Miso Brownies

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Miso Brownies

Apparently, I have fancy Christmas tree taste because my favorite tree at the tree market was called a silver tip and it went for like 75% higher than all the other trees. It’s actually quite tall and sparse looking so when I went to ask for the price, I expected a discount but nope. Expensive tree taste—didn’t even know it was a thing!

I went home with it and had the guy kindly tie it to the top of my tiny car because it’s like when you get something in your brain and you just can’t forget about it. Like shoe-shopping. It’s like that.

I came home and Amelia immediately thought the water in the tree basin was for her so I’ve been constantly catching her drinking it. I yell at her but at the same time it’s so funny and cute that I just fill it up and let her do whatever she wants.

Miso Brownies

Another thing that has been on my brain for so very long are miso brownies! I saw them in the bakery case of a bakery I can’t actually remember but thought they sounded so good! Sweet and savory and chocolate-y…sign me up.

For this post, I teamed up with Scharffen Berger so the brownies could be so deliciously chocolate-y. I used their 70% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chunks and melted it with a bit of butter. It was silky smooth and so delicious and rich.

I wanted brownies that had a super crackly top and after I did some Googling and testing, I figured out that the thing that ensures a super crackly crust is beating the eggs and sugar together for a full 10 minutes (thanks, Martha!). Also, the sugar amount has to be up there for this to really work.

Miso Brownies

Miso Brownies

Miso Brownies

The miso works really wonderfully with the rich Scharffen Berger chocolate. It gives a savory note and doesn’t really taste like miso, but instead just adds an umami flavor that people probably won’t be able to decipher.

Miso Brownies

Miso Brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Serving Size: 9 (3x3-inch) brownies


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces 70% Cacao Scharffen Berger Bittersweet Chocolate Chunks
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white or yellow miso 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, as garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8x8-inch or 9x9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Alternatively, you can rub it with butter. 
  • Nestle a glass or stainless steel bowl over a saucepan with a few inches of simmering water. Add the butter and Scharffen Berger chocolate. Allow to melt, stirring occasionally. Set aside. 
  • In the bowl of a stand-up mixer with the paddle attachment, add the eggs, egg white and sugar; beat on medium speed for a full 10 minutes (set a timer!), until the mixture is a pale yellow and very fluffy. This will ensure a crispy top to our brownies. Add the miso and vanilla extract. With the mixer on low, pour the melted Scharffen Berger chocolate into the egg mixture until combined. Lastly, mix in the flour. Transfer to your prepared baking dish and bake for 17 to 22 minutes, until the top has a sheen and is a little crackly. 
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool before slicing into. Garnish with a dusting of powdered sugar and then serve with milk. 

(This post is sponsored by Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker. Be sure to check out ScharffenBerger.com, where you can find a wide variety of baking chocolate as well as chocolate bars. Thanks so much for supporting the sponsors that keep A Cozy Kitchen cozy!)

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    Reply Sara @ Cake Over Steak December 15, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Super interesting! I’m definitely interested in trying these out.

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    Reply Maikki | Maikin mokomin December 15, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I love the combination of bittersweet chocolate and miso 🙂

    I once made miso chocolate chunk cookies with barley malt syrup (aka umami cookies) and they were super delicious 🙂

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    Reply Nancy December 15, 2016 at 10:37 am

    These look so good! Why do you specify white granulated sugar? I use organic sugar and it’s not white, does that matter?

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme December 15, 2016 at 10:41 am

      if you use organic sugar it’s most likely cane granulated sugar–all good! if the granules are super big, for this specific recipe, i’d put them in a food processor and make ’em slightly finer. and then proceed with the recipe! 🙂

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    Reply Mary December 15, 2016 at 10:47 am

    What brand of white miso do you use? I can never find miso in my stores when I want to make a recipe that calls for it-maybe I just don’t know what to look for?! This recipe-as with all of your looks delicious. Thanks. Mary

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    Reply Fernando @ Eating With Your Hands December 16, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Oooh, so perfect for the holidays!

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    Reply Lori December 17, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    I’ve never used miso before, but I’m really curious about these brownies. Sound good to me and congrats on the awesome tree!

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    Reply Mo December 20, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    The instructions don’t say where/when to add the miso?

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme December 21, 2016 at 9:47 am

      ahhh sorry! revised it just now. should be all good.

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    Reply Mo December 20, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    or the vanilla

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    Reply tylla June 17, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Wonder of recipe, what a great sharing with us.

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    Reply Caroline March 14, 2018 at 11:37 am

    This recipe is one of my favorites and I make it all the time! In fact, I make it so often that it would be very helpful to have the ingredients measured by weight. For something as precise as “3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons” it’s so much faster to be able to weigh my flour. I’ll be forever thankful if grams or ounces are listed for this recipe!

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