’s so awesome about the ibook! and great giveaway!

  25. YUM! Sudden brownie craving! 🙂 Congrats on the book! 🙂

  26. I am VERY excited for you about your new cookbook! Congratulations!!

  27. Hello, brownies!

  28. Hi, I made these today and they turned out very dry. I double checked everything and lessened the baking time but something is not right???

  29. I tried making these, from start to finish-really not every good. I made sure I checked my ingredients and measurement, everything was right, but these came out down right gross. They were way to dry, and tasted like I licked the cocoa powder jar, and honestly browning the butter didn’t really add anything to them. I’ll sick to my other recipes I got from Culinary school.

    Thanks though.

  30. Everything I’ve ever baked from this site has been a total success, until these! The batter tasted so good, but it was so dry after adding in all of the flour and cocoa, I could hardly get it into the pan to bake. I pulled them out start 25 min and they are pretty flavorless. Such a waste of ingredients during social distancing!

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