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Dark Magic Brownies #BakingBloggers

Sue from Palatable Pastime is hosting the Baking Bloggers as we explore brownies and bar cookies. She writes, "Let's get these lunch box favorites together just in time for back-to-school. Any type of baked brownie or cookie bar or dessert bar will do (even if just the crust is baked, as in bars topped with curd or something like cheesecake bars)."

I decided to make a salted olive oil brownie and finally opened up the salt blends that a friend had given me for my birthday back in May. The one I picked for this - I'll admit - I picked for the name. I mean look at it: "Magic Unicorn - use with anything. It's magic."

Turns out it's a hand-made, hand-mixed salt consisting of pure ocean salt with smoked paprika, rosemary and garlic. And if you don't think garlic belongs in sweets, think again. We've made Garlic Ice Cream that was so unique and tasty; black garlic is easier to envision in sweets - such as in this Black Garlic Chocolate Cake.

But, before I get to my recipe, here's that the bloggers are sharing...

Ingredients makes one 10" square pan of brownies or just over 2 dozen 2" squares

  • 1/2 C flour 
  • 2/3 C 100% cocoa powder (I used a Dutch-process cocoa from Ghirardelli)
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 2/3 C olive oil (I prefer the stronger olive oils for this)
  • 10 ounces bittersweet chocolate (I used a 60% in chip form from Ghirardelli)
  • 1-1/2 C organic granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 t pure vanilla extract
  • salt for sprinkling (probably 1-1/2 t)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or butter an 10" square baking pan.

Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Fold in the flour mixture and stir until just moistened. Stir in the chocolate chips. Spread into prepared pan, smoothing the top of the batter with a spatula. Sprinkle the top with your chosen salt. This version used Magic Unicorn, but I've also really enjoyed it with smoked sea salt.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until top is shiny and crackly. A toothpick inserted near the center should come out mostly clean. Cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving.


  1. They look lovely and that salt sounds amazing....can't wait to see what other magical delights you make with it.

  2. These do sound pretty gosh darn magical! This is a combo I definitely want to try!

  3. These look soooo fudgy, and magic unicorn salt? Of course! P.S. Love that brand of olive oil.

  4. You won't get any evil-eye-side glances from me using that kind of salt. I know full well what flavors pair in such things as Cincinnati chili or a Oaxacan Mole Poblano and at some point the lines will blur. And I even did an Asian meatball in chocolate sauce for Choctoberfest one of the years, either last or before. And I know I got a lot of raised eyebrows over it, but those people will never know how good it can be if they are too afraid to try. When it comes to food, #neversaynever. Bite first, and smile later, right? :)


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