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I can’t believe it’s been months since I’ve posted a brownie recipe. What’s wrong with me? Where has my sanity gone? Thank god I’m comin’ back with these BOMB RED WINE BROWNIES. Hubba hubba.
Being a girl who likes to stay fit, I constantly struggle with the decision of drinks or dessert. Because, like, I want both. But too often I choose one over the other in an attempt to not over-indulge. Right, girls? You know what I’m talking about!
Well struggle no more, because this homemade brownie recipe is the best of both worlds: a boozy brownie spiked with red wine. It’s thuuu guuud.
Why so good? Well, obviously because red wine. But in addition, this red wine brownie recipe cuts back on the butter in favor of extra chocolate. The chocolate acts as a fat in the recipe, while also delivering that chocolate flavor, resulting in a seriously rich brownie.
I also used a high-quality cocoa powder (Rodelle Baking Cocoa aka the only cocoa powder I use. Though I am a brand ambassador for them, this is not a sponsored post; I am just so totally in love with their products and can’t recommend them highly enough).
Last, brown sugar is a must. It adds a wonderful warmth that you just don’t get with granulated sugar. I almost exclusively use brown sugar in my brownie recipes, and suggest you do too—just sub it 1:1.
Tips for making these red wine brownies
Use unsalted butter—Typically, I prefer using unsalted butter in my brownies because I like to control the amount of salt that goes into them. I always add a pinch of salt to draw out that rich cocoa flavor, but adding a pinch of salt on top of salted butter is a bit too much, you know?
Use room temperature ingredients—When you put the brownies in the oven, you want them to start cooking right away. If you use chilled eggs and butter, the brownies will first have to heat up in the oven and then cook, which will result in an uneven bake.
Use a good quality red wine—You don’t need to buy the most expensive wine at the store, but something better than a two buck chuck is a good call. Remember: the better the ingredients, the better these red wine brownies will taste!
Bake until mostly cooked—You want to bake these brownies until they’re mostly cooked, but not all the way done. To test this, stick a knife in the middle of the pan; if it comes out mostly clean, take the brownies out. They’ll continue cooking in the hot pan and will wind up being super fudgy and moist.
Anywho. It being Monday and all, I’m destined to watch The Bachelor with some girlfriends (go ahead, judge me, I hate myself for it) and nosh on these red wine brownies. Best. Night. Ever.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8″x8″ baking dish with parchment paper or oil.
In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Once melted, add in chopped chocolate, stirring constantly until the chocolate is melted completely.
In a standing mixer with a whisk attachment, add in brown sugar. Slowly pour melted chocolate mixture into brown sugar with the mixer running on medium speed. Add in eggs, one at a time, with the mixer still on. Beat for 30 seconds, until the color of the batter lightens just a bit.
Turn the mixer to low and add in cocoa powder, flour, salt, vanilla extract, and wine, beating for an additional 30 seconds.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for roughly 40 mins, or until a knife inserted in the center of the brownies comes out mostly clean.