David Lebovitz’s Best Brownies

An unusual technique drew me to David Lebovitz’s Best Brownies. The fudgy results were nothing short of spectacular!!
David Lebovitz's Best Brownies

David Lebovitz’s Best Brownies

Another brownie recipe? From that skinny chick? Yes, I know I share a TON of brownie recipes…they are all winners, but pretty similar in ingredients and techniques. Leave it to David Lebovitz to shake things up a bit. The novel idea in this recipe involves a vigorous whisking before baking. The batter transforms from a typical grainy concoction to a smooth glossy mixture. Before Nick returned to Indiana U for the end of his spring term, I baked him up a batch. The rest of the family sampled the edge pieces removed for the photo shoot (I struggled as it’s hard to make these appear as delectable and rich as they taste!) and gave them rave reviews. I wasn’t surprised. I don’t think I’ve ever made a flop from Mr. Lebovitz. This recipe for David Lebovitz’s Best Brownies is adapted from his cookbook, The Sweet Life in Paris.

David Lebovitz's Best Brownies

A Hit with the College Crew

Yup, perfect and fudgy. The boys dug into these with gusto. I think after a semester of cooking for themselves, I can’t rely on the judgement of these kids. I’m certain anything homemade where a recipe is actually involved would garner thumbs up. But I did sample a few edges myself and can vouch for these being darned tasty. I hope you take the challenge and bake up a batch for yourself to see whether you think these are the “best” brownies.

David Lebovitz's Best Brownies

  • Recipe slightly tweaked from David Lebovitz
  • 6 tablespoons butter (cut into pieces)
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup toasted chopped nuts of your choice (optional (I did not use))
  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Line a 9 x 9 inch pan with non stick foil or regular foil (spray with cooking spray). Set aside
  2. Melt chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl, stopping and stirring at 30 second increments till melted and smooth. Stir in the sugar and vanilla. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Add the flour and whisk vigorously for a full minute. Batter should look smooth and glossy and sugar granules should be incorportated. Mix in nuts if using.
  3. Spread batter into pan and bakeabout 30 minutes…till brownies look almost set. Do not over bake.
  4. Let cool completely in the pan before lifting out the foil or parchment to remove the brownies and cut.
  5. Yield: 16-25 bars depending on size
  6. Total time: 2 hours including cooling time

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  1. Jason is a brownie fanatic so I most definitely have to make this for him! He’ll be so thrilled!

  2. They look so luscious and smooth underneath that tempting crackled top! 😀

  3. Lizzy, bring on the brownies! I can never get enough of them 🙂

  4. Always good to find another good brownie recipe and another good david L. recipe. I make his ice creams a lot and they´re always winners. Interesting twist in this recipe!

  5. carol | a cup of mascarpone says:

    Liz…you have just created the brownie that I will make asap too! I love David Lebovitz!…I adore his ice cream cookbook! These look absolutely scrumptious!

  6. These do look like winners indeed! Yummmmmm.

  7. You cut these brownies so perfect,clean and shape and looks so YUMMY 🙂

  8. Lizzy , we can never have too much brownie recipe lol I’ve been eyeing the brownie recipe from his book , The great book of chocolate , but I’ll bake the cookies first 😀 Your brownies as always look fantastic !

  9. Delightful brownies! DL’s recipes are always a winner!

  10. Leave it to Mr. Lebowitz to tweak a brownie. Must try (I have the book) – how did I miss this? Want to grab one of the page for breakfast.

  11. I’d certainly eat these in Paris but I’d be happy to eat them in the middle of now where also, they sound wonderful. I know your family are expert brownie reviewers so I totally trust their opinion 🙂

  12. Eek. How bad is it that I don’t think I’ve ever made anything from David Lebovitz even though I’ve heard his name around. Of course, I don’t do much with cookbooks, huh. 🙂 The brownies do look amazing, Liz. I’d be sampling the edge pieces too if given the chance. Odd as it sounds, every once in a while I get a craving for a hot fudge brownie sundae. This looks like the perfect brownie to hold up the rest of that dessert.

  13. I’ve never seen such a perfectly square brownie – These look so delicious, Liz! Thanks for sharing!

  14. It’s always a good time for brownies. Those are some perfect chocolaty brownies! Will need to check out David’s book!

  15. Those look like fudge! Such an incredible, dense texture. I’d share another brownie recipe if it looked like that too 🙂

  16. Dear friend Liz.
    My God, these brownie is a temptation. Very moist and delicious with a shell over it, hummmmm!! David Lebovitz know the good things and you adapted it very well.

  17. Ahhhh! So many brownies so little time!

  18. Hotly Spiced says:

    One can never see too many brownie recipes. I love how dense these look xx

  19. I will never complain or tire of brownie recipes, bring ’em on!!! One of these days I hope to cut mine as clean and neat as yours.

  20. Gorgeous brownies, Liz. Your son is a lucky fellow.

    Interesting about the whisk note, when I learned a chocolate cake recipe in Tokyo, there was a lot of whisking =)

  21. You can never have too many brownie recipes — besides it give us the excuse of “research” and getting to enjoy the finished product.:) This does sound like a fantastic recipe. Thanks for sharing Liz!

  22. Oh my, these do look so incredibly fudge, I bet they stuck to your teeth! I doubt I could resist this one. Delightful that it doesn’t have much flour.

  23. Thick Fudgy and delicious 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  24. I honestly don’t think that you can have too many brownie recipes, so you will hear no complaint from me. I have made these from David’s recipe, and I have to agree that they are absolutely fabulous – thanks for the reminder of how good they are!

  25. Where do I sign up for one of those brownie towers?!

  26. Liz:
    I am crazy over brownies and other chocolate treats…I only have one word for this one: divine!!!

  27. I must have missed this in my first read of Sweet Life. These are a must make for me. I told staff I would bring snacks to a late afternoon meeting this week. Maybe these will make the meeting sweeter!

  28. For me there will never been too many brownie recipes or brownies 😀 And most of them are the best 🙂

  29. I have a love affair with David Lebovitz 🙂 Don’t tell Mr. J

  30. These look beautiful! And so delicious! There can never been too many brownie recipes 🙂

  31. I’m so weak to those “best” recipes. 😀 And these do look like a perfect brownies too! Saving this recipe to give it a try!

  32. These look so fudgy and delicious, exactly the way I like my brownies!

  33. DL has the best recipes! These brownies are beautiful.

  34. There can NEVER be too many brownie recipes. These look as fudgy and decadent and they sound. YUM!

  35. Wow, those are rich-sounding brownies. You must have made your hubby so happy. Interesting recipe technique from your description. Have a good rest of the week!

  36. One can never get enough brownies. And I am totally impressed with your engineering skills in the art of stacking. Great photos!

  37. What a wonderful looking brownie this is! lovely pictures… yes for these brownies anytime!

  38. The more the brownies the better. Interesting technique and I do love the smoother texture.

  39. The brownies look amazing!! Lucky Nick! My mom never sent me back to IU with brownies… I need to have a talk with her. ;-D

  40. I haven’t made brownies in ages but I think you just convinced me to make this recipe. A friend is coming to town for a short visit tomorrow and she is a chocolate fanatic so I think we could have a wonderful afternoon sipping tea, talking, and munching down on a batch of these! Thank you!

  41. These brownies look almost like fudge for me, which means extremely tempting and dangerous!

  42. It’s hard to get enough of good brownie recipes!! I’d love to try these!!

  43. That texture looks perfect! And, I love those glossy tops too.

  44. One can never have too many brownie recipes–these look wonderful. I’ll try them soon.

  45. a brownie is just perfect isn’t it?! so, so good. these look perfect. everyone needs a go-to brownie recipe!

  46. Ive always wanted to try this recipe and now, I think I just have to! It reminds me of my old go-to brownie recipe that’s lots of butter and melted choc, but they use even less flour. Lately I’ve been cheating on that recipe with the Alice Medrich recipe. So many brownies, so little time 🙂

  47. Liz,
    These look almost like fudge. My hubby would love them, so I pinned them.

  48. The texture of these brownies looks fantastic, and they look tasty too! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

  49. Nothing wrong with sharing more and more brownie recipes. Keep them coming! Especially when they look this good!


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