Ultimate Chocolate Brownies

Prep Time:
10 mins
Bake Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
16 brownies


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cup Vanilla Sugar (below)

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 6 ounce candy-coated semisweet chocolate pieces; miniature chocolate-covered mint creams, quartered; any chocolate-covered candy bar, coarsely chopped; or a combination to total 1 cup

  • ½ cup coconut, toasted nuts, or miniature marshmallows

Vanilla Sugar

  • 4 cup sugar

  • 1 vanilla bean


  1. Layer ingredients in order listed in a 1-quart glass jar, tapping jar gently on the counter to settle each layer before adding the next one. If necessary, fill any small gaps at top of jar by adding additional candy, nuts, or miniature marshmallows. Secure lid. Include recipe directions for preparing brownies with gift.

    Recipe Directions:

  2. In a large bowl combine 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled, and 2 slightly beaten eggs. Add jar contents, stirring gently until combined. Spread in a greased and floured 8x8x2-inch baking pan. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 35 minutes. Cool in pan and cut into bars. Makes 16 brownies.

Vanilla Sugar

  1. Fill a quart jar with sugar. Cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise and insert both halves into sugar. Secure lid and store in a cool dry place for several weeks before using. Will keep indefinitely. Makes 4 cups.

Prepare Ultimate Chocolate Brownies as directed through step 1. Store up to 6 weeks at room temperature or up to 6 months in the freezer. (Or prepare brownies as directed through step 2. Cool completely. Arrange in layers separated by waxed paper in a freezer container. Seal, label, and freeze up to 3 months.) To serve: Use dry mixture to prepare brownies as directed in step 2. (Or thaw frozen brownies in freezer container at room temperature for 15 minutes.)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

229 Calories
10g Fat
33g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 229
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 126mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Protein 3g
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 0.7mg 4%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.