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Raspberry Jam Brownies

I believe sweatpants should go back in style.

I believe bubble baths and fashion magazines are the perfect end to every single day.

I believe curling up with a pet makes headaches go away faster.

I believe blackberry margaritas, chips and guacamole are mandatory food groups (yes, food groups).

I believe in muffins for breakfast on Saturdays, salads on Mondays and brownies on Fridays. Always.

I believe brownies should be so ridiculously fudgey you have to scoop them out of the pan. Or, better yet, eat them over the pan with a fork.

I made these raspberry jam brownies for last Tuesday’s girl night and everyone loved them! In fact, over the span of three hours we didn’t talk about the book once. Instead, we talked about weddings, hairstyles, jobs and….these brownies.

We talked about these brownies a lot, actually. They were kinda the highlight of the night (right, Ashley?). And I’ll definitely be the first one to tell you that normally I hate fruit mixed with chocolate. Like, HATE it. In my mind, chocolate is nature’s perfect food and should be served alone.

However, these brownies, with pretty much an entire jar of Bonne Maman raspberry preserves plus a carton of fresh raspberries in them, totally rocked my entire world.

Oh and they’re gooey. Ridiculously gooey! Not really the dessert I would bring over to a cute boy’s house for dinner, but totally a dessert I would make for you and your girlfriends to enjoy while talking about anything but the thing you’re supposed to be talking about.

Did I mention they don’t have butter in them? Or eggs?

Like I said—chocolate is nature’s perfect food.

Now if sweatpants could become the new skinny jean I’d be set. Until then, I’ll just settle for gooey fudgey brownies. And bubble baths.

Raspberry Jam Brownies

adapted from Veganomicon

serves about 10 girls

Print this recipe!


1 cup dark chocolate chips, divided

1 jar minus 2 T Bonne Maman Raspberry Preserves (or any jar of good quality raspberry preserves will do)

1/4 cup milk

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup canola oil

1 tsp vanilla extract (or 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out)

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup fresh raspberries


Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 inch pan. Set aside.

Melt half of the chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring every thirty seconds until melted. Be careful not to burn the chocolate!

In a large bowl, combine the raspberry preserves, milk, sugar, oil and vanilla. Stir well. Add the flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder and baking soda and stir again (mixture will be thick). Fold in the melted chocolate.

Gently fold in the raspberries and chocolate chips. Most of the berries will get crushed–don’t worry. Spread batter out in greased pan and bake for 45 minutes.

When the time is up, the brownies will not appear to be done. Take them out anyway and let them cool for 30-45 minutes before digging in (or just dig in anyway…who really cares what they look like?).

Though they’re awesome warm, I actually prefer these cold, straight out of the fridge. The brownies become almost like fudge and they are ridiculously addicting.


1 hour 10 minutes

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    Jess @ Fit Chick in the City
    May 27, 2011 at 4:35 am

    The gooey-ness of these brownies looks just perfect. Can you please send me one for breakfast this morning?

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    Molly @ RDexposed
    May 27, 2011 at 4:37 am

    My beagle could always tell when I was sick and would cuddle with me all day. Is pet therapy considered part of Eastern Medicine?

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    May 27, 2011 at 4:49 am

    And I believe that you are a genius! Since technically we’ve got fruit in this recipe, that makes it healthy, right? πŸ˜‰

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    jenna laughs
    May 27, 2011 at 4:56 am

    I love this! I made chocolate raspberry crumb bars awhile ago, and they are still my favorite cookie bar of all time. Totally epic flavor combination. I can’t wait to try these brownies!

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    Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food
    May 27, 2011 at 4:58 am

    ummm excuse me but you make it sound like sweatpants are not currently in style…

    clearly I missed the memo! πŸ˜›

    these look AMAZING! πŸ™‚

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    Saba @ Less is More (Fun)
    May 27, 2011 at 5:00 am

    I just wanted to say that I am SO very excited about this recipe because I made 2 pints of raspberry jam last Sunday and have been itching for a way to utilize them beyond a simple PBJ or sitting fairly lackluster over morning toast. Cannot wait to put them to good use in this recipe! πŸ™‚

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    May 27, 2011 at 5:15 am

    mmmm..chocolate and raspberry in one dessert?? sign me up!!

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    Cait @ Beyond Bananas
    May 27, 2011 at 5:21 am

    First off.. in my world.. sweat pants NEVER go out of style! πŸ™‚

    Second.. the fudgey-ness of those brownies is making my mout water!

    Thanks for the recipe!

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    Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel
    May 27, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Today is my anniversary and my husband loves all things chocolate-raspberry. Looks like I’ve found dessert for tonight – thanks!

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    Caroline @ chocolate and carrots
    May 27, 2011 at 5:46 am

    My husband would absolutely go crazy for these. Yum!!!

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    Lauren from Lauren's Latest
    May 27, 2011 at 5:49 am

    Let’s start a petition to make chocolate it’s own food group. I’d be very ok with that.

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    Sarah @ The Pajama Chef
    May 27, 2011 at 5:54 am

    dark chocolate & raspberry is my favorite sweet combo! a-m-azing!

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    Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    May 27, 2011 at 5:57 am

    oh my goodness. brownies are one of the best desserts in my opinion because of how gooey they can be. i like my baked goods slightly undercooked the best! these look incredible :).

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    Kayli (Running on Sunshine)
    May 27, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Wait, what?? Sweatpants are out of style?? πŸ™‚
    I’m studying to become a registered dietitian- my new career goal is to make this chocolate food group thing happen πŸ™‚ What a fabulous day to discover our blog! I’m making these immediately.

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    Baking 'n' Books
    May 27, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Could you use strawberries instead I wonder?

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      June 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      You totally can! I just made them with Strawberry preserves and chopped strawberries (Target was out of raspberries), and they were just as good (maybe even better) than the raspberry version.

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        September 3, 2011 at 7:34 am

        ooh and I was just wondering about using my homemade sour cherry jam, because I am not sure I can wait til I go to the shop tomorrow to get raspberry….. but I will of course make them again when I do! hehehe πŸ˜‰ These look AMAZING!!!

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    Holly @ The Runny Egg
    May 27, 2011 at 6:10 am

    I love fudgey brownies — where you can pick one up and make it into a ball — I like them super soft and gooey.

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    Brooke @ bittersweetb
    May 27, 2011 at 6:16 am

    I’m not a big brownie girl (crazy I know right) but raspberries and chocolate are an all tiem favorite. I need to try these straight from the pan asap!

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    Krystina (Organically Me)
    May 27, 2011 at 6:20 am

    I imagine eating one of these warm, with a huge scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top.

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    May 27, 2011 at 6:26 am

    I have to make these now as there is nothing better than chocolate and raspberries.

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    Urban Wife
    May 27, 2011 at 6:50 am these look DIVINE and the best part is no butter, no eggs. i will be making these over the weekend. thanks, jenna! πŸ™‚

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    Faith @ lovelyascharged
    May 27, 2011 at 6:53 am

    See, I’m the complete opposite. I believe chocolate is always ten times better with fruit (or nuts!) These are so seriously right up my alley – I’ll definitely be making these! The gooier the better!

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    Lauren @ Sassy Molassy
    May 27, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Oh my, these just look AMAZING! I have some chocolate that I love- chocolove dark chocolate with raspberries in it. Outstanding. This seems like it would be the best of both worlds…gooey chocolate and tart raspberry. Mmmm….

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    May 27, 2011 at 7:03 am These were the best brownies ever! Jenn and I were actually talking about these last night and how we were waiting for you to post the recipe!

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    Meghan @ StruggleMuffins
    May 27, 2011 at 7:04 am

    I’m the same way; chocolate and fruit should be separate. Church and state, yo. But these brownies…I could try these. I love brownies more than any other dessert and enjoy them the most when I can scoop them straight out of the pan. There’s something uplifting about the straight-outta-the-pan approach πŸ™‚

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    amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    May 27, 2011 at 7:06 am

    I agree…chocolate makes everthing better πŸ˜‰ I’ve been counting on that this week.

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    May 27, 2011 at 7:08 am

    I hate chocolate and fruit too, but chocolate and raspberry is the best combination in the world. Serious.
    And these brownies look sooooooo good. never made brownies without eggs though (usually use Nigella’s recipe, tried those?). Gonna try them asap!

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    May 27, 2011 at 7:18 am

    ugh don’t hate me for this q but…would there be any way to replace some of the oil with apple sauce or the like? as much as i love my sweatpants, i would also love to don a swimsuit sometime this summer.

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      May 27, 2011 at 7:35 am

      i highly do not recommend that…for the sanctity of the brownies.

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        May 27, 2011 at 7:53 am

        Haha hilarious πŸ™‚ Do you think using frozen instead of fresh raspberries would ruin their sanctity?

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        May 27, 2011 at 8:17 pm

        If only there was a ‘like’ button – haha!

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    May 27, 2011 at 7:26 am

    ooohhhh and vegan!

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    May 27, 2011 at 7:31 am

    I love chocolate and raspberries together! Swoon!

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    May 27, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Oh yes I’ll jump on that gooey brownie & bubble bath band wagon! Amen sista!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl
    May 27, 2011 at 7:37 am

    All these are missing is a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Oh my!

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    Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    May 27, 2011 at 7:41 am

    AMEN to fudgey brownies!! These look phenomenal.

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    Michelle (The Runner's Plate)
    May 27, 2011 at 7:58 am

    You could be a p.e. teacher (like me) and wear sweatpants every day! Actually, I get tired of dressing-down every day!

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    May 27, 2011 at 8:00 am

    wow, no butter and no eggs and they look like the fudgiest brownies on earth. p.s. i love chocolate and raspberry together:)

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    Jess (Sweet Potato)
    May 27, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I agree, sweatpants should definitely go back in style!

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    Kate @ NaturaStride
    May 27, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Those look amazing! I definitely agree – brownies should be eaten with a spoon! πŸ™‚

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    Katherine: Unemployed
    May 27, 2011 at 8:09 am

    jam is such a great way to incorporate flavor! (no pureeing involved when it’s already been done!)

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)
    May 27, 2011 at 8:11 am

    “pretty much an entire jar of Bonne Maman raspberry preserves plus a carton of fresh raspberries in them”—

    I love raspberries!!!

    And chocolate!

    And “how do they do that?” is a question I’d like to know with the no butter/no eggs thing…I will not question science. I will just follow the darn recipe. And I love it!! πŸ™‚

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    May 27, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Looks awesome!! How many ounces should the jar of raspberry preserves be?

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    Natalia - a side of simple
    May 27, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I believe anything with fruit or jam automatically makes it a breakfast food, and if I happen to still be in my pajamas while making these, well…all the better!

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    Shannon Blogs
    May 27, 2011 at 8:30 am

    HOLY. My mom used to make brownies with raspberry flavored chocolate chips … talk about heaven.

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    May 27, 2011 at 8:38 am

    these look damn amazing!

    I am not a huge brownie eater , but if these were put in front of my face, oh my!

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    May 27, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Wow. Those look amazing!! Thanks for sharing. You’re a genius!

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    Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen
    May 27, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Vegan brownies for the win!!

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    May 27, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I love chocolate and raspberries! And I completely agree that brownies should be eaten with a spoon!

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    Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    May 27, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Amen to brownies on Friday. And double amen to margarita and guacamole food groups. (Note: I also include Excedrin as my sixth food group…)

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    AllieNic @ Frisky Lemon
    May 27, 2011 at 9:34 am

    WAIT! Sweatpants aren’t in style? Uh oh…

    These brownies look so good! I want to heat them up and put vanilla ice cream on top!

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    May 27, 2011 at 9:42 am

    printing now! looks amazing and i hate fruit with chocolate too, except chocolate covered strawberries.
    great timing for family gatherings-over Memorial day- thanks!

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    The Healthy Engineer
    May 27, 2011 at 10:02 am

    What? Sweatpants aren’t in style?! …Guess I’ve been breaking some fashion rules then πŸ˜›

    I have a baking question–how do brownies made with yogurt (specifically greek yogurt) turn out? I have a bunch of cocoa, flour, and yogurt that I just want to use soon but I’m kind of worried that it’ll turn out to be a disaster. OH and I have nutella that I need to use soon, since it’s getting near to its expiration date…

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      Katie P
      May 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      Jessica at HowSweetEats made the most amazing looking Dark Chocolate Yogurt cake, it would be perfect to deplete your pantry of ingredients!

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    Chocolate-Covered Katie
    May 27, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I believe that raspberry brownie should be a food group. And I believe it needs to meet ME.

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    May 27, 2011 at 11:02 am

    This goes against everything brownie for me. It has fruit in it, lacks eggs, and lacks butter, and yet feels so, so right!! haha

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    May 27, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I totally agree with you on the sweatpants, they totally need to come back….I mean, for me they’ve never left but, I’d like to feel a little less sloppy when I wear them to the store!

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    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    May 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I’m not sure if sweat pants were ever in style… but I’m with you! We should make that a new style. Did you ever hear about those sweatpants that look like jeans? My friend told me about an info commercial showing a woman wearing these weird sweatpants that looked like jeans to a business meeting. It sounded hilarious but I would never do that….

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    Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet
    May 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Oh how I wish to go back to high school, if inly to be able to wear sweatpants in daylight in public without getting called out! Especially if I’m going to be eating these brownies!

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    kaila @ healthy helper!
    May 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm


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    Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy & Healthy
    May 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I used to not be a fan of fruit + chocolate either but now I’m obsessed with chocolate and blueberries. Oh and blueberry coffee.
    Maybe I’m just obsessed with blueberries.

    these look awesome though.

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    May 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Your book was written by my brother’s roommate’s parents! Haha, does that make sense?
    Hope you’re enjoying it!

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    Pure2raw twins
    May 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    “I believe brownies should be so ridiculously fudgey you have to scoop them out of the pan” — I totally agree! the richer the better for me… growing up my sisters and I used to always under bake our brownies and eat them hot and gooey from the oven. Fun times haha

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    Justeen @ Blissful Baking
    May 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I’m not a fan of fruit and chocolate either, but these brownies look so deliciously gooey and fudgey that I’m willing to give the fruit/chocolate combo another chance!!

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    May 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    LOVE!! When I saw the pictures, I immediately thought they’d be impossible to recreate as a vegan. No eggs necessary? You just made my life. Heading to the store tomorrow to get the jam.

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    A Tablespoon of Liz
    May 27, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    We believe in a lot of the same things! haha. These brownies look so delicious I had to do a double take. Then salivate at all the photos for about ten minutes.

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    May 27, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I can’t believe you normally hate the fruit and chocolate combo! Raspberry & chocolate is my favorite, hands down. These look sooo good!

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    May 27, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Oh my! I just made these brownies and am trying very hard not to eat the whole pan. I didn’t have fresh raspberries so I kept them out, but they still turned out amazing. Thank you for the recipe!!

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    Keely (Sky Blue)
    May 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    I love your “beliefs.” I 100% agree with them all. You are a girl after my own heart.

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    May 27, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    “I believe sweatpants should go back in style.”–> they’ve always stayed in style in my books ;)! These sound amazing, loving the ingredients!

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    Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    May 27, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    hahaha great post Jenna πŸ™‚ Yep, I’ll be making these asap. gooey goodness.
    Heidi xo

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    May 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I love fruit with chocolate! Looks like I have another excuse to can raspberry preserves this year. Enjoy your weekend.

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    Hannah (Hannah Lives)
    May 27, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    The only thing that could make these better is toasted slivered almond, and a white chocolate drizzle. Raspberry White Chocolate Almond brownies are my go-to dessert, and it is always a crowd pleaser. But I like the vegan twist of this. I’ll have to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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    Kim {Recipes To Run On}
    May 28, 2011 at 4:50 am

    GREAT post and couldn’t agree more! πŸ™‚ These would be so perfect this weekend. BTW, I’ve added your site to my fave blogs list. Have a wonderful long weekend!

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    Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out
    May 28, 2011 at 5:38 am

    Those look RIDICULOUS! I mean, drool.

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    Allison @ The Delicious Life
    May 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Oh my… I can’t even imagine how good these are.

    I made a brownie “cake” with raspberry preserves on top one time. Man, was that good…I think I’ll have to try these!

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    June 1, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I love the brownies that you have to eat out of the pan. They’re a food group of their own.

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    Marian Schembari
    June 6, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Oooh, want! Gotta make these NOW. Question though: How much exactly is a “jar”? I’m based in NZ so our brands are all different meaning an exact measurement would be awesomesauce.

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    June 6, 2011 at 2:12 am

    I’m not a big fan of raspberries but seeing this makes me wanna drool and oh yes.. I definitely prefer it cold than warm πŸ˜€

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    June 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I’ve made these twice now – once with raspberries and once with strawberries because Target was out of raspberries – and both time they have turned out absolutely amazing. I’m pretty sure this tops the chart of best brownie recipes of all time.

    I’m off to be the hero of girls night now. Thanks!

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