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Hi there! I really want to bake these but I want to reduce the sugar down to 1 cup, How much more water do I need to add to balance the moisture?
Devaki30 Reviewed by Devaki30 April 02, 2014
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Less Sugar-How Much Water?

Hi there! I really want to bake these but I want to reduce the sugar down to 1 cup, How much more water do I need to add to balance the moisture?

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These are to die for! Made them often and they are always a hit. Thanks so much :)
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5.0
tashpagenz Reviewed by tashpagenz March 31, 2014
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Amazing!

These are to die for! Made them often and they are always a hit. Thanks so much :)

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This recipe worked beautifully! Thanks so much for sharing the results of your experiments. This is the first recipe I have tried on your site and I look forward to trying your others.

I used Enjoy Life brand vegan chocolate, which is manufactured specifically to be free of common allergens. I used their Mega Chunks, which melted in the microwave to a perfect liquid chocolate, after reading on another site that this chocolate melts so well that it can be used in chocolate molds. I still added the boiling water and followed every other step in the recipe. My vegan butter was Earth Balance brand sticks.

This recipe got lots of complements from others, who didn't know it was vegan.
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5.0
Veganease Reviewed by Veganease March 30, 2014
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Recipe works great with Enjoy Life chocolate

This recipe worked beautifully! Thanks so much for sharing the results of your experiments. This is the first recipe I have tried on your site and I look forward to trying your others.

I used Enjoy Life brand vegan chocolate, which is manufactured specifically to be free of common allergens. I used their Mega Chunks, which melted in the microwave to a perfect liquid chocolate, after reading on another site that this chocolate melts so well that it can be used in chocolate molds. I still added the boiling water and followed every other step in the recipe. My vegan butter was Earth Balance brand sticks.

This recipe got lots of complements from others, who didn't know it was vegan.

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I'm giving these 5 starts, because even through I overcooked them (at just 30 minutes, not 35), everyone still loved them. I've looked long and hard to find a "from scratch" brownie recipe that rivaled the box - these are it! I can't wait to make these again -- baking for 20-25 minutes. They will be even more decadent (they way they were intended to be, I'm sure). :)
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5.0
Reviewed by Kristie March 28, 2014

They are Ultimate!

I'm giving these 5 starts, because even through I overcooked them (at just 30 minutes, not 35), everyone still loved them. I've looked long and hard to find a "from scratch" brownie recipe that rivaled the box - these are it! I can't wait to make these again -- baking for 20-25 minutes. They will be even more decadent (they way they were intended to be, I'm sure). :)

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These were good: chocolatey and slightly buttery-tasting, but I didn't like the texture, which was slightly crumbly and light, not binded enough for me. My sister said they were dry, and this may be the way to describe them since they are not as moist as I think a brownie should be. I am slightly annoyed by all the hype over these because I don't see the "chewiness," etc. in my results. I am going to guess that maybe intuition trumps scientific know how in the kitchen and probably lots of other places because I've liked other recipes better (on ohsheglows.com and vegweb.com) that were less fussy over the ingredients. I don't mean to be mean. I just want to say what I feel like would otherwise go unsaid. I don't like elephants in the room.
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3.0
Reviewed by Marla March 27, 2014

Good, but not ultimate (in my opinion)

These were good: chocolatey and slightly buttery-tasting, but I didn't like the texture, which was slightly crumbly and light, not binded enough for me. My sister said they were dry, and this may be the way to describe them since they are not as moist as I think a brownie should be. I am slightly annoyed by all the hype over these because I don't see the "chewiness," etc. in my results. I am going to guess that maybe intuition trumps scientific know how in the kitchen and probably lots of other places because I've liked other recipes better (on ohsheglows.com and vegweb.com) that were less fussy over the ingredients. I don't mean to be mean. I just want to say what I feel like would otherwise go unsaid. I don't like elephants in the room.

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Thanks for your honest opinion on the brownies Marla! In my kitchen they turn out moist, fudgy and chewy and not dry. There's probably some sort of variation going on somewhere; this recipe is a little more complicated than most which can result in inconsistent results. Glad you were able to find your preferred brownie recipe!

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Amazing! Nobody believed they were vegan
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5.0
Reviewed by Kikenjake March 23, 2014

Amazing! Nobody believed they were vegan

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I want to double this recipe for a party. Have you tried and how did you adjust baking pan and time?
Thanks!
Reviewed by Kikenjake March 20, 2014

I want to double this recipe for a party. Have you tried and how did you adjust baking pan and time?
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Great Recipe. I had one question. Is there a way to make M&M brownies with this recipe? Would you substitute some for the chocolate chips or would the just be additional? Thank You
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5.0
Harry Reviewed by Harry March 17, 2014
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No one misses dairy with recipes like this!

Great Recipe. I had one question. Is there a way to make M&M brownies with this recipe? Would you substitute some for the chocolate chips or would the just be additional? Thank You

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Hi Harry, if you were going to add extra stuff such as M&Ms to these brownies they'd go in after the dough is fully mixed. Treat the M&Ms like nuts or any other addition. This brownie dough is really thick but you should be able to get away with gently kneading them into the dough without breaking them or causing them to bleed colors. Good luck!

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This is a great simple recipe. I didn't add walnuts. I did a 9 tbsp cocoa powder+7 tbsp sugar+1 tbsp vegan butter substitute for the semi-chocolate since I didn't have any. I baked it for 22 minutes. It was outstanding--chewy and moist inside, and sorta crunchy outside. It was just the way we liked it. I tried another recipe sometime back and wasn't happy the way it turned out. I'll definitely use this recipe again. Thank you!
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4.0
allvegan Reviewed by allvegan March 13, 2014
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awesome!

This is a great simple recipe. I didn't add walnuts. I did a 9 tbsp cocoa powder+7 tbsp sugar+1 tbsp vegan butter substitute for the semi-chocolate since I didn't have any. I baked it for 22 minutes. It was outstanding--chewy and moist inside, and sorta crunchy outside. It was just the way we liked it. I tried another recipe sometime back and wasn't happy the way it turned out. I'll definitely use this recipe again. Thank you!

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Hi allvegan, I haven't tried making these without the chocolate. So glad you were able to nail it and still have them turn out outstanding. Thanks for sharing!

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I was craving a Clementine Bakery delectable brownie, but didn't want to make the trek out to Brooklyn to get one. So upon surfing the net, I decided upon this recipe due to all the stellar reviews. I was a bit dubious, since the brownies at Clementine Bakery are very special. Lo and behold, I am gladly satisfied and surprised that these brownies came out fantastic. Really wonderful chocolatey stuff. I don't think your pictures do it justice, however, so here's a link to mine: https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1/1922506_10153902436585088_329271101_n.jpg. Thanks so much for the awesome recipe!
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5.0
Reviewed by Diana March 03, 2014

Delicious... filled my craving!

I was craving a Clementine Bakery delectable brownie, but didn't want to make the trek out to Brooklyn to get one. So upon surfing the net, I decided upon this recipe due to all the stellar reviews. I was a bit dubious, since the brownies at Clementine Bakery are very special. Lo and behold, I am gladly satisfied and surprised that these brownies came out fantastic. Really wonderful chocolatey stuff. I don't think your pictures do it justice, however, so here's a link to mine: https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1/1922506_10153902436585088_329271101_n.jpg. Thanks so much for the awesome recipe!

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I'm so happy you enjoyed the brownies Diana! Great pic! They look oh so moist and gooey. I love Clementine Bakery! I used to live in Brooklyn and had their amazing eats at the Vegan Shop-up. Now I wish that I had had a chance to experience their brownies when I lived out there!

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These were fabulous! I've been vegan for 14 years and had given up on brownies long ago. These were chewy moist brownies and I will be saving this recipe for sure.
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5.0
Reviewed by Melody March 03, 2014

Amazing

These were fabulous! I've been vegan for 14 years and had given up on brownies long ago. These were chewy moist brownies and I will be saving this recipe for sure.

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Thanks Melody! I'm so happy you enjoyed the brownies.

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Thanks for this wonderful recipe, Mattie! I am new to vegan baking and these are both delicious and easy to make (the "hardest" part was finding the golden flax meal the first time). Even my skeptical "meatatarian" husband did NOT know these were vegan. I also found your tips (separate post) about the science of vegan baking & "veganizing" recipes both enlightening and hilarious ("if a recipe calls for 6 eggs, just walk away", indeed). and appreciate your positive and helpful comments and feedback to other reviewers!
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5.0
Reviewed by Nancy February 28, 2014

THANK YOU! These are delicious!

Thanks for this wonderful recipe, Mattie! I am new to vegan baking and these are both delicious and easy to make (the "hardest" part was finding the golden flax meal the first time). Even my skeptical "meatatarian" husband did NOT know these were vegan. I also found your tips (separate post) about the science of vegan baking & "veganizing" recipes both enlightening and hilarious ("if a recipe calls for 6 eggs, just walk away", indeed). and appreciate your positive and helpful comments and feedback to other reviewers!

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So glad you enjoyed the brownies Nancy! I've had it with tracking down hard to find ingredients and now I don't hesitate to just order stuff online. The only problem is that now my house is turning into a health food store!

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Can you please specify how much of the chocolate chips to add? Is it fluid ounces or weight ounces? Also, I don't have a weigher so could you just convert it? A cup of chocolate chips? Half a cup?? Thanks!!
ecrivezmaria Reviewed by ecrivezmaria February 23, 2014
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Weight or fluid ounces?

Can you please specify how much of the chocolate chips to add? Is it fluid ounces or weight ounces? Also, I don't have a weigher so could you just convert it? A cup of chocolate chips? Half a cup?? Thanks!!

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Hi ecrivezmaria, chocolate is a solid so it's measured as ounces by weight, not by liquid. So the measurement is weight ounces. Four ounces of chocolate is roughly a commercial bar of high quality chocolate. I don't recommend using chocolate chips in baking unless they're specifically called for. This is because chocolate chips are usually inferior quality compared to the higher quality chocolate available for baking and in bar form.

If you absolutely had to use chocolate chips, 4 ounces is 3/4 cup. Good luck!

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I've made these brownies a handful of times and seriously, this is the best recipe I've found (vegan or otherwise). My last batch turned out dry and crumbly (like a sad, dense cake) but that was my fault as I didn't have vegan butter in the house, and substituted canola oil spread. Otherwise, they always turn out perfectly - moist inside, chewy but not overcooked on the outside and decadently fudgey. Thanks for the excellent recipe. I look forward to checking out the rest of the site.
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5.0
Reviewed by Isabelle February 21, 2014

Ultimate is right!

I've made these brownies a handful of times and seriously, this is the best recipe I've found (vegan or otherwise). My last batch turned out dry and crumbly (like a sad, dense cake) but that was my fault as I didn't have vegan butter in the house, and substituted canola oil spread. Otherwise, they always turn out perfectly - moist inside, chewy but not overcooked on the outside and decadently fudgey. Thanks for the excellent recipe. I look forward to checking out the rest of the site.

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So glad you like the brownies Isabelle! Thanks for sharing!

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I made these for valentine's day for my husband. We really enjoyed them and I will send some to work with him to get some non-vegan thoughts. I made the following modifications:
- I substituted a 3oz bar of dark chocolate with espresso beans for the semi-sweet chocolate because we didn't have semi-sweet chocolate in the house
- instead of the walnuts, I added 1/3 cup raw cashews and 1/3 cup cocoa nibs
- I forgot to add the espresso powder
- I completely forgot to put the pan on the lower rack and instead baked it for 15 min on the upper rack until I realized my mistake. I only ended up baking for 30 min total.
I think they turned out really well. The outer edge is chewy, just how I would imagine a regular brownie to be, and the rest of the brownie is really moist. I did not have any problems with these turning out too dry, despite failing to follow some of the instructions.
The 1/4 cup hot water did not melt all the chocolate, possibly because I did not chop it up small enough, but that's ok because there are tiny pieces of heavenly chocolate throughout the brownies. Overall, I find these to be quite sweet and in the future I would try to make some modifications for the amount of sugar. I do not think that warrants giving this recipe a lower rating, though, as that is personal preference. I do not eat a lot of sugar on a daily basis and have cut out foods with added sugar, so I feel like I am a bit more sensitive to sweet foods. I will probably try some changes to the amount of sugar in the future, but I wanted to make sure I didn't make too many modifications on the first go round with this recipe.
This will likely be my go-to vegan brownie recipe, as I feel pretty comfortable about making some changes without affecting the quality too much.
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5.0
sunny Reviewed by sunny February 15, 2014
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Decadent

I made these for valentine's day for my husband. We really enjoyed them and I will send some to work with him to get some non-vegan thoughts. I made the following modifications:
- I substituted a 3oz bar of dark chocolate with espresso beans for the semi-sweet chocolate because we didn't have semi-sweet chocolate in the house
- instead of the walnuts, I added 1/3 cup raw cashews and 1/3 cup cocoa nibs
- I forgot to add the espresso powder
- I completely forgot to put the pan on the lower rack and instead baked it for 15 min on the upper rack until I realized my mistake. I only ended up baking for 30 min total.
I think they turned out really well. The outer edge is chewy, just how I would imagine a regular brownie to be, and the rest of the brownie is really moist. I did not have any problems with these turning out too dry, despite failing to follow some of the instructions.
The 1/4 cup hot water did not melt all the chocolate, possibly because I did not chop it up small enough, but that's ok because there are tiny pieces of heavenly chocolate throughout the brownies. Overall, I find these to be quite sweet and in the future I would try to make some modifications for the amount of sugar. I do not think that warrants giving this recipe a lower rating, though, as that is personal preference. I do not eat a lot of sugar on a daily basis and have cut out foods with added sugar, so I feel like I am a bit more sensitive to sweet foods. I will probably try some changes to the amount of sugar in the future, but I wanted to make sure I didn't make too many modifications on the first go round with this recipe.
This will likely be my go-to vegan brownie recipe, as I feel pretty comfortable about making some changes without affecting the quality too much.

Owner's reply

Thanks for the great feedback sunny! It looks like the changes you made to the recipe are relatively minor and probably reflect mostly how the brownies turn out in normal circumstances. I just updated the recipe to call for chopping the chocolate into 1/4 inch pieces instead of 1/2 inch pieces. This will allow the chocolate to melt more adequately. I've been doing some minor tests with baking times lately and so far I haven't been having over-baking issues like some others have mentioned. I still want to run a few more tests though just to be sure.

If you reduce the sugar, be on the lookout for a drier texture, as sugar holds onto moisture. You should consider adding a tiny bit more water to the recipe if you reduce the sugar in order to compensate for this. Good luck!

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