Tuesdays With Dorie: Brownie Buttons

August 11, 2009

This week’s recipe for Tuesdays With Dorie is Brownie Buttons, selected by Two Scientists Experimenting in the Kitchen. Head over to their blog for the recipe or look on page 106 of Baking: From My Home to Yours. Here are mine…cute as a button!

Brownie Buttons

What I did: I followed the recipe though I didn’t include the optional orange zest. I made a full batch because it was a pretty small batch (and I didn’t want to do the math to divide it in half!).

How it went: Quick and easy! Everything gets mixed in one saucepan; no special equipment needed and not a lot of dishes. I used my mini-muffin pan, which is old (or should I say retro? antique?) and an odd size: 9 minis, and I don’t know how the size compares to a new mini muffin pan. After I filled the 9 minis, I put the rest of the batter in 3 standard-size muffin cups. It worked out great because I put the larger ones in the freezer for something I’m planning to make in the near future.


When these were in the oven, I didn’t think they were going to turn out. They got very bubbly – especially the larger ones – and seemed to be kind of boiling. But a few minutes later, they looked better and after cooling a little bit, they came right out of the pan. Instead of dipping the brownies in white chocolate, I put a blob on top of each one.

How it tasted: These were chocolaty and moist. The white chocolate I used was pretty tasty on its own, but I don’t think it added much to the brownies. My husband ate one and said “it’s just a brownie.” He liked them, but I think he now expects more wow factor from my baked goods.

Would I make this again?: Although these were good, there are other brownie recipes that I prefer (such as the other two brownie recipes I’ve made recently). The mini muffin pan idea was fun though – I just may use that idea in the future!


  1. I had some doubts about them too when they went into the oven…. But they did turn out good, tasty!

  2. Just a brownie – what do men know? 😉
    I’d make these to take somewhere.
    Love your photos!

  3. I think without the orange zest I might have agreed with your husband, but that gave mine the ‘wow’ factor. I ended up with only half my chocolate and was forced into halving the recipe!

  4. I think a lot of people felt the same way. It’s hard to get behind a simple recipe when there are so many unbelievable ones in Dorie’s book!

  5. They’re adorable, but maybe the Katharine Hepburn brownies in a mini pan might be even more decadent!

  6. I love your pan! Newer pans just don’t have the same personality! Your buttons look awesome!!!

  7. Very nice Jill… I love those old aluminum moulds! I wish I would find them more often in garage sales and flea markets, especially the ones with funky shapes!

    Your buttons are super cute and I love how you only iced the center, makes them look like little party cakes!

  8. Sorry you weren’t crazy for these — I realy loved them! Perfect taste, perfect size! And the white chocolate on top really gives them pizazz!

  9. Cute buttons! Yes, I think KH brownies were better.

  10. I didn’t love them either. Give me Katherine Hepburn brownies any day!

  11. I agree – the concept of these was better than the end result.

  12. These weren’t my favorite brownie ever either, but still–it’s a brownie! Love your little blobs of white chocolate. The KH are my newest favorite easy brownie! I may try that recipe, but put it in the little muffin tins!

  13. It’s funny how our families slowly raise their expectations over time. I guess it’s a sign that we’re making darn good desserts most of the time!

  14. These were easy to make, so great to throw together when you get a call that you’ll get some unexpected visitors

  15. These are getting mixed reviews, it seems. I really loved them, but probably won’t make them again because the mini muffin pan is just more of a pain to clean than a regular brownie pan! Yours are super adorable!!

  16. Cute brownie buttons!

    I also love the mini brownies idea . . baking brownies in cupcake liners! How genius is that?!

  17. Those look fudgy and delicious. I love the dollop of white chocolate in the middle!

  18. They look wonderful. I love mini desserts they are just so cute.

  19. Your buttons look great! I was at a kitchen store the other day and there are a lot of different size “mini muffin pans,” so it’s hard to say what’s standard.

  20. I like how the white is in the middle surrounded by the dark…they look very fun that way. Love that retro tin!

  21. definite agree — i’m looking forward to experimenting with other brownie recipes (i’m going to try the Baked recipe) using a mini-muffin pan.

  22. your little buttons as cute as a button. I left out the zest as well. I thought tasty but fussy

  23. They look wonderful!
    Love the dollop of white chocolate!
    I agree with you, I love them but not as much as Katharine Hepburn brownies.

  24. I had the bubbling problem too! Thank goodness they came out okay in the end! Your brownie buttons are cute as a button and I love the blob of white chocolate on top! =)

  25. adorable–i love the little white chocolate centers:)

  26. Any brownie is a good brownie, and yours look perfect!

  27. I’d say they were “wow” – they look fantastic! What was he expecting! 🙂
    Love the little droplet of chocolate on it rather than dipping. Very nicely done!

  28. Mine were bubbling in the oven too and I was a bit worried but it turned out well in the end. Your buttons look terrific! Sorry they weren’t your favorite. I thought they were really good!

  29. I didn’t do the Katharine Hepburn brownies, but I liked these pretty well. Mine turned out fudgy. Yours look great!

  30. I’m in total agreement with you about the ordinariness of these compared with some other brownie recipes – have you tried the Baked brownie (it’s amazing) and the Scharffen berger Essence of Chocolate ones (also great) – not to mention the looong list of other brownie recipes to try (like the Taste of Home ones you made!

  31. Happy 1 year blogging anniversary! Your brownies look great, so much moister than mine turned out.

  32. Super cute with their white chocolate “buttons” on top! Love it.

  33. I loved these! YUM 🙂

  34. Sorry you weren’t 100% crazy about these! They are so cute! And YES there are Dexter books and they are SO GOOD. They have different story lines from the show, so it is not like anything would be spoiled! Definitely get them… the only book that is similar to the season is Book 1/Season 1. But the ending is totally different…

  35. The first ones I made were bubbly, but I forgot to double the eggs when I doubled the recipe! They never recovered. I had to trash them and start all over. I forgot to mention that!

  36. I liked them, but I’m with you on preferring another brownie recipe.

  37. I agree. There are so many other brownie recipes out there still to try. These were good, but not the best. They look good, though.

  38. Your buttons look yummy. I agree though that there was no big advantage to using a muffin pan.

  39. I am with ya 100% on that – these were OK, but with so many better brownie recipes out there, why would you make these again? Yours look cute.

  40. Oh, I’m digging the standard-sized muffin cup brownies! I felt like the minis were too mini 🙂 Your brownies look fantastic!

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