Fat M&Ms Brownies

by Heather on February 14, 2011

Chocolate. The quintessential Valentines Day necessity. Since tomorrow’s the big day (and it’s already late the night before), you may be scurrying to come up with a sweet treat to celebrate. Look no further!

These brownies have been on my mental must-bake list for a couple months now, ever since I bought the Fat Witch cookbook. I had bought a bag of plain dark M&Ms to snack on and bring a little holiday color to our home. Alex said he doesn’t like them because there are too many red ones and they taste different because of the dye. Really? Hmmm, I don’t think so. Well, to avoid eating the whole bag myself, I thought it’d be best to throw them in the batch.

If you are lucky enough to have access to a Trader Joe’s, and don’t already have this in stock at your home, pick it up right now. It is the best baking chocolate and this huge bar (17.6 oz!) is a steal for $4.99. Milk chocolate is also available, and bittersweet, too, if I remember correctly. Seriously, one of TJ’s best products. It is smooth and rich- definitely of high caliber.

These brownies are super rich and fudgy! I kept finding little pockets of chocolate throughout as I nibbled along.  They are quite thick, so you can cut them into bite-size pieces if you need to stretch the recipe. If you don’t have the chocolate bar, a 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. of chocolate chips would work great. The M&Ms are also just an added bonus. Instead, you could add a 1/2 cup chopped nuts, any kind of chips or nothing more at all!

Fat M&Ms Brownies, inspired by Fat Witch Brownies

14 tbsp. unsalted butter (1 3/4 sticks)
4 oz. bittersweet or dark baking chocolate
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Grease a 9×9-inch baking pan with cooking spray or butter. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Melt the butter and chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently. Set aside to cool. Cream the sugar, eggs and vanilla together. Add the cooled chocolate mixture and mix until well blended.

Measure the flour and salt and then sift together into the chocolate mixture. Mix the batter gently until well combined and no dry ingrenends are visible. Stir in any extras (nuts, M&Ms, chips, etc).

Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking pan and bake about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center come out clean. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack for an hour. Cut just before serving.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

BethT February 14, 2011 at 5:05 am

Are you enjoying the Fat Witch book? I need to break it out soon! I loved it for the last month of my pregnancy and then got too busy to use it :)

Heather February 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Yes, it’s excellent! I’ve only made these and the hermit bars, but so far, so good.

Nicole February 14, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I use those Pound Plus bars from Trader Joe’s too! I was there this weekend and they now have unsweetened and semisweet (65%) chocolate disks that are quite cheap ($2 for 8 ounces). The disks are easy to chop up and melt really easily, so more reasons to go to Trader Joes!

Those brownies look so great!

Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen February 15, 2011 at 3:28 am

Yummy! These brownies are making my mouthwater!! I bet they tasted great! :)

Danielle February 15, 2011 at 5:11 am

Yum. I’m definitely going to make these. Brownies from scratch are always the way to go.
Funny, I’ve never bought those chocolate bricks at TJs. I’m going to have to grab one next time I am there.

Crepes of Wrath February 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I love love love Fat Witch! I need to get the cookbook so I can add it to my NY-based favorite, Baked!

Sues February 15, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I LOVE the Pound Plus chocolate bar at TJ’s :) These look awesomely fudgy and the m&ms are a fabulous added touch!

Delishhh February 17, 2011 at 5:48 pm

This is my type of dessert! Browies without baking powder are the best!

Jessica February 18, 2011 at 6:57 am

These look AMAZING! So yum!

Rene February 21, 2011 at 7:43 am

Trader Joe’s Pound Plus bars also are fantastic for tempering. If I remember correctly there’s two kinds of bittersweet chocolate – a brown packaging and then the red packing (72%) that you have. I think the brown packaged one is better for munching, but I don’t like that dark of chocolate. I love the 72% for chocolate desserts that have a lot of sugar in them though :).

They also sell the pound plus bars with almonds in them. Yum! And I just read that they now also have white chocolate, but not in pound plus sizes unfortunately.

cait February 26, 2011 at 9:25 pm

just came across your blog! it’s fabulous! you have some great insight on your posts! that looks amazing! i love brownies :)

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