Drinking a glass of wine while eating a brownie is always a delicious move in my opinion. These red wine brownies bring together two of my favorite things into one irresistibly dark, rich, super fudgy and decadent treat.
These brownies come together quickly and with a handul of ingredients, but need a little time cool in order to fully set. Once set, dust them with a generous amount of cocoa powder for a beautiful flavor and texture contrast. Dusting the brownies with cocoa powder fully shows off all the lovely cracks in the crust, while leaving your fingers ever so slightly caked with flavor. From start to finish, they are a whole mood.
In a few words, these fudgy brownies are best described as:
- Full of chocolate flavor
- Fudge-like straight out of the oven. tThey need time to cool to properly set.
- Have beautifully crackled tops enhanced with a dusting of cocoa powder.
What ingredients do I need to make these red wine brownies?
- All purpose flour
- Dutch process cocoa powder
- I love this brand and use it all the time in my baking
- Instant espresso powder
- Baking powder
- Unsalted butter
- High quality chocolate bars, minimum 70%
- Granulated sugar
- Red wine of choice
- Use a good quality, low price kind you enjoy drinking on its own.
What baking tools to I need to make these brownies?
- 8×8 (22 cm) aluminum pan
- The baking times are written for this type of pan.
- If using ceramic or glass, know that the baking times will shift slightly.
- Parchment paper to line the pan.
- A small pot with a larger bowl to create a double boiler. This is done to evenly melt and combine the chocolate and butter.
- A large bowl with whisk and spatula or spoon to mix the brownie batter in.
- A small mesh strainer to evenly dust the cocoa powder with.
Does it matter what kind of chocolate I use?
The only thing that matters here is the quality. My favorite brands for chocolate, in order of availability:
- Guittard, 64, 70% chocolate bars
- Ghirardelli, 60, 70% chocolate bars
- Valrhona chocolate, 66% chocolate bars
Tips and tricks for the best brownies:
- Read through the recipe before starting.
- Use room temperature ingredients.
- Use the best quality ingredients as possible.
- With just a handful of ingredients making up the brownies, quality shows through. Use brands you like.
- Baking the brownies:
- Look for the signs the brownie is done more than the time listed in the recipe.
- Start checking on the early side of the range.
- Check back every 5 minutes until the edges are set and the center is slightly under baked. The brownies will finish setting while cooling in the hot pan.
- Dust the cooled brownies with more dutch process cocoa powder.
- This helps to balance the richness of the brownie and also highlights the beautiful cracks and texture when cutting the brownies.
- Cutting the brownies:
- These will be very fudgy and therefore should be chilled to fully set before slicing.
- Use a long knife to slice across the entire brownie if possible. Then wipe with a paper towel in-between each cut.
more brownie recipes to try!
- maple brownies
- raspberry swirl cheesecake brownies
- no bake brownies (vegan)
- citrus olive oil brownies
- guinness brownies with frosting
- triple chocolate lavender brownies
- tahini swirl olive oil brownies
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red wine brownies
- 8x8 (20cm) pan
- parchment paper
- small pot with slightly larger bowl to sit on top
- 2 medium or large mixing bowls
- whisk and flexible spatula or spoon
- 1 c (120g) all purpose flour
- ¾ c (75g) dutch process cocoa powder
- 1 tsp espresso powder
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ⅔ c (155g, 11 tbsp) unsalted butter
- 1 ½ c (255 g) chopped chocolate 70% or higher
- 1 ¾ c (350g) granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- ½ c (118ml) red wine of choice
- dutch process cocoa powder for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 350F (177C). Line a 8x8 (20cm) pan with parchment paper along the bottom and two sides, leaving a 1-2" overhang. Set aside.
- Place a small or medium pot filled with about 1" of water on the stove. Heat over medium heat to a gentle boil. Place a heat safe bowl on top of the pot, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water.
- While the water heats to a boil, whisk together the flour, dutch process cocoa powder, ground espresso powder, baking powder and salt.
- Once the water has reached a boil, place the chopped chocolate and butter into the heat safe bowl. Over medium high heat, allow the chocolate and butter begin to melt. Once each has started melting, stir to ensure even melting.
- When the chocolate and butter mixture have fully melted, remove from the heat and pour in the sugar. Stir well to fully combine the ingredients.
- Whisk in each egg until well combined.
- Whisk in the red wine. The batter should be smooth and glossy.
- With a flexible spatula or spoon, stir in the dry ingredients until JUST combined.
- Pour in the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Smooth the batter into the corners and across the top.
- Bake the brownies at 350F (177C) for 25-35 minutes. The edges should be set and slightly pulling away from the edges of the pan. The center will be barely set.
- Cool brownies in the pan on a cooling rack until fully cooled.
- Generously dust the completely cooled brownies with more dutch process cocoa powder.