Extra is Better

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This recipe was a complete accident.  I was making Cookie Dough Topped Brownies and feeling over-confident in my memory of the brownie ingredients.  When I got past the step of stirring in sugar, I realized something was wrong.  The batter was much thicker than it should be.

Fortunately, I realized that my mistake was adding 50% more sugar than the recipe called for.  Rather than throw everything away at that point, I added 50% extra of every thing else.  As a result, I had an extra 9X9 pan of brownies and nothing to do with them…

Until I thought about what was in my freezer.  Did you know that buttercream stores very well in the freezer?  How about some White Chocolate Buttercream?

And then I looked again.  Did you know that mocha ganache also freezes well?  I happened to have extra from my Chocolate Chip Cookies with Mocha Ganache

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Oh that is right, one rich chocolate brownie topped with not one, but two incredible toppings.

Thanks to a small mistake and leftovers from baking, I made Brownies with White Chocolate Buttercream and Mocha Ganache, another delicious dessert for our Thanksgiving with Friends.

Make these.  No mistakes necessary.


Brownies with White Chocolate Buttercream and Mocha Ganache

Makes 16 brownies (more if you want small pieces, brownies are very rich)


Brownie (recipe from Baker’s)

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate

6 tablespoons unsalted butter (3/4 stick)

1 cups sugar

1 large eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup all purpose flour

White Chocolate Buttercream

2 ounces baking white chocolate

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

2 1/2 tablespoons milk (any type is fine)

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

Mocha Ganache

5 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate

1/4 cup extra-strong brewed coffee

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened



Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Melt butter and chocolate in large sauce pan over low to medium heat

Stir in sugar

Stir in eggs and vanilla

Whisk in flour until smooth

Pour into a 9×9 pan lined with foil and greased or sprayed with cooking spray

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until knife comes out clean


While brownies are cooling, make buttercream

Combine the white chocolate and whipping cream in a medium saucepan on low-medium heat, stirring continuously

Remove from heat and stir in milk

Refrigerate for mixture for half hour

When white chocolate mixture is cool, finish making the buttercream

Beat the butter until creamy

Beat in confectioners’ sugar until butter and sugar are light and fluffy

Now beat in the cooled white chocolate mixture until buttercream is creamy and light

Spread over cooled brownies and refrigerate until buttercream hardens slightly


While brownies with buttercream are chilling, prepare ganache

Chop up the chocolate, coarsely, and prepare extra-strong coffee

Slice up your butter and set aside

Now set up your double boiler; bring water to a simmer in medium pot over low-medium heat

Place heat-proof bowl of chocolate over the pot

Pour the coffee over your chocolate

Continuously stir until chocolate is melted and smooth

Remove bowl from heat and whisk in the butter until creamy

Then allow ganache to cool, stirring occasionally

Ganache is ready when the mixture gets nice and thick

Spread over buttercream layer

Keep brownies stored in a cool place


What would you do with extra brownie?

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35 Responses to “Extra is Better”

  1. Simply Life December 12, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    wow that is so creative and definitely doesn’t look like a mistake to me! I’d bring extras to work!

  2. Victoria (District Chocoholic) December 12, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    Looks amazing – if I had leftover brownies (ha!), I’d probably cut them up small and dip them in chocolate like truffles. I’ve been wanting to do that for a while now. But maybe I’d top them with your white chocolate buttercream first. Maybe.

    • KeepItSweet December 12, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

      omg that sounds fabulous!! i kind of want to make another batch of brownies now:-)

  3. Monica December 12, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

    This has to be one of the most delicious looking mistakes ever. Now I have to add this to my list of your recipes to try. Slow down, I can’t keep up!

    • KeepItSweet December 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

      that is how i feel lately, i need a vacation from work just to catch up on all of the recipes i want to try!

  4. Babygirl December 12, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    You’re right.. extra is better. These look divine. Ahh I love this post. I will have to try this.

  5. actorsdiet December 12, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    i love the word “ganache!”

    • KeepItSweet December 12, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

      LOL it always makes a dessert sound more decadent, doesn’t it?

  6. Veronica December 12, 2010 at 6:15 pm #

    Mistakes like this are the best! I love how pretty they turned out too with the dark and white layers. Plus, the flavor combo sounds like it would be excellent. My favorite mistake was adding one too many eggs to the base of a layered bar cookie so that I ended up turning it into caramel rum cake! That was so cool.

  7. Liz @ Blog is the New Black December 12, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

    What an awesome mistake!

  8. kristisn December 12, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

    Anything with white chocolate is good with me! These look delicious! I printed it out to put in my recipes I have to try pile.

  9. Baking Serendipity December 12, 2010 at 11:18 pm #

    These look so, so fantastic! I love when mistakes turn into something so good! I want to rush to my freezer and see what I have to add to brownies right now! :)

  10. Alice December 13, 2010 at 4:22 am #

    I’m so glad you didn’t throw it all away. These look like a fab addition to any table. I can imagine if you presented these to friends they would be ecstatic!

  11. Joanne December 13, 2010 at 9:07 am #

    Sometimes the best things truly happen by accident. In fact, I believe that I would call something like this serendipity rather than accident. Glorious.

    It was great hanging out with you on Saturday! We definitely need to do something again soon!

    • KeepItSweet December 13, 2010 at 9:13 am #

      yes we do need to hang out again!!

  12. Madison Mayberry December 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    Pretty sure your goal is to make us all gain 100 pounds over the holiday season! These look amazing and all-too irresistible. :)

  13. Sues December 13, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    Ooh la la :) That’s probably the best mistake ever! These look incredible :)

  14. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite December 13, 2010 at 4:03 pm #

    I developed a mild obsession with your white chocolate buttercream frosting after I made your red velvet sandwich cookies on Saturday. I could eat it by the spoonful! (and did).

  15. blackbookkitchendiaries December 13, 2010 at 5:00 pm #

    i dont mind making mistakes like this:) this looks awesome! i love it.

  16. What Kate Ate December 14, 2010 at 10:40 am #

    Clearly Id eat extra brownies! I always end up making boo-boos when Im baking, so adding more of other things is like second nature! These look great.

    • KeepItSweet December 15, 2010 at 11:40 am #

      lol i definitely support eating extras:-)

  17. The Taster December 15, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Good to have you back home!

  18. HollyL December 15, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    These brownies look unbelievably delicious!!! YUM :)

  19. erica @ fashionmeetsfood December 15, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    wow these look amazing. I definitely need to get more adventurous with my brownie making.


  20. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic December 15, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    Wow! Brownies with buttercream, swoon. I love how freezer lfetovers save me too. If I had an extra pan of brownies, I would prob just mix in some peanut butter and nutella :p

  21. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum December 15, 2010 at 7:57 pm #

    Wow – way to go on salvaging those brownies! They look tasty! And as for the extra brownie… I’d probably drown it in some ice cream and hot fudge and EAT IT. :)

  22. Lauren December 16, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    I say this is a pretty fantastic “accident”! What a decadent combination of delicious flavors :) If there were ever to be extra brownies in our kitchen, I might crumble them and toss them into some homemade ice cream during the last few minutes of churning. MMmmmm.

  23. ihearteggs December 17, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    What a great idea!

    I would probably find something peanut buttery to do with extra brownies!


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