Brownies & Bars

Fudge Brownies

Recipe #6 on the Best Basic Recipes is Fudge Brownies. Now I already have my favorite brownie recipe that I have made a billion times (maybe exaggeration). So, I thought, ok I will make these but no brownies will make me change my favorite brownie recipe. The verdict is, I think this recipe ties with my recipe, I was happily and deliciously surprised!

Fudge Brownies

4 large eggs
1¼ cups unsweetened dark cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp espresso powder, optional
1 Tbl vanilla
1 cup butter, melted
2¼ cups sugar
1½ cups flour
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ pan. Crack the 4 eggs into a bowl, and beat them at medium speed with the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder (if using), and vanilla for about 1 minute, or until smooth. You can do this while you’re melting your butter (next step).

In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, or in a saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Or simply combine the butter and sugar, and heat, stirring, until the butter is melted. Continue to heat (or microwave) briefly, just until the mixture is hot (about 110°F to 120°F), but not bubbling; it’ll become shiny looking as you stir it. Heating the mixture to this point will dissolve more of the sugar, which will help produce a shiny top crust on your brownies.

Add the hot butter/sugar mixture to the egg/cocoa mixture, stirring until smooth. Add the flour and chips, stirring until smooth. Again, adding the chips helps produce a shiny top crust. Spoon the batter into a lightly greased 9″ x 13″ pan. Bake the brownies for 28 to 32 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it. The brownies should feel set on the edges, and the center should look very moist, but not uncooked. Remove them from the oven and cool on a rack before cutting and serving.

Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies


Brownies & Bars, Pies

Peanut Butter Brownie Pie

Go ahead, make a chocolate & peanut butter lover smile! Inspired by and a variation of Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie on

Peanut Butter Brownie Pie

Peanut Butter Brownie Pie 2

1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa
3/4 cup *Reese’s Mini Pieces, divided
22-24 **Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9″ pie plate.

In large microwave safe bowl, cook butter for 1½-2 minutes on 50% power just until melted. Stir in brown sugar and let sit for a couple minutes to cool a bit. Stir in peanut butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir in flour and cocoa. Mix in 1/2 cup of the Reese’s Mini Pieces. Spread batter in prepared pan. Evenly distribute and gently press the remaining Mini Pieces and Peanut Butter Cups Minis into the batter. Bake 28-30 minutes. Cool. Serve with vanilla ice cream!

*Find Reese’s Mini Pieces in the baking isle with chocolate chips.
**Find Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis in the candy isle.

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Brownies & Bars

Black Bottom Coconut Macadamia Bars

COCONUT! Mixed with some dark chocolate…um YUM! Original recipe from I added a couple things ;o)

Black Bottom Coconut Macadamia Bars

Dark Chocolate Base:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1/4 cup flour

Preheat oven to 375°. Line a 9″x9″ square baking pan with foil, leaving overhang; spray bottom and sides with nonstick spray. Melt butter in microwave. Whisk in sugar and salt. Whisk in egg, then cocoa and flour until smooth. Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake 10 minutes, just until sides begin to pull away from edges of pan (do not overbake). Let cool slightly while preparing coconut topping. Keep oven on for topping.

Coconut Macadamia Layer:
2 large eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1½ cups sweetened shredded coconut, divided
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts

Mix eggs, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla. Mix in flour, 1 cup coconut (1/2 cup reserved for sprinkling), and macadamia nuts. Drop spoonfuls of coconut mixture over chocolate base and gently spread to an even layer. Sprinkle with reserved 1/2 cup coconut. Bake 25 minutes until golden and center is set. Cool completely in pan. Lift cake from pan, peel off foil, and cut into bars.

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Brownies & Bars

Biscoff Brownies with Biscoff Cookie Spread Frosting

For all those who love Brownies and Biscoff Cookies & Biscoff Cookie Spread, why not? I think it is a winning combination!

Biscoff Brownies

Biscoff Brownies:
1 cup butter, melted
3 cups sugar
1 Tbl vanilla
4 eggs
1½ cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 (8.8 oz) pkg Biscoff Cookies, finely crushed (I used 26 and ate the rest)

Preheat oven to 350°.  Spray 13″x9″ baking pan with non-stick spray. In large bowl, stir together melted butter, sugar, and vanilla.  Add eggs one at a time, beating after addition.  In medium bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, dark cocoa, and salt.  Stir dry ingredients into butter/egg mixture, mixing just until well combined. Spread half brownie batter (about 2 cups) in prepared pan.  Spoon Biscoff Cookie crumbs evenly across top of batter. Drop remaining brownie batter in small clumps evenly around on top of crumbs.  Using one finger, gently pull across the top of the clumps of batter, gently drawing them together to spread solidly over the crumbs (it takes a few minutes and some patience but it works). Bake 30-35 minutes.  Cool on wire rack.

Biscoff Spread Frosting:
1/2 cup creamy Biscoff Cookies Spread
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
4 Tbl milk

Whip Biscoff Spread and butter together with electric mixer until light and creamy. Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time alternating with milk 1 Tbl at a time, whipping until creamy consistency. Frost completely cooled brownies.

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Brownies & Bars

Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies

We are back from vacation, we had an amazing time with our kids and family in Sun Valley ID. Sometimes I wish time could stand still. Now my honey and I return to our empty nest and back to “real life”. I am missing my kids already, I need chocolate! A quick chocolate fix is a brownie. How do you describe the “best” brownie? Everyone has their own interpretation I am sure. If you do a search for brownies here at CCP, you will find many recipes with lots of additions, toppings or frostings. Here is a recipe for a good old traditional brownie, not dry and too cakey or mushy and gooey. It is what I think is a super good brownie, moist, fudgy with smooth, creamy pockets of chocolate from the chocolate chips. I am hoping a bite or two (interpretation – brownie or two) will send the blues away…in reality, I will just have to walk a few more miles tonight! Love and enjoy your family, it is the true happiness in life!   (And have a brownie!)

Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies

1 cup butter, melted
3 cups sugar
1 Tbl vanilla
4 eggs
1½ cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly spray 13″x9″ baking pan with non stick spray. In large bowl, stirring by hand, mix melted butter, sugar, and vanilla. Mix in eggs one at a time. Add flour, cocoa, dark cocoa, and salt; mix thoroughly. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread in prepared pan. Bake 40-45 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely for easiest and cleanest cutting.

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Black Forest Cupcakes

I was thinking cupcakes today and thought I would make easy Black Forest Cake Cupcakes.  So, here goes…

Black Forest Cupcakes:
1 box (16.5 oz) Devil’s food cake mix
3 Tbl dark chocolate cocoa
1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
3 eggs
1 tsp rum extract

Preheat oven to 350°.  Put cupcake liners in cupcake tray (this recipe makes 24 cupcakes).  In large bowl with electric mixer, mix together on low cake mix, dark cocoa, cherry pie filling, eggs, and rum extract.  Mix on medium for 3 minutes.  Scoop batter into cupcake papers, evenly distributing batter for 24 cupcakes.  Bake for 18-21 minutes, until center of cupcake is set.  Cool completely before frosting.

Buttercream Frosting:
1 cup butter, softened
5 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 Tbl whole milk or cream

Whip butter until light and creamy.  Mix in half the powdered sugar.  Mix in vanilla and milk.  Add remaining powdered sugar.  Whip well.  Pipe onto cupcakes.  Garnish with dark chocolate shavings, mini chocolate chips, chocolate jimmies, maraschino or bing cherries.

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