Fudge Brownies*

I am a boxed brownie girl. Ya I said it. And I am totally not ashamed. I may give you the side eye when you pass me a piece of cake that came out of a box…but brownies? I get it. Any brownie I have ever made from scratch has not tasted any better than the boxed brownies.

So why am I bringing you a recipe for brownies that don’t come out of a box? Because I broke down. It only took three little words…Sweet & Salty Brownies. But instead of posting the recipe as they were originally written, I am bringing it to you the lazy girl way. One bowl, prepackaged dulce de leche, and a break for wine.

Ok, so first you need a double boiler. What?? You don’t have one?

Fine, get a metal/glass bowl and put it over a pot with some water in it. Ya it works exactly the same. Except you don’t get to have a pretty shiny double boiler that fits perfectly.

Get the water boiling, then add two sticks of room temperature butter and an 11.5 oz bag of Ghirardelli’s bittersweet chocolate baking chips.

What’s that? You are too impatient to let the butter get room temp? It’s cool, just toss it in cold. It’s just gonna take longer to melt.

Stir the chocolate and butter around until it melts completely.

P.S Go take your 5 eggs out of the fridge now. Crack them into a small bowl and let them come to room temperature while you go on with the rest of the steps. Yes, I know I just told you the room temp thing didn’t matter. But that was butter and now we are talking about eggs.

Turn off the heat, but leave the chocolate/butter mixture on top of the boiler.

Add 1 1/2 cups regular sugar and 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar. Whisk it around until it’s pretty and smooth.

Here comes that wine break I told you about.

Once it’s whisked and pretty and smooth….let it sit until it comes to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

During this time, I suggest you play a fun game called How Much Wine Can I Drink In 30 Minutes.

You made it back? You must not be as skilled in How Much Wine Can I Drink In 30 Minutes as I am. We can work on that next week in my next How-To post, but for now lets get back to the task at hand.

Before you do anything else, start preheating your oven to 350 degrees. The next parts go fast.

Add all 5 room temperature eggs and 2 teaspoonfuls of vanilla extract. Whisk until just combined. You don’t want to whisk too much because that could harm your drinking hand…or worse, whip the eggs so much that they ruin your brownies.

The original recipe wanted us to do the eggs separately. But this is the lazy girl’s way, it won’t really make any difference, and I know you have had too much wine by now to count and whisk 5 separate times. So just make it easier on all of us and whisk all the eggs and vanilla at once.

Add 1 1/4 cups flour, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, and 1 teaspoon salt.

Should you mix these dry ingredients in a seperate bowl first? Probably, but I never do…that’s just one more bowl to wash. Just make sure you whisk carefully and don’t get any big lumps.

Don’t overmix for fear of splattering chocolate everywhere, and that stupid over beaten egg issue from earlier.

Once it’s mixed, pour half of the batter into a prepared baking pan.

Grab a squeeze bottle of Dulce De Leche and make a pretty design adding as little, or as much, as you want (and by “as much as you want” I mean like no more than 3/4 of a cup…we don’t want brownie soup). Don’t get too close to the edges with the Dulce De Leche, leave about an inch around the edges.

Then pour the remaining brownie batter around on top of the pretty design you just made. Level it out (carefully, so you don’t mess up the layer underneath) with a spatula, or your fingers. Whichever is easiest.

Make one more pretty design with dulce de leche. Or instead of a design, write your name so everyone knows these brownies belong to you. Sprinkle on some Fluer De Sel (i.e. fancy flaky sea salt you can buy at Whole Foods or Fresh Market).

Pop them in the oven (preheated to 350 degrees) for 30-35 minutes, rotating half way through.

Let them cool so you don’t burn off your taste buds, and because they taste much better room temperature, then dig in!

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Sweet & Salty Brownies: Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Dulce De Leche

Yield: 12 large brownies

Ingredients:

11.5 oz bag of 60% Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate baking chips
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
5 large eggs, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp salt

Nestle squeeze bottle of dulce de leche
Fluer De Sel, to taste (or regular sea salt, just be careful not to over do it)

Directions:

Using a double boiler, if you have one (or a glass/metal bowl over a pan of simmering water), melt the chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally, until completely melted and combined. Turn off the heat, but keep the bowl over the water of the double boiler and add both sugars. Whisk until completely combined and remove the bowl from on top of the water. Let sit until it's at room temperature, about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 13x9 baking pan by buttering the sides and bottom of the pan. Then lining the bottom with a sheet of parchment paper and butter the parchment paper. Or just use some Baker's Joy spray.

Add all 5 room temperature eggs and vanilla. Whisk until just combined. Do not overmix, this will beat the eggs to much and ruin your fudge brownies.

Sprinkle the flour, cocoa powder, and salt over the chocolate mixture. Using a whisk, gently combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until there are no big lumps and you don't see any flour. Again, try not to mix more than needed.

Pour half of the brownie mixture into the pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Drizzle as much, or as little, dulce de leche as you would like (and by "as much as you want" I mean like no more than 3/4 of a cup...we don't want brownie soup). Don't get too close to the edges with the dulce de leche, leave about an inch around the edges.

Pour the remaining brownie batter over the dulce de leche layer. Level it out (carefully, so you don't mess up the layer underneath) with a spatula or your fingers. Whichever is easiest. Drizzle a little more dulce de leche on top in a design of your choice. And top it all off with a sprinkling of fluer de sel.

Bake at 350, for 30-35 minutes, rotating the pan half way through. Check the brownies using the toothpick method. The brownies are done when the toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.

Let brownies cool to room temperature before serving. They just taste better that way. :-)

Adapted from Eats Well With Others
Originally from Baked Explorations

 

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52 Responses to “Fudge Brownies”

  1. 1

    Cassie {bake your day} — September 28, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

    Man I love a recipe that doesn’t disrupt my wine drinkin’. I was hooked at salty. Salt + chocolate + wine = perfection!

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — September 28, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

    They look delicious!

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    Kathryn — September 29, 2011 @ 4:32 am

    It is very important to make sure that your baking provides adequate wine breaks. it would be a disaster if you were to get dehydrated during the baking process.

    Also these brownies? Just perfect. I want about 8 of them right now.

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    Betsy C. — September 29, 2011 @ 4:49 am

    These look incredible! I must say I totally disagree with a box brownie tastes the same as a brownie from scratch. A super easy “scratch” brownie recipe is the “One Bowl Brownie” recipe on the back of Bakers unsweetened chocolate…throw in some good chopped chocolate or chocolate chips and you’re in heaven (and it didn’t take much longer then a box brownie). Love this recipe…will definitely try it!

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    Denise @ TLT - The Little Things — September 29, 2011 @ 6:43 am

    Love this recipe! But a recipe that combines “lazy” with “brownie” can’t do anything wrong any way;)

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — September 29, 2011 @ 7:43 am

    Wow. Amazing.

    the ONLY kind of brownie I like is a fudgy, almost half raw one. Anything cakey, dry, airy, or overbaked…no way.

    These are perfect. I want. Lots!!!

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — September 29, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    Well look at you and your fancy patterns on top!

    So this is better than the Double Chocolate Ghirardelli’s boxed mix?? What if I make it and it’s not true? Can I come back and type you a stern letter with my chocolate and caramel covered fingers? :-)

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    Larissa — September 29, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    These look amazing! I also disagree with the box brownies taste better statement. Have you ever made the Brownies Cockaigne from the Joy of Cooking?? They us the same process as this recipe, only 4 eggs, 1 cup of flour, 1 stick of butter, 4 oz chocolate, 1tsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp salt, 2 cups of white sugar (not positive on that amount)…It is definitely key to let the chocolate/butter mixture cool and that you don’t mix the eggs too much. They are fudgy and crackly on top…yummm.
    These are definitely worth a try, though, with the dulce de leche…thanks for the recipe!

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    Rachel Matuson — September 29, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    You’re evil.

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    Larissa — September 29, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    And a tip – if you use the “chocobake” premelted baking chocolate, you can simply melt the butter in the microwave and then combine them together – no need to use that extra pot to boil water in and turn on the stove!
    ; )

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    Lynda — September 29, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    I have been cooking everything from scratch lately and made a box of brownie mix that was our favorite. No taste, absolutely no taste. I think this is because we have gotten used to eating real food without chemicals etc. This looks like a good recipe.

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    Erin — September 29, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    I don’t have a double boiler, but I just use a big bowl that fits right over it. One day I’ll buy the real thing… one day. Fudgey brownies are the best and I love the design you made on top with the dulce de leche.

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    Erica @ In and Around Town — September 29, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    Wine break = SOLD!

  14. 14

    Shannon O'Connell — September 29, 2011 @ 10:51 am

    You really are the wind beneath my wings! Hello PMS brownies!!!

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    Shawnda — September 29, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    I’m pretty sure I’ve never had that much fun making brownies :)

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — September 29, 2011 @ 11:54 am

    These brownies look perfectly and wonderfully fudgy! Yum!!

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    biscuit — September 29, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    “During this time, I suggest you play a fun game called How Much Wine Can I Drink In 30 Minutes.” lol

    it was right about then that my boss figured out I wasn’t working. Thanks.

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    Paula @ Dishing the Divine — September 29, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    You’re too funny. :) Your post made me laugh out loud, and I *just* rolled out of bed, so that says a lot because I am *not* a morning person.

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    Madi @ Sit Down and Eat Your Peas! — September 29, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

    You gave in to the step-by-step photo! haha now I feel so inadequate. These are definitely going on my list. Every baked good needs a proper wine break-I make scones and pumpkin butter last night-AMPLE wine breaks haha

  20. 20

    Rachel Matuson — September 29, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

    Holy mouth ecstasy! Pure. Evil.

  21. 21

    Samantha — September 29, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

    How Much Wine Can I Drink In 30 Minutes sounds like the best game ever. These brownies are making me drool.

  22. 22

    Heather — September 29, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

    This looks absolutely insane. I need it in my life.

  23. 23

    ErinsFoodFiles — September 29, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

    Gah! These sound divine. And ya know I’m not usually a step-by-step fan but you were cracking me up!

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    Joanne — September 29, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

    I have to agree it is these brownies that made me a homemade brownie believer. I love your quick fix for the caramel in the center! It’s quite the genius idea.

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    Deborah — September 30, 2011 @ 12:01 am

    Oh, my goodness, I love this lazy way to make brownies!! I actually haven’t had a brownie in a long time – I need to change that asap!!

  26. 26

    Katrina — September 30, 2011 @ 8:03 am

    I’m a lazy girl, and need some brownies in my life. Yum.

  27. 27

    Kita — September 30, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    Totally just bought a box of brownie mix the other day… Shhh, don’t tell anyone.

  28. 28

    Lucy — September 30, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

    Wow these look decadent! Love the dulce de leche involved – the brownies look so deliciously fudgy.

  29. 29

    Kelly — September 30, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    I used to be that way, but then I became a sucker for a few homemade recipes that I found through trial and error. These are among my favorite though:

    http://www.thatsmyhome.com/hannahs/brownies/chocolate-souffle-brownies.htm

    OMG they are so rich.

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    The Teacher Cooks — September 30, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

    Absolutely fabulous looking! I need one of them at this moment!

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    Maryanna — September 30, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

    These look delicious, and I just bought some fluer de sel this past weekend.

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    Susie — September 30, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

    I just used your recipe and baked these… absolutely amazing! I’ve never made homemade brownies before and I love salty & sweet, dark chocolate and fudgy brownies so this recipe was perfect for me. Thank you for the great step-by-step recipe photos, the brownies came out perfectly :)

    • Jessica replied: — October 3rd, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

      Awesome! I am so glad you liked them!!

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    Vickie Smith The Quiet Doll Queen — October 1, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

    When I looked at the online picture I thought you had yummy mint filling between the brownie layers instead of waxed paper. I was getting pretty excited until I zoomed in and saw the paper! My son said these look sooo delish!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — October 3, 2011 @ 6:20 am

    These look amazing, no one would know that they are easy! Where do you find squeeze bottles of dulce de leche?!

    • Jessica replied: — October 3rd, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

      Target, Publix, and a reader emailed me she even found it at Walmart! Be prepared to drizzle it on everything!! :-D

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    Shannon — October 3, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    OH. MY. These look stupid crazy good. I’m totally a boxed brownie kinda girl, but I’m willing to give these a shot! ;)

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    natalie (the sweets life) — October 3, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    i totally get why you broke up with the box for these! I’ve made a variation of them and they are amazing!!

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    Michelle — October 3, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

    You totally had me when you combined lazy and brownie. Sounds perfect.

  38. 38

    MJ — October 4, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

    My fav. brownie thing is to under-bake them by about 5 minutes – very “fudgy”

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    Julia — October 6, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    They look like perfect fudgy brownies! And lazy is always best :)

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    pavithra — October 11, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    OMG I am way tooooooooooooo tempted seeing this brownies this morning.. Absolutely perfect and also I am loving ur pictures and browsed thru many of ur recipes which I am love tooo… Gorgeous.

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    Eliana — October 12, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    Hmmmm – they look sinfully delicious.

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    Cafe Wayan Ubud — October 18, 2011 @ 1:07 am

    This is best for the upcoming Halloween,. Good thing I stumbled upon your blog.

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    Steve | Healthy Lunch — February 11, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    Wow these fudge brownies looks good, I wonder if it`ll be a good idea to make some for my gf this valentine’s day. I hope she does not think I am cheap.

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    Kelsey — February 15, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    Do you think these brownies would still be delicious without the dulce de leche? I’m not a huge fan of that, but I’ve been looking for a good, fudgey brownie recipe!

    • Jessica replied: — February 21st, 2012 @ 12:34 am

      I think these would be! But I am not positive…you could always sub the dulce de leche for some caramel instead!

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    Chastity — February 13, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    Made these brownies a few weeks ago! O-M-G! They did not last long in our house nor my husband’s work. I always send a bunch of treats to the soldiers he works with and they raved about how delicious these were! :) Just like a brownie is supposed to be full of chocolately fudgey goodness. They were even better the next day. They were PERFECT!

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    Em — July 14, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

    I’m gonna try these at some point, but I just had to leave a comment now – love your writing style!

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