Paula Deen’s Symphony Brownies

This is a Paula Deen recipe that is apparently very popular on the internet: Symphony Brownies.

I did a little digging around to see what folks had to say about these brownies. They’re so simple, after all… just a boxed mix with Symphony candy bars added in. How could this possibly be as good as everyone claims them to be?

The almond-toffee candy bars are placed in the middle of the brownie batter. They melt into the batter slightly, but for the most part stay intact.

I sampled them and I have to admit, they are rather addicting. They’re rich with all of that extra chocolate added-in, but it’s the crunch from the toffe and almonds that drew me in. I found myself looking for pieces where I could see them both in there prominently displayed.

Admittedly, this is a great recipe to make when you need a quick and easy dessert. I enjoyed these brownies, but I could still detect that it was a boxed mix. Though I’ve never been one to refuse a boxed mix brownie, I have a brownie recipe that I claim is better than Paula’s. If there were a showdown with Paula Deen, I’d be all over it… and I’d challenge her to brownies. Bring it on Ms. Paula :)

This recipe can be found here:  Symphony Brownies

If you’re looking for Symphony candy bars, I found them in my market’s candy aisle.  I used large-sized bars and broke them up into little pieces.  If you don’t have access to Symphony bars in your part of the world, try using another type of candy bar that has almonds and toffee in it.

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23 Responses to “Paula Deen’s Symphony Brownies”

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    MaryMoh — July 29, 2010 @ 3:48 AM

    Beautiful brownies….mmm. I love the addition of almond-toffee candy bars. Must be extra delicious. I have to try that. Thanks very much for sharing.

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    Sara — July 29, 2010 @ 7:12 AM

    Oh my, I saw her make these on her show! They look sinfully delicious. :)

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    Eliana — July 29, 2010 @ 7:30 AM

    These look just as good as the ones I saw her make on FoodNet some time ago

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    Barbara — July 29, 2010 @ 10:01 AM

    Oh Lori! These look like sheer chocolate heaven and I bet they are considering whose recipe it is!

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    Sue — July 29, 2010 @ 10:51 AM

    Oh my gosh! Simple and AMAZING!

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    Evan Thomas — July 29, 2010 @ 1:04 PM

    These look sooo wrong but probably taste soooo right :-)

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    Alexandra — July 29, 2010 @ 4:35 PM

    Oh god those look delicious… but, Lori, I bet your peanut butter cup brownies could beat them! Those are what drew me to your site, and what had me come back to find more!

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    Cyndy — July 29, 2010 @ 9:13 PM

    These look great Lori. I would love to see you and Paula do a battle of the brownies!
    that’s one show that would have lots of viewers!

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    April — July 30, 2010 @ 12:09 AM

    I have made these before, they are really good. I never broke the bars up though, think i will have to try that next time. I maile them off to college kids and those in the Military also.

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    SinfulSouthernSweets — July 30, 2010 @ 2:10 AM

    Oh wow!! I’m certain I could not stop eating these! They look just fabulous!!

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    Amanda — July 30, 2010 @ 4:21 AM

    Oh boy, certainly would be a great quick dessert if you needed one! Yum!

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    Kim — July 30, 2010 @ 7:28 AM

    I first made these from her cookbook three years ago. It is so funny how many people have asked for the recipe! I have also made them adding expresso powder to the dry mix and kahlua in place of the water. They really are the perfect treat to take if you’re in a hurry!

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    Christina — July 30, 2010 @ 9:14 PM

    Oh wow!! These look heavenly! I just tried another brownie recipe not too long ago, but I think I will have to make these soon! :)

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    Katrina — July 30, 2010 @ 9:19 PM

    Yum, I love toffee and brownies with nuts. To combat the boxed mix taste, I’d just use my favorite homemade brownie recipe and put the Symphony bars in it. Makes me want to try it!
    Your brownies do look de-lish!

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    Stephanie — July 31, 2010 @ 10:35 AM

    These look good, but I’m not sure they have enough chocolate in them for me — KIDDING! They look awesome.

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    Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — August 1, 2010 @ 10:56 AM

    Ahh these look delicious. No symphony bars, I’ll probably use a nut bar and add homemade toffee chips!

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    Marisa — August 2, 2010 @ 8:10 AM

    Holy cow that looks divine!

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    bridget {bake at 350 — August 2, 2010 @ 7:02 PM

    I’ve always wanted to try these! I’m with ya…I have a homemade brownie recipe that I LOVE, but Ghiradelli makes a DARN GOOD one! ;

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    Jenny — August 3, 2010 @ 4:24 AM

    I’ve been making these for over 3 years – everyone goes nuts – you can do it with any candy bar (Mr. Goodbar, Nestle Crunch). Makes a simple brownie extra special. Great pictures.

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    Natalie — August 3, 2010 @ 5:54 AM

    Yikes…it’s not even 8:00 a.m. and I NEED these brownies. They look positively sinful!

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    Christine Kennedy — August 3, 2010 @ 6:35 AM

    Those look so so so scrumptious and I don’t even like brownies!

    ox
    Christine

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    Kathy — August 13, 2011 @ 5:30 PM

    I made these using Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Almond bars, people just gobble them up. These are totally awesome, I love Paula Deen. lol

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    LaurenM — June 21, 2013 @ 7:50 AM

    A woman I work with has been making these longer than Paula Deen has been on tv. :) She calls them suicide brownies. They are divine!