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I was pretty nervous when I put these in the oven since the dough was so insanely thick (I actually had to knead the flour in and mash it into the pan), and as it baked, the top looked all lumpy and weird, nothing like the pictures. Not sure if that's because I used Earth Balance buttery stick and subbed chia for flax. Despite that, I thought the texture and consistency on the brownies turned out to be very good; I baked them exactly 35 min, and they were dense and fudgy, and had that nice sugary crust on top.

However, the flavor just wasn't quite right. I think they're either not chocolate-y enough or not sweet enough, even though 1 1/2 cups seems like a LOT of sugar to me, esp for an 8x8 pan. If I ever try this recipe again, I will probably double or triple the amount of dark chocolate.
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3.0
Reviewed by Michelle October 15, 2012

Good, but missing something

I was pretty nervous when I put these in the oven since the dough was so insanely thick (I actually had to knead the flour in and mash it into the pan), and as it baked, the top looked all lumpy and weird, nothing like the pictures. Not sure if that's because I used Earth Balance buttery stick and subbed chia for flax. Despite that, I thought the texture and consistency on the brownies turned out to be very good; I baked them exactly 35 min, and they were dense and fudgy, and had that nice sugary crust on top.

However, the flavor just wasn't quite right. I think they're either not chocolate-y enough or not sweet enough, even though 1 1/2 cups seems like a LOT of sugar to me, esp for an 8x8 pan. If I ever try this recipe again, I will probably double or triple the amount of dark chocolate.

Owner's reply

Thanks for the input Michelle! I'm beginning to think that I must have accidentally changed the amount of semi-sweet chocolate during a recent minor edit to make the recipe more clear. My girlfriend made the brownies recently and they DID seem less chocolatey and drier than normal!

I'm going to make a few batches this week and get to the bottom of this. I'll let you know what I find. I'll bet 4 ounces of chocolate somehow got changed to 1. Thanks for letting me know about this!

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These brownies DID get that crusty delicious top that most vegan brownies are missing, however they were still cake-y :( I usually don't follow recipes exactly but, knowing how temperamental brownies can be, I was very precise, and still fell short in my opinion. Yummy, but not the same density that I was hoping for.
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3.0
Reviewed by lzanikos October 04, 2012

still not the same

These brownies DID get that crusty delicious top that most vegan brownies are missing, however they were still cake-y :( I usually don't follow recipes exactly but, knowing how temperamental brownies can be, I was very precise, and still fell short in my opinion. Yummy, but not the same density that I was hoping for.

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This was absolutely the best brownies ever. We followed the recipe as outlined and the outcome was as awesome in flavor and texture as the ingredients. This recipe is so delicious. It is a keeper in our recipe book. We truly appreciate your sharing of talents.
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5.0
Reviewed by Harmony5710 October 01, 2012

This was absolutely the best brownies ever. We followed the recipe as outlined and the outcome was as awesome in flavor and texture as the ingredients. This recipe is so delicious. It is a keeper in our recipe book. We truly appreciate your sharing of talents.

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Umm... These brownies are quite a trouble to me. They tasted delicious and had intensive chocolate flavor but the consistency was just wrong. They came out very dry and crumbly although I've been baking them 10 minutes shorter than the recipe suggests. And preparing them was a disaster- everything was dry and hard to mix together. I think these brownies need more liquid or something, I don't know... I'll keep experimenting with the recipe and hopefully find the perfect vegan brownies to make :)
Reviewed by Maple Leaf September 24, 2012

Umm... These brownies are quite a trouble to me. They tasted delicious and had intensive chocolate flavor but the consistency was just wrong. They came out very dry and crumbly although I've been baking them 10 minutes shorter than the recipe suggests. And preparing them was a disaster- everything was dry and hard to mix together. I think these brownies need more liquid or something, I don't know... I'll keep experimenting with the recipe and hopefully find the perfect vegan brownies to make :)

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Horrible recipe! Brownies were dense and rock hard around the edges. Will NOT be making this recipe ever again!
Reviewed by Marilyn September 08, 2012

Horrible recipe! Brownies were dense and rock hard around the edges. Will NOT be making this recipe ever again!

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They were very good, but kind of a pain to make.
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4.0
Reviewed by Grace September 06, 2012

They were very good, but kind of a pain to make.

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These were pretty good. Not as chocolatey as I prefer them though. I give it 4 due to the texture, density and the crust on top. Crust is must when it comes to my favorite brownie. Again...the need for more cocoa powder is necessary so I'll modify that next time I make these.
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4.0
Reviewed by SherlockVeteran September 01, 2012

Pretty good!

These were pretty good. Not as chocolatey as I prefer them though. I give it 4 due to the texture, density and the crust on top. Crust is must when it comes to my favorite brownie. Again...the need for more cocoa powder is necessary so I'll modify that next time I make these.

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I am not vegan, and these are the best brownies i've ever tasted (from a chocoholic)! Replacements I made b/c of lack of ingredients:
-can't use margerine/ replacements due to allergies, used coconut oil instead... AMAZING difference (coconut oil is like vegetable shortening at room temp)
-no vegan chocolate so used couple tablespoons dark chocolate instead
- no all purpose flour, used whole wheat flour (much more flavor)
-also doubled recipe
Thanks for the work! We all enjoyed the benefits :-)
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5.0
Reviewed by Tiffany August 13, 2012

Make these coconut brownies!

I am not vegan, and these are the best brownies i've ever tasted (from a chocoholic)! Replacements I made b/c of lack of ingredients:
-can't use margerine/ replacements due to allergies, used coconut oil instead... AMAZING difference (coconut oil is like vegetable shortening at room temp)
-no vegan chocolate so used couple tablespoons dark chocolate instead
- no all purpose flour, used whole wheat flour (much more flavor)
-also doubled recipe
Thanks for the work! We all enjoyed the benefits :-)

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These went over well with the dinner crowd, but I still feel like I haven't found the perfect vegan brownie recipe. These came close, but didn't quite make it. I followed the recipe exactly and used Earth Balance sticks rather than the Regular Vegan Butter. I am planning to try these out again with the Regular Vegan Butter.
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4.0
Reviewed by cj August 06, 2012

Good but not ultimate

These went over well with the dinner crowd, but I still feel like I haven't found the perfect vegan brownie recipe. These came close, but didn't quite make it. I followed the recipe exactly and used Earth Balance sticks rather than the Regular Vegan Butter. I am planning to try these out again with the Regular Vegan Butter.

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I made these for vegan colleagues, and they were a hit with both vegans and non-vegans. For gluten-allergy friends, I used soy flour instead of regular. I also added bittersweet chips. Other than that, I followed the recipe exact. Brownies came out wonderfully, great texture and taste.
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5.0
Reviewed by Crystal July 27, 2012

Awesome brownies

I made these for vegan colleagues, and they were a hit with both vegans and non-vegans. For gluten-allergy friends, I used soy flour instead of regular. I also added bittersweet chips. Other than that, I followed the recipe exact. Brownies came out wonderfully, great texture and taste.

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I have been wanting to make these brownies for a long time, but put it off because I was focusing on healthy desserts. Well, I had a craving and a 1 oz. bar of Valrhona chocolate, so I went for it. As it turns out, I was about 1/3 cup short on sugar, so I substituted some coconut palm sugar. I also used used 3 tablespoons of carob in place of some of the cocoa powder, because I'm not supposed to have much chocolate. Even with these changes, the brownies came out fantastic! I baked them for about 32 minutes and their texture was great, but I think next time I will bake them for 25-30 minutes, so they stay a little moister on hot summer days. Thanks again for posting this recipe. I'm looking forward to making your vegan butter recipe. I just have to get some molds.
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5.0
Reviewed by Alyssa July 20, 2012

Yup, they do deserve to be called Ultimate Brownie

I have been wanting to make these brownies for a long time, but put it off because I was focusing on healthy desserts. Well, I had a craving and a 1 oz. bar of Valrhona chocolate, so I went for it. As it turns out, I was about 1/3 cup short on sugar, so I substituted some coconut palm sugar. I also used used 3 tablespoons of carob in place of some of the cocoa powder, because I'm not supposed to have much chocolate. Even with these changes, the brownies came out fantastic! I baked them for about 32 minutes and their texture was great, but I think next time I will bake them for 25-30 minutes, so they stay a little moister on hot summer days. Thanks again for posting this recipe. I'm looking forward to making your vegan butter recipe. I just have to get some molds.

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Hi - please help. I followed the recipe exactly but used margarine as that's all I had to hand. The brownie tastes awesome but is very gooey and is stuck to the parchment paper. What went wrong?
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4.0
Reviewed by Kismet July 05, 2012

Awesome taste but mine stuck to the paper! what ha

Hi - please help. I followed the recipe exactly but used margarine as that's all I had to hand. The brownie tastes awesome but is very gooey and is stuck to the parchment paper. What went wrong?

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These are delicious! Finding and successfully baking this recipe makes me so happy, especially since my last attempt at making vegan brownies (using boxed egg replacer) flopped. But these had such great texture , with a roundness to the flavor, and a tempered sweetness. I did not have golden flax meal, but I used flax seeds instead, and grounded them via blender, then adding them to the water. Thank you for the recipe, as well as for the introduction on your thought process.
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4.0
Reviewed by rebekah July 02, 2012

wonderful!

These are delicious! Finding and successfully baking this recipe makes me so happy, especially since my last attempt at making vegan brownies (using boxed egg replacer) flopped. But these had such great texture , with a roundness to the flavor, and a tempered sweetness. I did not have golden flax meal, but I used flax seeds instead, and grounded them via blender, then adding them to the water. Thank you for the recipe, as well as for the introduction on your thought process.

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isn't there a way to print the recipes on this site? i see a little printer icon at the top, but nothing happens when i hover my cursor over it.
Emily M. Reviewed by Emily M. June 29, 2012
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print?

isn't there a way to print the recipes on this site? i see a little printer icon at the top, but nothing happens when i hover my cursor over it.

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This is hands down the best vegan brownie recipe out there. An act of genius. I have done a lot of vegan baking over the years and I can tell you there is no better recipe available. I will be using this for years to come. Simply delicious! Thank you!
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5.0
Reviewed by Citizen June 28, 2012

best vegan brownie recipe out there

This is hands down the best vegan brownie recipe out there. An act of genius. I have done a lot of vegan baking over the years and I can tell you there is no better recipe available. I will be using this for years to come. Simply delicious! Thank you!

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