Chocolate + MORE Chocolate!
‘Tis the season for all things yummy! This time of year isn’t my favorite just because of the holidays, but because there are so many delicious things to eat. One of our favorite things to enjoy is chocolate, and more specifically Godiva chocolates.
We recently tried their new Godiva Masterpieces – a new line of individually wrapped chocolates and chocolate bars. The whole family couldn’t get enough of these delicious chocolates.
In fact, we loved them so much we decided to add them to a new fudgy brownie recipe we made for our weekly family night. These brownies are dense, fudgy, and the addition of chocolate on top takes them to the next level!
how to make fudgy brownies
PREP. Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish and line with parchment paper and set aside.
BATTER. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and salt and place in a mixing bowl. Pour the hot, melted butter oil and sugar in a medium bowl and whisk really well. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk an additional minute. Add the flour/cocoa/salt and slowly whisk together until just combined.
TOP. Pour into your prepared baking dish and top with chopped chocolate.
BAKE. Bake for 28-32 minutes or until no the middle no longer jiggle. Note: These will be fudgy, so a toothpick check in the middle will still be dirty—just give it a shake to make sure it’s not jiggling and it should be done.
Cutting and serving: There are a couple of things you can do to cut these neatly and easily.
- Line the pan with parchment paper before pouring in the batter.
- Use a plastic knife to cut the brownies when they are still hot. It’ll cut through the brownies so smoothly.
- You can cut the brownies large or small.
- Use the parchment paper to help lift the squares out of the pan.
Brownie Tips & Variations
- For best results, use good quality chocolate and powder.
- Be sure to use butter, not margarine.
- Sometimes the batter may begin to look grainy. This means the fat has begun to separate. Thankfully you can add just under 1 tsp of milk to help the ingredients recuperate.
- If you are baking at a high altitude, use extra large eggs or add an extra egg. The added moisture from the eggs will help give the brownies better texture.
- Don’t over bake: each oven bakes a little differently, so start checking the brownies 5 minutes before the suggested bake time. Glass pans take longer to cook than metal pans so be sure to adjust bake time accordingly.
Variations: The brownie based tastes really great with the added Godiva Chocolate. You could easily venture out and use other chocolate candies such as mini peanut butter cups or andes mints. You can even add a layer of frosting. Chocolate or cream cheese frosting would both be really good.
Storing Fudgy Brownies
Aside from the taste, one reason I love brownies is that they store really well. You can easily make an extra batch, or use the leftovers, and stick them in the freezer. They make a great lunch box treat, a delicious late night snack, and are great to have on hand when company drops by.
To store at room temperature, place the brownies in an airtight container. They’ll easily keep for 3 days. After that, you may notice them dry out, but they’re still edible. Stale brownies make a really great addition to parfait and ice cream.
You can either freeze the brownie in one large block or after it has been cut. Either way wrap in plastic wrap and then again with foil, or place in a ziploc bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. The chocolate candies can also be frozen on top of the brownies, or separately to be added later.
Fudgy Brownies Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 350°.
- Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Sift the flour, cocoa powder and salt and place in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
- Pour the hot, melted butter oil and sugar in a medium bowl and whisk really well.
- Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk an additional minute. Add the flour/cocoa/salt and slowly whisk together until just combined.
- Pour into your prepared baking dish and top with chopped chocolate.
- Bake for 28-32 minutes or until no the middle no longer jiggle (these will be fudgy so a toothpick check in the middle will still be dirty – just give it a shake to make sure it's not jiggling and it should be done).
Not only are the Godiva chocolates perfect on brownies, but they’re great to enjoy on their own and make great gifts!! Since we know these chocolates are so popular, we wanted to come up with a few thank you gift ideas using these goodies (plus some free tags to go with them).
You can throw them in a jar, a gable box, a takeout box – you name it!! There are so many great ways to package these chocolates and adding a cute tag reminding the recipient that they’re sweet and appreciated is even better. We added some to a jar as well as a takeout box and they were perfect!
We ended up making some tags that show gratitude that also have “Happy Thanksgiving” on them. They’d be perfect to attach to Godiva Masterpieces packages and hand out at Thanksgiving. We also made some general tags that could be handed out any time of year. 😉
TO DOWN THE TAGS, CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW:
I can’t wait to gift the new Godiva Masterpieces to friends and family this holiday season. I mean, who doesn’t LOVE getting chocolate?! And the best part is that you can find both bars and bags of individually wrapped chocolate at your local Target, Walmart, Walgreens and even grocery stores. SCORE!!
For more information about Godiva Masterpieces be sure to head HERE. Or you can find them on Facebook – Instagram – Pinterest – Twitter. Curious – which Godiva Masterpieces chocolate do you want to try first??
I know you’ll love them! ENJOY!