I wanted to come up with at least a somewhat original Fourth of July dessert recipe, so instead of your classic apple pie or tie-dye cake, I present you with… fireworks brownies! Also known as star-shaped brownies with red white and blue sprinkles, but that title is much too long and nowhere near as festive.
The sprinkles you see are not just sprinkled on top of the brownies, but are in fact baked into them! Personally, I don’t particularly like when brownies have frosting, so baking the sprinkles into the brownies themselves was the perfect way to give them some pizazz while staying true to a classic brownie.
This recipe calls for a quarter cup of coffee; trust me on this, the coffee doesn’t make your brownies taste like coffee, but it impressively amps up the chocolate flavor! If you’re looking for intensely dark, chocolatey, fudgy brownies, these are not them. This recipe produces a deliciously moist and pleasantly (but not overwhelmingly) chocolatey brownie. For all you fudgy brownie lovers, don’t worry–I’ll post a fudgier brownie recipe sometime in the future!
I use three eggs in this recipe in order to increase the chewiness factor, because who doesn’t love a chewy brownie?! I baked these brownies in an 8×8 inch square pan and got very thick brownies (which I like). If you want slightly thinner brownies, and if you want to get more fireworks out of the brownie square, you can bake these in a 9×9 inch square pan. Just be sure to adjust the baking time accordingly. See below to make your own Fourth of July fireworks brownies!
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 eggs (at room temperature)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup (96 g) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup hot coffee
- 3 tablespoons red, white and blue sprinkles
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line an 8×8 square baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper with overhang on all sides.
- In a medium bowl, whisk brown and white sugar into melted sugar until combined.
- Whisk in eggs and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, combine cocoa powder, flour, salt and baking powder.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir carefully until just combined.
- Add the hot coffee and stir until combined. The batter will be quite runny.
- Pour batter into pan and sprinkle 3 tablespoons of red, white and blue (or whatever sprinkle colors you desire) sprinkles over the batter.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only a few crumbs and no batter.
- Allow to cool for about 5 minutes in the pan, then lift the brownie square out of the pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Once cool, take a star-shaped cookie cutter and cut out as many brownies as possible.
- Enjoy your fireworks brownies!
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