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Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle makes the best snack and dessert! These brownie crisp or brownie barks are made with rich chocolate flavors, are thin and crispy, and topped with lots of mini chocolate chips.

My homemade brownie brittle recipe is inspired by Sheila G’s popular brownie brittle snack. They taste like a crunchy bites of brownies, or rather, the edges of brownies. And now we are going to make them at home and enjoy them fresh off the oven!

A stack of brownie brittle topped with chocolate chips

We love a good sweet snack around here, and if that’s you as well, also check out No Bake Oreo Truffles, No Bake Almond Butter Energy Balls and Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies.

Homemade Brownie Brittle Recipe

The inspiration for this homemade brownie brittle recipe is the famous Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle with Chocolate Chips. They are the most delicious little bites of brownies that are crunchy and thin yet rich and decadent.

It’s such a great lower calorie snack and treat – think of it as only eating bites of a brownie, and not the whole piece! Dedicated to the times when you really want a sweet treat, but really don’t need a whole lot of sweets in your life…

These homemade brownie brittle taste like the crispy edges of chocolate brownies, but if you want it slightly less crispy and softer in the center, you can bake it for a few minutes less.

Using cocoa powder, chocolate chips and baking chocolate, these brownie brittles are loaded with rich chocolate flavors. So if you love chocolate, you will love this!

One of the many things I love about brownie brittle is that it is so easy to make. It calls for simple ingredients and the steps are straight forward.

It takes only about 20 minutes to bake and before you know it, you’ll be woofing down one brownie brittle after another.

Ingredients

Here are the ingredients needed to make chocolate brownie brittle:

A round plate stacked full of brownie brittle topped with mini chocolate chips
  • baking chocolate – comes in blocks or chips, usually containing high cocoa content and low sugar content to enable bakers to control the amount of sugar in their baking.
  • cocoa powder – use unsweetened cocoa powder – also to control the amount of sugar in the brownie bark recipe
  • mini chocolate chips – avoid using regular size chocolate chips – they are too big for this recipe
  • vegetable oil – or another neutral oil such as canola oil
  • egg whites – Egg whites will be beaten until light and fluffy. Using only egg whites so that the dough is fluffier. Learn how to separate egg whites here.
  • vanilla extract – pure vanilla extract tastes the best!
  • unsalted butter – avoid using salted butter to avoid adding extra salt to the dough.
  • baking soda – use as a rising agent. Even though these brownie crisps are fairly flat, there is still a bit of rising needed so that the dough isn’t too dense.
  • all-purpose flour
  • granulated sugar

What you need

In terms of kitchen equipment, here’s what you will need to bake brownie brittle:

  • half sheet ridged baking pan – they typically measure 13’x18′ and fits perfectly in most standard size ovens in the United States. This is the perfect size for the amount of batter this recipe makes.
  • parchment paper – this is used to lift up the baked brownie crisp from the pan. It is almost impossible to get the brownie barks out without this.
A stack of brownie brittle

How to make brownie brittle

Okay, it’s time…let’s make some homemade brownie brittle!

Start by lining a half sheet (13×18) ridged baking pan with parchment paper. This is absolutely required for the brownie brittle with bake to the sheet so that you can remove it easily.

To make the mixture, you’ll want to first melt the chocolate with butter. You can do that using a double broiler method, or simply melt it slowly in the microwave by heating it on 50% power and stirring every 30 seconds.

Once chocolate is melted and mixed with butter, add vegetable oil to the mixture.

Next, in a separate bowl, separate egg white and beat egg whites with an electric mixer until light and fluffy (see photograph below). Then add sugar and vanilla extract to egg white mixture.

egg mixture on the top and brownie mixture at the bottom

Add chocolate mixture into egg white mixture, followed by flour, baking soda and salt. Use spatula to fold everything to combine.

This is the dough for brownie brittle. The first thing you’ll probably notice is how little it actually is. That is because we are forming a thin layer and not that much dough is needed. I promise you this will be plenty – we want our brownie crisps thin and crispy!

Pour mixture onto the center of baking pan lined with parchment paper. Then use spread out the mixture.

Spreading out brownie brittle mixture on half sheet baking pan lined with parchment paper.

You’ll want to spread mixture as thin as possible, without showing the sheet beneath.

When it is done, sprinkle the top with mini chocolate chips.

Chocolate mixture spread out thinly on parchment paper that is sitting on top of a baking pan, topped with chocolate chips

Bake in the oven at 325℉ for 20 minutes. Bake for longer if you like your brownie brittle extra crispy, and for less time if you like them slightly chewy in the center.

When chocolate chip brownie brittle is done, remove from oven and immediate using a sharp knife to gently score it (see picture below). This is to make it easier to break brownie brittle into clean square pieces once they cool.

scoring baked chocolate chip brownie crisp with a knife while it is warm

Let brownie brittle cool for 20-30 minutes.

Then break into into smaller pieces and enjoy!

These crispy bites of brownies are crunchy, thin and packed with rich chocolate flavors. They are also light and airy, which makes them a good alternative to high calorie sweet treats for those trying to find a healthier option!

Gosh I love these delicious brownie crisps!! Kinda obsessed!

Tips and Tricks

A few things to note while making brownie brittle:

  • line baking pan with parchment paper – if not it is very hard to remove thin crispy brownie brittle from baking pan.
  • beat egg whites until light and fluffy – this will make the texture of the brownie crisp airy and light without being overly dense.
  • score brownie brittle once it is hot off the oven – this will help break them into clean squares easily once they cool.

Storage

Store brownie brittle in air-tight container in room temperature. For best taste, consume within 3 days.

Thin brownie crisp piled onto a round plate

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make it crispier or more chewy?

To make it crispier, bake for 1-2 minutes longer; to make the center chewy, bake for 1-2 less than recommended time. Keep in mind that the edges will almost always be crispy.

Can I freeze the batter, or the final product?

You can freeze the batter but I would avoid freezing the baked brownie brittle.

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A stack of brownie brittle on a wooden serving platter

Homemade Brownie Brittle

These crispy bites of brownies are intensely rich in chocolate and topped with chocolate chips. Brownie brittles makes the best snack and dessert!
5 from 23 votes
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Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 175kcal
Author: MinShien

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 oz baking chocolate
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat over to 325 degrees
  • Line a half sheet (13×18) ridged baking sheet with parchment paper. This is absolutely required for the brownie brittle with bake to the sheet and you won't be able to cut it or remove it!
  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate and butter (consider lowering microwave power to 50% and checking every 30 seconds to avoid burning chocolate)
  • Add vegetable oil to butter/chocolate and stir
  • Mix cocoa powder into the butter/chocolate and mix thoroughly with a wisk or fork
  • In a separate mixing bowl, separate egg whites and beat with a mixer until light and fluffy
  • Add vanilla and sugar to egg whites and beat until thoroughly combined
  • Pour butter/chocolate mix into egg white mixture and combine thoroughly.
  • Add flour, salt, and baking soda to egg white mixture. Fold with spatula to combine.
  • Spread mixture as thin as possible (without showing the sheet beneath) on the lined baking sheet
  • Sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top.
  • Bak for 20 minutes (more if you would like crunchy brittle)
  • Score with a knife when hot to allow for breaking
  • Let cool completely (approx 20-30 minutes)

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 2mg
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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    The brownie brittle in the stores is so expensive. When I saw your recipe I had to try it. It’s just as good and maybe better than the store stuff. Easy to make too!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you, Debi! Happy to hear that you enjoyed it!

  2. 5 stars
    I had brownie brittle on an airplane and am obsessed with it. I was so excited to see this recipe for it and loved all of your tips!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thanks Jules!! I hope you love this!

  3. 5 stars
    WOW, this came out better than the Shiela G ones I get from Costco! I was skeptical at first but I thought why not give it a try. I love the flavor of this more, more chocolaty and rich. Also love how it is crispy and thin. This is a keeper!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      That’s such a nice compliment! So glad you like it! I like it more than the Costco ones too ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 5 stars
    I made this for the family and it came out great. Even better than the one’s your get from the stores! What a fabulous treat for anyone. I’ll be making this again at Christmas.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay! That’s a compliment! I appreciate you sharing ๐Ÿ™‚