Julia Child’s Best Ever Brownies

Julia Child's Best Ever Brownies

Last night, for the first time ever, I watched Julie & Julia. I’d heard of the movie before, but never really took an interest in it because I just don’t typically watch those types of movies. It was actually really good and I enjoyed that it related to my interests somewhat. If you don’t know the premise, it follows two characters in different time periods. The first story line follows Julia Child in 1949 while stationed in Paris for her husband’s government job. She ends up going to cooking school and writing a very lengthy cookbook for American women to master French cooking. The second story line follows Julie Powell in 2002 as she cooks her way through Julia’s 534 recipes in 365 days and chronicles her adventures on a blog.

I had been struggling this week to come up with a super-crazy-unique-awesome idea to post on my blog. I was stressing myself out to the point that I got a headache. It seems like every blogger is always trying to one-up the next and come up with some insane idea that will go viral on Pinterest. So, in honor of the movie and Mrs. Child’s 100th birthday last month, I decided to post a basic brownie recipe. Now, I’m not saying these are the easiest brownies to make, because they’re not. I will tell you that I devoured three within 10 minutes and am sitting here with a food baby, which is quite painful. That being said, if you’re like me and you enjoy baking and also have about an hour to waste, I implore you to try this recipe. It’s quite delicious. Just ask Phil. That’s what I named my food baby.

Julia Child's Best Ever Brownies

On a somewhat related note, since I went with a basic brownie recipe, I had extra time to work on my photography/styling skills. I’m really excited with this week’s photos. I think they’ve improved dramatically from my previous photos. Need proof? Just look at my Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies or Spinach Tortellini. WOW. That’s embarrassing. I have absolutely no background whatsoever in photography, so I have struggled immensely. In case there are any other food bloggers out there also struggling, let me just tell you that there are two things that will help you: a DSLR camera and Pinch of Yum’s Tasty Food Photography eBook. (Affiliate link)

I started this blog at the beginning of this year. Around the end of June/beginning of July, I actively started taking an interest in other food blogs and their food photos. I started out taking pictures with my iPhone. I then switched to a point-and-shoot camera, which the last three or four recipes have been photographed with. Today I borrowed my moms DSLR camera. It’s a Canon EOS Rebel. I’m in love. I cannot give it back to her. I’ll have to tell her I lost it. Seriously, I had a blast taking these pictures!

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Julia Child’s Best Ever Brownies

Serves 9
Prep time 45 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 30 minutes
Meal type Dessert
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Julia Child's Best Ever Brownies


  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8oz unsalted butter
  • 4oz unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2oz bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs (room temperature)


1. Put a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.
2. Sift together flour and salt; set aside.
3. Melt butter and chocolate together on low heat in a medium saucepan. Remember, slow and steady wins the race here. Go for a low heat and stir frequently so you don't burn the chocolate. It took me about 5-7 minutes to get a smooth consistency.
4. Add one cup of the sugar to the chocolate mixture and stir over heat for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
5. Mix the remaining one cup of sugar and all four eggs in a bowl until just combined.
6. Little by little, pour HALF of the sugar-egg mixture into the chocolate mixture, stirring gently, but constantly with a rubber spatula so the eggs don't set from the heat. Pour the chocolate mixture into a large bowl.
7. Whip the remaining half of the sugar-egg mixture on high until they are pale, thick and doubled in volume, about 3 minutes.
8. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the whipped eggs into the chocolate mixture. When the eggs are almost completely incorporated, gently fold in the dry ingredients.
9. Pour batter into an ungreased 9-inch square baking pan and bake brownies for 45-50 minutes. (The original recipe says to bake 22-26 minutes, however the brownies were not done at that time whatsoever. The brownies were perfect after about 45-50 minutes.)
10. Remove from oven and cool in the pan on a rack before cutting.


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  1. 1

    Pretty pretty blog!! Thanks for following me on twitter! Just started my blog a few weeks ago. I really liked that movie, but I hated the end when Julia wasnt approving of Julie’s blog. Kinda pissed me off. lol

    • 2

      Thank you! And thanks for the follow back. :) I’m excited for you that you just started food blogging! I hope you enjoy it. I felt the same about the ending of the movie. I didn’t really understand why they even put that part in the movie about Julia Child not approving. I guess maybe because it was based on a true story, but still! Made me mad too!
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  2. 3
    Denise Marsh says:

    Bailey, these brownies look so fantastic. I will share you receipe with Tom, as he loves to bake. LOVE your blog!
    I too enjoyed the movie and I actually remember Julia Childs cooking show. She was a riot!

  3. 5

    These photos DO look great!! I switch off between using my iphone and a DSLR and the difference is night and day! Thanks for the pinch of yum link–I also have no background in photography whatsoever and am always looking for composition/lighting/general photography tips!

    Also, these brownies look like YUM!

  4. 8

    Love the photos – this looks delicious!
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  5. 10

    i still have yet to watch it! now i’m really excited about watching it.
    these brownies look SO gooey and delicious and decadent

  6. 12

    There are never too many brownie recipes…and this is one I MUST try! Thanks for sharing~
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  7. 14

    We love your blog! My girls & I (Sydni & Harley) recently started a blog and were sent to your blog by Jeni Elliot at http://www.theblogmaven.com. We originally decided to do a blog a year ago after watching Julie and Julia! We love to cook & bake and we’re really looking forward to following you. I cannot stop giggling about your food baby Phil. I have never heard that reference before. I often feel like I have a new food baby after over indulging. Thank you for the laugh and the recipes, we will be sure to try some of them!
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  8. 15

    Hi Stefanie (and Syndi & Harley)! I’m so glad you are enjoying my blog! I stopped over to check out your blog and I think what you’re doing is so neat. Let me know if the three of you end up trying one of my recipes. I love hearing what others think!!
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    • 16

      Oh we will definitely let you know when we try one of your recipes. I think it would be fitting if we did the Julia brownies but I’m not completely in charge of this blog., we will have to vote of course. :) And thank you for checking out our site, that means a lot to us.
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  9. 17

    Nice recipe. I love a simple brownie recipe which is easy for the kids :)
    I also like the below brownie recipe.
    Thanks for sharing,

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