Brownies After Dark is a great air fryer recipe for beginners, as well as for anyone who hasn’t yet discovered that air fryers aren’t just for frying – they do an excellent job of baking too!
Brownies are a family favorite, and this air fryer recipe lets you bake up a batch in no time using ingredients you most likely have on hand.
If you’re trying to eat healthier, let’s not kid ourselves. Dark chocolate does provide some health benefits, but these brownies are loaded with sugar too. They should be enjoyed as a treat and not a habit.
One bit of good news is that standard size air fryers aren’t large enough to handle a big 9″ x 13″ pan of brownies or any other huge dessert. Eaten plain, this small batch will let you indulge your sweet tooth without going on a binge – there is no big pan of leftovers to keep nibbling on every time you pass by.
Here’s a shot of the 6″ x 6″ pan of brownies baked in my Philips Airfryer.
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That doesn’t mean you can’t make a decadent dessert if you like. As a southerner with a serious sweet tooth, my ideas for such dishes are almost endless (unfortunately for me!).
In the recipe below we’ve listed ice cream, caramel sauce, and whipped cream as optional toppings. In fact, the only limits are your imagination and the personal preference of your taste buds.
For those occasions when you want an extra special dessert, try making individual parfaits. They look impressive, but they’re very simple to put together. Here’s how:
Bake a batch of Brownies After Dark, allow to cool, and cut into small cubes.
Layer brownie cubes in parfait glasses with your choice of fillings or toppings. Some of our favorites include:
- vanilla pudding
- whipped cream
- caramel ice cream topping
- toasted coconut
Brownies After Dark
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cooking Time: 11-13 min
- Total Time: 21-23 min
- Yield: 4 servings
Recipe from The Air Fryer Bible – © 2017 Susan LaBorde and Elizabeth Hickman. All rights reserved.
If you don’t love dark chocolate – and we mean really love it – this is definitely not the treat for you. For the rest of us, every bite of these brownies tastes like a chunk of heaven.
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 cup flour, plus 2 Tablespoons
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- cooking spray
vanilla ice cream
- Beat together egg, sugar, salt, and vanilla until light.
- Add melted butter and mix well.
- Stir in flour and cocoa.
- Spray 6” x 6” baking pan lightly with cooking spray.
- Spread batter in pan and cook at 330°F for 11 to 13 minutes. Cool and cut into 4 large squares or 16 small brownie bites.
Tip: For a truly indulgent dessert, cut the cooked brownie into 4 large squares and top each with 1 scoop vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, and whipped cream.
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The brownies were delicious,dark chocolate in taste.However,were very flat, should there be baking powder or soda in this recipe?
Susan LaBorde says
Thanks for the question! The recipe is correct, and these brownies are supposed to be flat — very fudgy and chewy. I know that some people prefer a lighter brownie with a more cake-like texture. You might want to try a recipe with a rising agent to see if that’s what you’re looking for.
Hope that helps,