Chewy Fudgy Brownie Bears are baked in a cupcake pan, then topped with an adorable chocolate bear. Share these brownies as a Valentine's Day treat or any time you want to say how "beary" much you care about the special people in your life.
Why you'll love this recipe
- These brownies are chewy, fudgy, and super chocolaty.
- Brownie bears take less than an hour to make.
- Brownies decorated with a bear are simple to create with no special tools required.
- Baked in individual portions, these treats are easy to serve or package.
Chewy Fudgy Brownie Bears are made in a cupcake pan. Using cupcake papers makes it easy to remove the brownies from the pan and helps seal the edges, keeping the brownies fresh longer.
Transforming the brownies into bears is easy using just a few decorating items placed on top of the melted chocolate face.
These adorable bear brownies were included in a Valentine's Day care package along with Honey Graham Bear Cookies, sweet teddy bears holding garland of hearts. However, these fudgy treats would be welcome any time of year!
This is an overview of the instructions. The full instructions are in the recipe card below.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the shortening, sugar, and eggs until light in color.
- Add in the dry ingredients, until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Scoop the batter into a lined cupcake pan.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes.
- Combine ½ cup of melted chocolate discs with ½ cup of melted white chocolate discs.
- Spread about 2 teaspoons of the melted chocolate mixture on top of the brownie.
- Top the melted chocolate with a disc of chocolate for the snout, two candy eyes go above the snout, and two candy coated chocolates for ears.
- Use a toothpick to dot a tiny bit of melted chocolate on top of the snout as glue for the heart sprinkle nose.
Store decorated brownies at room temperature in an airtight container or zip lock bag for up to 2 weeks.
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Chewy Fudgy Brownie Bears
- 1 ½ all-purpose flour
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon espresso powder
- ⅔ cup butter-flavored vegetable shortening
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups mini chocolate chips
- ½ cup dark melting chocolate
- ½ cup white melting chocolate
- 20 dark brown chocolate discs
- 20 pairs of candy eyes
- 20 small heart sprinkles
- 40 brown candy coated chocolate candies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Prepare 2 12-cup cupcake pans with cupcake papers.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and espresso powder. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the shortening, sugar, and eggs. Beat until light in color and fluffy (about 3 minutes).
- Gradually add in the flour mixture, until combined.
- Stir in the mini chocolate chips.
- Use a large (¼ cup) scoop to portion the batter into the prepared pan (it will be thick), using a spatula or spoon to flatten and smooth the surface of each brownie.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes. The toothpick test doesn’t work very well because of all of the melting chocolate chips. If the top is firm after 15 minutes, take it out. (Mine baked for 18 minutes). Cool completely in the pan.
- When ready to decorate, melt the ½ cup of dark chocolate with the ½ cup of white chocolate. Stir until the color is uniform.
- Decorate one brownie at a time. Spread about 2 teaspoons of melted chocolate into a circle on top of a brownie. Immediately, add the chocolate disc snout, the candy eyes, and the candy coated chocolate ears. Use a toothpick to dot a tiny bit of melted chocolate on top of the snout as glue for the heart sprinkle nose.
- Store brownies at room temperature in an airtight container or zip lock bag for up to 2 weeks.
First Published: February 2, 2020. Last Updated: January 26, 2024. Updated for additional information and better reader experience.