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Plate of stress-busting dark chocolate brownies, garnished with dark chocolate syrup, walnuts, and a sprig of mint.



If you are feeling stressed on this historic election day, don’t suffer or take pharmaceuticals to help relieve that tension.  These decadent cake-like brownies have the dark cocoa powder that studies have shown to help reduce stress levels.  Hey, whatever works, right?



¾ cup butter, room temperature

1 ¼ cups granulated sugar

½ cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder

2 large eggs, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon espresso powder

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

1 cup milk

Chopped nuts for garnish

Dark chocolate syrup for garnish


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  

Grease a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cocoa powder and granulated sugar until smooth.

Whisk in the eggs, espresso powder, and vanilla.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.

Stir the dry ingredients into the chocolate mixture, alternately with the milk just until blended.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan.  Spread evenly into the corners of the pan.

Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan comes out clean.

Cool in the pan for 2 hours.

Cut the brownies into squares.

Serve with a sprinkle of chopped nuts and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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