BB Monday: New Classic Brownies

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Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? Are the trees changing in your neck of the woods?

We had a very special weekend. You see, every year on the first Sunday of October we celebrate Family Day. My Hubby and I started this tradition the year our first daughter was born. It’s been 6 years now and our family has grown to five!

This day is about wearing comfy pj’s, carving pumpkins, roasting a big chicken and making our favorite fall dishes. We get into the holiday season mood. icon smile BB Monday: New Classic Brownies

We also make a list of goals for the next year and check the ones from the last year. It takes the pressure of the New Year’s resolution making. icon smile BB Monday: New Classic Brownies

Our Family Day is a stay-cozy-and-have-family-fun day and we love it!

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So, let’s get to the brownies, shall we? Don’t they just stare deliciously at you from these pictures? icon smile BB Monday: New Classic Brownies I just like to tempt you guys like this.

There is no one word to sum up these babies, besides FUDGY. Absolutely melt-in-your-mouth heaven for any brownie or chocolate lover.

This recipe got rave reviews all over the web. Matt loves them, Naomi paired them with caramel and Nicole calles them perfect.

The author of the recipe is Alice Medrich after all and you can find it in her book “Cookies and Brownies”. So if you call yourself a brownie lover or a chocolate addict – you need to try these! They are sooooo worth it!

New Classic Brownies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 16 2"x2" squares

New Classic Brownies - you have to try them! Everything you want in a brownie and more! Original recipe Alice Medrich via New York Times.


  1. 8 Tbsp ( 4 oz. ) unsalted butter
  2. 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate ( I used red w@ne dark chocolate, Ghirardelli's Intense Dark Chocolate Cabernet Matinee )
  3. 1 1/4 c granulated sugar
  4. 1 tsp vanilla ( I substituted red wine for it )
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 2 eggs, room temperature
  7. 1/2 c all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a 8"x8" METAL baking an with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  3. In a double boiler, place chocolate and butter and melt until just few pieces of chocolate are visible. Take off the heat and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add sugar and whisk well.
  5. Add vanilla and whisk again.
  6. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition.
  7. Add flour and fold it in with a spatula.
  8. Whisk the batter for 1 minutes with a wire whisk or use a stand mixer. Whisk until the batter starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  9. Pour the brownie goodness into prepared pan and smooth the top out.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes.
  11. In the meantime, prepare ice bath. Fill your sink with cold water with ice cubes so it comes up to 1 inch or fill a large roasting pan the same way.
  12. After the 20 minutes, remove the pan from oven and place in water bat, making sure not to splash any water onto your brownies. Let cool completely.
  13. Cut into squares and enjoy!


I substituted red wine for vanilla extract and used red wine dark chocolate. The flavor was amazing! Highly recommended!!

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I slightly adapted the recipe from The New York Times.

Few notes on this recipe:

- You must use a METAL pan for this recipe or the glass one will break as soon as you place it in the ice bath.

- The ice bath prevents the brownies from further baking and preserves the gooey center.

- My substitutions are highly recommended if you like red w@ne. If you are interested in pairing chocolate with w@ne and food, check out my post about our getaway for two!

- The better chocolate you use the better the experience.

So how was your weekend?



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  • Tutti Dolci

    These brownies look heavenly! I love the idea of using red wine dark chocolate.

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      I highly recommend it – incredible flavor! Thank you, Laura!

  • curryandcomfort

    I love this post… first things first, it’s about…. BROWNIES!! They look so good! Second I love your family day!! It sounds so fun and special!! What wonderful childhood memories for your kids. Well done to your hubby for thinking of it and for you making it so scrumptious.

    PS.. your photo is really great. Love the back lighting. :)

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thank you, Ramona :)

  • the wicked noodle

    These are drool-worthy for sure! Love your photos, too!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thank you, Kristy! xoxo

  • Terry

    red wine chocolate – sounds yummy. like the idea of subbing red wine for the vanilla too. pinning.

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Yay! Thanks, Terry!

  • Maggie @ Vittles and Bits

    Yum these look awesome! I also love your tradition, so fun! Fall is a great time for Family Day :)

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thanks, Maggie!

  • Danielle

    Hi Anna, what a lovely tradition! It sounds like the perfect day – jammies, family, pumpkins – I love it all! What a wonderful tradition for your children : )
    These brownies also look delicious! Chocolate heaven!!!
    Danielle xo

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thank you so much, Danielle! xoxo

  • wearenotmartha

    These look deliciously amazing! And I LOVE that you celebrate Family Day… such a wonderful idea and the start of a very special tradition :)


    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Awww, thank you, Sues :)

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

    Your Family Day sounds lovely! What a great tradition. And these fudgy brownies? I’m drooling!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thank you so much, Amanda! I hope you’ll give them a try!

  • Anna @ Hidden Ponies

    We are on the same page adding red wine to our chocolate brownies – can’t go wrong there!! Love the family day – we have an official “Family Day” long weekend in most of Canada, I think it’s such a great name for a holiday!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Oh wow! I didn’t know that! Thank you, Anna!

  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    A wonderful recipe for a wonderful family tradition! I love flavoring with booze!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Yay! Thanks, Paula!

  • Rachel Jacobs

    Good to have the notes (i.e. no glass pan)…but the pictures are just pure food porn.
    My weekend was very good and chilly. The weather went from 80 on Saturday to 64 on Sunday (I could have used a brownie to help me cope) :)

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      We had the same change in temperature. I am not ready for cold!! Thank you, Rachel!

  • Jen Laceda

    Hi, Anna! I think we are on the same schedule? I have 3 kids all under the age of 5 this year! In January, my eldest turns 6 and my youngest turns 1! It’s a crazy household, but I love it (most of the time, hehehe!) The family day is a nice tradition! We should start one, too, and not always be on-the-go with chores, etc. We do have a nice little tradition, too: family hugs :) hehehe…

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Hi Jen! We should have play date and let the kiddos go crazy while we enjoy these brownies! Yay to crazy households! ;)

  • Jen Laceda

    By the way, I have 2 girls and 1 boy also! Same order as you :) Very nice to “meet” you and your fam :)

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Nice to meet you and glad to have you here :)

  • Minnie Gupta

    I am not ready for cold either. It’s showing 59 here today and it’s drizzly, cold and miserable. I would LOVE some of that warm brownie. Your desserts are sensational. But where do you store all those calories? They definitely don’t show up on you :D I wish I was that lucky.

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      What calories?? lol Thanks, Minnie!

  • Jessica_AKitchenAddiction

    What a great tradition! You are making so many wonderful memories for your children!

  • Savory Simple

    I am lusting over these brownies right now. They look perfect!

  • Cooking Classy

    Love your new blog design =). These look amazing!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thank you, Jaclyn :)

  • Anne@FromMySweetHeart

    Oh these brownies look fabulous! I prefer fudgy over cakey any day! And I love your family day tradition. I’ll welcome any opportunity to eat brownies in my jammies! : )

  • Averie Cooks

    This is sort of the ratio I use for my brownies, I do 1.5 c butter, 2 c sugar, 8 oz choc, 1 c flour., 2 tbsp coffee optional. Bake in 9×9 for 25 mins. Done. Fudgy, perfect. Ive never felt the need for an ice bath…now you have me wondering what that does to the batter/brownies…hmmm, interesting! Your brownies look PERFECT so clearly it all works!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Apparently it stops the baking process and makes them super fudgy. And these were just that! I am really looking forward to trying your recipe. Sounds great! Thank you for sharing, Averie!

  • Emily // The Best of this Life

    Oh my mouth is watering….these look superb!

  • justonecookbook

    Hi Anna! I love your family day idea and I need to save a day. Sounds like a great tradition for the first get together as a family.. :)

    These fudgy brownies sounds really good! It’s going to be very tough to put these down!

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  • Jacqueline

    This is the best brownie recipe I’ve ever tried!!! I did cut the sugar, since I tend to prefer things less sweet. Instead of a double boiler, I put my Kitchenaid mixing bowl into a pan of water in order to save a dish for melting the butter and chocolate. I only bake with glass, but I’ve never had a problem with a dish breaking. I let it sit a minute after taking it out of the oven, then put it in a cold water bath instead of ice. Oh,and I don’t like using parchment paper, so I greased and floured. Worked fine!

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thanks, Jacqueline! So glad you liked it!

  • claire

    OH MY GAWWWD. I want all of these. Just an entire pan.

  • CrunchyCreamySw

    Yes, I would say these are better. They are more fudgy and the top is not as overwhelmingly crunchy as in the other brownies. They are super gooey, especially if you eat them while still slightly warm!

  • Kate@Diethood

    How did I miss these?!?! GORGEOUS! DELICIOUS!!!