Fudgy Double Chocolate Brownies

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Double chocolate brownies

Valentine’s Day is less than 2 weeks away! For me, this means one thing: chocolate. Well, I guess love and that sh*& too, but in the sake of being honest, I’m mostly looking forward to the chocolate.

fudgy brownies

Dessert isn’t something I eat frequently, primarily because I’m always on a diet. In fact, I tried to think of the last time I wasn’t on a diet and the date 1998 rang a bell. Which makes sense because that’s the year I turned 13. I’ve been on a perpetual diet since then.

Best brownies ever

However, I will also say I use the word diet very laxly. Like, my diets sometimes include bottles of wine for dinner, frosted donuts for lunch and two slices of cold pizza for breakfast. My diets also often include cheese, carbs, cheese, salt and more cheese.  This could also be why my 13 year diet hasn’t prove all that fruitfull. I will say that in that time period I have lost (and subsequently gained) 30 pounds.


And even on past Valentine’s Days where I was sitting pretty 30 pounds lighter, I was so worried about everything I ate. I was so anxious about every little calories. And now, weighing much more than I’d prefer, I will say my relationship with food has never been healthier. I indulge when I want and celebrate every morsel. That’s why I don’t feel bad about eating (or posting) these rich and fudgy brownies. Sure they’re not healthy, but Valentine’s Day isn’t about healthy. It’s about being with the ones you love, and if the one you love is made with butter, cocoa powder and slathered in chocolate frosting, who am I to say you can’t enjoy every second (or taste) of it?

Fudgy Double Chocolate Brownies

chocolate dessert


Serves about 24.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes


  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 x 8 baking sheet with parchment paper and then spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the sugar, vanilla, butter and unsweetened applesauce together until smooth and creamy. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the flours, cocoa powder and salt together. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until fully combined. Using a spoon, carefully fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared dish. Bake for about 38 – 42 minutes, or until browned and crackly on top.
  5. Let cool completely then remove from the pan.
  6. To make the frosting, beat the butter, cocoa powder, sugar and vanilla in another mixing bowl. Spread the frosting over the top of the brownies and garnish with additional chocolate chips.

Nutritional information per brownie:

Calories: 350
Fat: 14 grams
Carbohydrates: 50 grams
Fiber: >1 gram
Protein: 3.8 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 9

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  1. Posted by The Food Hunter on
    Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
    these would be perfect for Valentine's Day or any day really
  2. Posted by Angie on
    Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
    These are just so chocolaty and decadent, and I love the fudgy icing, yummy!
  3. Posted by Cookin Canuck on
    Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
    I don't eat a lot of chocolate either, but Valentine's Day definitely deserves some indulgence. These brownies (and that frosting!) are calling my name!
  4. Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
    Your diets sound like my kinda diets - cheese, wine, donuts :) Love the brownies!!
  5. Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
    Who cares about calories when we're talking brownies?? These look amazing!
  6. Posted by Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom on
    Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
    This looks irresistible for real! Valentines is definitely about indulging for sure, no judging at all!
  7. Posted by Bea on
    Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
    I have not been on a diet in oh, I don't' even remember - it does not work for me so I try to live by the "in moderation" motto. Well, it works sometimes but it could not be kept with your fudgy double chocolate brownies. They look amazing.
  8. Posted by Marjory @ Dinner-Mom on
    Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
    If I'm going to indulge, it definitely has be with something worthwhile...well, these brownies definitely hit the mark!
  9. Posted by Danni on
    Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
    AMEN, perpetual diets are so exhausting... A way of life I am trying to currently break away from.

    I found help here:
    Josie Spinardi's book Have Your Cake & Skinny Jeans Too
    Dilia Suriel's book The Thin Woman's Brain

    Maybe they'll speak to you too :)
  10. Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
    Who needs love when you've got chocolate. hahaha ;) Oh my gosh, I'm so glad I'm not the only one that's been on a diet since I turned 13. Can I break my life long diet for this? I need it!
  11. Posted by Anita on
    Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
    Oh wow, those are some gorgeous brownies! I'll happily break my diet for those!
  12. Posted by Emily @ Life on Food on
    Thursday, February 5th, 2015
    I would list chocolate first too! These fit all of my brownie and Valentine's Day needs! Lovely!
  13. Posted by wendie on
    Thursday, February 5th, 2015
    These look great! I'm going to make them for my sweetie!
  14. Thursday, February 5th, 2015
    Now that's my kind of diet! Especially if these brownies are a factor.
  15. Thursday, February 5th, 2015
    talking about perpetual diet and weight stuff, i have noticed that i dont gain an ounce when i eat without being worried about calories/fats etc...but if i am conscious, then the weight comes right back. i am not sure if its just illusion or real but lately, i dont work out as much and eat pretty much whatever i desire but i have never felt better.
  16. Posted by Kate @ Diethood on
    Thursday, February 5th, 2015
    Ugh. I've been on a diet since I was 13, as well! AND my diet includes cake and cheese. :-D Can I have a tub of that frosting, too, please??? The brownies, too.