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Chocolate Orange Brownies

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Chocolate Orange Brownies are fudgy, moist, and packed with intense chocolate flavor highlighted by bright orange zest.

These chocolate orange brownies with homemade glaze are the perfect dessert for winter. Chocolate and oranges are a fantastic flavor pairing. And swirled into dense, fudge-like brownies, you truly can’t go wrong.

Serve these citrus-spiked treats to guests after dinner or snack on one for an afternoon pick me up. However you slice it, they’re guaranteed to hit the spot.

chocolate orange brownies with chocolate glaze on wood board lined with parchment paper

Why this recipe works

  • The butter works to tenderize the gluten in these brownies. As a result, the texture is closer to fudge than airy cake.
  • There are no chemical leaveners (baking powder or soda) in these brownies. So instead of having a lot of rise, they’re dense with flavor and texture.
  • Real dark chocolate, not cocoa powder, is the key to the most flavor in these brownies.
chocolate orange brownies with a bite taken out of one

Chocolate orange brownies recipe

This orange brownie recipe goes way beyond your typical chocolate brownie. It’s densely fudgy, thanks to tenderizing butter and egg yolks. And it has an intense chocolate flavor from real melted chocolate (not cocoa powder).

But the real over-the-top touch comes from flecks of bright, fragrant orange zest that make every bite pop.

The steps to make these decadent brownies, however, are simple and straightforward. You’ll mix up a quick brownie batter. Then, while the treats cool, make a fast chocolate ganache over a double boiler. Frost your brownies and dig in!

For extra presentation, garnish the top with candied orange slices.


Ingredients

  • Butter: Butter is the key to fudgy and gooey brownies. It coats the flour for a super tender, cake-like texture. Use unsalted butter for this recipe.
  • Chocolate: Use high-quality dark chocolate for the most intense brownie flavor. You’ll need it for the brownie batter and the chocolate ganache frosting.
  • Sugar: Whipping the sugar into the eggs to make the brownie batter is the only leavening in this recipe. Use regular granulated sugar for this job.
  • Eggs: Eggs add leavening and tenderness to your brownies. The liquid in egg whites releases steam pockets during baking to help your brownies rise.
  • Orange zest: Fresh orange zest adds a pop of bright, acidic flavor to cut through some of the richness in these fudgy brownies. Be careful when zesting. You don’t want any of the pith, it can make the brownies bitter.
  • Salt: A dash of salt helps enhance the orange and chocolate flavors.
  • Vanilla: There’s no better pairing in desserts than rich, dark chocolate and a splash of warm vanilla.
  • Flour: You’ll use regular all-purpose flour. Cake flour can also be used!

Can I use oil in place of butter?

While I’ve not tested this myself, it is typically okay to use about three-quarters of the amount of butter that is called for in the recipe. For this recipe, use 127 grams of oil to replace the 170 grams of butter.


Tools Needed

  • Baking pan: This recipe makes enough batter to fill an 8-inch square baking pan.
  • Mixer: The best way to aerate your eggs is with an electric mixer. Use a hand-held or standing mixer with a whisk attachment.
  • Spatula: Use a rubber spatula to get every last drop of brownie batter out of the mixing bowl and into your baking dish. Also, it comes in handy to spread the batter flat. An offset spatula is my go-to tool for frosting everything from brownies to cakes.
  • Zester: A microplane is what I prefer to use for zesting citrus.

How to make chocolate orange brownies

This is a classic fudge brownie recipe with a few simple steps to fudgy decadence. You’ll melt the butter and chocolate for a truly rich and bold chocolate flavor then quickly make a batter speckled with orange zest. To finish off your masterpiece, whip up a quick chocolate ganache topping.

overhead of chocolate orange brownies on wooden serving platter

Step 1: Melt the chocolate

First, melt the chocolate and butter for your brownies The best way to do this is by setting up a simple double boiler. Place a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Make sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. You just want to warm the chocolate until melted, not cook it.

chopped chocolate and butter cubes in glass bowl set over a pot on a burner

Step 2: Make the brownie batter

While the chocolate cools, mix up the brownie batter. Start by beating the sugar and eggs at medium speed until light and fluffy. This aerates the eggs and in turn, will leaven the brownies.

Add the orange zest, vanilla extract and salt. Mix in the melted chocolate until well combined.

mixer whipping eggs and sugar, grating orange zest into whipped egg mixture, and mixing chocolate into whipped egg mixture

Then fold in the flour until you have a uniform dark brown batter. Take care not to over mix. As this will toughen the brownies. Mix just until there are no visible streaks of dry flour.

folding flour into chocolate mixture with red spatula and brownie batter in glass bowl

Step 3: Bake the brownies

Pour your batter into a prepared baking dish and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. The brownies are done when the top is dry and the edges are pulling away from the sides of the pan.

Cool the brownies fully before adding the glaze.

brownie batter being poured in square baking pan lined with parchment paper and pan of baked brownies

Step 4: Make the ganache

While the brownies cool, you can make the ganache topping. To do so, you’ll need your double boiler again. In the heatproof bowl, melt the chocolate, cream, and corn syrup until it’s a soft, glossy texture.

chopped chocolate and cream in glass bowl over pot on a burner next to melty chocolate ganache in glass bowl

Pour the ganache over the cooled brownies and use an offset spatula to spread it evenly to the edges.

Chill the glazed brownies for at least 1 hour before slicing. This ensures the glaze is set and will allow for neat slices.

chocolate ganache being spread over chocolate orange brownies with red spatula

Notes & Tips

  1. Make sure to whip a good amount of air into the eggs and sugar mixture. This is the only leavening used.
  2. The high percentage of butter, chocolate, and eggs to flour is what produces a dense, fudgy brownie. The fat coats the flour which prevents the proteins from developing into gluten.
  3. These brownies are rich and decadent, especially with the ganache on top. You may prefer them without the ganache or slightly less ganache.
  4. Try topping the brownies with candied orange slices for extra flair.

Storing & Freezing

To Store: Brownies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

To Freeze: Chocolate orange brownies can be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and bring to room temperature before serving.

three chocolate orange brownies stacked

Watch how to make it

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Chocolate Orange Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Chocolate Orange Brownies are ordinary brownies turned into something extraordinary. The brownies are speckled with orange zest and topped with a luscious chocolate ganache. Top each one with a candied orange slice and indulge in this delightful treat!

Ingredients

For the Brownies

  • ¾ cup (170 g) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 5 ounces (136 g) unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped - Note 1
  • 2 cups (400 g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cup (162 g) all-purpose flour

For the topping

  • 4 ounces (113 g) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup

Instructions

Make the brownies

  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Line an 8x8-inch pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with nonstick spray.
  2. Add the butter and chocolate to a medium heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Stir occasionally until fully melted and smooth. Set aside to cool slightly. (The temperature of the melted chocolate should be about 120°F before continuing with the recipe.)
  3. In a separate medium bowl, beat the sugar and eggs together with an electric mixer at medium speed until light and aerated. Beat in the orange zest, vanilla, and salt until combined. Add the melted chocolate and mix until well combined. Fold in the flour with a rubber spatula just until combined.
  4. Spread the batter evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the top of the brownies look dry and the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Cool the brownies in the pan on a wire rack.

Make the topping

  1. Place the chocolate, cream, and corn syrup in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Stir occasionally until fully melted and smooth.
  2. Pour the ganache over the brownies, use a silicone spatula to spread the ganache evenly over the top.
  3. Refrigerate for 1 hour before slicing. 

Notes

  1. You can use bittersweet or semisweet chocolate instead of unsweetened chocolate. You can not use cocoa powder instead of baking chocolate in this recipe.
  2. Make sure to whip a good amount of air into the eggs and sugar mixture. This is the only leavening used.
  3. The high percentage of butter, chocolate, and eggs to flour is what produces a dense, fudgy brownie. The fat coats the flour which prevents the proteins from developing into gluten.
  4. These brownies are rich and decadent, especially with the ganache on top. You may prefer them without the ganache or slightly less ganache.
  5. Try topping the brownies with candied orange slices.

Make ahead tip

  1. Brownies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
  2. Brownies can be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and bring to room temperature before serving.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 brownie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 339Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 88mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 3gSugar: 27gProtein: 4g

* Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy by an online nutrition calculator and is not guaranteed to be accurate. Always seek advice from a nutritionist or medical professional.

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