February 17, 2014

Double Chocolate Pudding Brownies

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Hi, my name is Mary Frances and I am a brownie snob.

I obviously need help with my diplomacy skills, but I don't think you'll mind when you take a look at these brownies. 

If I worked at a brownie factory (which I actually kind of do ... that's a scary thought) this would be my checklist:
Super fudgy
Intensely chocolatey
Soft and moist
A little undercooked in the middle
Packed with baking chips, preferably more chocolate.
Crackly edge on top
Melt in your mouth brownie in the middle
Check, check, check ...
These pass with flying colors.

Pudding mix has become a pantry staple and not because I love pudding.  Pudding mix is the key to super soft everything.  I've only tried it in cookies, but I thought, why not in brownies?  Pudding mix is basically cornstarch (that is the secret right there) and sugar - how could I hurt anything? 
These brownies are the softest, moistest, fudgiest brownies ever. 
And the prep work takes only five minutes.  I found myself very short on time and in very much need of a pan of brownies.  Duncan Hines Fudgy Brownie Mix to the rescue!  This is also a pantry staple.  I know some of you have perfected the copycat bersion, but nothing beats mixing egg, water, oil, and a bag of brownie mix when I am stressed and short on time.  Dressing up brownie mixes makes me feel better about myself - I'm not the one bringing store bought desserts, no, not I! 
Don't say anything, okay?
In my head, using brownie mix and pudding mix makes these practically homemade.  Two negatives make a positive, right? :)  These are positively delicious and the white and dark chocolate chips make them even better.  Plus, what kid is going to pass up white and dark chocolate chip studded brownies?  Not I!
Neither did my family - the whole 9x13 pan was gone in a very short time.  The brownie factory is back on call and in hurried business again, as usual.  Time to go find that checklist!

So, I confessed, I am a brownie snob.  We all are snobs (the word is really bothering me now - it looks so ugly in print!) about some food - my dad is a cinnamon roll snob (though I doubt he would admit it ;) and our whole family are apple snobs (sweet and crunchy is the only way to go.)  How about you?  What food do you hold a high standard for?


Double Chocolate Pudding Cookies
Recipe Source: The Sweet {Tooth} Life
Yield: 16-24 servings

1 package instant chocolate pudding mix (the four serving box)
1 (18.5 oz) package brownie mix
1/2 cup oil*
1/4 cup water*
2 eggs*
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Dark and white chocolate chips for sprinkling on top (opt)

Preheat oven to 350.
Beat eggs in a large bowl.
Add water and oil.
Whisk pudding mix and brownie mix together.
Add to wet ingredients and stir.
Fold in dark and white chocolate chips.
Pour into a lightly greased 9x13 pan.
Sprinkle reserved white and dark chocolate chips on top, if desired.
Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.


  1. These look amazing! You got me at double chocolate! Chocolate is good... but double chocolate?? That's where it's at!! Thanks for sharing this with us! Hope that you have a great rest of your week :)

  2. Hhahah, my husband is a brownie snob and has an extensive checklist too. That is why I have never made homemade brownies from scratch because he said "somethings are better left to the pros" Ouch I know! But I am so glad you are a brownie snob because I can take your checklist and try to knock him off his socks. These look really amazing and for me I only require fudgy-ness in brownies!!

    PS: I am a vanilla cupcake snob :0

    1. I've had several "ouch" moments, too ;) That is why I use mixes! Fudginess is key though!

  3. Dude I am a brownie snob and chocolate chip cookie snob!!! Actually maybe I'm just a snob lol. These remind me of the double chocolate ghiradelli brownies but BETTER aka I know I would be obsessed!

  4. I'm a brownie snob, and these would pass my test! They look so moist and fudgy with all those chips inside…delicious!

  5. WOW. I love brownies and these look like NO exception! Even now my siblings are clustered around the computer drooling. :)

  6. The same things on your list are on mine! These are dreamy looking! If I made them I'd have to hide them! Or at least half the batch. ;-)

  7. Love it! I'm with you-- a total brownie snob. I'm sure these will pass! ;)

  8. Wow- I never thought to add pudding to a brownie mix. Genius!

  9. Mary Frances, I love your new header!! The fonts are so pretty together. And um dressing up boxed mixes? BEST THING EVER. I hadn't baked from a box mix in sooo long but I made a Nothing Bundt Cakes copycat cake the other day and it used white cake mix and it was SO easy!! I was like why do I not do this more often. And it turned out like a charm. A+ for Duncan Hines and these brownies!

  10. Oh my goodness!! These brownies look amazing! And I'm totally with you, I'm a brownie snob too and we must be brownie sisters because I love the exact same brownies as you. I can't wait to try these! Totally pinning!!!

  11. These look delicious! I have a friend that loves to use pudding mix in her cake mixes. I've never tried it myself, but she says they make the cake very rich. I can imagine it does the same for these brownies. Yum!!

  12. Dear Mary Frances, It is o.k. to get a little help from Betty Crocker or the like once in a while and pudding mix is always welcome!
    These do look wonderful.
    I love chocolate anything!!! Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  13. O....M....G! These look crazy amazing! Totally moist and fudgy! I've never used pudding in brownies before but that's gotta change right now. Brownies are perfect to take everywhere...if they make it out of the house that is. ;)
    I never figured you for a brownie snob. ;)
    Tina at www.tinaschic.com

  14. I am a total brownie snob too! Somehow, I think I would approve of these ;-)

  15. Pudding brownies sound like possibly the best thing ever. I must make and devour these!

  16. Hahaha I LOOOVE brownies. I don't know if that constitutes me as a brownie snob...I am definitely a cookie snob though...but that's another story. These brownies look soooo good! ^_^ Man oh man, could I go for one of these now! :D


    You're photos are fantastic...always drool-worthy!

    1. **Your photos ...heh I type too fast..always making typos ;p

  17. Oh, this sounds amazing!! I can't wait to try it! Thank you for sharing the recipe sweetie!

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  18. These are so fantastic, Mary Frances! I LOVE the idea of adding pudding. Never thought of it before but now I have to try it!! And your photos are lovely!

  19. Oh these look absolutely delish!!!! I want!!!!

  20. here, here, I am a fellow brownie snob :) these look marvelous


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