Chewy fudge brownies from scratch

Chewy fudge brownies from scratch

 

From birthdays, to Christmas holiday cookie swaps, to diet cheat days, this gooey recipe can be made on the fly with staple pantry ingredients. It’s a top-quality homemade brownie recipe that will make you forget boxed mixes exist. These brownies are surprisingly fudgy with no oil or milk. Instead, premium Ghiradelli chocolate chips melted into the batter create chewy fudge brownies you can pull off at home. 

Channeling Ghirardelli Square in SF

These fudgy brownies remind of my San Francisco office days when I worked off busy Market Street, close to the Ghirardelli Ice Cream Shop. The shop workers passed out dark chocolate caramel Ghiradelli bites to people passing by. I often passed by.

I’d snag a Ghirardelli chocolate as I ran across the street to catch the train, sticking the candy into my bag so I could find my MUNI train card. I’d always find the candy days later out of the blue. The feeling was about as great as finding cash in your recently washed jeans. 

In honor of my time in SF, I chose to pack these fudgy brownies with Ghirardelli chocolate chips. Using really good chocolate takes the gooeyness up a notch, so I’d plan on grabbing chocolate chips worthy of a gourmet dessert.  

Stunning Brownies

To help you successfully pull off at-home fudge brownies (and avoid baking mishaps along the way) here are a few brownie pointers:

  • Line the baking pan with parchment paper so you can eat the chewy brownie corners (instead of getting a workout in as you try to pry them from your bakeware)
  • Don’t add eggs to the melted butter until the butter is near room temperature (unless, of course, you’re in the mood for sugary scrambled eggs)
  • Opt for good ingredients, like premium Ghirardelli chocolate
  • Don’t bake these brownies for longer than 30 minutes – they may not seem done, but they will keep baking once pulled from the oven

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Creative ways to GARNISH BROWNIES

Cupcakes aren’t the only dessert that can carry a fun garnish. Make these brownies stand out on the dessert table with a memorable topping: 

  • Fresh berries like strawberries or raspberries
  • Cream cheese frosting with a sprinkle of fresh chopped mint
  • Cooked bacon crumbles (with maple drizzle??)

Enjoy your chewy fudge brownies!

I hope your fudge brownies make you a rockstar at your next holiday cookie swap, baby shower or party. If you’re looking for another crowd-pleasing party dessert, check out my chocolate dipped banana bites – they taste like ice cream!

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Recipe for chewy fudge brownies from scratch via sipbitego.com
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These chewy fudge brownies are perfect for holidays, parties and desserts throughout the year.
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12 brownies
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Servings: brownies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º and line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper (or grease with butter). Mix eggs and vanilla and set aside. Instead of melting the butter in the microwave, melt it with the sugar in a sauce pan on the stove to get a thick and creamy base for your fudge brownies. Mix melted butter and sugar until smooth. Once the mixture is cool (to avoid scrambling the eggs), add in eggs and vanilla and stir until smooth. In another bowl, mix the cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and flour. Mix in dry ingredients to the batter. Add chocolate chips and spread the batter in a pan. Bake for about 26 minutes. If you have to keep them in the oven longer, don't bake them for longer than 30 minutes.
Peanut butter and chocolate banana bites

Peanut butter and chocolate banana bites

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Supposably these will last a week in the freezer.

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While the chocolate is hot and melty, sprinkle with mixed nuts, coconut flakes, dried cranberries, a little salt, a swirl of peanut butter sauce (mix a little PB with equal parts warm almond milk). Nothing to add? They’ll be delicious either way.

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Just a half hour in the freezer and they are ready to eat. YUM.

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2 ripe bananas
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
3 tbsp almond milk
toppings (jelly, nuts, coconut)

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Oven Baked PEAR Chips with Cinnamon and Sugar

Oven Baked PEAR Chips with Cinnamon and Sugar

Your favorite new healthy snack? Oven baked cinnamon pear chips!

Today I present to you one of my favorite Fall snacks to make with crisp, ripe, brown-skinned Bosc pears: oven baked pear chips with cinnamon and sugar. It gets bonus points because fruit chips are a healthier option than regular potatoes chips, too. If you can’t wait to eat these for dessert, serve as an appetizer and reduce the amount of sugar. These chips look beautiful and add a crunch to cheese plates (bonus tip: they taste great with a drizzle of wild honey).

Before you call my bluff, I’ll do it. This post was originally about apple crisps. Yes, it is summer – should I have known there would be no apples? Summer is more like fall in San Francisco. Although, it seems the grocery stores don’t know that. I couldn’t find an apple to save my life. Berries – check. Oranges – check. Plums – in ridiculous abundance. But apples? no where in sight (okay, after I put pears in my basket I noticed a stash of apples, but it was too late to turn back).

I opted for organic Bosc pear chips, the ones with the brown skin. You could also start with green pear chips – they are usually a bit sweeter.

Prepare pears for crunchiness

In the past I’ve torn apple crisps to shreds as I pry their lifeless paper-thin strips from “nonstick” cookie sheets. Now I recommend putting down parchment paper on the cookie sheet first to create pear crisps you can easily move from the oven to a bowl.

Spices needed for cinnamon pear chips

Instead of seasoning the chips at the end, I prefer to sprinkle cinnamon on the pears right before putting them in the oven. You can also sprinkle on ginger, nutmeg or cloves to make this recipe your own. Once your oven baked pear chips are done you can sprinkle a little more cinnamon and add a dusting of sugar to the crisps. Brown sugar or stevia also works.

This is super easy, you’ll probably breeze through the photo steps, so let’s dive right in!

Decapitate + mandolin your pear

Conservatively remove the stem top and bottom from the pear. Next you’ll want to get slices so think you’ll need a mandolin to help. (it’s a smart investment) I used the 1 + 2 settings on my progressive mandolin slicer to make thin slices. Paper thin slices will help them crisp up quickly, but you’ll need extra baking sheets.

How long it takes to cook pear chips

If your cinnamon pear crisps aren’t ready, they will be a bit chewy and the pear will look doughy and not toasted and crunchy. It’s difficult to provide exact time expectations for this recipe since it depends how thick you slice the pears on the mandolin. I love my progressive mandolin (if you’re in the market for one). It has a guide so you don’t nip your fingers and the chips come out a consistent size so they cook evenly.

Paper thin slices will help them crisp up quickly, but you’ll need extra baking sheets.

Emerge ’em!

Place pair chips in boiling water for a few minutes to soften them up. Add sprinkles of cinnamon or other spices at this time but remember its most important to add spices right before putting them in the oven.

Arrange pear chips on a baking sheet.

You’ll thank yourself later if you lay down parchment paper first. You’ll need about one baking sheet for each half of a pear.

Sprinkle your seasonings.

You can keep it simple and make cinnamon pear chips, or you can experiment with ginger, cloves, brown sugar or another seasoning of your choice.

Pop them in the oven at 250 degrees.

Check on them every half hour, turning them over once one side gets crispy. Usually they are finished within 1.5 hours.

Cinnamon pear chips accomplished!

When they are nice and crunchy, they are done!

More healthy snack recipes for you

  1. Peanut butter and chocolate banana bites from my own kitchen taste like ice cream + can be made ahead.
  2. These easy, healthy apple chips don’t require a dehydrator or sugar, via Miss Marzipan from Stockholm.
  3. I’m drooling for this sweet caramel pear pie with oat crumble from A Cozy Kitchen.
  4. Easy baked zucchini chips turn your veggies into a crunchy snack from Sweet C’s.
  5. Check out my healthy snacks + desserts Pinterest board to help inspire healthy snacking ideas.