We love chocolate. And we love brownies. We made these chocolate brownies using a heart-shaped mold to show our love.

Now you may be thinking how are chocolate brownies on the Mediterranean diet? Well, that’s part of the reason we call this website “Mostly” Mediterranean. We love Mediterranean food, but we also love to cook outside the box.

The beauty of the Mediterranean diet is that you don’t have to deny yourself anything. When you eat a daily diet full of fresh vegetables and fruits, healthy fats, and whole grains, you can indulge from time to time. The Mediterranean diet is a life full of moderate indulgences.

These brownies are a perfect size to treat yourself without overdoing it. The recipe below tells you how to make this recipe in one pan, along with directions if you want to use the small heart-shaped silicone molds that we used.

Chocolate Brownies

Homemade brownies are so easy. I hope you try this recipe.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownies, chocolate, dessert
Author: Donna

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweeted cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Butter and flour an 8-inch square pan.
  • In a large saucepan, slowly melt the butter, careful not to let it bubble. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and vanilla until blended. 
  • Add cocoa, flour, salt, and baking powder, and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into cake pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Notes

  • Test for doneness by poking the center with a toothpick and see if it comes out clean.
  • I used two 4-cavity heart-shaped silicone molds. If you use a silicone mold, put them on a baking sheet and then in the oven. Don’t put them directly on the oven rack. 
  • Baking in the heart-shaped pans took 25 minutes.

heart-shaped chocolate brownie

row of chocolate brownies

brownie batter in heart-shaped mold

two brownies on a white plate

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