Sunday, March 27, 2011

Baking with Dorie: Brrrr-ownies

Have you ever tried working in the kitchen with a toddler? How about baking? Baking chocolate brownies with loads of sugar and chocolate? I did today, and it was fun. Crazy, but fun. 

This week's Baking with Dorie recipe was a perfect one to try with Baby Zipora because it was super easy. A one-bowl recipe, no electric mixer required.

And she was delighted to help. She mixed, chopped and tasted. She was especially good at tasting. 

This recipe's a real keeper. Chocolaty. Minty. And so easy even a two-year-old could make it.  

Brrrr-ownies, adapted from the recipe on page 103 of Dorie Greenspan's Baking
The original recipe calls for York Peppermint Pattie bites, but I wanted a non-dairy version so I used Paskesz Mint Thins. It also calls for a combination of bittersweet and unsweetened chocolate, which I didn't have on hand. I substituted chocolate chips and reduced the sugar. Guess what? The recipe came out just perfect. And it was in the oven in less than 10 minutes from when I started!

5 tablespoons margarine
6 ounces chocolate chips
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1/3 cup flour
6 ounces York peppermint pattie bites, or 1 package Paskesz mint thins, chopped in bits

Preheat the oven to 325*. Line an 8-inch baking pan with foil and spray the foil with some Pam. 

Combine the margarine and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for a couple of minutes, till melted and smooth but not so hot that the margarine separates. 

Stir in the sugar (don't worry if it gets grainy). Whisk in the eggs, and then add the vanilla. Whisk for another minute or so.

Stir in the flour and the peppermint bits. 

Scrape the batter into the pan and smooth out the top. Bake for about 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a rack and cool to room temperature. 

Peel away the foil and cut into 16 squares. 


  1. Wow, beautiful pictures! Look delicious!

  2. This looks yum--and since the flour amount is so small and I sure that you could make these for Pesach using potato starch and using Passover mints. How awesome would that be?

  3. Laura - funny you should say that! I was thinking the same thing. I'm going to see if I can get some mint thins and try it. It would make a REALLY good pesach cake.

  4. Do you think potato starch could be subbed or would nuts have enough power to hold these together.
    I have a fabulous Pesach brownie recipe. It might be the easiest to add mint candies of some kind, if they make them. I doubt they do, though.

    Yours are beautiful.

  5. As always, I love your photos & the brownies look very fudgey.
    My toddler is never far from me when I'm baking/cooking & these photos reminded me that I haven't taken any like these in a long while. THanks for the inspiration & for baking with us this week.

  6. Hi Rivki,

    Your pic of your little one is priceless! Can't wait to try out these this evening.

  7. I'm guessing that picture of the little tike is a before picture. Pretty sure the after picture has more chocolate than child.

  8. Your brownies look great. I like the idea of less sugar, I thought they were plenty rich!

    Your little baker sure is cute!

  9. You know, this recipe is not so different from the Passover chocolate cookies that I made, so I absolutely certain that potato starch (and or cocoa powder would be a satisfactory substitute for the flour).

  10. Brownies are my favorite dessert, period. These were simple enough I just had to try them right away (using some old candy bars that I had kicking around because I didn't have mints). Yeah, I ended up eating way too many. I love that they came out not-too-sweet!

  11. What a beautiful smile on your daughter and what great photos.

  12. Your daughter is beautiful! Baking with toddlers is always a good time and, you're right, this was a great recipe for toddler assistance. Thanks for baking with me this week!


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