Chunks of chewy and crumbly chocolate washed down with a nice latte? That sounds like my idea of heaven. Whiling away an hour with a coffee is a great way to spend an afternoon, made all the better by Starbucks Brownies. If you can’t get out to Starbucks, don’t worry. In this Starbucks copycat recipe, I’m going to show you how to make your own authentic version in the comfort of your own home, complete with some top tips to give a great result every time.
How to Make Starbucks Brownies
The best thing about our Homemade Starbucks Brownie recipe is how easy they are to make. No specialist equipment is required. You’ll be able to find everything you need in even the most basic of kitchens. You need a bowl, a spoon or spatula, and a baking tin. Simple!
We start this recipe by mixing together butter and sugar. I personally find it is easiest to do this in an electric mixer, but if you don’t have one, you can achieve results that are just as good with a whisk or spoon. It just takes a little longer. We flavor our batter with just a hint of vanilla. The dark color of our Starbucks brownies comes from cocoa powder.
If you’ve ever tried the authentic Starbucks brownies, you’ll know that they are punctuated with little crunchy chocolate pieces. We like to use chocolate chunks, but if you don’t have these chocolate chips will work just as well.
Once we have assembled our batter, it is then just a case of tipping it into a baking tray and cooling in the oven for around 30 minutes. You’ll be able to tell when the brownies are done as the edges will be cracked and slightly toasted. The key to baking brownies is not to overcook them. As they cool, the texture changes significantly. See our tips and tricks for a sure-fire way to make sure that they are perfect!
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The final step after cooling is to divide the brownies into neat little cubes. Here a secret tip, the corners are the tastiest part, so if you are cooking for guests, save a corner piece for yourself. Ssshhhh, we won’t tell, and you deserve a treat after going to all that effort.
Tips and Tricks
The key to a successful Starbucks brownie is a smooth batter. When beating the eggs, sugar, and butter together, keep mixing until it goes a really pale blonde color.
You don’t have to use chocolate chunks. If you want to make a few variations, use whatever you like. We would suggest chopped cherries, white chocolate chips, and a handful of toasted almonds or even toffee pieces.
Don’t overbake your brownies! Remember that once they cool, they ‘set’ a little and will firm up. If you overcook them, you’ll end up with something crumbly and dry. Follow the baking time and remove the brownies. If you poke a clean knife into the center, you want it to emerge with not quite clean. If a few crumbs are sticking to it, your brownies should be perfect.
Only cut your brownies when cool. This might take an hour or so. If you try and cut them while they are still warm, you’ll end up with a gooey mess.
This recipe is scalable, so if you want to make double, simply double the ingredients (and don’t forget to use an extra baking tin.
You can freeze these brownies. Once they are cooled and cut, transfer them in individual portions to a freezer bag. They’ll keep for up to a month. To reheat, give them a 1-minute ping in the microwave or 15 minutes in the oven.
So, have you reserved yourself a small corner of chocolate heaven? Starbucks brownies are really easy to make. The hardest part is having the willpower to wait for them to cool. It’s not easy, especially when the kitchen is full of gorgeous smells! These brownies can also be used as a great make-ahead dessert for dinner parties. You are sure to be everyone’s favorite host if you whip up a batch.