Starbucks Double Chocolate Brownies {Copycat Recipe}

Copycat Starbucks Double Chocolate Brownies — The brownies are rich, fudgy, not cakey, perfectly chewy, and so easy to make. One bowl, no mixer, and studded with chocolate chunks! 

sliced Double Chocolate Brownies

Copycat Starbucks Double Chocolate Brownies

Recently, I was waiting in a long Starbucks line, peering into their bakery case, studying it actually, to see what I could remake at home. Remaking restaurant recipes and coming up with homemade copycat versions is what I do for fun.

‘Fun’ may not be the right word, but after 8+ years blogging about food, self-imposed challenges like this inspire me. In fact, my copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf is one of the most popular recipes on my site.

I personally have been partial to this brownie recipe I created in 2014. I’ve remade it umpteen times, but it relies solely on melted chocolate.

However, when I was reading the Starbucks site it says their brownies are made exclusively of cocoa powder, which is a twist I wasn’t expecting. So I turned to a brownie recipe I made in 2013, courtesy of Alice Medrich, doctored it up, and voila we have copycat Starbucks Double Chocolate Brownies. My family raved about these.

They’re rich, fudgy, not cakey, perfectly chewy, and so easy to make. One bowl, no mixer, and studded with chocolate chunks.

You can save yourself the $2.45 per brownie and when it’s homemade the calories don’t count either.

starbucks Double Chocolate Brownies in display case

iPhone photo of the real thing that inspired this recipe

What’s in These Double Chocolate Brownies? 

These cocoa powder brownies require very few ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make copycat Starbucks brownies: 

  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Salt
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chunks

stack of three Double Chocolate Brownies

How to Make Chocolate Brownies

To make this brownie recipe with cocoa powder, you’ll first need to whisk together melted butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Then, stir in the dry ingredients before folding in the chocolate chunks. 

Turn the batter into a greased 8×8-inch baking dish that’s been lined with foil. Sprinkle more chocolate chunks on top, then bake the double chocolate brownies until the edges are set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.

These chocolate chip brownies will need to cool for 2 hours before you can slice and serve them. Trust me, the wait is worth it! 

Can I Double This Recipe? 

Yes, you can double the ingredients for these copycat Starbucks chocolate brownies and bake them in a 9×13-inch pan. 

Can I Make These Gluten-Free?

I haven’t tried it myself, but if you have a gluten-free flour blend that you trust, I say go ahead and try it in this chocolate brownie recipe! 

Tips for Making the Best Chocolate Brownies

If your cocoa powder is lumpy, you may want to sift it before adding it to the brownie batter. You don’t want lumps in your chocolate brownies! 

Also, if you don’t have chocolate chunks on hand you’re welcome to use chocolate chips instead. Stick with semi-sweet though so these brownies aren’t too sweet. 

I haven’t been able to make perfectly fudgy, chewy brownies with canola oil, which is why I always use melted butter. As such, I don’t recommend subbing oil for the butter in this recipe.

Starbucks Double Chocolate Brownies {Copycat Recipe}

Starbucks Double Chocolate Brownies {Copycat Recipe}

The brownies are rich, fudgy, not cakey, perfectly chewy, and so easy to make. One bowl, no mixer, and studded with chocolate chunks!

Yield: 8 brownies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks, divided

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350F and line an 8×8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil for easier cleanup and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
    2. To a large, microwave-safe bowl add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute.
    3. Add the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and whisk to combine.
    4. Add the cocoa powder and stir to combine (Note – If your cocoa powder is particularly lumpy, you may wish to sift it before adding it).
    5. Add the flour, salt, and stir to combine.
    6. Add 1 1/2 cups chocolate chunks and stir to combine.
    7. Turn batter out into prepared pan (it will be thick) and smooth the top lightly with a spatula.
    8. Evenly sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chunks on top, lightly tapping them down so they adhere.
    9. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until the edges are set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.
    10. Allow brownies to cool in pan on a wire rack for about 2 hours before slicing and serving. I sliced them into 8 generous rectangles similar to how Starbucks does it.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 478 Total Fat: 26g Saturated Fat: 15g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 77mg Sodium: 91mg Carbohydrates: 62g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 49g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 5g

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82 comments on “Starbucks Double Chocolate Brownies {Copycat Recipe}”

  1. Amazing recipe. I’m a fan of. SB Brownies and this was better. Just didn’t like it in the fridge.. It became too hard.

  2. Made this recipe tonight for a bake off at Work. Brownies turned out just wonderful I added a teaspoon of espresso powder to bring out flavor more and also added half a cup of macadamia nuts. Y’all really have to let these cool down before cutting!! Just wondeful!!

    • I almost always add a tsp of espresso powder because I totally agree that it really brings out the flavor but for whatever reason, I didn’t mention it in this recipe, but yes great thinking and glad you loved these!

  3. I made these the other night, my family loved them. i think i still prefer Starbucks brownies personally though. I added too many chocolate chunks for my own preference. If I make them again I’ll add a bit less, and i’ll try adding the espresso powder as the other comments have mentioned above! These were also my first go at making brownies from scratch and they did turn out great! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

    • If you have never made homemade brownies before, it’s hard to compare that to Starbucks…baking takes some practice to perfect over time :) But overall glad your family loved them! And yes, add the espresso powder, it really helps a ton.

  4. This is my first time making brownies from scratch. Holy moly, these are SO good!! My husband LOVED them as well and said they were the best brownies he’s ever had. Thank you for the best blog!

  5. A great recipe! I love that it is made solely with cocoa powder in one bowl and doesn’t require melting chocolate. Very quick and easy and it has become my go-to brownie recipe! I have made these brownies a few times and always get lots of compliments. I have tried several recipes from avericooks.com and they always turn out very well!

    Rating: 5
  6. OMG!! this are the best brownies, everyone raves about them, thank you for the recipe

    Rating: 5
  7. I make these all the time! The recipe is super quick and easy and I always seem to have the ingredients! Sometimes I add peanut butter chips instead of chocolate chunks.

    Rating: 5
  8. Wow, these are absolutely delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. My son wants to make this for his classmates, but an 8×8 pan won’t be enough. If we are using a 9×13 pan, would we just double your recipe?

  10. My son said he wanted a brownie like Starbucks, so I searched it and found this recipe. I knew it would be good, because I’ve made many other of your recipes. I doubled it because we really like brownies. Turned out great as far as I’m concerned. My son hasn’t tried them yet because he went out. Hopefully he’ll love them. Took 38 min in my oven, and I forgot to try the espresso powder, next time I will add it.

    Rating: 5
  11. What is this sorcery? I have created (thanks to you) the same brownie I crave from Starbucks! Thank you for my new go-to brownie recipe!

    Rating: 5
  12. How many brownies does this recipe make?

  13. DO you have to wai tTwo hours?

  14. Thank you so much! They are amazing. I waited patiently….

    Rating: 5
  15. Would appreciate if you could recommend a substitute for the eggs. The recipe looks so simple will definitely try it with eggs too. Thanking you in advance.

  16. Hai Averie. For the cocoa powder, can i subtitute with the chocholate bar or cholate chips to melted it?

    • This recipe was tested exactly how I wrote it and if you start using melted chocolate in place of a dry powder, the results will be different and not sure how the brownies will turn out.

      If you want to make brownies with melted chocolate, check the Related Recipes for countless options.

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