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fudgy maple brownies

these fudgy maple brownies are a perfect blend of rich fudge like chocolate and sweet maple syrup. they're topped with a sweet, decadent chocolate maple frosting.

brownies, but make them FALL brownies. yes, it’s possible for brownies to be even more delicious! these fudgy maple brownies are such a match. the dark, rich flavor of the chocolate, meets with the sweet, caramel vanilla flavor of maple in beautifully delicious way. these flavors complement and contrast each other so perfectly, it makes these brownies completely irresistible!

my first taste of chocolate and maple was a perfectly crafted piece of Victoria Cream candy in Vancouver, Canada. it was an absolute revelation that I still think of many, many years later. it was that combination of flavors that inspired this recipe! while these fudgy maple brownies aren’t the same as enjoying a truly decadent maple Victoria cream, it makes for a truly delicious and memorable brownie!

fudgy maple brownies

in a few words, these brownies are

  • rich
  • fudge like
  • super chocolate-y
  • hints of maple flavor
    • this develops more over time
  • decadent
  • smooth
  • almost creamy
  • are impossible to stop at just one piece!
    • I highly advise small pieces because you will not be able to stop at just one!

what ingredients do I need to make these fall treats?

to make these fudgy maple brownies, you will need a couple of special ingredients

from these ingredients you will make the maple brownies and the chocolate maple frosting. while the frosting is optional, as the brownies are delicious without, it is recommended!

fudgy maple brownies

do I need any special baking tools to make these brownies?

these are the preferred tools to make these fudgy maple brownies:

  • 8×8 (22cm) aluminum pan
    • the baking times are written for this type of pan
    • if using ceramic or glass, know that the baking times will shift slightly
  • parchment paper
    • to line the pan
  • small pot with a larger bowl
    • to create a double boiler
    • for evenly melting and combining a few ingredients
  • stand mixer with paddle attachment
    • or electric hand mixer with beaters
    • to make the brownies
    • you could do this by hand if needed
  • small microwaveable bowl
    • for making the frosting
fudgy maple brownies

does it matter what kind of chocolate I use?

the only thing that matters here is the quality. my favorite brands for chocolate, in order of availability:

  • guittard, 64, 70% chocolate bars
  • ghirardelli, 60, 70% chocolate bars 
  • valrhona chocolate, 66% chocolate bars

tips and tricks for the best fudgy maple brownies:

  • read through the recipe before starting 
  • use room temperature ingredients
  • use the best quality ingredients as possible
    • with just a handful making up the brownies, quality shows through
    • use brands you like
  • baking the brownies 
    • look for the signs the brownie is done more than the time listed in the recipe
    • start checking on the early side of the range
    • check back every 5 minutes until the edges are set and the center is slightly under baked
    • the brownies will finish setting while cooling in the hot pan
  • frosting the brownies
    • wait for the brownies to completely cool
    • every drizzle on the brownie
    • spread the frosting across the brownie
    • freeze the brownies to set the frosting 
  • cutting the brownies
    • these will be very fudgy 
    • they should be chilled to fully set before slicing 
    • use a long knife to slice across the entire brownie if possible
      • wipe with a paper towel in-between cuts for the cleanest cut
  • storing the brownies:
    • it’s best to keep the brownies in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer
fudgy maple brownies
fudgy maple brownies
fudgy maple brownies

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fudgy maple brownies

fudgy maple brownies

Megan
these fudgy maple brownies are a perfect blend of rich fudge like chocolate and sweet maple syrup. they're topped with a sweet, decadent chocolate maple frosting.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Cooling and Freeze Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 55 mins
Course Celebrations, Dessert
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • small or medium pot with heat proof bowl (for double boiler)
  • 8X8 (22cm) metal pan
  • parchment paper
  • stand mixer with paddle attachment or electric hand mixer with beaters
  • small heat safe bowl to make frosting

Ingredients
  

fudgy maple brownies

  • 4 oz. (113g) 65% or higher dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 10 tbsp (145g) unsalted butter, evenly cubed
  • 3/4 c (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c (118ml) pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp espresso powder
  • 2/3 c (55g) dutch process cocoa powder
  • 2 (106-114g) large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 c (90g) all purpose flour
  • 2/3 c (75g) chopped pecans or walnuts, optional

chocolate maple frosting

  • 2 oz. (57g) 65% or higher dark chocolate, melted
  • 2 tbsp dutch process cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) pure maple syrup
  • 1-2 tbsp (15-30ml) room temperature milk, as needed

Instructions
 

fudgy maple brownies

  • Preheat the oven to 325 F (165 C). Move the middle rack to the lower third of the oven.
  • Line a 8×8" (22cm) pan with parchment paper along the bottom and two sides, creating a slight overhang on the two sides. This makes removing the brownies from the pan easier.
  • Place a small or medium pot filled with about 1" of water on the stove. Heat over medium heat to a gentle boil.
    Place a heat safe bowl on top of the pot, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water.
  • Place the chopped chocolate and butter into the heat safe bowl. Over medium high heat, allow the chocolate and butter begin to melt. Once each has started melting, stir to ensure even melting.
  • When the chocolate and butter mixture started melting, pour in the sugar, maple syrup and salt. Stir well to fully combine the ingredients.
    Continue stirring frequently to ensure all ingredients are melting evenly and are well combined.
  • Once the sweetened chocolate/butter mixture has fully melted, remove the bowl from the heat. Immediately, stir in the cocoa powder and espresso powder until well combined.
    Cool the mixture until warm, but not hot to the touch, about 10 minutes.
  • Pour the cooled mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment. On low, beat in one egg at a time, waiting about 20-30 seconds before adding the next.
  • Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Beat on medium low for an additional 30-60 seconds. The batter should be shiny and somewhat thick.
  • Sift in the flour. Beat on low to incorporate.
    Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  • Beat on medium-low for an additional 1-2 minutes. The brownie batter should pull slightly away from the sides of the bowl. If the paddle is lifted, a ribbon of brownie batter should fold down into the batter.
  • If adding chopped nuts to the brownie batter, fold them in now.
  • Evenly pour/scoop the brownie batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake at 325 F (165 C) in the lower third of the oven for 25- 40 minutes.
    The brownie is baked when the edges are set and slightly pulling away from the edges of the pan. The center will still be slightly underbaked. A toothpick inserted into the center will yield some moist crumbs.
  • Cool the brownie in the pan on a cooling rack for 30-45 minutes or until room temperature. Once the brownies are completely cooled, pour on the chocolate maple frosting.

chocolate maple frosting

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the melted chocolate with the cocoa powder, maple syrup and 1 tbsp milk. If needed, add 1-3 tsp. more milk until a pourable consistency is achieved.
  • Pour on top of the cooled brownies. Spread the frosting across the brownies.
  • Freeze the brownies in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to fully set the frosting.
  • Using the overhangs, remove the chilled and frosted brownies from the pan. Slice and enjoy!
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