Mmmm… hot chocolate. There’s nothing quite as comforting as a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day. And guess what? January 31st is National Hot Chocolate day! I’ll be celebrating with a delicious cup of mint hot chocolate from Dunkin’ Donuts, which is my absolute favorite flavor, and these amazing hot chocolate brownies.
I’ve always been a huge fan of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, but lately I’ve started ordering their hot chocolate instead. It’s seriously rich and delicious and it reminds me of fun childhood memories.
And in honor of National Hot Chocolate day, I’ve also made these super moist and chocolaty brownies with Dunkin’ Donuts hot chocolate. I played around with quite a few recipes to get them to be as rich and fudgy as possible. The hot chocolate adds great flavor to the brownies. Plus, you don’t need all that much hot chocolate for the recipe itself, so you can sip on the rest of it while you bake.
Ingredients – Dunkin’ Donuts Hot Chocolate Brownies:
- 1/3 cup Dunkin’ Donuts hot chocolate
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon corn starch
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup flour
- White chocolate candy melts
- Vegetable oil
Anything that combines hot chocolate and sprinkles is a winner to me!
What you do:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Melt your butter, chocolate chips, and baking chocolate together. You can do this in the microwave, or on the stove. I prefer to do it on the stove because it’s fun watching the chocolate and butter melt together.
- Mix together the sugar, brown sugar and add them to the melted chocolate sauce. Make sure you’ve let the mixture cool a little bit before adding the sugar.
- Add your Dunkin’ Donuts hot chocolate to this mixture.
- Beat the eggs and vanilla together, and add this to mixture. You don’t need to use a mixer to make these, just thoroughly stir it together.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, sea salt, and corn starch.
- Carefully add the flour mixture and gently mix it together. You want to fold it in and avoid beating or mixing the batter too much.
- Pour the batter into a greased baking pan (I used a 9×13 glass one).
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out completely clean.
- Let the brownies completely cool before serving. Since they are a little messy, I like to serve them in ramekins or little bowls. Top with drizzled white chocolate and colorful sprinkles and enjoy.
Note: To create the hardened white chocolate topping, I use white candy melts that you can find at the craft store in the baking aisle. Put a handful of them in a small plastic bag with a little bit of vegetable oil, and microwave it until they are nice and melty. If they are too thick, add a little bit more oil. You can then cut a small hole in one of the bottom corners of the plastic bag, and drizzle the white chocolate on top of your brownies. Let it cool for a little bit to harden.
And if you love mint chocolate like I do, you can easily turn these brownies into peppermint hot chocolate brownies in two simple steps: Use Dunkin’ Donuts Mint Hot Chocolate instead of the original, and add ½ teaspoon of peppermint extract along with the vanilla.
What about you? Do you love Dunkin’ Donuts Hot Chocolate as much as I do? Which flavor is your favorite – Mint, Original, or Dunkaccino?
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