David Lebovitz’s Best Brownies

Did I ever tell y’all about the time I ran away from home in an attempt to go meet Bob Dole?

You remember Bob Dole, right? He was the senator of Kansas and I think he ran for president when I was in high school. Of course, he was also in Viagra commercials, and as a high school student, that was the selling factor for me.

Viagra commercial + high school student = comedy gold

Anyway, one day my bestie just let it slip out in regular conversation that her father’s cousin was somehow related to Bob Dole. So, we hopped in the car, swung by the gas station and asked the cashier for directions to Kansas (“Um, that way, I think,” she said, gesturing towards the highway. We bought a map somewhere along the way.), and off we went.

Our parents were thrilled.

Okay, actually they called the cops and had to come pick us up somewhere in Missouri. We’re from central Illinois, so this was probably not their idea of a good time, but whatever.

I was grounded for, like, ever. I’m probably technically still grounded, to be honest. I never should have brought this up. My parents are totally going to take my phone and car away from me now.

That story has nothing to do with anything, but I was just remember how we ate Tootsie Pops for lunch on our trip (we were on a really tight budget, you guys) and thinking how that would never fly now. Mama needs food. Tootsie Pops aren’t cutting it.

I might be able to call these brownies lunch, though. In fact, I’m almost sure of it.

These were chewy and super chocolatey. My personal favorite brownies are still this recipe, but that doesn’t stop me from testing new recipes. You should do your own research, of course. It’ll make you feel all science-y and your belly will be full of chocolate gooey goodness.

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David Lebovitz's Best Brownies


6 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup flour
1 cup walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, or pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped (I omitted these)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch square pan with 2 lengths of foil, positioning the sheets perpendicular to each other and allowing the excess to extend beyond the edges of the pan. Lightly grease the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter, then add the chocolate and stir over low heat until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar and vanilla until combined. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Add the flour and stir vigorously for 1 full minute, until the batter loses its graininess, becomes smooth and glossy, and pulls away a bit from the sides of the saucepan. Be sure to mix for the full minute and to stir the mixture vigorously. Stir in the chopped nuts, if using.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the center feels almost set, about 30 minutes. Don’t over bake.
Let cool completely in the pan before lifting out the foil or parchment to remove the brownies. Cut into small squares.

recipe from Ready for Dessert


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21 Responses to “David Lebovitz’s Best Brownies”

  1. DessertForTwo July 19, 2012 @ 5:27 am (#

    Hah! Love this story! And these brownies :)


  2. shelly (cookies and cups) July 19, 2012 @ 6:15 am (#

    I would have never thought Bob Dole would be worth a grounding, but you proved your point.
    Brownies are lunch, I’m pretty sure.


    • Karly replied: — July 19th, 2012 @ 10:53 am

      @shelly (cookies and cups),

      Would have been more worth it if we’d actually made it to Kansas. Although, I’m not sure what would have happened then. I doubt too many gas station attendants know the precise directions to Bob’s house.


  3. Amy July 19, 2012 @ 8:00 am (#

    Those look delicious and your story gave me a great chuckle! Thanks :)


  4. sally @ sallys baking addiction July 19, 2012 @ 8:21 am (#

    Tootsie Roll pops… my favorite candy everrrrr. I actually have a huge bag at me work desk at all times. Love your story though!! And holy crap those brownies. Dense, rich, made w/ real chocolate and only 1/4 cup flour… LOVE. I am always looking to try new recipes like this. Just to see if and how i can improve my go-to classics!


  5. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel July 19, 2012 @ 9:12 am (#

    Bob Dole got you grounded. That’s AWESOME. Almost more awesome than his Viagra commercials which I’ve seen and find hilarious even as a (still slightly immature) adult. But in the end, you made some amazing brownies and that’s all that really counts, right?


  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks July 19, 2012 @ 11:02 am (#

    they look awesome and I agree – like choc chip cookies, one needs to keep searching until you find YOUR perfect brownie recipe. I *finally* have both of those things checked off my life’s bucket list and my brownies need to be uber fudgy and thick – these have definitely piqued my interest!


  7. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 19, 2012 @ 1:59 pm (#

    HAHAHAHAHA!! I absolutely love this story!! Toosie pops for lunch is totally normal for a teenager. I once ate a big block of cheap cheddar and a tub of Rolo ice cream. I am so jealous of my 15 year old metabolism.


  8. Riley July 19, 2012 @ 3:45 pm (#

    I ADORE these brownies! They really are the best!


  9. Aimee @ ShugarySweets July 19, 2012 @ 6:35 pm (#

    Mmmm, I bet these are great, his chocolate cake recipe is AMAZing.


  10. Miss July 19, 2012 @ 7:18 pm (#

    Love these brownies and the tale of your big adventure, funny stuff.


  11. Joanne July 19, 2012 @ 7:48 pm (#

    This story reminds me of the time I told my mom I was sleeping over at my best friend’s house and we instead planned on going to a club. When my mom found this out, she was none too thrilled.

    Brownies for lunch! Love it.


  12. Becca from It's Yummilicious July 20, 2012 @ 5:37 am (#

    Oh crap… I just laughed so hard I wet myself AND I popped a couple of stitches. OK, so maybe that didn’t really happen. Give me a brownie and I’ll go away peacefully.


  13. Tiffany July 20, 2012 @ 7:14 am (#

    If you are ever in Russell, Bob’s home is right off of main street. If you are heading north it is the first left after the rail road tracks with a limestone sign. I am from Russell and dated a family member of his back in high school. He really is a great guy with a great personality. Love the story.


    • Karly replied: — July 20th, 2012 @ 9:38 am


      Seriously?? Now I’m gonna have to run away and try again! I hope I don’t get grounded…


  14. Rachel@Time for Good Food January 10, 2013 @ 3:46 pm (#

    I’m sorry that I just recently discovered this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing! I added Heath bar bits and just had to share it on my blog ( http://bit.ly/UDnVAl). I linked back here as well. Love your blog and yummy looking recipes!


  15. Tiffany August 19, 2014 @ 3:00 pm (#

    Funny blog, I always wondered how one can make it on a road trip the cheap way haha tootsie pops it is! Great recipe too!!



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