⅓ C Dutch-processed cocoa (we recommend Hershey’s Dark)
½ C + 2 Tbsp. boiling water
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
½ cup + 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 egg yolks
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 ½ C granulated sugar
1 ¾ C all-purpose flour
¾ tsp salt
1 C unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 C light brown sugar
½ C granulated sugar
¼ C heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp salt
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 C miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x3-inch baking pan with foil, leaving about one inch overhang on all sides. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Whisk cocoa powder and boiling water together in a large bowl until smooth. Add the unsweetened chocolate and whisk until the chocolate is melted. Whisk in the melted butter and oil (the mixture may look curdled at this point, that’s okay!) Add the eggs, yolks, and vanilla extract, and whisk until smooth and homogenous. Whisk in the sugar until fully incorporated. Add the flour and salt mix with a rubber spatula until combined.
3. Scrape batter into prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Bake until a toothpick inserted halfway between edge and center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. 30-35 minutes. Transfer the pan to rack and cool completely.
4. Combine the butter and both sugars in a mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy 2-3 minutes. Add the cream, vanilla and salt, and mix another minute or so, until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl, then reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour, mixing until just incorporated. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the chocolate chips.
5. Spread the cookie dough evenly over the cooled brownies. Refrigerate until the dough is firm, about an hour. Transfer the brownies to a cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut the brownies into squares. The brownies should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or at cool room temperature for up to a week.