Brownie Mix Truffles

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Brownie Mix Truffles are festive, sweet, and super easy. Make and package then give to your loved ones!

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I’ve got the cutest little Valentine’s Day treat to share with you which calls us to all channel our inner Sandra Lee. Brownie Mix Truffles are so sweet and simple, I can hardly even stand it!

Brownie Mix Truffles are, you guessed it, chocolate truffles made from a brownie mix which you bake, fluff, roll, and then dunk in melted chocolate. If chocolate dipping isn’t your bag (trust me, it didn’t used to be mine either!) roll these truffles in powdered sugar for a sweet, professional look.

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The result is a super-dense, thick, and fudgy truffle that nobody would guess started out as baked brownies. If you’re anything like me though, instead of letting the recipient of said truffles think you perfected the art of melting chocolate, butter, and cream together, you’ll tell them, HaHA, guess what?? It took nearly no skill to make these! No really, they’re made from a boxed brownie mix!!” Kind of like how I can’t stop telling people how cheap something is when they compliment me on it.

Oh I really like your necklace!

Wow, thanks! It was $2 from Forever 21! Can you believe it? $2! From Forever 21? $2…?

Crickets.

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At any rate, Brownie Mix Truffles can be made several days in advance, and would be the most adorable Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetie, kids, co-workers, or kids’ teachers. They can be packaged in so many cute ways too, like popping the truffles into mini cupcake wrappers then nestling in festive tins. I picked this one up for $.99 at Michaels (the craft store, ya’ll) the other day!

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K, first things fits, bake a box of brownie mix according to package directions. Any kind that has the word “fudge” in the name will do. If you have a favorite brownie recipe (this is my all-time favorite brownie recipe) feel free to use that too.

Oh! Don’t be tempted to swap out the oil or butter called for on the box for applesauce or yogurt to make it low-fat. This results in a fluffy, cake-like brownie, which won’t stick together. We want dense and FUDGEY brownies!

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Let the brownies cool completely (you could bake them a day ahead of time) then cut off the edges which are hard and crispy. I like to freeze them for an emergency chocolate stash!

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Next, use a fork to fluff the brownies all the way down the pan.

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Now use a cookie scoop or two spoons to scoop out 1 Tablespoon brownie and roll into a ball. Place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet and continue on with the rest of the brownies.

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You’ll get about 3 dozen when all is said and done.

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Ok, time to melt the chocolate to dip the brownie mix truffles in! Like I said, I used to be the hottest mess when trying to melt chocolate, until I started using Baker’s chocolate. It melts like a dream. Add 6oz each white and semi-sweet chocolate into separate microwave safe bowls then nuke for 1 minute and stir. Microwave in 20 second increments after that, stirring in between increments, until the chocolate is nice and smooth.

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Drop the truffles into the chocolate then use two forks to transfer it back and forth a couple times, letting the excess chocolate drip off.

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Transfer the truffle back to the waxed paper, then srinkle with festive nonperils and embellishments. I got a big pack of these at Michaels too!

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I also tried my hand at making brownie mix truffle pops. It wasn’t too hard, actually! Just freeze the truffles with a cake pop stick (found in craft stores and Bed, Bath & Beyond) for 15 minutes then dunk in the melted chocolate. Use the holes in a colander to hold them up while they set.

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Pop the truffles into the refrigerator until hardened, then package and present!

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Brownie Mix Truffles

Print this recipe!

Makes 3 dozen truffles

Ingredients: 
1 box fudge brownie mix + ingredients on back of box (or any fudgy homemade brownie recipe)
12oz Baker’s chocolate (I used 6oz each semi-sweet and white)
sprinkles/embellishments

Directions: 

  1. Bake brownies according to package directions then cool completely. Do not overbake or sub out oil to make brownies low far or they will not stick together. Cut off edges then fluff cooked brownies with a fork. Scoop out brownies by the Tablespoon then roll into a balls and place on baking sheets lined with wax paper.
  2. Add chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl just big enough to hold it (makes for easier dipping) then microwave for 1 minute and stir. Microwave in 20 second increments, stirring between increments, until chocolate is melted. Dip brownie truffles in chocolate then transfer between two forks to let excess chocolate drip off. Transfer back to wax paper then add embellishments on top. Place into refrigerator to harden then package. Store on the counter or in the fridge.

Brownie Mix Truffles via Iowa Girl Eats

I cannot WAIT for you to try these! They are as mouthwatering and sweet as they are precious and pretty.

Brownie Mix Truffles via Iowa Girl Eats

Here’s another idea for packaging the truffles – drop them into clear treat bags then tie with a pretty ribbon!

Brownie Mix Truffles via Iowa Girl Eats

Looking for a few more Valentine’s Day dessert ideas? Try…

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Comments

  1. Sarah H 02.06.2013

    the photography in this post is STUNNING. amazing job!!

  2. Amy M 02.06.2013

    So stinking cute. I am so happy that chocolate is the official food of love. My husband has never gotten the memo that flowers are romantic, but he is very aware that a chocolate gift leads straight to my heart!

  3. Connie 02.06.2013

    You are a genius for using a colander to hold up the pops while they set! Beautiful looking truffles, fit for any person you love :-)

  4. These are adorable and look delicious. My boyfriend is a brownie fiend and would love these.

  5. These are brilliant, Kristin! Lovely little sweet treat for Valentine’s Day.

  6. Jules 02.06.2013

    OMG- The colander idea is GENIUS!!!

  7. Laura 02.06.2013

    So I NEVER comment on blogs, but I can’t resist… I do the SAME thing when I receive a compliment!! Make me stop!! :) oh, and while I’m at it, these look perfect!

  8. Pam 02.06.2013

    Gonna make these for my 10k Training Team peeps & for my office mates for Valentine’s – the recipe looks amazing & perfect for every holiday/occasion that comes to mind!! Like others, I’m diggin’ the colander idea & will use that soon!

  9. Alexis 02.06.2013

    Kristin, these look amazing! Question: next week I have to go on the road for work and will be visiting my boyfriend in St. Louis the following weekend (I’m from Nebraska, go Huskers!). If I made them on Saturday and froze them, do you think they would be okay the following Friday?

    I’ve made tons of your recipes and they always get rave reviews!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 02.06.2013

      Absolutely! Ben actually prefers them frozen, but you can just “thaw” them in the fridge before he comes!

  10. Sarita 02.06.2013

    Genius!

  11. Excellent idea! Gotta try this!

  12. Gretchen 02.06.2013

    OMG I do the SAME THING. “These shoes? They cost me $12 at Target!”

    We need a mute button. Just learn to say “Thanks!”

  13. I always get intimidated when I see desserts like these. This recipe sounds easy enough for me to attempt, though. Thanks for sharing! Oh, and the use of your colander when making these totally cracks me up! ;)

  14. MC 02.06.2013

    Wow, I really badly want to eat these! Maybe I won’t tell anyone when I make them so I don’t have to share :)

  15. Adorable. That’s what those are. And I want one…or two.

  16. Jill 02.06.2013

    Do you think I could use chocolate almond bark?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 02.07.2013

      If you’ve had luck with almond bark before then definitely! I’ve just never been able to get it super smooth.

      • Karen Elizabeth 02.07.2013

        I used to hate almond bark too, it thickened up so fast. I learned a very useful trick, add a little vegetable oil to the melted almond bark and it will give you super silky coverage.

        • Allison 02.09.2013

          This is a good tip. I think veg oil can be added to regular choc chips too, to make the chocolate smoother and less likely to overheat.

  17. BeccaV 02.06.2013

    I have been reading your blog forever and your food styling and photography has been just amazing over the past few months! Well done!l
    Also have you read Plate to Pixel? It’s unbelievable!

  18. Jess 02.06.2013

    Holy moly – this is brilliant! I can’t wait to make these for my office next week! I am definitely nervous about dipping things on sticks….but this may give me courage to try it. I’m forever telling people what a deal I got on things(especially things from Forever 21) – it’s an impossible habit to break.

  19. I want one of these now! Just darling and perfect for Valentine’s Day! I might just have to make these to surprise the fiance. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Bek @ Crave 02.06.2013

    These are too cute! And so simple. Love it :)

  22. No frickin way! This is so simple! People can bag on Sandra Lee and her boozy semi-homemade ways all they want, but I think more often than not, she’s on to something ;P

  23. Alison 02.07.2013

    They look SO fantastic!!! I absolutely love the way you photographed them.

  24. Katie 02.07.2013

    HAHA i do the same thing with sharing with people how inexpensive something is when they compliment me on it! ex: my boyfriend and i just moved into a new house and bought a faux-leather couch in the sale section at jordan’s- it looks like real leather though and we’ve been getting compliments that people love our leather couch. i thank them and proceed to tell them we got it in the sale section and it’s not real leather but looks so real! because it’s so exciting to me that we found such a steal! my boyfriend has asked me to quit sharing that info… haha

  25. Katie Maliszewski 02.07.2013

    Three things:

    1. I want to eat 1000 of those truffles.
    2. I do the same thing with the bargain shopping! For my bachelorette party last year, I got my dress for $7 at Forever 21, and at the party I couldn’t stop talking about it! My friends were annoyed. And now I’m doing it AGAIN!
    3. I love that you used the words “emergency chocolate” together. I have an emergency chocolate stash, too.

  26. Danielle 02.07.2013

    Pretty! Since I started reading your blog in 2010, you’ve vastly improved in the photography realm. These photos are really fun, colorful, and punchy!

  27. Karen Elizabeth 02.07.2013

    Wow…super-great idea with the colander! Very crafty and innovative, must try this now.

  28. Luann 02.07.2013

    These look so yummy and thought I might clue you in on another really fun idea for the sweetheart for Valentine’s Day. My daughter Heidi found red and white heart shaped cheese raviloi at Costco. I headed straight there after I left her house. They are big hearts too, not little small ones. So cute! They come with a recipe on the back for red alfredo sauce which does NOT use red food coloring (I know that is a no no for those who want to eat safely and healthy). I will personally just use my favorite jar red pasta sauce and probably add some chicken. Anyway, just wanted to tell you about it in case you wanted to check them out to go with your cute Valentine dessert. :) Knowing you, you will come up with a way to make them yourself…..

    • Iowa Girl Eats 02.07.2013

      Adorable! Thanks for letting me know, Luann! Looks like a trip to Costco is in order. ;)

  29. Melissa 02.07.2013

    These look totally adorable and delicious. And I am SO that person who’s all, “It was only $5 at Target!” when I get a compliment. It’s embarrassing.

  30. Christina 02.07.2013

    These look adorable! I’m having my girlfriends over soon this would be perfect to have after dinner! What kind of mix did you use?

  31. Maria 02.07.2013

    Love these girl! SO fun!

  32. Leandra 02.07.2013

    Love this post, as I love your whole site! I was laughing out loud with the Forever 21 comment. I ALWAYS do that, I literally can’t stop myself. I don’t know how to take a normal compliment, have to tell people that it was from like, Old Navy Clearance. EVERY TIME!

  33. Ambar 02.07.2013

    why havent i thought about the colander idea! Thank you for the tip! I love the idea of using brownie mix!

  34. Debra 02.07.2013

    These look awesome and easy! Thanks for sharing.

    I will soon become an Iowa girl. Moving there in about 10 weeks from sunny (hot) FL…

  35. I want to try these so bad but I’m soooo not good at the dipping part. Mine never look pretty!

  36. Yvonne C 02.07.2013

    OMGoodness! These truffles look amazing. And the colander idea for the pops was brilliant! I am totally going to try that next time I make cake pops….or brownie truffles! :o)

  37. Alisha 02.07.2013

    These are brilliant and PERFECT for v-day! I might make some for my hubby’s office (because if I make these and keep them at home….that would be trouble for my thighs!)

  38. Julia Jolliff 02.07.2013

    Beautiful! I love the colander idea–genius!

  39. Angie 02.07.2013

    LOL I know how that is. Last week I was at a get together

    ” I LOVE your diaper bag!” ( its a Kate Spade”

    ” Thanks! I got it a a thrift store!”

    ” Don’t tell me that”

    awkward. But there is nothing wrong with being thrifty!

  40. Michele 02.07.2013

    First, I agree your photography is amazing in this post! Don’t be mad but I was thinking “where did she get these great pictures from?” :) Beautifully done!

    Second, it is not fair at all for you to make something that looks so good that I am practically licking my computer screen. Seriously. They look awesome! Can’t wait to try them!

    Third, I do the same thing when I get a deal on something. Why is it so hard for us to take a compliment?

  41. I’ve visited your blog like 3 times since you posted this and after seeing the fudgy delightfulness I’ve forced myself to turn away each time. (I’m in the beginning stages of weight loss you see.) But the temptation was too much and I caved in and read it. Just as I had predicted I’m about ready to drop everything to make these little suckers. If I’m strong enough I can hold out until Valentine’s day… A.K.A. free day.

  42. Michelle 02.07.2013

    Just saw you on the news. Congrats on your blog. I had to look it up right away. I like it. Great recipe, can’t wait to try it.

  43. Making these asap and if I’m feeling friendly, I’ll share. Otherwise, I’ll keep extras in the freezer for a little choco-mergency.

    You’re killin’ me, Kristin.

  44. I think I might actually make these. I swear I’m the only person in the world who doesn’t like a cakepop – they are just too rich! But a brownie is meant to be rich and chocolaty. I think this is a sealed deal.

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  46. Allison 02.09.2013

    I love this recipe. What a clever idea. I’m planning to make these for the office this week. After comparing the price of a 12 oz bag of regular choc chips to the price of two bricks of the Baker’s choc (about a $5 price difference), I am going to try my hand with melting regular choc chips…. It’s either gonna be a hot mess or awesome! I’ve had major trouble in the past with regular choc chips, too; the melting method is so important. Hope mine turn out as good as yours!

  47. Chris 02.11.2013

    Made these on Sunday – delicious! Very, very easy! Now need to give them away so we don’t eat the whole batch :)

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  49. Jennie M. 02.12.2013

    Is this recipe for a 9×9 pan or a 9×13?

    Also, I’m trying this with a gluten-free brownie mix with rice flour – I’ll report back the results!

    • Jennie M. 02.12.2013

      Confirmed – 9×9 pan and yes, gluten-free brownie mix works just fine!

  50. Lauren 02.12.2013

    Made these today. As IGE says, easy peasy! For presentation they are really cute served in mini muffin cup liners. As for the brownie scraps you cut off? I saved them for my pet aka husband! Do try! You and your guests will not be disappointed!

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