Double Fudge Brownies

I love brownies. I think they might be my favorite dessert. They are so easy to make, they travel well, they’re great straight from the oven and straight from the freezer. Oh and a hot brownie with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge… get out of town. Best.dessert.EVER.

Of course you guys already know that based on how many brownies I’ve posted. This KAF recipe is very similar to my go-to brownie recipe, which is no surprise because that one comes from KAF as well. This one uses whole wheat flour so it’s a tad healthier for you.

Katie and I knew these would be the best brownies ever. With a 1/2 pound of butter, lots of brown sugar and two cups of chocolate chips, how could they not be?

Be sure to let these guys cool overnight. Susan explained in class that the bran is the outside shell of the wheat. The bran is sharp like scissors. That bran is the reason that baking whole wheat bread requires more attention and care because the bran wants to just cut through the gluten that is being formed. She also explained that these brownies will have a much better texture in your mouth if you let the bran settle overnight. Honestly, I almost always let brownies cool overnight anyways, but in this case, be sure not to skip that last step!!

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Double Fudge Brownies

Yield: 36

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup dutch-process cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp espresso powder (optional)
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

In a medium sized saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter. Add the sugar and stir to combine. Return the mixture to heat briefly until it's hot and starting to bubble. Heating this mixture a second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies.

Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla. Cool mixture. Whisk in the eggs, stirring until smooth. Add the flour and chips, stirring until smooth. Sppon the batter into a lightly greased 9x13" pan.

Bake for 30 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean. The brownies should feel set on the edges and in the center. Cool on a rack overnight. This will give the bran in the whole wheat flour a chance to soften, giving them a more pleasurable texture in your mouth. Cut and serve.

Recipe from King Arthur Flour


Don’t forget about my Power of Pink Challenge – make something PINK by the end of the month to raise Breast Cancer Awareness!

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17 Responses to “M&M Cookies to Celebrate Valentine’s Day”

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    Carrie — February 12, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I love freezing dough but somehow most ends up in my tummy unbaked when I do that ๐Ÿ™‚

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    oneordinaryday — February 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    What a great gift! I’m thinking that would be wonderful for all sorts of occasions. Thanks for the idea!

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    Carly — February 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    These are adorable and I love that idea! Two questions, though: 1) Were these as good as the cookies from the other recipes? and 2) When you freeze them, do you bake right from frozen?

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    Jen — February 12, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Great questions Carly – As far as comparing them to the other cookies. I enjoyed the chocolate M&M cookies the best, but they were REALLY chocolatey. The other non-chocolate M&M cookies were a bit more chewy and they had nuts in them, so they had a different vibe. This recipe was more of a classic M&M cookie for sure.

    As far as baking from frozen, you can def just go straight from freezer to oven. Bake them ~13 minutes instead of ~11 and take them out when they look done.

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    Cara — February 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    these were delicious!

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    stephchows — February 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    they look so cute all frozen up ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Leanne — February 12, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I love the pink and red M&Ms. Thanks for the idea of freezing the cookie dough.

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    Memรณria — February 12, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I was going to ask you the same thing as Carly, well the first question. These cookies are cute. Your freezing method reminded me that I have a bunch of sugar cookies still in the freezer! Do you know how long cookies can stay in the freezer?

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    Jen — February 12, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I don’t know how long they will last in the freezer. I have a tendency to forget about things in my freezer… I’d guess a couple months? Anyone have ideas?

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    nutmegnanny — February 12, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    What festive little cookies ๐Ÿ™‚ I love them! I also like the fact that you froze them. I bet they were delicious. Make sure to enter the All Through the Year Cheer event for Valentine’s Day ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Julie — February 13, 2010 at 4:49 am

    I think that sounds like a great way to spend valentine’s day. It can be intimidating the way it’s so hyped up. The cookies look very festive, love ’em!

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    Vivian - Let's Try These... — February 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    We don’t do “valentine’s day” either since my MIL was born on the 14th and daughter’s birthday is the 15th – besides, its more important to say you love someone everyday, not just one day out of the year. Love the idea about freezing the cookie dough in preshaped form and giving that away. Wonderful idea!

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    Deborah Dowd — February 14, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I am looking for cookies that travel well for my soldier adopted through Soldier’s Angels and these look like a winner!!

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    Kerstin — February 14, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Mmm, these were so tasty! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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    Amy (Sing For Your Supper) — February 16, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    These are just too cute!! I love M&M cookies too!!

    http://www.singforyoursupperblog.com

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    bcallegra — February 17, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Just had to add my two cents on the idea of giving cookie dough frozen and ready to be baked – genius! For some reason, I’ve never thought of that, even though I’ve given cookies frozen to people to be defrosted when they’re ready to eat. I love the dough idea!

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    Megan — February 20, 2010 at 2:16 am

    YUM-these look absolutely delicious! I love the pink and red M&Ms!

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