Once in a lifetime, you will encounter a brownie so decadent and delicious you won't know what to do with yourself. Ina Garten's Sheet Pan Brownies (aka Outrageous Brownies) are such a brownie. Ina adapted this recipe from a recipe for something called Chocolate Globs from the Soho Charcuterie Cookbook which seems like it was a thing in 1980s New York City. So thank you to both creators for this awesome recipe.
Why You Should Make These Brownies
First off: these are the brownies to end all brownies. If you are a lover of chocolate like me this will be the last brownie you ever make. You can opt for 20 large brownies or 30-40 smaller brownies. If this is for your family, you can freeze them and take them out as you crave them. This is the perfect brownie to wow a crowd with. Show up to a dinner party or BBQ with these and you will die a legend.
Chef Tips & Tricks for Ina Garten's Sheet Pan Brownies
- The recipe calls for a pound of unsalted butter. I've always used salted butter and they are still absolutely delicious. I don't think unsalted is necessary, but I'll leave that up to you.
- Ina uses instant coffee granules, but I haven't found a good quality brand at my grocery store. I've always used Delallo Instant Espresso Powder and it works great. Amazon is too expensive. It's $5-6 at the grocery store.
- I don't like walnuts in my brownies, but if you do, Ina's recipe calls for 3 cups. It's your choice.
- The sheet pan. I Googled the dimensions of the sheet pan size Ina recommends and I couldn't find it anywhere. Pictured below is the one I use. I got it at Target and it's $13.
- It's not necessary to cut the butter into chunks before melting it. No matter what you do it is going to take 25-30 minutes to melt the butter and chocolate. Why waste the time cutting it?
- Ina recommends letting these cool and refrigerate before cutting. This is extremely unrealistic. It's a mountain of chocolate and you will want to eat them as soon as humanly possible. You have permission to do so.
- The above being said, it is much easier to cut the brownies once they've cooled.
- For best results, if your brownies are chilled, microwave them for 10-15 seconds to warm them up. These taste best when warm.
- Set aside what you think you will eat and freeze the rest. I usually bundle in two-packs or four-packs (wrap in plastic). Then I put the packs in freezer slider bags and pull them out as needed.
- These brownies are EXPENSIVE to make, here's two small ways to save: only buy butter when it's on sale for $3.50 or $3.99 per pound (for Land O' Lakes which is a great butter). It's okay to use the store brand of semi-sweet chocolate chips for this. Nestle was $3.99 per 12 oz. bag and generic was $2.99 per bag. You need three bags total so you save $3 right there.
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