Brown Brown Brownies

I’ve made a lot of brownies in my baking life. A lot. Then, one day on a whim, I made these brownies. Oh, my.

These are really just your basic brownies. No add-ins, just brownies. But, two little adjustments turn them into something amazing.

Brown butter and brown sugar give these Brown Brown Brownies some big flavor! - Bake or Break

First of all, instead of just melting the butter, I browned it. Browned butter has such a fantastic nutty flavor, and I could not love it more. I also used all brown sugar, which adds a whole different level of flavor than you’d get from granulated sugar. So, there we get to the origin of their name — Brown (Butter) Brown (Sugar) Brownies. Seriously, how fun is it to say Brown Brown Brownies?

Brown Brown Brownies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 16 2-inch brownies

Brown Brown Brownies


  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Place butter in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until butter begins to foam. Continue cooking until brown specks begin to form at the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat and pour into a large mixing bowl and allow to cool.

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan. Line with parchment paper so that the paper overhangs on two opposite sides.

Whisk together flour, cocoa, and salt. Set aside.

Add brown sugar to cooled butter in mixing bowl. Beat until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.

Gradually add flour mixture, mixing just until combined.

Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool completely in pan. Then, using the overhanging parchment, lift out the brownies onto a cutting board. Cut into bars.


What I hope is even more exciting than these brownies is my big news. I have published an iBook! Yay, me! It’s a cookbook all about some of my favorite things to bake – Cookies, Brownies, and Bars. The book contains 32 recipes, including some favorites from BoB as well as these brownies and 10 other recipes that have never appeared on BoB.

I’ve been working on the book for a while, and I’m very proud and terrified and ecstatic all at the same time. The official name of the book is Bake or Break Volume 1: Cookies, Brownies, and Bars. That Volume 1 part implies that there are more volumes to come. In fact, I’ve already started working on the next book!

If you have an iPad and enjoy Bake or Break, I hope you’ll love the book! For the remainder of 2012, the book is available for a discounted price of $4.99. So, get yours now while it’s on sale!

I am so caught up in my iBook excitement, and now you can benefit from that. I am giving my fabulous readers an opportunity to win a shiny new iPad mini!

In the coming days, I’ll also be giving away free copies of Bake or Break Volume 1: Cookies, Brownies, and Bars through Facebook and Twitter. So, be sure to follow me there for chances to win!

Follow the directions below to enter. I’m giving you multiple ways to enter, including signing up for the brand-spankin’ new Bake or Break Newsletter, coming your way in 2013. Please note that some of these options can be done on a daily basis for extra entries. And, you can get bonus entries by referring your friends to the giveaway.

There’s some fine print in the giveaway widget. Here are some highlights:

  • One entrant will win an iPad Mini 16GB Wi-Fi
  • Giveaway is open to residents of the U.S.
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older.
  • Winner will be chosen randomly through Rafflecopter.
  • Winner will be contacted via the email provided through entry. If no response is received within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.
  • Prize is provided by Bake or Break. Giveaway is not affiliated with Apple.

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't miss a recipe! Sign up for free email updates.



  1. laurie December 11, 2012 Reply

    Love trying new brownie recipes. Congrats on the ebook, too! Thats awesome!

  2. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie December 11, 2012 Reply

    Congrats on the cookbook!!

  3. Jess @ OnSugarMountain December 11, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations on the book!! It’s adorable, now if only I had an ipad to read it on…teehee 😉

  4. Erin December 11, 2012 Reply

    So exciting! Now I can have your recipes in one convenient location.

  5. Yay, congrats on the book! :) These brownies look and sound DELICIOUS, by the way.

  6. Lynne Green December 11, 2012 Reply

    Jennifer, yur mom would be so proud of you. I know sure must be! God bless you! Awesome recipes!

  7. Dorothea December 11, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations on the cookbook and the giveaway is awesome too!

  8. Stephanie S December 11, 2012 Reply

    Congrats on your iBook! And I agree, brown butter makes everything more delicious.

  9. Shauna December 11, 2012 Reply

    Such fabulous news! Congratulations!

  10. Marissa Kubinski December 11, 2012 Reply

    Congrats on the cookbook!

  11. Denise December 11, 2012 Reply

    Book? NICE GOING! Thanks for publishing it.

  12. Cakes To Order Online December 11, 2012 Reply

    God must have created these brownies! They look heavenly!

    Cakes To Order Online

  13. Liz Blunt December 11, 2012 Reply

    They look great – almost like blondies!

  14. Poornima December 11, 2012 Reply

    Love the use of brown butter and sugar, they look fabulous!

  15. tarsmom December 11, 2012 Reply

    I’m anxious to try these!

  16. Lisa S December 11, 2012 Reply

    I want anything CHOCOLATE!!!

  17. Rachel December 11, 2012 Reply

    I can’t find a link to the recipe! Am I missing something? Need to make these, they look fabu!

    • jennifer December 11, 2012 Reply

      Hi, Rachel! In all my excitement, I didn’t push the right button for the recipe to appear. Yikes! It’s there now. Enjoy!

  18. Melissa December 11, 2012 Reply

    :-) And just in time for me too! Thanks Jenn!

  19. Erin December 12, 2012 Reply

    Congrats! I can’t wait to check your book out! :)

  20. M.C. Phillips December 12, 2012 Reply

    My fingers are crossed for the mini!!! Can’t wait for the E-Book. Congrats!

  21. Lauren December 12, 2012 Reply

    I just discovered your blog – wonderful! I think I’ve gained 10 lbs just by reading your marvelous recipes. :-)

  22. Mary December 12, 2012 Reply

    love this blog on of my favorites to this day your grilled pizza recipe is my very favorite and I have share with many.

  23. Wynn December 12, 2012 Reply

    I bet the book will be fabulous. Look forward to checking it out.

  24. Rachel December 12, 2012 Reply

    Phew, thank you! Recipe is saved, can’t wait to try it! :)

  25. The Cupcake Princess December 13, 2012 Reply

    that’s so awesome about the ibook! and great giveaway!

  26. Kaya December 13, 2012 Reply

    YUM! Sudden brownie craving! :) Congrats on the book! :)

  27. Zee December 17, 2012 Reply

    I am VERY excited for you about your new cookbook! Congratulations!!

  28. Suzy Q December 19, 2012 Reply

    Hello, brownies!

  29. Marie January 24, 2013 Reply

    Hi, I made these today and they turned out very dry. I double checked everything and lessened the baking time but something is not right???

  30. Eber March 19, 2014 Reply

    I tried making these, from start to finish-really not every good. I made sure I checked my ingredients and measurement, everything was right, but these came out down right gross. They were way to dry, and tasted like I licked the cocoa powder jar, and honestly browning the butter didn’t really add anything to them. I’ll sick to my other recipes I got from Culinary school.

    Thanks though.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *