Chocolate Truffle Brownies

Chocolate Truffle Brownies

What’s the best way for a mother to send her child off to college; with a pan of super-chocolatey brownies of course. I had spent days packing for my son Michael, purchasing him some pots and pans, bedding and laundry detergent, as well as a variety of other items I know he’ll never use. I had filled boxes with every and anything a young man would need for his survival out there in the world. It was as if we were sending him off to the most remote region of the universe, when in reality he was only going an hour away to Santa Barbara.  Oh my God, did I pack the electric pencil sharpener?

We loaded two cars and made the quick trip up the Pacific coast to the student housing where he was sharing an apartment with three other guys. I laughed to myself as we entered the apartment. There were three sets of parents unpacking, making beds, setting up tv’s and printers, and stacking a hundred boxes of Kraft macaroni and cheese into the pantry closet. The kids all sat in the living room with their cell phones and laptops, laughing and getting to know one another, while the mothers nervously scurried about.

After roughly four hours in that apartment my work there was done, and I could see the look on my son’s face. “Mom, will you just go!” He couldn’t wait to begin his new adventure…without his mama!  As my husband and I left, I handed him a tray of my chocolate truffle brownies. He had his pencil sharpener, a year’s supply of black sox, and brownies. Mission complete.

Chocolate Truffle Brownies

Chocolate Truffle Brownies

Bon Appetit, July 2010

  • 12 ounces semi-sweet, or bittersweet chocolate ( do not exceed 61% cacao), chopped and divided into half
  • 11 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Place the rack in the center of the oven, and preheat to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a 9x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang. This will make it easy to lift your brownies out of the pan when it’s time to cut them. Spray the foil with non-stick vegetable oil spray.
  3. Combine 6 ounces of the chocolate, and the butter in a medium microwave safe bowl. Start microwaving at 25 seconds, then stir, then 20 seconds and stir until the mixture is smooth and melted. Cool the chocolate mixture for 10 minutes.
  4. Whisk sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt in large bowl to blend. Then whisk in the chocolate mixture. Stir in flour, then chopped walnuts.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake the brownies until a tester inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 26-28 minutes. Transfer pan to a cooling rack and let the brownies cool completely.
  6. When brownies are cooled, bring the cream to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Place remaining chocolate in a medium bowl and pour the heated cream over the chocolate. Let it stand for 5 minutes then whisk until smooth.
  7. Pour the chocolate ganache over the brownies in the pan and spread evenly to cover completely. A small off-set spatula works well for this.
  8. Let stand at cool room temperature until topping is set, about 4 hours.
  9. Using the overhang foil as an aid, lift the brownies from the pan and fold down the edges.
  10. You can now cut the brownies into squares,  1″x 3″ bars, or into 1″x 1″ squares.

Chocolate Truffle Brownies

Mama’s Tips:

Using better quality chocolate will yield better tasting brownies. Use the best you can afford.

When the brownies have cooled, place them in the refrigerator for an hour for easier cutting.

I like to keep my chocolate truffle brownies in the refrigerator as they turn to a fudge-like consistency. At room temperature they remain more cake-like.

Recipe: Easy

57 Comments on “Chocolate Truffle Brownies”

  1. 3meals2snacks says:

    Now you’ve gone too far. WHERE’S MY CHOCOLATE????

  2. says:

    I love your stories as much as your recipes. No one could have said it better than you!


  3. This is definitely my kind of dessert. These look absolutely spectacular and delicious too!

  4. livliveslife says:

    Hmm…I’ve never heard of putting brownies in the fridge. I love it when brownies are fudgey (vs. cakey). Do you know if that works for all kinds of brownies, or is it just this one?

  5. Your son should be very popular once his dorm mates find out about those brownies! Were you able to get to Julienne while you were there? It sounds like you’ll have plenty of opportunities. I’m pleased to hear your son is going to my alma mater!

    • Jennifer, we were so exhausted when we finally got done setting up his apartment that my husband and I just went down to the pier and got a cup of coffee. I don’t know Julienne, but i love Santa Barbara and will give it a try on our next trip up there.

      • I can completely understand that! Julienne is excellent, and you won’t be disappointed. They are open for lunch on a few days as well, FYI. There are several amazing restos up there–you and your husband will have fun exploring! Oh, and note–Brophy Bros is a standard place to take your kid for a meal. At least it was when I was there! 🙂

  6. Whoa!!! I think any college kid would be happy to see those!! 🙂 And I like the way you told your story. 🙂


  7. Seriously these look like chocolate heaven 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  8. These look amazing! You’re son is lucky to have you as his mom.

  9. Margaret says:

    Those look incredible–a perfect parting gift for the college drop-off. (My mom used to give me chocolate chip cookies.)

  10. My son has an off campus apartment too, so I identify….thanks for the brownie recipe, it’ll give me a good reason to go visit. Care packages are best when delivered personally.

  11. Clo says:

    Thanks for the refrigeration tip and yet another lovely post!

  12. Utterly beautiful. I love the contrast of that roll against the rich dark chocolate. Breakfast time here and I’d easily be content with one & a coffee 😉 The picture you described of yourself and the other are parents unpacking for college makes me laugh. Good luck to both you and your son in this new life transition, without a doubt, truffle brownies will make everything go smoother!

  13. df says:

    Congratulations on sending your son off into the world, and with the most amazing looking brownies ever to boot!

  14. Adrienne says:

    Wow. Those really look amazing! I need a celebration or birthday so that I can make them!!

  15. Beth says:


  16. thecatandthecoffeecup says:

    oh….my….gawsh…..I’m in chocolate heaven!! 😀

  17. Michelle says:

    I can still remember that oh so long ago day when my parents dropped me at college (sans electronics, amazingly enough…) and the “oh, just leave already” feelings immediately followed by “why did you leave me here??” I’m not even a chocolate lover, but those brownies look great!

  18. This is why everyone loves their mama – you ladies do everything for us kids! And these brownies leave me speechless. Your photography (as always) is stunning and the brownies look like I could buy them in any professional bakery. I love the different little toppings you placed in each photo.

  19. Amrita says:

    you’re killing me with these! I can hardly turn away from the computer screen….how am I ever going to lose weight?! *sigh*

  20. These look totally sinful!

  21. Will you adopt me? I want!

  22. Will you adopt me? Pretty please….

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  24. Eva says:

    Nice photos…they look very delicious.

  25. NickkiT says:

    Oh my…they look absolutely wonderful! Drooling here!

  26. Villy says:

    Oh my… This looks SO perfect!

  27. Wow, those brownies look so delicious & melty in mouth 🙂

  28. Jessie says:

    Chocolate. Truffle. Brownies. Three of my favorite words. Those brownies look fantastic!

  29. DROOOOOOL!!! I feel like they are so close yet so far!

  30. On Fridays, I share my favorite food finds in a series called Food Fetish Friday – and I love this post so I’m featuring it as part of today’s roundup (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and thanks so much for inspiring me…

  31. ToddlerMom says:

    Too bad there’s not a “love” button for this one… I am a chocolate junkie and I believe these will do the trick!

  32. sounds yummy will have to try

  33. bella says:

    Reblogged this on I write my own story. and commented:
    The photos.. The rich chocolate.. *drools*

  34. Maya Oryan says:

    Wow! I love the photos! They look delicious!!

  35. tlcathome says:

    They look amazing…I’m trying them out now..(crossing fingers) goes…

  36. Doms Sis says:

    Just found you through Pinterest. Love your story, can so relate, made me laugh & reflect on leaving my own at university. But your brownies look like the magic magnet to get them to come visit so have to try them. (The fact that my mouth is watering doesn’t have a thing to do with it 😃.). BTW do you remember the name and/or brand of the chocolate-vanilla straws you used in the decoration?

    • Hi, thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comments too! Anyway, regarding the garnishes on the brownies – I got them at my local baking supply store. They must by them in bulk and then they sell them in smaller quantities so I don’t have a brand name for you. If you can’t find them locally where you are, I bet you could find them on the internet.

  37. Bali Tour says:

    The cake looks nice 🙂
    Thanks for the recipe…

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