Dark Chocolate Truffle BrowniesSaturday, December 10, 2016
This blog post was sponsored by Starbucks but the opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
The holidays are in full swing! While I don't typically go crazy with baked goods, brownies are something I can't resist. This season, I've partnered with Starbucks® coffee and Lindt chocolate, a perfect pairing that inspired a decadent holiday treat. My trip to Target this month gave me a ton of ideas for holiday cooking, decorating and gifts. After picking up Starbucks' Holiday Blend and a few bags of Lindt LINDOR Milk Chocolate Truffles, my mind starting spinning with all the ways coffee and chocolate could inspire my holiday menus.
I cook with chocolate and coffee often - in savory applications - but I wanted to play with something sweet while I'm indulging this time of year. I've always enjoyed Alice Medrich's brownie recipe. It's made with all cocoa powder, so all the fat comes from melted butter, yielding a super rich and fudgy brownie. To up the ante, I browned the butter, used dark cocoa powder and added coffee to the batter, which brings out even more of the chocolate flavor. After the brownies baked and cooled, I melted chocolate to make a creamy layer of ganache that was poured over the top and allowed to set. My batch of brownies pictured was topped with crushed candy canes for Christmas. This will work with any other topping, my second favorite being crushed pistachios! The end result is a moist, fudgy brownie bottom with a ganache layer that melts into your mouth like chocolate truffles. The sweet crunch of peppermint is a perfect finish!
Another reason I love to make these brownies is because they're fancy enough to set out on a serving platter for a holiday gathering, but they are also easy to wrap up and give as gifts. I was able to find everything I needed at my trip to Target to make these cute gift bags filled with wrapped brownies, Lindt LINDOR truffles, a Starbucks K-Cup pod and a candy cane. It's always fun to give, but taking the time to bake and sit down with a cup of coffee to make gift bags also helped me get into the spirit! Read below for this amazing brownie recipe, and visit Target for great deals on Starbucks and Lindt products to make your holidays special!
10 tbsp unsalted butter, preferably European style
1 3/4 cups turbinado sugar
3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder*
1 tbsp very finely ground coffee or instant coffee
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cold large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
8 oz. good quality semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp butter, preferably European style
Total Time: 3 hours or up to 24 hours if marinating overnight
Yield: Serves 4
Special Equipment: 8x8 square cake pan, parchment paper, silicone spatula
- Buy 3 and save $6 (VIA: $4.30 each, Roast and Ground Coffee: $5.99 11 or 12oz,
- $9.99 for 20oz K-CUP:
- $9.99 9 and 16-ct Starbucks and Tazo