Fudgy Jam Brownies

I heard a soft set of footsteps following me as I groggily felt my way down the stairs this morning. I turned around to find my little guy behind me, and he wrapped his arms around my neck. “Good morning, Mommy,” he greeted me. I…

Fudgy Jam Brownies

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I heard a soft set of footsteps following me as I groggily felt my way down the stairs this morning. I turned around to find my little guy behind me, and he wrapped his arms around my neck. “Good morning, Mommy,” he greeted me. I could still feel the warmth from his quilt as I hugged his little body. “Good morning, my ang-,” I started…and stopped. He’s seven now, and though I still call both children “my angel,” all of a sudden I was worried he would think he was too big for all that sappiness. “Good morning, my sweet boy,” I said instead.

“Mommy, you can still call me your angel. Even when I’m old.”

I’m sure I will. Even if he changes his mind.

Fudge Jam Brownies | Kitchen Confidante | With Powdered Sugar

Last week, he helped me with these brownies. While my daughter gets her time with me in the kitchen, I realized that he hasn’t had a chance to bake with me as often. He loved every step, from the whisking to the egg cracking, to of course, the licking of the bowl. “These are going to be good brownies!” he could tell, just from the teensy taste.

And boy, was he right.

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Fudgy Jam Brownies

16 brownies | Prep: 8 min | Cook: 22 min

One lick of the bowl and my son proclaimed that these brownies were going to be good. He was right (and the whole family agrees). Dense and fudgy, these brownies are sweetened with strawberry jam, giving it a richness that is not overly sweet. Perfect a la mode or with a glass of cold milk, special occasions, or just any day you need a little extra decadence.


3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup best quality unsweetened cocoa*
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup strawberry jam
1/3 cup water
5 tablespoons butter
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup chocolate chips (white or semisweet)


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Lightly spray a 9-inch square baking pan with baking spray and line with parchment paper.

Whisk together flour, sugar, unsweetened cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Combine jam, water, and butter in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until dissolved. Add jam mixture to flour mixture; stir well with a spatula. Add the eggs and fold until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Place in the oven and bake for about 22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out fairly clean. Cool in pan on wire rack. Garnish with powdered sugar, if desired. Even better, serve warm, a la mode.


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  1. Rose from Magpies Recipes

    so sweet to hear about your special morning Liren! I am sure our kids will always be our babies even if they are 50 :) The brownies look simply luscious and are sorely tempting me to go off my ” no more baking” new year resolution! ( But that one was bound to not last anyway!)

  2. carrian

    Oh, I wish I could meet them! Oh, and devour these;) At least the latter can happen this weekend! WOOHOO!

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Such a sweet story! Fudgy jam brownies – oh I love this idea. I have a few open jars of jam at the moment, so I may just have to try these out :).

  4. Priscilla | ShesCookin

    So sweet :) My daughter used to say she would always live with us, we knew that wouldn’t be so, but they are always your babies (or angels). So happy when I see kids in the kitchen – Chloe was the only one of her 5 college housemates that knew how to cook!

  5. Crystal

    Too sweet. I call my furry babies Angel Face. What a lovely story to share. And those brownies, well! I really need one of those right now. They look amazing! Excellent comfort food.

  6. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    I love your story about the morning with your son. . so adorable! And love that you baked these brownies with him. I bet that made them taste sweeter! I still call my 5 yr old “my baby”!

    • liren

      Baking it with him definitely made it sweeter, Alice :)

      They’ll always be our babies, won’t they?

    • liren

      I wish I could send you a box for your birthday, Cassie!!! Hope today is as sweet :) xo

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