Friday, February 8, 2013

Rich Chocolate Brownie by Alison of Heart of Gold and Luxury

With Valentine's Day coming up, I know our sweet tooths are gearing up for some serious chocolate gorging. I mean, the reason for the season is chocolate, is it not? Well, love... but chocolate comes in a close second!

The beautiful and talented Alison from Heart of Gold and Luxury is here to help us satisfy our chocolate cravings with her recipe for decadent rich chocolate brownies! 

Seriously, this girl can cook. No, really, Alison is legit. Did I mention she is the new food contributor for MadebyGirl? Kudos Alison! Take it away! 


Are you looking for a chocolate recipe to woo your loved ones this Valentine's Day? Well, look no further than this deliciously rich chocolate brownie.  All too often brownies can be over-complicated, well this recipe does just the opposite. Not only are these brownies easy to make (one bowl and you are done) but these decadent bars deliver an intense amount of cocoa that makes you want to close your eyes and just savor the moment.  

2 sticks unsalted butter, diced
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powered (I used Ghirardelli)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 eggs
2/3 cup flour

Instructions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with foil allowing to drape over the sides and generously butter. Place the butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat.  Allow for butter to completely melt.  In a medium bowl, combine sugar, cocoa powder and salt, whisk to combine.  Slowly add the butter into the mixture stirring constantly.  Add the vanilla extract, eggs and flour and combine.  Pour the batter into pan and allow to cook for 35 to 40 minutes depending on your oven. Brownies are done when you can insert a knife in the middle and it comes out clean.  Remove from over and pan using the edges of the foil. Allow to cool on a rack (if you have the will-power that is).  

*All photographs by Alison 
**Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit

Don't these brownies look decadent! I can't wait to make these for the boy! Be sure to stop by Heart of Gold and Luxury for more recipes and features on fashion, interiors and the occasional DIY. 

Thanks again, Alison, for featuring your recipe! You are amazing! 


P.S. Want more Valentine inspired goodies? Sarah from Coming Unstitched  recently opened up her own Etsy shop and her art prints are beyond adorable. She has a ton of Valentine's inspired prints.  Check out her shop HERE!


  1. Holly you are just the absolute sweetest! Thank you so much for having me:)


  2. Thanks a lot for this Holly! Just what I needed. I've never been one to resist a brownie!

  3. Uuuuummmm...vaya pinta!!!


  4. Oh lala, these look delicious! And appear fairly easy to make.

    ♥, LONDA

  5. These brownies look absolutely decadent!

  6. Ok doesn't Alison not only make the BEST food but take the BEST photos if it?! Like I want to lick the screen. lol.

  7. Yummm - my husband LOVES brownies. These would be the perfect V-Day treat for him. :)

    See Mo Go.

  8. Oh my gosh, those look amazing! Yummy!

  9. Alison always has the BEST recipes and photos...and these are no exception. I really need to make these!

    The Glossy Life

  10. Yum!! I love Alison and her beautiful recipes and photographs. I have tried several of them and think they are wonderful. I will have to try this as well.

  11. Ah man now you make me want to go find something chocolatey to eat !

    Breakfast at Cindi’s

  12. Um yum yum yum. I might have to make these for my man on Valentines! x

  13. Oh my gosh seriously this just made my stomach growl! These look SO good! Yum yum yum!

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella

  14. aw, they look so delicious!

    btw, I have a giveaway on my blog. You can win a black leather bag similar to the Hermes Birkin one. If you are interested take a look over here :

  15. Mmmm they look gooey too, my favorite kind of brownie! I'm one of those people that can only handle a little chocolate at a time (sad) before I'm overwhelmed, but I guess that just means they would last longer. :) Happy Valentine's to you Holly!

  16. Oh Holly why are you doing this to me. This looks way too delicous I def gotta make them. You just can't say NO to brownies =)Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog.



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