Tiny New York Kitchen: Fudgy Low-Fat Brownies for Valentine’s Day

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By Victoria Hart Glavin of Tiny New York Kitchen

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching which seems to be all about chocolate. Give these moist, chocolaty, and low-fat brownies to your sweetie. You’ll be showing your love by not overloading your Valentine with zillions of calories.


1 1/2 Teaspoons Instant Espresso Coffee

1 Teaspoon Hot Water

3/4 Cup Unbleached Flour

1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

3 Tablespoons Butter

3/4 Cup Sugar

2 Large Egg Whites

1/4 Cup Dark Corn Syrup

1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease or line with parchment paper 8 inch square baking pan. Set aside. In small-size bowl dissolve espresso in hot water. Set aside.

In large-size bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and kosher salt.

In 2 quart saucepan, melt butter over a low heat. Remove from heat. With wooden spoon, stir in sugar, egg whites, corn syrup, vanilla, and espresso liquid until just blended. Make sure not to over mix.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Place in oven and bake 20 minutes. Remember that each oven heats differently so make sure to do the toothpick test (insert in center and if it comes out clean it’s done). Remove from oven and cool completely in pan.

When brownies have cooled, cut them into 4 strips, then cut each strip crosswise into 4 pieces. If brownies are difficult to cut, use a knife dipped in hot water and dried. Repeat as necessary.  Makes 16 Brownies

Victoria Hart Glavin has been cooking and writing recipes since she was a teenager. Originally from Nebraska, her appreciation for culinary technique took off when she moved to Lyon, France.

While living in France, Victoria studied French cooking from an expert Lyonnais chef. Victoria learned to love the local culture of preparing and enjoying fresh, seasonal foods. While in France, Victoria experienced the joys of shopping for local produce at the market and preparing fresh foods simply and beautifully in order to enhance the experience of the table. During her time in France, she says she “learned how to squeeze tomatoes at the local market” and “took everything in by osmosis.”

Currently, Victoria creates tasty treats in her tiny kitchen, in New York City, for all to enjoy and on weekends she explores Fairfield County where has a second home. Victoria has shared her recipes with others and now you can enjoy the Tiny New York Kitchen recipe collection, too!  Victoria is a member of Culinary Historians of New York and a member of the Association for the Study of Food and Society.