Ina’s Outrageous Brownies

Ina’s Outrageous Brownies are so rich and decadent with lots of chocolate flavor! The addition of coffee elevates the flavor.

ina's outrageous brownies

I have to share this cool brownie pan that my sister and I gave to my mom for her birthday – the Baker’s Edge Brownie Pan.  For those who love the edges and corners of brownies, this pan is perfect – practically every brownie is an edge or corner!   My dad took a picture of the first brownies they made in the pan:

Brownie Edge Pan

This picture is just of a boxed brownie mix, but I thought I’d post the recipe for Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownies.  These brownies are so delicious.  Very rich and chocolatey.  I don’t know that they’d be my ‘everyday brownie’ – not that I even have brownies everyday 🙂 – but they are definitely worthy of special occasions.  I found the recipe on the Food Network website, and the reviews were overwhelmingly positive.  I’ve made these for my family multiples times.  The original recipe is scaled for a 13 x 18-in sheet pan, which I don’t own, so I cut it in half for a 13 x 9 pan.  I don’t have a picture of these to post, but they look like your typical fudgy brownie; they just taste much better!

outrageous brownies
outrageous brownies on a cutting board

Recipe Details

Here’s the ingredients for the brownies.

outrageous brownies ingredients

Now we’ll break it down into steps.

Chocolate and Espresso Powder

These are the brands of chocolate and espresso powder I recommend. Ghirardelli chocolate melts super smooth, and I have great luck using it, even when recipes say not to use chocolate chips. I first found this brand of espresso powder at a small Italian specialty food shop located at the base of the Hancock Building. I now get it at my local grocery store (located near the instant coffee), but it is also available online.

brands i use for brownies

Prepare the Wet Ingredients

In the top of a double boiler, or a heatproof bowl set above a pot of simmering water, add butter, semisweet chocolate chips, and unsweetened chocolate. Set aside to cool slightly.

melted chocolate in a double boiler

In a small bowl, mix together the eggs, espresso powder, vanilla, and sugar.

espresso powder mixture in a bowl

Add the egg mixture to the cooled chocolate mixture.

brownie batter in a double boiler

Prepare the Dry Ingredients, Assemble, and Bake

In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. This mixture is folded into the wet ingredients.

In another small bowl, toss the remaining chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of flour just to coat. The purpose of this step is to prevent the chocolate chips from falling to the bottom of the batter when placed in the pan. The flour helps suspend them evenly throughout the brownies. For that reason, I strain out the excess flour using a small strainer. I discard the excess flour.

fine mesh strainer over a bowl

The chocolate chips are then folded into the batter.

brownie batter with chocolate chips folded in

The batter is then poured into the prepared pan. The brownies are ready to bake!

brownie batter in a cake pan

If you prepare your pan with an overhang of parchment on each side, it’s easy to pull out the cooled brownies for cutting.

cooked brownies on a cutting board
brownies cut into squares
up close view of outrageous brownies stack

Gluten Free Brownies

Use a measure for measure such as Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour in place of all purpose flour to make these brownies gluten free.

Outrageous Brownies PIN

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ina's outrageous browniess

Outrageous Brownies

Outrageous Brownies are originally Ina Garten's recipe. I've scaled them down, eliminated the nuts, and adjusted the recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 or more


  • 9 x 13-inch pan


  • 1/2 pound butter (2 sticks)
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 3 large or extra large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
  • 1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Mix In

  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease and flour a 13 x 9 x 1 1/2-inch sheet pan.
  • Melt together the butter, 8 ounces of chocolate chips, and unsweetened chocolate on top of a double boiler. Cool slightly.
  • Stir together the eggs, instant coffee, vanilla and sugar.  Stir in the warm chocolate mixture and cool to room temperature.
  • Stir together 1/2 cup of the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Add to cooled chocolate mixture.
  • Toss the 6 ounces of chocolate chips with 1 tablespoons flour to coat. Strain the chocolate chips through a fine mesh sieve/strainer to remove excess flour, then add the chocolate chips to the batter. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes, or until tester just comes out clean.  Halfway through the baking, rap the pan against the oven shelf to allow air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough.  Do not over-bake!
  • Cool thoroughly, refrigerate well, and cut into squares.


Some people prefer these cold, some at room temperature, and some heated up with vanilla ice cream.
Source:  Adapted from Food Network, originally from Ina Garten’s The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
You’re Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword brownies, chocolate, dessert, gluten free

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