Hot Chocolate Brownies

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Hi there! Hope everyone is enjoying their President's Day! I'm spending mine by doing some recipe testing. I'm definitely going to have some interesting recipes and experiments for you in March. Probably less chocolate since I'm doing so much this month. :) Any recipe requests?

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I have to tell you all something. I tried hot yoga for the first time. It was my first yoga class I've ever taken. I've done a yoga workout DVD several times, but not an actual class. I was very nervous, but excited; I'd heard a lot about hot yoga and was eager to try it.

I met some friends at the studio, and when we walked in, it was packed with people. Then class started, the door closed, and the heat came on - 105 degrees of heat. I was able to keep up and didn't feel too out of place, since I was a little familiar with yoga. I wasn't able to do all of the poses, but hopefully I'll get better.

Anyway, about five minutes into class, I was already sweating. I usually don't sweat that much when I work out (I know you're rolling your eyes at me, really, I don't!), but by the end of class (90 minutes later), I was drenched. All of my friends were drenched, too; it was like we had taken showers. I couldn't believe it.

I felt like I just had a facial when I left class... my skin felt really soft and smooth. Was it from all the sweating? And I had a lot of energy! So I think I'll be taking more hot yoga classes. Would you take a hot yoga class? Or do you think it's too nutty?

All of that hot yoga made me hungry. Hungry for Hot Chocolate Brownies.

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I think you can make good brownies only using cocoa powder. I don't think you necessarily have to use melted chocolate in a brownie. And for these, I didn't - I used cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, salt, melted butter, sugar and salt. Just a nice, simple brownie recipe with a little pizzazz. The pizzazz comes from the milk and white chocolate chips I stirred into the batter, and the mini marshmallows I placed on top.

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I love mini marshmallows. I think they're fun.

These brownies were delicious and did taste like a mug of hot cocoa. They were slightly chewy, firm, and fudgy.

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Hot Chocolate Brownies

3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, divided
3/4 cup mini marshmallows

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with foil; coat foil with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, sugar and egg until well combined. Whisk in dry ingredients until just combined. Stir in white chocolate chips and 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips until combined. Scrape batter into prepared dish and top with additional 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips

Bake 20-25 minutes or until set and crusty looking around the edges. Top with marshmallows; flatten marshmallows with the tips of your fingers. Dust additional cocoa powder on top, if desired.

Makes 9 brownies


48 comments:

  1. I really like the plate... and the brownies of course!

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  2. Those do look down right delicious! However, since I just got done with my workout, the only thing I'll be doing to these, is looking at them! They look pretty simple too, maybe I should...

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  3. Angicoock, don't go to sleep!

    Vanessa, thanks! I think my mom might have bought it at Marshalls. It was a Christmas gift last year.

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  4. Hot yoga sounds like a hot mess of fun! Awesome!

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  5. I made hot chocolate cookies for my students this Christmas and they were a HUGE hit ... I am sure these would be too!! I just might have to bake them a batch for Easter.

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  6. These brownies look picture perfect. I especially love the toasted mini marshmallows on top. They look awesome.

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  7. They look delicious and I'm a big fan of mini marshmallows too!

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  8. Mmm I need to make some brownies now.

    I tried a few hot yoga classes, and you're right, it really does make you feel awesome afterwards! But, since it's nice and warm in there, your body allows you to stretch more, and the next day I am always so, so sore! I've heard people say it's not as safe as regular yoga cause you could hurt yourself, but I think it is totally fine as long as you know not to push yourself too much!

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  9. I barely sweat when I work out too so I totally understand. I've thought about doing hot yoga but I already pay for a gym membership and they don't offer it. Maybe one of these days when I have a bit more spending money :P

    These brownies look delicious! I could totally curl up with them in front of a fire on a wintry night!

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  10. Yum, yum, yum!!

    I have had many of my friends talk about the hot yoga classes....haven't seen them locally yet.

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  11. Wow these brownies looks heavenly!!! Hot chocolate brownies = brilliant! Love the pics!!

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  12. I think a hot yoga class would be fun! I have been wanting to take a yoga class so now i'm going to have to see if there are hot yoga classes where I live! The only yoga I've ever done has been on the wii! Your brownies look like the perfect treat for after a workout.....or for anytime!

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  13. I *might* be able to withstand hot yoga if I could be promised one of these brownies at the end. :-)

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  14. Oh Emily beautiful brownies! I love the plate, where did you get it from?

    xxjO

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  15. The brownies look amazing!! And simple to make!

    Yoga! Congrats! I have been a yoga teacher for 10 years. I love reading about people who try yoga for the 1st time and love it!

    I am not a fan of hot/bikram yoga as MUCH as other styles. I prefer ashtanga/power/vinyasa-based styles. But there is a yoga for everyone, that is for sure. Glad you loved it and got a "facial" in the process :)

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  16. My boss does hot yoga and the girl is ripped!

    Now onto these brownies...yum!

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  17. wonderful site and decadent recipe!

    agreed with others on the hot yoga front. i'm recovering from a knee injury (and before that, a back injury). bikram is SO tough in the process but the effects are absolutely remarkable... plus they allow us to munch on plenty of the chocolate goodness posted above!

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  18. Those look completely decadent and totally delicious...just the way brownies should look!!

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  19. I'd take a hot yoga class if they offered it,and I'd take two of these brownies and then a Zoomba class.

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  20. I would kill for one of those. And pay big bucks.

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  21. oh em, you have the BEST recipe ideas!! those brownies look great...
    the hot yoga- not so much! i hate the heat, just the thought of 105 degrees makes me want to pass out! but good luck to you with it.

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  22. I have always been curious by hot yoga. I'm glad you kept up in class and followed up with these brownies. Yum!

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  23. Hot yoga class has always intrigued me! I always wonder how it will be like sweating an EXTRA bucketful while doing yoga. Must take lots of concentration doesn't it?

    On the other hand,I bet hot chocolate brownies are easy to devour in a flash if you aren't concentrating huh? :)

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  24. Can't wait to see what you have cooked up for us (ha ha) in your recipe tests.

    Once upon a time I never would have believed that a cocoa brownie could be as good as a melted chocolate one, but I'm learning to change my mind on that one. At first i wondered ifyou were using hot cocoa mix as your chocolate base when I read the recipe title. ;-)

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  25. mmmmm love the mini marshmallows on top! as for hot yoga... I think I'd pass out LOL regular yoga is fun though :)

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  26. These brownies look fantastic! Love the addition of the little marshmallows. These pictures have convinced me that I need brownies in my life ASAP!

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  27. I've done hot yoga a few times. Like you, I'd only done yoga before from some DVD's and I could do a lot of the poses, but not all. I was amazed at people who could do a headstand... hopefully I'll be able to do that one day. I love the way it makes my skin feel too. It's definitely a killer workout. My first couple of times I was sore for days afterwards. The only reason I don't go more often is because it's a little pricey.

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  28. i just found your blog and i love it!
    i'm a little food blogger myself and it's always fun to find others! I'll have to become your newest follower! :)

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  29. Your yoga sounds interesting. I haven't done yoga as a class...just cross training and zumba. Have you heard of zumba? I think you would like that :) And these brownies. Yum! I think I need to make them for this weekend.

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  30. these would be a sure hit at my house! My kids LOVE hot cocoa...and who doesn't love brownies? great combo!

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  31. Thanks everyone!

    Erica, I think you're right. We took a lot of breaks so it wasn't that bad.

    Joanne, the class is only $5, which seems reasonable to me.

    Jo, Marshalls.

    Averie, I wish I could take your class! I bet it's fun being a teacher. I'd like to experiment with different types of yoga. Except baby yoga. :)

    Shannon, a headstand would be nuts! I don't think I could ever do that. I'm curious to see if it did really have an effect on my skin.

    Hi Brittany! Thanks for stopping by!

    Holly, I would love to try zumba. They offered that at the gym I went to for a while.

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  32. These looks gooey and chocolatey and sooo yummy! Great pics..my mouth is watering.

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  33. marshmallows improve everything, that's my belief.
    incidentally, i could never do hot yoga. i sweat just sitting down in a 60 degree room, so i'd probably die doing that kind of workout. :)

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  34. These look so good! I love that they can be so rich and chocolatey despite not having chocolate in them :)

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  35. I just made these, and they turned out great! The batter was a little dry, (added some water) but then again I doubled it for a 9x13 pan...
    I love your blog, especially how you create most of the recipes while most bloggers take them from other blog/cookbooks...beautiful pictures too!

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  36. seriously.
    seriously...
    deliciously amazing!

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  37. These really do taste like hot chocolate! Made them this morning along with your vanilla ice cream - YUM! We are having friends over tonight for dinner & I think they will love dessert :) Thanks for posting!

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  38. Oh, quick question - how do you get the brownies to slice so clean? Mine were a bit crumbly upon slicing.

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  39. Hi Kristin, I'm so glad you liked them! I line my baking dish with foil and coat it with cooking spray.

    After the brownies have cooled, I lift out the foil and transport the brownies to a cutting board and slice into squares. Sometimes I chill brownies/bars in the the refrigerator too, because that helps with clean slicing.

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  40. Thanks, Emily! I will give that a try next time.

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  41. could I sub the unsweetened cocoa powder with actual hot cocoa powder, and decrease the amount of sugar?

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  42. I absolutely love these brownies...I remember finding this recipe a while ago, making it and loving it so much I ended up doubling it the next weekend. I just changed the toppings a bit (using a mixed bag of milk choco / peanut butter chips) but I love this recipe so much that when I heard my best friend wanted brownies for her birthday, I knew exactly what to make! It took a bit of googling to find this page again but I'm bookmarking for sure this time, for whenever I get the brownie craving again!

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