Thomas Keller’s Brownies

Delicate and light brownies. Perfect for afternoon tea or whenever the craving hits!

This recipe makes 16 squares.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Thomas Keller's brownies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 494 kcal
Author Anna


  • 3/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp sticks unsalted butter cut into 1 pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 c granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips I skipped this
  • powdered sugar for dusting
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  1. Butter and flour a 9" square baking pan. Set aside
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Melt half the butter and pour into a small mixing bowl. Let cool to room temperature. Add the remaining butter and whisk until creamy and there is just few bits of butter left.
  4. In a large mixing bowl of your stand mixer, beat together eggs and sugar until pale and thick. Mix in vanilla extract.
  5. Alternating with butter, add the dry ingredients in 3 parts ( dry, butter, dry, butter, dry, butter ).
  6. Stir in chocolate chips. At this point the batter can be covered and refrigerated for up to a week.
  7. When ready to bake, spread the batter in prepared pan. The batter will be thick. Smooth the top with a spatula.
  8. Bake 40to 45 minutes, until the toothpick test shows only few crumbs.
  9. Cool in pan to room temperature.
  10. Dust with powdered sugar and cut into squares.

Recipe Notes

I baked these brownies in a 13"x9" pan and they came out great. I recommend checking on them after the 30 minute mark. Test with toothpick. I skipped the chocolate chips simply because I wanted to focus on the texture of the brownies, but feel free to add them.

Nutrition Facts
Thomas Keller’s Brownies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 494 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 321mg14%
Potassium 390mg11%
Carbohydrates 76g25%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 56g62%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 4.5mg25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.