Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween Brownies anyone?

The m and m's may suggest "kid" food, but the brownie is all about the adults

Full disclosure; the following recipe is not my usual healthy take on a classic recipe. This is pure unadulterated sugar, butter and CHOCOLATE...but oh so good on an occasional basis; particularly over Halloween.

That said, the brownies described are a new recipe to me. I typically make either a healthier version or if I'm going all out, I use a recipe that calls for many more eggs than I had left in my refrigerator.  So I set out on a google search for a rich, no holds barred, brownie recipe that only required 4 eggs.

Enter David Lebovitz. He calls these his absolute best brownies and the man does not lie. I didn't change the recipe much, except I recommend using  parchment instead of foil and I doubled the recipe to bake enough for a party. Also, to Halloween-ify them, I dotted the top with orange m and m's, 10 mins before they finished baking.

Something I learned from the Baked gods, you can freeze a brownie very successfully. Who knew? You just triple wrap them in cling wrap and let them defrost at room temperature when you feel the craving. Having learned that useful snippet, I see no point in ever baking a small pan.

Anyway, these are super-decadent, fudgy rich brownies. Bake them at your waistline's peril. I had hoped to take some to a Halloween party, but there's no way they'll last that long.

Halloween Brownies


12 tablespoons butter
16 oz dark chocolate (chips or chopped)
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup all purpose flour
Orange m and m's


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Butter a 9x 13" baking pan, line it with parchment, leaving 2" extra on 2 sides. Then butter the parchment paper.
  3. Using a low heat, melt the butter in a medium sized pot 
  4. When melted, turn the heat off 
  5. Add the chocolate and stir until melted 
  6. Stir in the sugar and vanilla 
  7. Stir in the eggs beating or whisking vigorously until combined 
  8. Finally add the flour and stir "energetically" for 1 full minute until the mix looks glossy and the graininess of the sugar has gone (apparently this is the key to success with this recipe)
  9. Pour the mix into the prepared pan and into the center of the oven 
  10. Cook for 20 minutes then remove the brownies and push in the m and m's to the almost set batter
  11. Return the pan to the oven for a further 10-15 minutes or until the center of the brownies is just set.
  12. Cool the brownies in the pan
  13. When completely cool, lift the brownies out of the pan by the parchment paper and cut them into squares

These will keep in an airtight container for 4 days (good luck with keeping them that long!) and will freeze beautifully (see above).



  1. Ummm where were these yesterday?? LOL

  2. Just in my head at that point! The baking happened when the kids went to bed...ahhhh

  3. OMG - they look sound delicious...on the upside not much flour in them so can't be that bad!!! When's this snow coming so I'm trapped and just HAVE to make them ;-)