Sunday, April 22, 2012

Special Dark Cocoa Truffle Brownies

Special Dark Cocoa Truffle Brownies
I love dark chocolate!  Give me a bag of Hershey’s Miniatures and I pass on the Mr. Goodbars and Krackels and go right for the Special Dark Chocolate Bars.  So when I saw Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa at the grocery store, I wondered why I had never tried this blend of natural and Dutch-processed cocoas.  I checked out recipes on Hershey’s website and decided to use my new cocoa in this brownie recipe.

Special Dark Cocoa Truffle Brownie
The process for making these brownies is different than with other brownies I have made.  The egg whites are beaten separately and then folded into the batter.  These brownies are intensely dark in color and rich in flavor.  If you like Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Bars, you will probably enjoy these brownies.  Since my husband and kids are not huge fans of dark chocolate, I thought maybe I would have the entire pan for myself.  No such luck.  They thought they were pretty good but still prefer our favorite Fudge Brownies.

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Special Dark Cocoa Truffle Brownies
Intensely dark and rich truffle brownies made with Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa.

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups butter
  • 3/4 cup Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • powdered sugar, optional

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 425°F and grease the bottom of a 9-inch square baking pan.2. Melt butter over low heat; add cocoa and 1 cup sugar and stir well.3. Remove from heat and cool about 5 minutes.4. Stir in flour and vanilla; add egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each.5. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites with 1 tablespoon sugar until soft peaks form.6. Gently fold egg whites into the chocolate mixture by bringing batter from bottom of bowl over egg whites until combined.7. Spoon batter into prepared pan and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the edges are firm and center is slightly soft. 8. Cool brownies completely and then refrigerate for 4 hours.9. Cut brownies while cold then let stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes before serving; dust with powdered sugar if desired.

Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 20 servings

Recipe adapted from Hershey's.

18 comments:

  1. These are incredible, Jill...I'm a serious fan of dark chocolate myself! Just the name makes me crave one! I'm not sure I've seen Hershey's dark chocolate cocoa, but I'll have to look for it so I can make these brownies! Thanks!

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  2. These sound awesome, i'm a dark choccy fan myself..sometimes too much ;)

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  3. Wow, these brownies definitely look special. I love their dark dark color, and the word "truffle" in that title just sends me to the moon!

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  4. These are sooooo rich and chocolatey looking..I LOVE it!!

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  5. These sound amazing. I'm a chocoholic and these are making me drool..I can only imagine how fantastic these taste.

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  6. Yeah! Same here...the darker, the healthier. I bet the flavor is as intense as its color. I'd love to try this sometime.

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  7. What is the texture like on these - fudgy or cakey?

    @DavetteB
    http://DavetteBrown.com

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    1. These are definitely not cakey. They are more fudgy than any brownie I have ever had. They really are the same texture as truffles.

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  8. I am not a huge fan dark chocolate, but I am a sucker for a fudgy brownie any day!

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  9. These are gorgeous! I'm incredibly fond of chocolate of all kinds, and they look simple of enough for me (even me) to make!

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  10. Mmm. Love dark chocolate. I am going to say this is actually good for you!

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  11. Mmmm. Love dark chocolate. I'm going to say these are good for you!

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  12. Dark chocolate and I have a love affair...these are perfect....

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  13. Admit it, you eat the dark chocolate first and then go back for the Krackles and once they're gone you move to the next one you like 3rd best. :)

    These brownies are singing to me all the way down here. :)

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  14. Wow, these look SO GOOD!! Love that almost-black color.

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  15. Wow... the color of the brownies is incredible! So dark, deep and rich looking..I want to make it soon! But I am scared I will eat it all myself!

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