It’s a Brownie Recipe Match Up. In this corner, the reigning champion, hailing from Trader Joe’s weighing in at 16 ounces and representing box mixes…Brownie Truffle Baking Mix! And in this corner, the challenger, coming all the way from Saveur Magazine and touted by some as out of this world…Supernatural Brownies!
While I usually prefer to bake from scratch rather than a mix, I’ve found that the phenomenal brownies made from Trader Joe’s Truffle Brownie mix are the brownie standard I tend to judge any brownie recipe against. So, I had extremely high expectations for this Supernatural Brownies recipe given its name. The “Supernatural” brownies are really good looking with a shiny, crackly top, and they rose well with a fudgey interior, but in terms of taste, I didn’t find anything extraordinarily great about them. That said, brownies are inherently delicious, and these are too… just not supernaturally so. Trader Joe’s Truffle Brownie mix continues to hold tight onto the best brownies title.
Makes 2 dozen brownies
16 tbsp. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, cut into ¼” pieces
4 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. fine salt
1 cup flour
- Heat oven to 350°.
- Grease a 9″ x 13″ baking pan with butter and line with parchment paper. Set pan aside.
- Pour enough water into a 4-quart saucepan that it reaches a depth of 1″. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Combine butter and chocolate in a medium bowl, and set the bowl over the saucepan. Cook, stirring, until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- Whisk together eggs in a large bowl.
- Add sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt; whisk to combine.
- Stir in the chocolate mixture (make sure the chocolate mixture is not too hot, and if it’s a bit warm, trickle it in slowly and mix quickly).
- Fold in flour.
- Pour batter into prepared pan; spread evenly.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 30–35 minutes. Let cool on a rack. Cut and serve.