Symphony Brownies

Two brownie recipes within one week? Let me explain. Do you ever get in a funk? Ya know when everyone and everything pretty much annoys you for no apparent reason. Well, I have been in this funk for about a week and the only cure I could come up with was… chocolate.

More specifically rich brownies with a milk chocolate toffee candy bar baked into the center. Yeah, Symphony Brownies will cure a mood like no other.

If you frequent My Baking Addiction on a regular basis, you may recall that I’m not especially fond of chocolate, but there is something about these brownies that makes me swoon. I’m pretty certain that something is the ooey gooey center that is imparted by the Symphony candy bars. These Symphony Brownies couldn’t be easier and I’m guessing the only items you’ll have to pick up from the market are the Symphony candy bars.

So, here’s to a good a week! Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Symphony Brownies

Yield: 12 brownies


4 ounces unsweetened chocolate; coarsely chopped
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 (4.5 ounce) Symphony Chocolate bars; broken into squares


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Microwave chocolate and butter or margarine in large bowl at medium (50% power) for 3-4 minutes or until butter is melted.

3. Whisk until chocolate is melted. Stir in sugar and add in eggs, extracts and salt. Gradually add in flour and stir until just combined.

4. Spread 1/2 the batter into prepared pan. Add an even layer of Symphony Chocolate squares and cover with remaining 1/2 of brownie batter. Bake for 30-35 minutes; do not over bake.

5. Remove to cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before cutting.

Inspired by Paula Deen and adapted from allrecipes

50 Responses to “Symphony Brownies”

  1. Becky Bakes — December 6, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    These look so good! My hubby used to buy me Symphony bars all the time when we were dating. Guess he thought chocolate was the key to my heart…he was probably right. These brownies look nice and fudgy too, just the way I like them!


  2. Yum! I was just in search of a new brownie recipe, and I think I’ve found it! Best part of brownies are most definitely the ooey gooey centers :)


  3. Cookbook Queen — December 6, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Oh. Em. Gee.

    I’ll take one.

    Or seventeen.


    They look FABULOUS!! Love Symphony Bars.


  4. Wenderly — December 6, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Have we been living dual realities this week?
    I think it was a full moon last night.
    But with these little yummies, I don’t need an explanation, just a large plate. And a big glass of cold milk. *cheers*


  5. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit — December 6, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    The gooey centers of these brownies are calling me. :) Those are perfect- just like I like them.


  6. Jennifer @ Jane Deere — December 6, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    I LOVE Symphony Brownies!!! I haven’t made them in forever ~ thanks for the reminder! I’m going to make ’em this week!


  7. I’ve never had a Symphony Bar before, but these brownies look delicious! YUM!


  8. Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 6, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    i’m actually the same way…i love brownies and chocolate but i really have to be in the mood for it or it just doesn’t sit well with me. but ooey and gooey? sign me up :)


  9. Andrea — December 7, 2010 at 12:06 am

    OMG these look so good! I can’t wait to try them. I love symphony bars and these just look delicious!


  10. Courtney — December 7, 2010 at 12:46 am

    No complaints here. I could eat brownies 3x a day.. Just sayin’ :)


  11. Cherine — December 7, 2010 at 3:58 am

    A fabulous treat!! They look fabulous!


  12. ButterYum — December 7, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Swoon indeed – these are wonderful. Nice to see you started with a scratch brownie recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.



  13. Katrina — December 7, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Hope these brownies got you out of your funk!! They sure will help me :)


  14. Amanda — December 7, 2010 at 8:40 am

    These look absolutely AMAZING… what a wonderful recipe!!!



  15. Robyn | Add a Pinch — December 7, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Oh my… brownies and symphony bars? You are speaking my language! Love!


  16. CaSaundra — December 7, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Oo you can never go wrong with chocolate enveloped in more chocolate!!


  17. Valerie — December 7, 2010 at 9:18 am

    This is my absolute favorite brownie! I make it more often than I should – it’s a no-fail favorite!


  18. foodwanderings — December 7, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Hi Jamie, I an sure th efunk is by now way behind you and I totally get it! I am not a huge chocolate person either but a perfect brownie bite will make me eat a whole one and this one seems like one of those moments. I do like certain lindt chocolates though:) Your pics are as gorgeous as ever! Shulie


  19. Kristen — December 7, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I can’t resist a chewy yummy brownie. Looks so good, Jamie!


  20. Nutmeg Nanny — December 7, 2010 at 10:21 am

    These look great! I have made the Paula Deen recipe for a long time. It’s so delicious :) This also reminds me that I have three Symphony bars in my pantry. I gotta use them up!


  21. mel — December 7, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Oh my heavens! How did you know that I WAS IN A FUNK TOO!! Sooo, perfectly timed, I just can’t believe it! These look wonderful and hopefully will be in my mouth before bedtime tonight!!

    Love your blog, btw!


  22. Jamie Cooks It Up! — December 7, 2010 at 11:21 am

    A funk? Oh, I’m so glad I’m not the only one! Your brownies look delicious and the photo is very beautiful, as always.


  23. Sara — December 7, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Oh my, I’ve seen Paula Dean makes these numerous times and I alway think how I need to make them, but I never have. Yum, they look so good.


  24. Alicia Walker — December 7, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    These look so amazing!


  25. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — December 7, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Oh wow…YUM!!!

    Chocolate cures everything…..always :)


  26. Joanne — December 7, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Chocolate is definitely my go-to cure when I can’t figure out what else is wrong with me. I assume that it’s probably some hormonal imbalance that chocolate sets back on track. These sound and look amazing!


  27. Paula — December 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    OMG they look so chewy and delicious!


  28. Sara Tea — December 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    You know what? I always see Symphony bars at the end of the check out line, and I’ve never had one. I guess I should check it out!!


  29. Amanda V — December 7, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    This is a sign. I just saw some Symphony bars in the store and had the urge to buy them. I didn’t, though, and so now I must go back and get them! These look wonderful, Symphony is my favorite chocolate bar :)


  30. Meredith — December 7, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    What is your trick for slicing perfect squares like in the picture? Mine always seem to fall apart..all the more crumbs for me to steal..but not so pretty!


  31. Evan @swEEts — December 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Chocolate can definitely cure all sorts of things, including, but not limited to funks :) I want to put myself in a funk just so I have an excuse to try these brownies!


  32. Amanda :} — December 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    my brother LOVES Symphony bars and his birthday is tomorrow!!! i’m going to make him a cake but if i have time, i’ll make these brownies too!


  33. Lauren at KeepItSweet — December 7, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    i’ve never had symphony bars but these look great!


  34. Veronica — December 7, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    I have made these with a brownie mix to rave reviews but I have never tasted them myself! I made them for a gift! So now I should make them for myself with your from scratch recipe. :)


  35. Tickled Red — December 9, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Oh girl do I ever know what you mean :) I could use a batch of these to get through the rest of my crazy week. Scrumptious!!


  36. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — December 19, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Ahh those look absolutely sinful! So fudgy and delicious :)


  37. Brandy K — January 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Oh my!! I made these last week and they were really good. I’ve never had a Symphony bar, prior to making these–I’ve been missing out! I featured them on my blog–full credit to you. Thanks for the great recipe.


  38. Karen Harris-Webb — January 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I love symphony candy bar’s. Can’t wait to try this recipe! I have seen this recipe in one of my Paul Deen’s cookbooks, but have forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder!


  39. Heather @ Sweet Sins 2 Share — January 11, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    yum yum yum!!! These look so good! I know of the funk you speak of. I think having 2 brownie posts this week is A ok!


  40. Veronica — May 23, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    These brownies were amazing! I made them a few weeks back and everyone just about died :) I have a question though…I have a friend who is gluten-free, is there any way to make these into a gluten-free friendly brownie? Would coconut flour work do you think? Thanks for the amazing recipes–huge fan!


  41. Nika — November 2, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Thank you so much! My friend and I prepared these brownies, and it was amazing!


  42. Adie Andrews — January 13, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Brilliant recipe I made them for my boyfriend he was pleased when he tried them. So big big thanks for sharing the recipe.


  43. Donna — March 14, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I would love to make these as they have the exact texture quality that my husband loves in a brownie…but I cannot locate Symphony bars here in France…What kind of candy bar is it? Is it similar to a Heath toffee type bar?..Would Daims or Ferrero Rocher…or anything else here come close? Any enlightenment from yourself or readers would be so very appreciated! Lovely post and bar!


  44. Donna — March 14, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Hello again! …I just got a thought…could I possibly use TOBLERONE bars instead?…I live on the French/Swiss border..and these are everywhere! Since there are almond/toffee bits involved I think they might be a suitable substitution?…Thanking you for any opinion!


    • Jamie — March 15, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Toblerone would be perfect! In fact, I’ve them in this exact recipe. Enjoy.

  45. Lisa — April 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    WOW, these are INTENSE! I would advise grabbing some vanilla ice cream before you make these – I could barely eat them without it! Delicious though. Almost like a flourless chocolate cake or a chocolate souffle!


  46. Becky — January 24, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I happened upon this recipe on Pinterest. I love it! I just made it for the 3rd time in 2 weeks, (once was for a class of kids, so my hips aren’t entirely hateful…lol,) I have no idea what Symphony bars are, I used a combination of Skor bits, white chocolate and semi sweet chocolate in the centre…the kids love it, I love it, Hubby loves it, all the teachers asked for the recipe…LOVE this recipe!!!! Thanks!


  47. Deb — October 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I made these recently. I wanted to give some to my niece who just had a baby but I wanted to keep some too so I doubled the recipe. I bought extra symphony bars but didn’t need them. I baked them the 30 min. but they seemed to still be raw so I stuck them back in for another 5-10 minutes. The edges were somewhat more firm but the rest was still seemingly raw. I let them sit overnight but they didn’t firm up so I baked them some more – still the same. Anyway when I took them to my niece, she was so happy because she would prefer to eat the raw dough anyway! And I did enjoy them & so did my hubby. But is that how they are supposed to be or is it because I doubled it? I would probably make them again though!


    • Jamie — January 10, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      Deb, if you cooked them in one pan, it’s probably because you doubled it. Brownies are funny in terms of baking. They’re dense like a quick bread, but high in sugar like a cookie. It’s best to cook them one batch at a time.
      – Jamie


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