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Brownie Buttons in all their glory!

Brownie Buttons presented in the cake dome I received as a wedding shower gift!

It is really hard to believe that it’s been one year and four months since I have joined this group! It’s even harder to believe how much I have grown as a baker! I’m so grateful to Dorie for all of her wonderful recipes and to Laurie & the other admins for Tuesdays with Dorie!

Choosing my recipe was no easy task- I had narrowed it down to five contenders and then enlisted my Mom & husband to help choose. Majority ruled and the majority chose the brownie buttons!

These little brownies pack quite a punch! I included the orange zest and it was definitely noticeable in the final product- very tasty! It wasn’t easy, but I did manage to get 16 little brownies out of this recipe. What was even harder though, was trying to hold onto the brownies while dipping them in the white chocolate! :-)

Thanks to everyone who baked along with me this week!!!

I present to you… Dorie’s recipe for Brownie Buttons from Baking From My Home to Yours (pg. 106-107)

Makes 16 Cookies


Serve these with milk, coffee or even sniffers of single-malt scotch


Covered, these will keep at room temperature overnight. If you wrap them air-tight you can freeze them for up to 2 months, glazed or not.


Grated zest of 1/2 orange (optional)

1 teaspoon sugar (optional)

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Pinch of salt

1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces

2 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

1/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 large egg

For the Glaze (optional)

2 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped

Getting Ready:

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter two miniature muffin pans, each with a dozen cups, and place them on a baking sheet.

If you’re using the orange zest, combine the zest and sugar in a small bowl, rubbing them between your fingertips to blend; set aside. Whisk together the flour and salt.

Melt the butter, chocolate and brown sugar in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan over very low heat, stirring frequently with a heatproof spatula and keeping an eye on the pan so nothing overheats or burns. When the mixture is smooth, remove from the heat and cool for a minute or two.

Stir in the vanilla, egg and the zest, if you’re using it, into the chocolate mixture. When the mixture is well blended, add the flour and stir only until it is incorporated. You should have a smooth, glossy batter.

Spoon the batter into 16 of the muffin cups, using about a teaspoon of batter to fill each cup three-quarters full. Put 1 teaspoon of water in each empty cup.

Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, or until the tops of the buttons spring back when touched. Transfer the pans to racks to cool for 3 minutes before carefully releasing the buttons. Cool to room temperature on the racks.

To Make the Optional Glaze:

Melt the chocolate in a small heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir constantly and don’t leave the chocolate for even a minute- white chocolate scorches easily. As soon as the chocolate is smooth, remove from the heat.

One by one, dip the tops of the buttons into the chocolate, twirling the buttons so that you get a little swirl at the center of each one and the excess chocolate drips back into the bowl. Refrigerate the buttons for 15 minutes to set the glaze.

Playing Around

Substitute lemon zest for the orange, or try and equal amount of very finely chopped ginger instead of the zest.

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Comments on: "TWD: Brownie Buttons (my choice! yay!)" (62)

  1. Nice choice. We are big brownie fans around here. I also loved your vintage cake plate.

  2. [...] I think a bigger batch of these would be great for a party.  Lovely two-bite treats!  For more brownie buttons, please visit the Tuesdays with Dorie homepage, and for the recipe, visit this week’s host, Jayma of Two Scientists Experimenting in the Kitchen. [...]

  3. great choice, jayma! thanks!

  4. Thanks for making the selection this week. It was fun to make these little brownie buttons!

  5. Loved them! Keep baking!

  6. Your Brownie Buttons look so pretty in your cake dome! And I agree, it was hard to hold onto the buttons when dipping into the white chocolate!
    I love these brownie buttons! It was a fun choice, fun to make and fun to eat!

  7. When I saw that Brownie Buttons was this week’s choice, I was surprised — I thought they’d already been done. I’m glad you chose them and even gladder that you liked them. Yours look so nice — it’s lovely to see them put in your beautiful cake dome.

  8. Thanks so much for such a wonderful choice.

    I loved them.

    Made some orange cream cheese frosting for them.

  9. The cake dome is beautiful. I had trouble holding on to my brownies while dunking them, too. I’d like to make these again, but fill the baking cups more to get bigger ones.

  10. [...] where she does the baking and he does the cooking – what a great team! You can also get the recipe there or buy The Book – it will be a great [...]

  11. These were fun! I love when recipes are easy. And when they’re brownies. Mmm…

  12. Fun choice! My husband and kiddos loved these as did my family at my family reunion! :)

  13. thanks jayma! yours turned out great!

  14. Great choice! I loved the orange flavor!!!

  15. congratulations on the wonderful choice. I definitely enjoyed these!

  16. amynb2008 said:

    These were great! My kids loved helping me make them and eat them!

  17. Great choice, Jayma! I too found it really difficult to hold onto the brownies while dipping & swirling them in the white chocolate. The orange was a wonderful addition. I’ll have to make them again with ginger next time.

  18. Amazing, honey! I can eat about five right now!!

  19. [...] made today’s TWD recipe, chosen by Jayma of “Two Scientists Experimenting in the Kitchen,” three times in the last week or so.     My kids have benefitted from my disorganized [...]

  20. Thanks for that pick, we loved them!

    Keep on baking

    Ulrike @ Küchenlatein

  21. This was a great choice. So easy and fun to play around with! Thanks for picking it you two!

  22. Yummy fun pick, thanks! I may even go make them again right now, my husband called and asked if I could make a goodie to giveaway to someone who is moving.

  23. Great choice! I’m guessing Dorie made them tiny on purpose so they are bite-size and fast to make for company. I didn’t use any zest, and I thought they were fine without it. Thanks for the pick!

  24. We skipped the white chocolate. Really enjoyed them anyway!

  25. Thanks for hosting this week! I didn’t know what to expect because I’m pretty picky when it comes to brownies, but I really enjoyed these! Your buttons look terrific! Great pick!

  26. Thanks for a great pick! These were great!

  27. Your cake dome is really pretty! Thanks for the pick this week – these are really a cute treat!

  28. [...] find the recipe at Two Scientists Experimenting in the Kitchen (who photographed them is a darling cake dome!). I have a few suggestions to enhance Dorie’s [...]

  29. Fun choice! It was hard to dip them, I had to spread the chocolate on top with a spatula.

  30. [...] this week! You can find Dorie’s original recipe for Brownie Buttons on Jayma’s blog, Two Scientists Experimenting in the Kitchen. My version is [...]

  31. merci pour le choix de cette recette ! c’était tout un régal :)

  32. What a great choice for this week’s recipe — thank you! These were a big hit at my house!!

  33. Aren’t these just the BEST, easiest brownies? Thanks for choosing them! Yours look fantastic underneath the cake dome – quite impressive!

  34. Thanks so much for such a great pick this week! I loved these so much! I seriously could not stop eating them!

  35. I think you’ve summed them up nicely – hard to keep ahold of, but easy to love (and eat!). Nice choice!! I made mine with lemon zest and thought they were great.

  36. Loved the pick this week. They were fabulous! Thanks!

  37. Thanks so much for choosing this great recipe!
    It was fun to make these brownie buttons!

  38. [...] week’s Tuesdays with Dorie selection was the Brownie Buttons. Jayma of Two Scientists Experimenting in the Kitchen chose the brownies for us this [...]

  39. [...] week’s Tuesdays with Dorie selection was the Brownie Buttons. Jayma of Two Scientists Experimenting in the Kitchen chose the brownies for us this [...]

  40. [...] didn’t realize how appropriate my little brownie analysis is until just now; Jayma of Two Scientists Experimenting in the Kitchen selected this week’s recipe! Though my analysis falls woefully short of anything truly [...]

  41. thanks for a fun and easy pick! nice presentation!

  42. [...] to Jayma of Two Scientists Experimenting in the Kitchen for this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie selection. Check out the blogroll to see how others did [...]

  43. [...] for a party because they are just the right size to pick up.  Jayma picked this recipe and has it posted on her blog.  You can go to the TWD blog to see the other cute brownie [...]

  44. Your selection set me off on a big brownie analysis that was quite fun. I over baked my buttons, so they were a little dryer than they should have been, but still quite tasty.

  45. [...] disaster today. Otherwise I’d show you a baking accomplishment –  brownie buttons (here, go look at someone else’s successful brownie buttons). I’m blaming the local grocer who purveyed a brick masquerading as a box of light brown [...]

  46. Thanks for picking these – so fun and easy! Yours look great under that lovely cake dome.

  47. Beautiful presentation! Thanks for picking this awesome recipe.

  48. Great pick! We really enjoyed them.

    Yours look terrific :)

  49. I loved these! Thanks for a great recipe pick.

  50. Thanks for the great pick! I loved these! So cute and so easy to make!

  51. Thanks for choosing these! I almost made these back in March for my daughter’s birthday, but she ended up choosing the Peanut Butter Torte instead. I loved these and agree, hard to dip! Thanks for hosting!

  52. Your buttons are so pretty in that dome – I love how you involved your family in your choice!

  53. Tried these cute brownie buttons without the zest or glaze and they turned out great. I used a whole dark chocolate bar (Equador) and it gave it a decadent flavour. Thanks again.

  54. It was a delicious choice this week! Thanks for picking these, as I’ve been eying them for quite some time.

  55. teaandscones said:

    jayma – GREAT choice. Chocolate AND easy. Beautiful cake plate.

  56. This was a great choice! Thank you!

  57. Your buttons look cute – well done for getting 16. I adore your cake dome – it’s gorgeous!

  58. 1/2 cup of butter is 4 tbls…not 4 tsps……these were great…made them twice

  59. [...] recipe is from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours (here’s the recipe), and I made a few changes: I didn’t add the orange zest, but I did add about half a cup of [...]

  60. [...] to Jayma of Two Scientists Experimenting in the Kitchen for selecting these brownie buttons.  You can find the recipe on her site or on pp. 106-7 of Dorie [...]

  61. [...] syrup. Yum! This treat was the perfect portion to satisfy my nagging sweet tooth. Thanks Jayma of Two Scientists Experimenting in the Kitchen for selecting this fun treat! Please visit Jayma’s blog for the full recipe and make sure to [...]

  62. [...] the recipe visit Jayma’s blog Two Scientists Experimenting in the [...]

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