I would take a gooey fudgy rich brownie over a piece of cake ANY day.
Which is why I’m always experimenting with new brownie recipes, textures, and flavors.
I knew I wanted to create a simple chocolate recipe for Valentine’s Day and thought brownies would be perfect. They’re easy to make, transport, and share for any party or potluck.
The result? A Raspberry Brownie Recipe that probably won’t last longer than a day before it’s devoured.
Raspberry Brownie Recipe Tips
How to Make Fudgy and Gooey Brownies
The extra egg yolk in this recipe helps to make super rich, chewy, and fudgy brownies. So does the chocolate in three forms: melted semisweet chocolate, cocoa powder, and chocolate chunks. I find that for classic brownies using a combination of both melted chocolate and cocoa powder produces the best results. Tons of chocolate flavor but also still moist and fudgy.
For fudgy brownies, it’s important that the batter is very moist and rich. That’s why we use a relatively small amount of flour and cocoa powder. Enough flour to provide structure and chew, but not too much that the brownies are dense or cakey. Enough cocoa to provide that rich chocolate flavor, but not so much that the brownies are dry.
You’ll notice there’s no baking soda or powder in this recipe. That’s because they would create cakey brownies. The whisking action in the recipe directions produces air bubbles which helps to gently leaven the brownies so they’re not too dense but perfectly fudgy. Of course the chocolate chunks and raspberries also help amp up the gooey factor here!
In this recipe we add raspberries to the batter. They become ooey and gooey as they bake! You can use fresh or frozen raspberries, just don’t thaw first if using frozen.
For a super pretty garnish and an extra dose of raspberry flavor, I like to sprinkle pulverized freeze dried raspberries on top. This makes for a perfect natural punch of color for Valentine’s Day! You could even make heart shaped powder stencils for a super adorable design.
You can find freeze dried raspberries on Amazon or at Trader Joe’s or Target, near the other dried fruit. Pulverize with a blender, food processor, or simply in a plastic bag with a mallet, rolling pin, or heavy pan. Use a very fine mesh strainer to sprinkle over the brownies. If you want to remove the dried raspberry seeds, filter the powder through the strainer a few times.
This OXO Baker’s Dusting Wand is absolutely perfect for sprinkling powder over any baked goods.
If you want even more raspberry flavor, you can add a tablespoon of raspberry liqueur to the batter, such as Chambord.
Measuring correctly is KEY
To ensure you don’t accidentally add too much flour or cocoa (which is very easy to accidentally do), I would recommend using a digital kitchen scale. At the very least, be sure to lightly spoon your flour and cocoa into your measuring cup so you don’t unintentionally compact too much into the measurement.
You can read more about how to measure flour correctly to improve your baking here.
Use a metal baking pan
For this recipe I highly recommend using a metal baking pan as opposed to glass or ceramic pans. I like this baking pan, or any quality metal baking pan that isn’t too dark in color. The darker the color, the more likely you are to have burnt or dry eges
Glass or ceramic baking pans will take LONGER to bake these brownies and the center may never cook through completely.
Do NOT overbake brownies. There should absolutely be moist crumbs attached to a tester by the end of the baking time. Err on the side of underbaking here as the brownies will continue to cook from the residual heat after you pull them out of the oven.
Slicing, Serving, and Storing Brownies
I like to line my pan with parchment or foil, leaving an overhang so I can easily lift out the entire pan of brownies to cut and serve. A big sharp knife, or even a large plastic knife, helps to make neat squares. If you want even cleaner cuts, refrigerate the brownies before slicing.
I personally prefer these brownies served warm, so I’ll pop a square in the microwave for about 10 seconds or until the chocolate chunks are melty.
Brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, or in the fridge for 5 days. To keep them as fresh as possible, only slice the brownies just before serving.
Can I Double the Recipe?
You can easily double this recipe and bake in a 9 by 13-inch metal baking pan for about 35 to 40 minutes.
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