Ghirardelli Stuffed Brownies

I’ve been in Texas since December 24th, and in terms of weather, it’s been absolutely blissful. Not even the teensiest threat of snow, I tell you! But of course, in true Murphy’s Law fashion, the northeast has had hardly a winter at all, with only one real sticking snowfall so far.

But you know, no amount of great weather can make up for the distance between The Brit and me. He’s been flying back and forth whenever he can, but we haven’t been apart this long since our dating days when we saw each other a week at a time every 3 months!

I’m in Texas because of a surgery that required extensive recovery. James and I have no family up in New Jersey, so it seemed the safest course to choose a surgeon and a hospital near my family to help with my recovery. Especially since my sister is a nurse – and let me tell you, she has been a Godsend. I am SO grateful she is my sister.

Not a day goes by that I don’t think this was the right choice, but it doesn’t help the misery of missing my Brit, and my cats, and my house.

This will be the first Valentine’s Day we’ve spent apart in a very long time. I don’t know about y’all, but I think he would murderise me if I sent a bouquet of flowers or somethin’ to his office. Guys seem to be a little sensitive about mushy stuff like that. So instead, I baked.

Not only did I bake, I took inspiration from my favorite British blogger, Kathryn at London Bakes. A while back, she made these gorgeous “Celebrations Brownies“.

Celebrations are made by the Mars company in the UK, and feature all your favorites Mars chocolate bars in bite-size portions: Milky Way, Snickers, Mars Bars, etc, plus a few that aren’t made here in the U.S., like Bounty, Tropic, and Malteasers. Little known fact: If you find yourself craving a Milky Way bar whilst in the U.K., make sure you purchase a Mars bar instead. In the UK, the names are swapped!.

Celebrations are kind of hard to get hold of when you haven’t been cleared to drive yet, so instead, I took my inspiration from the display of Valentine’s Day themed Ghirardelli Squares on display at Target during a sister-approved jail break.

I’m a bit particular of the flavors that mix in my brownies, so I chose the Ghirardelli Caramel Trio with milk chocolate caramel, dark chocolate caramel, and caramel latte squares and the Luxe Milk Premium Assortment featuring milk almond, milk hazelnut and milk chocolate squares.

Warning: Ghirardelli stuffed brownies are DANGEROUS!

Kathryn’s recipe is super fudgey to start with, and the addition of the caramel and nut chocolates makes each bite different and more decadent than the last.

You may want to make two pans, just so you don’t have to share. It may be Valentine’s Day, but I swear, there’ve already been a couple of raised voices in my sister’s house over who gets a brownie and when.

I’m not naming names, but a certain 5 year old boy may have gotten in trouble more than once for asking every 20 minutes or so whether or not he could have a brownie – starting at 8:05 a.m.!

They’re just that good.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, nor is Ghirardelli even aware I exist. I just love their chocolate squares, and so does my husband, thus the perfect Valentine’s day treat.


  1. says

    I hope that James enjoys his brownies and, more importantly, I hope that you make it home soon to him and the cats. Your brownies do look wonderfully, as you say, squidgy and I love the flavour combinations that you went for – the caramel lattee ones sound amazing. Thank you for such sweet words too xx

    • says

      Kathryn, thanks so much for your lovely comment. He got the brownies on Monday, and he does indeed love them! 3 1/2 more weeks and I’ll be home – not that I’m counting down or anything :)

  2. says

    Isn’t Kathryn sweet??

    I’m so sorry to hear about your surgery & long recovery :( I’m glad you’re near family to help out. I hope you’re at least enjoying some Texas food at the minimum.

    If it helps you feel better, the Mr. & I will be apart for Valentine’s this year too. He’s been gone for 1 week and has another week left on his business trip. Who schedules a business trip during Valentine’s Day? Clearly his boss is a man.

    Anyway, take care of yourself, Amber. Let us know if you need anything!

    • says

      Kathryn is an absolute doll.

      Don’t be sorry, the surgery was a good thing and recovery is going very well other than missing the hubs, cats, and my own space.

      I hope your darling hurries home to you! I’m counting down the days until mine gets back here and we do our road trip back to Jersey.

  3. says

    I’m so sorry you needed extensive surgery. I hope whatever it is, the surgery fixed it and that you’ll be good to go soon!! These brownies look amazing. Hugs to you, your hubby & your kitties. That’s definitely a long time to be apart.

    • says

      Surgery definitely fixed it! I’m doing pretty well other than missing my guys. I won’t say homesickness, because apart from missing them and having my own “space”, I really love being back in Texas. Hugs right back to you x

  4. Gigi Cuccaro says

    Thanks for sharing the recipe early. Glad your recovery is going well. Just remember absence makes the heart grow fonder!

  5. says

    Hey, you never know – maybe Ghirardelli has had a secret crush on you for a while and now you’ve gone and called them out on it. :) What an easy way to bring new caramelly flavors to brownies – I can’t wait to make a pan!

  6. Christine M says

    That is wonderful that your family is taking care of you. I have to have surgery in a few months and we are military so no family nearby. I may have to convince my non-nurse of a sister to come out here and take care of me and my 4 kids. Anywho these brownies look AH-MAZE-ZING. I’m seriously gonna make them for my hubby when he returns from overseas

    • says

      Thanks, Christine. I know I’m incredibly lucky to have my family be willing to do this for me. I hope that your surgery goes well, and that your sister is able to come and help. There’s no doubt in my mind that my recovery has gone better because of my sister’s care, nurse or not.

  7. says

    Your brownies look absolutely incredible – the top is so beautifully shiny and cracked and the middle all fudgy and delicious. Wow. I’m a big fan of London Bakes too – so pleased to have discovered your blog!

    • says

      Not in stock of ANY Ghirardelli? Holy Valentine’s Day, Batman! You’ll have to pick some up as soon as you can, because you need these in your life, Jamie. And Brian just might not spike your Coke if you give him some!

  8. says

    These look so lovely! And, I laughed out loud about your sister-approved jail break. It sounds like she is being the perfect sis – making sure you get your rest, but that you don’t go crazy being cooped up all the time, either! Hope you continue to have a speedy recovery!!

    • says

      She’s being really wonderful. They all are. The kids are especially caring. Hugging my arms and legs because they know I’m not allowed to hug outright. So far I haven’t gone too crazy – I think having worked from home helps a lot!

  9. Susan says

    Amber, I hope you’re feeling more better! I’m equally in love with Ghirardelli squares. Especially the dark chocolate caramel. I’ve been baking their mint-filled bars inside our On the Fence Brownies and topping them with crushed candy canes for years. I knew we were baking soul mates the moment I met you!

    Hugs from here

    Susan Reid, Editor
    The Baking Sheet
    King Arthur Flour

    • says

      Wow, Susan, what a great idea! I’m surprised I didn’t clock that on the KAF site before. I will have to try that, because chocolate + mint is one of my favorite flavor combos ever.

      I love that we’re baking soul mates! Can’t wait to see you again soon. And yes, I’m doing much better :)

  10. says

    I hope your recovery’s going well, Amber–I’m glad that you have such great family you can rely on for support and brownie-eating. And I hope you’re back up here in the Northeast soon! The metro area misses you. ;)

    • says

      Thanks, Tara. Recovery is going pretty well. I’ll be back in sort of 3 1/2 weeks. Plenty of time to plan the NJ portion of the Great American Bake Sale. Hope to see you soon!

  11. says

    I found your website through MBA and I’m glad I did because I just made these brownies, with a few tweaks because I didn’t have ghirardeli chocolates but they were simply amazing. I linked you on my post.

    My version wasn’t overly sweet and I’m sure yours aren’t either. It was so simple to do and my kids LOVED it. This is the very first baked good I made in 36 days after a Whole30 Foods competition we have at our Crossfit Box. I’m glad I came across your site! Can’t wait to check out more of your recipes. Pics are beautiful :)

  12. says

    I can just taste how amazing your recipes are from your pictures. They are so well done. I can’t wait to try this brownie recipe out this weekend. Thank you for sharing :)

  13. lemon says

    Good choice..brownies over flowers. This doesn’t require too many ingredients and it seems quite easy to prepare for someone as impatient as me. I have everything in my kitchen EXCEPT for baking powder and the Ghiradelli (the main feature)..hahah. Oh man..another trip to the market. I never did celebrate Valentines properly so I have to make it up with these brownies. Thanks for recipe. May your recovery be quick and revitalizing!

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