{Versions & Verdicts} Aunt Juju’s Chocolate Syrup Brownies

Dear Angie,

I don’t know if this is the first time I am telling you this – I am so grateful to have been personally invited by you to join Fiesta Friday. I have seen Fiesta Friday entries before from various bloggers, but I was so shy to join. I thought one should be invited to be able to join, so I totally forgot about it.

When you invited me, I became so excited – too excited to get to know you more; too excited to meet new friends and of course, to indulge those delicious treats. 😀 (Do you think I’ll not admit that today?)

Fiesta Friday [and your endless support to bloggers] helped me in so many ways.

Before Fiesta Friday, I was not that confident. Yes, maybe I was already, few months after I started my blog. But you let people meet, so you brought me [and others] new friends. You let me bring out the humor in me, in which I didn’t know I have it in me. Maybe I was a funny person before, but nobody told me that. Or I just can’t remember. 😐 You let me realize that taking photo in portrait orientation is better than the landscape. (Well, at least for me.) Yes, you are one of my inspirations. ❤

…and I am sure there’s more!


Again, thank you, Angie for creating this wonderful party and community. You bring people together and I believe that is amazing!

We all love you! Happy 50th to Fiesta Friday!!

And to celebrate, I am bringing you Aunt Juju’s Chocolate Syrup Brownies or what she calls Cake Boss Brownies.

Does Versions and Verdicts sound scary? I know. But I tell you, this is nothing scary at all. I am just very bad when it comes to choosing titles or even names.

To enlighten you, V & V is a new series you’d expect from my blog. I wish I could say that I will post something for V & V on a specific day, but you know – life is crazy sometimes. I will post if I make something in which I don’t know how often. Once a month? Twice a month? I am not so sure.

Anyway, V & V will talk about my versions of your recipes and what do I think of it. 😉 Although most of the recipes I have here are my own versions, this thing is different. This will cover my versions of your recipes (I already said that, yes?). I mean YOU. Yes, YOU – blogging buddies who I use to chat with.

Moving on to the cake, you remember the Chocolate Syrup Cheesecake Brownies I made to use my chocolate syrup that was so eager to end its life? That chocolate syrup has so many lives so I needed to think of something to help it end its life. Besides, it’s so eager to commit suicide. Aunt Juju mentioned that she has recipes using chocolate syrup. So I helped the chocolate syrup plummet to its death. 😀


Chocolate Syrup Brownies


For the brownie batter: 

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups chocolate syrup
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour


For the icing (optional): 

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 6 tbsp butter, unsalted
  • 6 tbsp whole milk
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips


For the brownie batter: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Prepare a 13×9 baking pan and grease with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine butter and sugar. Beat until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes).
  3. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition.
  4. Add in chocolate syrup and mix well.
  5. Gradually add flour and mix until well incorporated, making sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  6. Pour this batter into the prepared baking pan.
  7. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with moist crumbs.
  8. Let cool in the pan for about 30 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before cutting and frosting.

For the icing (optional): 

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, butter and milk. Simmer while stirring constantly until well heated.
  2. Remove from the heat and add in chocolate chips. Mix until everything is well combined and smooth.
  3. Pour this over the cooled and cut brownies.


This cake is so rich that it will stick to your teeth (you should smile when that happens). 😀  You can really taste the chocolate syrup as well. Hmm! If you want a rich and decadent cake, you better try this. 😉


I hope you all enjoy this. What do you think of V&V?

 I hope I am not too late to wish you all a HAPPY and BLESSED 2015! I am looking forward to more chats and more buddies to meet. ❤



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59 thoughts on “{Versions & Verdicts} Aunt Juju’s Chocolate Syrup Brownies

  1. Oh Jhuls, Rachel and I have been trying to plan our baking weekend and stumbled across this recipe. What’s not to like – chocolate, 100’s and 1000’s and brownies. Although we we use pure cacao chocolate and lactose free milk.

    The scones with lemonade as part of the ingredients are now on hold. Especially as Rachel thought it really funny to shake the tin and spray me with it 😦

  2. I completely share your sentiments about Angie, Jhuls!! FF has really helped me come out of my shell and meet so many wonderful bloggers 🙂 I must say your chocolate syrup has plummeted to death in fabulous style 😀 You are seriously funny & seriously talented, these have me drooling 😀 Happy FF!

    1. We all share the same sentiments for Angie, Naina. ❤
      Hahaha! I am glad that you liked my story and to make people smile. 😀 Happy FF and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  3. Bubbles, your letter to Angie says it all – I could not have put it any better. All the FF party goers have so much to thank Angie for. She has managed to attract bloggers who do visit and interact with the posts that are submitted which is so unlike many of the other linky parties I tried for a little while. It is also how we met – as co-hosts, if I am not mistaken! Fiesta Friday has been one of the top 5 referrers for so many bloggers in 2014 and so many blogging friendships have developed from this party. And just to underscore the point, you have made Judi’s fabulous. decadent, brownies – I don’t know about you, but I met Judi through Fiesta Friday. Lovely post, Jhuls. Happy New Year and Happy Fiesta Friday to you xx

    1. I agree with you about the link parties, Selma. And yes, we started getting along when we first co-host together. 😀 And of course, it’s all because of FF. Thank you – you liked my version of Aunt Juju’s brownies. ❤ And thanks again for co-hosting. Looking forward to co-host with you again. 😉 Hugs! Happy FF#50, Selma. And enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  4. I love what you have written about Angie! It’s so true 🙂
    I cant wait for more Versions and verdicts. I think it would be fantastic! These brownies look so amazing! It looks so fudgy and on top of it – the sauce looks just plain lickable!!

  5. Such a lovely letter to Angie Jhuls, one I can definitely relate to – partly to Angie but also partly to you since you were the one who invited me to this wonderful party! So thank you Jhuls!
    These brownies look really yummy, and I love the V&V idea!

    1. Awww, you are so sweet. ❤ It's my pleasure, Michelle. I am really glad that you joined the party after I invited you – FF is more fun having you around. 😉

  6. Wow Jhuls – what a great post. First, your sweet letter to Angie as I agree with you in so many ways. Angie has given so much to all of us, she even helped me with my computer problems. Thanks so much for bringing my version of chocolate syrup brownies as your first in your new series. Sounds like fun and I like the name V & V! I will look forward to future posts. I remember yours as I never saw any other recipes using chocolate syrup. They are so good… Thanks for being a good blogging friend 🙂 Get ready for J & J!

    1. Thank you, Sarah! I am glad you liked the letter and the brownies. Hmm, I can’t imagine why wouldn’t you like the brownies. 😀 Happy FF, Sarah! Have a fab weekend! ❤

  7. Lovely write up jhuls! I sooo totally agree with you. Angie is the best, she has helped me too a lot in increasing my connections in the blogging world. The best part is that she is super sweet and always very friendly.
    N btw yummy brownies!

  8. Welcome to FF #50, you are the first to arrive! And what a lovely introduction, I feel the same way in many ways about how much FF has given to my confidence and blogging reportoire, not to mention the best part: the wonderful people such as you whom I have met and feel like are true flesh and blood friends (as opposed to “internet” friends). As for the V & V, that sounds wonderful and let me say that these brownies are wonderful and my verdict is GUILTY of awesomeness! Have a wonderful weekend Jhuls and here’s to a blessed 2015 with continued growth and thriving for you and your blog!

    1. Because I missed the last FF, I made sure to come first today! 😀
      You are exactly right, Sue – I also consider you and others as flesh and blood friends, friends you can’t count on on anything at anytime. 🙂
      Thanks for co-hosting, Sue! And I am glad you liked the V & V. I think all the verdicts in all ‘episodes’ would be guilty. Don’t you think? 😀 Hmm, let’s see.
      Happy FF, Sue! Enjoy co-hosting! Hugs!
      Looking forward for more amazing time with you! xx

  9. Well done Jhuls, you’ve summed up pretty well what all of us on FF think of the Amazing Angie and her parties! You’ve written that beautifully and made up such a nice badge for it – clever you!! Now, as for those brownies, my word, are there any left yet? Cos if there are, I’m taking one and hiding it :). Good luck on your new venture, we’ll be looking out for it. Happy FF my friend 🙂

    1. There are still brownies for you, Loretta. Take as much as you want. 😀 Don’t worry about the hiding part. 😉
      Thanks for your lovely words. I am so glad to meet you here. Happy FF! Hugs!

  10. Awwwwwww- what a NICE POST!!!!!! And a perfect recipe for the 50th Fiesta Friday too, your pics are amazing and those brownies came out perfect! Do you think they’re hard to mail? : )

  11. I loved your post Jhuls! I was also very new to blogging when I found FF. I don’t remember how but our fellow bloggers and the amazing Angie are wonderful. I would never have thought you shy. You’ve served as a mentor to me as well, and you have a great sense of humor. Your Chocolate syrup committing suicide? Ha I totally understand. Your pictures are wonderful, and anything Judi makes is a winner in my book. Happy FF my friend!

    1. Well, I will be shy at first. And you’ll find how talkative I am on the second meeting or maybe after a few hours of the ‘getting to know each other’ step. 😀
      And thanks for your kind words, Julie. I am so happy as well to have found you here.
      Happy FF and more FF to us together! 🙂

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