This copycat recipe for Starbucks Double Fudge Brownies is EASILY my all-time favorite. I am notoriously fickle about brownies and these are the perfect blend of cakey and fudgey. They are rich, loaded with chocolate, and have just a hint of coffee. You’ll love ’em.
UPDATE January 2018. This brownie recipe has remained one of my favorites since I wrote it waaaay back in August 2012. It has remained one of your favorites, too! With the actual recipe I haven’t changed a thing, but it was definitely time to update my hilariously bad photos so that maybe you guys can take me a little bit seriously. Thanks for reading here and loving me even when the pictures didn’t reflect the quality of the recipe! If you’d like to see one of said terrible photos, just scroll on down past the recipe card. I saved you one.
What had happened was…
I have this friend Michelle at I’m Not Hungry, I’m Addicted who lives out all her sugar cravings vicariously through this blog. If I’m being realistic here, there are probably other blogs, but!! They don’t take requests. So Michelle was in desperate need of a brownie, but not just any brownie. She wanted a Starbucks Double Fudge Brownie duplicate.
I am ashamed to admit that I had never ever had a Starbucks brownie. [Update: I have now ABSOLUTELY had a Starbucks Double Fudge Brownie. They ARE amazing. But these are better.]
They have seduced me with Reduced Fat Blueberry Coffee Cake and Pumpkin Cream Cheese loaves to my heart’s content, but typically when I make it to Starbucks I just consume an absurd amount of liquid calories. Hellooo Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino and Gingerbread Latte. But I take this kind of research seriously. Chad and I made our way to happy coffee mecca and I was totally prepared to order a very small (tall?) light mocha coconut thing with a side of 400 calorie brownie. You know, for educational purposes.
Except my Starbucks does not serve brownies.
Because they are
mean focusing on sandwiches and banana bread for the drive-thru interstate traffic. Gah.
Just for that I ordered the biggest, full-fattiest, frozen coffee concoction I could think of. With whipped cream. Which may or may not have been a really great idea right before a beach trip.
I proceeded to read a bunch of substandard copycat recipes, look at a billion Starbucks Double Fudge Brownie photos, and read the ingredients provided on their website. Then I winged it.
FORTUNATELY, my momma’s birthday that fell near the beginning of our beach trip provided me with a lovely excuse to bake brownies and not eat the whole pan.
But I could have eaten the whole pan.
Because these brownies are insanely awesome.
Which is an important quality, especially when the brownie needs to be worthy of my insanely awesome mom.
My mom still makes Easter baskets for all five of us kids. She still throws a family party for every one of our birthdays. She stuffs our stockings on Christmas and still hangs the ornaments we made in pre-school on the Christmas tree. She is thoughtful and adorable and so much fun. My mom stayed up late at night to help with school projects, played with us every summer in the pool, always made our Halloween costumes, and still worked more hours outside the home than anyone I have ever met in my entire life.
If I could be even a fraction of the mom that she is, I would consider that a complete success.
You can see why I needed these brownies to be phenomenal and amazing, right? Right.
Since I was unable to locate an ACTUAL Starbucks Double Fudge Brownie, this recipe is my guesstimation of what all the descriptions said it should be — the perfect hybrid of fudgey and cake-like, moist, rich, dense, loaded with dark chocolate and just a hint of espresso flavor.
Amazing. Momma’s-birthday-worthy. Brownies.
Totally worthy of Starbucks, too. I cooled these completely in the pan and then lifted the parchment paper out to cut the brownies into 15 pieces. I wrapped them individually and then put them in a freezer bag and froze them a week before we left for the beach. The day we made sundaes I just set the freezer bag out on the counter and by the afternoon they were perfect.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 455 Total Fat: 25g Saturated Fat: 15g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 74mg Sodium: 130mg Carbohydrates: 55g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 40g Protein: 6g
THIS my version of how a brownie should be.
I cooled these completely in the pan and then lifted the parchment paper out to cut the brownies into 15 pieces. I wrapped them individually and then put them in a freezer bag and froze them a week before we left for the beach. The day we made sundaes I just set the freezer bag out on the counter and by the afternoon they were perfect.
Here we have one of the original images from my Starbucks Double Fudge Brownies post. I have not a clue in the world why I thought that not cropping out my toes was acceptable. Obviously feet and brownies don’t really go together.
I mean… every food blogger I know has set up on the floor for overhead shots of things. We are a weird breed. But food bloggers with experience typically know better than to include toes in photos, with or without a pedicure. In 2012 I didn’t have any experience. It’s ok. You can laugh at me.