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


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18 Responses to “Shipping Cupcakes in a Jar”

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    CB — November 9, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    I love it! Where did you get the jars? Now I totally wanna do this for xmas gifts!
    /Clara

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    Jen — November 9, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    I looked everywhere and just couldn’t find them. I ended up ordering them from Amazon. They weren’t very cheap so that was a bummer…

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    CB — November 9, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Ah bummer. What size are the jars? I wonder if Ikea would have them? Whats the amazon link?
    /Clara

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    Jen — November 9, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    I ordered them from here. You want the wide mouth jars so the cupcakes fit and the 1/2 pint size is perfect.

    The yellow cupcakes didn’t rise much so I added more frosting to fill the jar and the chocolate ones rose quite a bit so they had less frosting. My sister said that the chocolate one had the perfect amount of frosting or could use a smidge more, so you want a cupcake that has at least a small dome.

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    ttfn300 — November 9, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    haha, i’ve never seen that before 🙂 love it!

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    Katie — November 10, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    OH FUN! I’ve seriously always thought about doing this and never did. I’m starring this post to remind myself at Christmas. Too cute!!

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    Janna — November 11, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    I have been dying to try this ever since I saw it last year on someone else’s blog. They actually baked the cake in the jar and then iced it like a cupcake. I am going to have to order some of those iddy jars! Too cute!

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    Beth — November 16, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Hmmm…might have to do this for Christmas instead of those “ingredients in a jar” thing we were thinking of.

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    Renée — March 12, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    I really want to try this, but I keep reading online that you shouldn’t put frosting in the jar because it will get moldy by the time it reaches its destination. I’m sure you would have heard if it was moldy when it got to your friend right? I would just be so embarrassed if that happened. Any help?

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    Jen — March 12, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Renee – I’ve done this twice and both times haven’t heard of any mold. I froze the cupcakes/frosting in the jars prior to shipping them. I also shipped in the winter. My one sister even didn’t go get her package from the office until a week after it arrived and it was still good. I would guess she ate her cupcakes about 10 days after I sent them. I’m not sure if shipping in warm weather will have an impact on potential mold…

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    Renée — March 12, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Alright I’ll definitely give it a try then. It will make for a very good Easter present for my faraway friends =)

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    Jen — March 12, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Oh that’s a good idea!! I might have to order some more jars and do the same myself…

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    Hillary — June 5, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    What a clever idea! I would love to get a cupcake in the mail! 🙂 Maybe I’ll send out Valentine’s Day Cupcakesnext year!

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    CuteCupcakesAllTheTime — May 6, 2010 at 5:39 pm

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    CuteCupcakesAllTheTime — May 6, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Love these!! We have featured you on our blog. http://cutecupcakesallthetime.blogspot.com

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    Pat — February 16, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Did you freeze them before shipping? The jars looked frosted…

    • beantownbaker — February 24th, 2013 @ 10:21 am

      I did freeze them. They defrosted as they were shipped. I’ve done it with and without the freezing depending on the weather and whatnot.

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    PinkSuga — October 27, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    What shipping method did you use? Overnight or Express???

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