Feb 24, 2012

Oscar Ready “Walk of Fame” Brownies {Peek from My Book}

Today marks the two month countdown for my book release.  Yay!   Now that we’re FINALLY at the two month mark {thanks for being patient}, I’m going to start to share peeks of the interior of the book.  First I’ll show recipes and crafts and as we’re closer to pub date I’ll share little peeks of the gorgeous spreads.  Today I’m starting with a recipe.

With the Academy Awards only two days away, I thought it would be a great time to share a peek of the Movie Night chapter of my book {so now you know about one of the chapters!}. In this chapter, I share red carpet ready desserts for a fun movie night.  One of those desserts is my Walk of Fame Brownies, a rich and fudgy chocolate brownie that is glammed up with gold luster dust.  Hmmm…these would have been perfect for Jennifer Aniston this week.  Don’t wait for the most glamorous night of the year to make these. Feel free to whip them up for your kid’s slumber party with their friends or date night with your loved one.  These brownies will be the star dessert for any occasion!  I serve them on top of licorice wheels, which resemble old fashioned film reels. Scroll down for the delicious recipe and some how-to pics.

PS – If you haven’t bought Sweet Designs, buy it here!  It’s on sale!

Walk of Fame Brownies
Copyright Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It, Hyperion Books 2012
Photography by Johnny Miller.
Makes 12 Brownies

For the Brownies
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup Dutch cocoa
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
8 ounces of unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
4 large eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Frosting
12 ounces good-quality semisweet chocolate, melted (I love Callebaut, Valrhona, and Ghirardelli)
Gold luster dust, I get this here
Vanilla extract
Small paintbrush

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat the oven to 325F.  Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, letting paper drape slightly over the short edges.  Spray parchment paper with nonstick pan spray. Sift flour and cocoa in a bowl; set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring frequently; set aside to cool.  Whisk eggs, granulated sugar, salt, and vanilla in a large bowl until combined and smooth. Whisk in chocolate mixture until combined. Whisk in flour mixture until just combined.

3. Spoon batter into prepared pan and smooth top. Bake until just set and a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap and let them sit overnight.

4. Use a sharp knife (with this Star_Template) or a star cookie cutter dipped into hot water and wiped off.  If you are using a cutter, after lifting out the brownie with it, gently stretch the cutter open to help release the star. Set stars on a wire rack.

5. Working with one brownie at a time, dip the top of each star into the melted chocolate, letting the excess drip off. Set them on the site rack and chill in the refrigerator, about 30 minutes.

6. Place 1/2 teaspoon of gold luster dust in a small bowl or cup. Stir in a few drops of the vanilla extract to create a paint like consistency.  With a small, clean paintbrush, brush a layer of gold luster onto the top of each brownie. Let dry.

7. Line a square tray with licorice wheels, arrange the glittering stars on top, and set on the table.

Enjoy the Oscars, everyone!







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  • Sherry

    I love the pictures and am now dying to see more! More sneak peeks please!

  • Christine

    Love the licorice wheels. So clever. Cannot wait till April and I already pre-ordered!

  • Marni

    I’m trying this recipe out tomorrow. Now how to get my hands on that luster dust so quickly? I guess I can do it without the luster dust, right?

    • Amy

      Marni – These brownies are great on there own so no worries if you can’t get your hands on the luster dust. They are even great without the melted chocolate over them. I’ve tried them many ways. Enjoy!

  • Kari S.

    You never disappoint. I LOVE this. Counting down the minutes until April.

  • Susan

    I luv the licorice wheels on the cupcakes! I’m also counting down the days! Go Sweet Designs!

  • Joy

    Love that you included how to. Love the photography. Love the ticket stubs. Oh, I’m racing with ideas now for my little little Ocar party this weekend.

  • Carrie M.

    Chocolate fudge brownies. I want these now! When will the next sneak peek be?

  • Shaina


  • Michelle

    I’m making! Thanks for the red carpet inspiration, Amy!

  • Sonia

    Thanks for posting this..love them. Have your book on pre-order :-))
    Quick qs..how do you get the 3d effect with the spokes of the stars by using the flat star cookie template ? Seems like there is a “secret” or step missing.
    Thanks !

    • Amy

      Sonia – When you dip them face down in the chocolate, the chocolate sets with a nice natural ridge. Then when you paint the gold over it looks 3d. If you don’t get that ridge though, it will still look shiny and great!

  • Alex

    Yum and thank you for the sneak peak.

  • Christa

    Looks so good.

  • What a great looking brownie recipe! I’m going to make some of these!!!

  • Fantastic!

  • allison

    Quick question do you find it easier to cut brownies with a template or with a cookie cutter? I have tried a cookie cutter and found it really difficult any suggestions?
    Thanks! Love everything you do!!!

    • Amy

      Allison-I think a cookie cutter is slightly easier, but I included templates throughout the book because I didn’t want people to feel like they had to buy cookie cutters. A few things that will help are….(1) bake your brownies the day before so they are completely set by the next day, and (2) dip your cookie cutter in hot water (but wipe off after) and then cut your brownie. I hope this helps! -Amy

  • What a grate idea put the liquorice roll on the cupcake!!!
    Love this party!

  • Great sorry! 🙂

  • Adore this idea. These brownie stars look stunning, can not wait to try this recipe! Thank you for sharing this with s…..sooooo excited for the book release 😉 xxx

  • I cannot wait to get this book. I am already getting super inspired to push my own tables more. Those licorice reels are genius.

  • What a clever and fun idea!!!!

  • I am LOVING that gold frosting on the star brownies! I just threw my second annual Oscar party – http://www.lifeinyellow.com/2012/02/pink-and-gold-girlyness-my-second-annual-oscar-party/ – it’s one of my favorite “holidays” 🙂

    Thanks for the wonderful inspiration – I will be pinning for ideas for next year!

  • Laura Perry

    The chocolate and later dust created such a great effect. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂