Sugar Dish Me

"if you can read, you can cook" -my momma

Starbucks Double Fudge Brownie

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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. They have seduced me with Reduced Fat Blueberry Coffee Cake and Pumpkin Cream Cheese loaves to my hearts content, but typically when I make it to Starbucks (which is kind of a drive from Nowheresville, NC) 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 drove me down to happy coffee mecca and I was totally prepared to order a very small (tall?) light mocha coconut frappuccino 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.

brownie batter with espresso powder
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.

brownie batter with chocolate chunks
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.

a pan of Double Fudge Brownies and red sparkle toes

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.

how to improve a brownie
Totally worthy of Starbucks, too.

Starbucks Double Fudge Brownies

my version of how a brownie should be

adapted from here, here, here, and here


8 ounces of unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

12 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups granulated sugar

4 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 teaspoons instant espresso powder OR instant coffee granules

2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chunks

To Make

Line a 9 X 13 baking pan with parchment paper or foil. Butter the parchment paper or foil generously and set the pan aside. Pre-heat the oven to 350. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set that aside for a minute. Melt the butter in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped chocolate and, stirring very frequently, melt the chocolate into the butter. You can also do this with a double boiler. Set the melty chocolate adide and resist the urge to dip pretzels in it. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla. It will be nice and frothy. Stir in the espresso powder and then stir in the chocolate. Once the chocolate is completely combined, dump in the flour mixture and mix completely. Add the chocolate chunks, stir, and then pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes; a toothpick inserted into the center will come out clean.

Note: 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 on the counter and by the afternoon they were perfect.



Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

August 1, 2012 at 10:48 am

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  1. Thank you thank you thank you for this!!!

    Erin's DC Kitchen

    August 1, 2012 at 11:49 am

  2. It helps having really awesome wonderful kids! Thanks for these sweet words. The brownies were out of this world amazing! Like you! Amazing!

    Peggy Campbell

    August 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm

  3. I see pretty toes!! Your mom sounds amazing. I often wonder where our mothers get their energy and drive to STILL do so much for us. And you have 4 siblings, I can only imagine how much what she does that means to all of you! Oh those brownies look decadent. Unbelievably dark and rich. That picture of the melted chocolate being whisked into the batter? I want to swim in it!!


    August 1, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    • The melty chocolate picture was my favorite one! The brownies turned out super super. I’m a sucker for a good brownie. And yes! My toes made it into this photo… I didn’t wanna edit my sparkle pink O.P.I. out.

      My mom is really the best… and as my own kids get older I appreciate her more and more everyday. I still have no idea how she does all she does…

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      August 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

  4. These were the happiest, yummiest, most amazing brownies ever!!!!! They really do taste like something sold at Starbucks. Yay Heather!


    August 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm

  5. You satisfied that craving quick smart, this looks like an intense brownie 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    Choc Chip Uru

    August 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm

  6. Oh Heather, those brownies look perfection! And I should know, I’m a brownie expert…when it comes to eating them 😉


    August 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm

  7. YAY STARBUCKS BROWNIE!!! You are going to make a lot of peoples days with this one lol I am just one of thousands who drool over these brownies!!! haha Oh and first of all there are NO other blogs in which I can live out my cravings on (or want to for that matter!)!!! Trust me this is the only blog I read for that!!! And this post is the perfect example as to why!!! haha A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! It looks so much like the Starbucks brownie it’s unbelievable and I think you’re so fantastic for putting in all that effort and research into recreating my most favorite brownie in the world!!! I love all your pictures, I love that you take us through the process of making them, it makes me feel like I made them myself and experienced them myself and that is what I love most about your blogs!!! It’s not just a recipe and a picture it’s the whole experience!!! Reading this post satisfied my craving for brownies and now I’m good!! I know that must sound insane to a lot of people but for whatever reason it works for me!!! lol And I don’t put in requests to other bloggers…for the record! haha Speaking of requests…I bought donuts the other day (Boston Cream to be exact) and ever since I’ve been thinking about them…you know, just saying 🙂 lol BTW You’re the best!!!!!!! Thanks Heather!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    August 1, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    • Thanks so much, Michelle! Glad my chocolate addiction can be of assistance. I’m still totally fascinated by your ability to satisfy cravings by looking at photos. I’ll work out boston creme donuts soon. Oh and mac ‘n’ cheese. Upcoming posts: baked wings, loaded potato skins, and this black bean pizza that Chad talked about for a week. 🙂 Oh!! And double chocolate grasshopper ice cream sandwiches!! I almost forgot those.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      August 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

      • Those all sound amazing and delicious!! That pizza sounds killer, can’t wait for that one!!! I don’t know why pictures and stories about my favorite desserts keep me at bay but hey I ain’t questioning it lol I’m just super crazy motivated! Gotta get my healthy on haha Thanks again for taking my requests!!!


        August 3, 2012 at 10:52 pm


    For your next road trip…this will locate the brownies for you lol


    August 1, 2012 at 9:53 pm

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  10. Ooooooooohhh, oooooohhh, oooooooooooohh, you’re killing me!!


    August 1, 2012 at 10:52 pm

  11. What are your toes doing in that picture? ? I know you weren’t at the beach yet because they are still in the pan, uncut;). Looks yummy! Can I borrow your mom to nurture the kid in me?


    August 1, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    • My toes are guest starring in this photo. The light that comes in through my back door is always really pretty so sometimes I set up my shots on the floor… I could used the photos without my sparkle toes, but they weren’t nearly as much fun.

      My mom is seriously the best. Everyone should be so lucky!

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      August 2, 2012 at 10:02 am

  12. I’ve never had a Starbucks brownie either, but I’m with you on the reduced fat berry coffee cake. Yum!


    August 2, 2012 at 10:07 am

  13. I think I need to make these. Seriously. And also get a pedicure.

    Year Of Healthier Living

    August 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm

  14. Maybe I will eat them WHILE getting a pedicure. Heather, you are a genius 🙂

    Year Of Healthier Living

    August 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm

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  16. Looks friggin awesome!


    August 6, 2012 at 9:55 pm

  17. hi i was just surfing wordpress blogs and came across urs. I have a sinful sweet tooth and ur brownies look really good…I’m gonna make them soon.

    I wanted to ask u if u’ve ever made chocolate ganache? if so do u have a tried & tested recipe that it’s easy to make?

    hope u’re having a good week.

    Iram, California


    August 7, 2012 at 2:36 am

    • Hi, Iram! Hope you’ll try these brownies… they are pretty amazing. I also have a pretty insatiable sweet tooth… life is no fun without dessert! How will you be using your ganache? It’s a pretty simple process – if you can melt chocolate you can handle it! I’ve never been a fan of the chocolate ganache recipes that call for sour cream… the result is too rich and tart, but not sweet enough, so I’d stay away from those. I don’t have a recipe for chocolate ganache posted here, but here is a link to Chocolate Ganache by Joy the Baker: ; her recipes are delicious and simple and her instructions are always spot-on accurate. Best of luch with your baking project; hope you’ll swing by here again soon!

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      August 7, 2012 at 7:28 am

      • i will def. be back to ur site…thanks for the info ( i wanted to put it on a choc. cake). hope ur summer isn’t too hot yet! mine is unbearable- i live in socal and it’s horrible here! t c 🙂


        August 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm

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