Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownies



I think a good brownie recipe is actually kind of hard to come by. Some are too cakey, some too dry, some taste like cocoa powder and others just taste like booty. For me, well I think these are way too stinkin’ rich. I think they have fantastic flavor, perfectly moist, but too rich. In fact I use half semi-sweet and half milk chocolate chips just to tone it down a bit. Now, most of you probably loooove rich, I prefer strawberry shortcake or a berry trifle for dessert so I guess you can’t really take my opinion. My husband LOOOOOVES Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownies recipe. It’s the most requested brownie recipe at my house. I bet  you’ll love it too.


How Can You Tell When Brownies Are Done?

For cake-like brownies, take them out of the oven when the brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.

A toothpick inserted near the center of the brownies will come out clean when brownies are at a cake-like consistency.

For fudgy brownies, bake within the suggested baking time.

A toothpick inserted into fudgy brownies will come out with a few moist crumbs attached.

For very fudgy brownies, remove from the oven at the minimum baking time.

A toothpick inserted into very fudgy brownies will come out covered in moist crumbs, but not batter.


How Long Will Brownies Keep?

Store cut brownie squares in an airtight container at room temperature; they’re best eaten within 1 to 2 days.

Uncut brownies, wrapped well with plastic wrap or foil will keep for 2-4 days at room temperature.


Can You Freeze Brownies?

To freeze brownies or bar cookies, cool brownies or bar cookies completely, but do not cut into individual servings.

Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then wrap again with foil.

Brownies or bar cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months.


Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownies

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Ina Garten's Outrageous Brownies

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: 100 Best Brownies and Bars Recipes
Keyword: bars, brownies, chocolate, dessert
Servings: 1 batch
Calories: 13350kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


By Ina, herself

  • 1 pound unsalted butter
  • 1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 6 extra-large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee granules we omit this
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups chopped walnuts we omit these


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease a 12 x 18 x 1-inch baking sheet.
  • Melt together the butter, 1 pound of chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate in a medium bowl over simmering water.
  • Allow the chocolate mixture to cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, stir (do not beat) together the eggs, coffee granules, vanilla, and sugar.
  • Stir the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • In another medium bowl, sift together 1 cup of flour, the baking powder, and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the cooled chocolate mixture.
  • Toss the walnuts and 12 ounces of chocolate chips in a medium bowl with 1/4 cup of flour, then add them to the chocolate batter.
  • Pour everything into the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, then rap the baking sheet against the oven shelf to force the air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Do not overbake! Allow to cool thoroughly, refrigerate, and cut into 20 large squares


Serving: 1batch | Calories: 13350kcal | Carbohydrates: 1188.9g | Protein: 174.5g | Cholesterol: 2228.5mg | Fiber: 102.8g | Sugar: 897.6g
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53 comments on “Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownies”

  1. I want to attempt to make these with 1 Ib and 12 ounces of milk chocolate Hershey bars  and 6 ounces of  dark chocolate Hershey bars, but since it’s like double the sugar would I put in 1/2 of the sugar or none at all ?

    • Hey Tiff! I’m not sure as those Hershey’s bars aren’t baking chocolate which is a different source of chocolate. I haven’t ever used a true candy bar in baking these.

  2. Hi Ina! I made these brownies and they were AMAZING!! The consistency was perfect, but my kids are more milk chocolate fans. I think using ALL milk chocolate will maybe be too sweet? Then again I’m not the chef. If so, what would be the perfect ration of semisweet/milk chocolate or unsweetened/ milk chocolate ?

  3. Not good, too much coffee taste. More like blah cake than brownies. Cooking time varied immensely from recipe. Disappointed in this recipe

  4. Question: Can I half this recipe and make it in an 8 by 8 or 9 by 9 pan?

    • Absolutely! Either size will work. I would cut back the bake time by about 10 minutes on the first baking time and keep your eye on it during the second baking time to make sure they don’t get overdone.

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  6. By unsweetened chocolate do you mean chocolate or powder?

  7. 5 stars
    Ina, do glad I found you again. I isrf to watch your show and loved it. So naturally when i saw this brownie tecipe I had to make it.
    I loved it!
    Nice to hang with yoi again.

    Your friend in NY

  8. i made these a while back for the first time and loved them..the best. Then a few months later I made again for a pot luck at work. Not sure what happened but this batch came out with a like gritty feel. They tasted ok but I did not like the gritty texture. It was as though the sugar had not disolved. Very weird. I had not changed my sugar type. Do you use extra fine sugar or regular?

    • Hi Denise, we use regular, however it sounds like it may have been a tempering issue with the chocolate that messed with it properly mixing and baking. Always make sure to use a glass bowl over a pot of water and don’t allow the water to touch the bowl or it will scorch the chocolate.

  9. These are the best! Made a half batch on Friday night, figured I’d have enough for my daughter’s lunch this week. Nope. They were almost gone by Sunday morning. Only 3 people in my house. My daughter was wary about letting her cousins in the kitchen because she didn’t want to share! (Usually she is the first to share!) I see another batch in our near future.

  10. Hi, I love your Instagram feed and it’s brought me to your website to see more. I’m wondering if there is a way I can print out this recipe without the ads as they take up a lot of room. I find it very distracting trying to read through ingredients and instructions with adds in the way. Can they be limited to the side of the page with the others? You have delicious looking recipes but these ads are killing it for me.

    • Hi Dawn, thank you so much for following and for taking the time to write us about the ads. In all honesty, we hate the ads and wish we could completely get rid of them. Unfortunately we have our hands tied as the blog takes over 40 hours a week (and we are still always behind!) and so the only way to keep going and to keep it a free site is to have ads which pay our income so we can continue with it as our full time job. I’m so sorry they are annoying. We are always looking to approve so we will work hard to see what we can do to move things around. Promise.

  11. did not like these as much as i was hoping I would. Funky texture and a waste of a lot of ingredients. will be sticking to my go-to brownie recipe

    • How interesting. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it. It is one of the most popular recipes on the internet for brownies but just goes to show that everyone’s tastes are different. I am interested in the texture though, it is like a perfect brownie, not cake like, but brownie so I’m wondering if maybe something happened. Anyway, best of luck!

  12. If you bake these in a 9×13 pan, how much do you need to increase the cooking time by?

    • Only a few minutes, but it also depends on your oven so we would check them at the correct time then check every minute or so until they aren’t jiggly. They should not be firm as that is overbaked

  13. Do not omit the coffee! It make these brownies richer.

  14. Do not amit the coffee! It adds a richer flavor to these brownies.

  15. i wish to make these for a christening, so will need about 50 – 60 but i can cut them smaller. do i need to treble the amount, as so many eggs may turn out too much. any ideas of amounts please

  16. Keep the Coffee!!! It makes the Chocolate Pop!

  17. I live at altitude (about 5500 feet). Any suggestions for baking these at higher altitudes?

    • Hi Tracee, we are actually almost 5000 and we really haven’t had to change anything at all. I’d try it first and if it needs any adjusting we can ask as she’s wonderful with helping.

  18. What does it mean to rap the sheet again the shelf of the oven?

    • Hi Laura,
      It just means that you use two pot holders, pick it up on either side and then tap it against the shelf of the oven or I tap it against the counter really quick so I don’t have to lean into the oven. It just removes any air bubbles.

  19. If using a 9×13 pan, do you bake them longer?

    • Ya know, unfortunately we’ve done it in three ovens and one needed about 10 minutes more whereas the other two oven we only needed about 2-4 minutes more so I’d watch it carefully and when it has that glossy top and seem to be set up pull them out. THen let them cool before cutting

  20. I made these today. Didn’t have any semi sweet chocolate chips so I used my Velata Belgian Dark Chocolate fondue chips 🙂 and I had about 4 oz of milk chocolate that I combined with the dark. Think they are a little bit underdone even though my toothpick came out clean- but boy are the DELICIOUS!! BEST homemade brownies I have ever had. Will be trying your milk recipe next.

  21. Oh my goodness! I’ve been baking since I was a LITTLE girl and realized I have NEVER made homemade brownies before! Well I tried tonight! They are in the oven right now and had way more than enough batter to fill up my 12*18*1 pampered chef bar pan. Possibly enough for another whole batch. Tempering the chocolate and eggs took a lot of patience (probably why I havent made homemade brownies before!)

    • I agree, Ina’s recipe is way more work than some of the others and while she calls for a cookie sheet I like thicker brownies and so they usually fit well in my 9×13″. Unfortunately some pans claim they are the same size (I have two that both “claim” to be 8×8 and are totally different sizes) but totally aren’t. I hope they still turned out! We loooove these brownies!

  22. Is there a way to shorten this recipe for a 13×9 pan ?

  23. Question: Why would you have to refrigerate these?

    • Denise, I’ll be honest I have no idea, but it’s what Ina says to do and I love her recipes so I just do as she says. haha. Many times we don’t refrigerate so no worries if you don’t.

  24. I have made these before. Don’t leave the coffe pwder out…it enhances the chocolate flavor…it doesn’t taste like coffee. These are the best brownies ever!

  25. use the instant coffee. you can use perked coffee, but would need to cut back on any liquids just a tiny bit. Coffee added to any chocolate, brings out the chocolate flavor, heightens it, you don’t taste the coffee at all, and not enough caffeine to do any harm. It’s a trick chefs use when making desserts, and it works. To leave it out kind of insults the dessert. Ina makes a KILLER chocolate cake (check her site) that uses coffee, and is SO worth the time to make… you’ll get rave reviews! It’s called Beatty’s Chocolate Cake.

  26. I don’t drink coffee so if a recipe calls for it I us Postum or Pero and it really adds a lot of flavor!


  28. I love Ina and wow these look so good!

  29. This has been a favorite of mine for years. Love this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  30. these looks super good, great color and look delish

  31. These look awesome! I do have a wonderful brownie recipe but might just have to try these, you have really tempted me with the picture and description!