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Dark Chocolate Orange Brownies

These rich and fudgy dark chocolate orange brownies are topped off with chocolate fudge frosting. They are packed with lots of chocolate and orange zest!

These chocolate orange brownies prove that fruits and chocolate were meant to go together.

I have seen SOOOOOOOOO many desserts with this delicious choco/fruity flavor combination: chocolate cherry, chocolate strawberry, chocolate raspberry, chocolate bananas, chocolate blueberries…

My favorite flavor combination seems to be changing every month…lol.

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Since it’s officially Spring, I was in the mood for something “citrussy” and made these rich and decadent dark chocolate orange brownies.

I used orange zest and orange extract together to really ENHANCE the “orange-iness” in these brownies.

Honest to God, the AROMA of oranges and chocolate that filled my kitchen while these brownies were baking, was to die for!

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So, how do you guys like your brownies? “Fudgy” or “Cakey”?

I like my brownies slightly under-baked and extremely fudgy.

Over-baking them by even 1 minute can RUIN the texture!

Quite frankly, I DON’T even understand why anyone would want to make “cake-like” brownies.

If I really felt like eating cake, I would just make a cake… Right?!

dark chocolate orange brownies 1To make these dark chocolate orange brownies, you will need the following ingredients:

1 cup flour
2 cups brown sugar
1 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butter
1/2 cup cocoa powder
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp orange extract or orange emulsion oil
2 tbsp orange zest
1/4 cup add-ins (optional-chopped walnuts, pecans or chocolate chocolate chips)
15 round orange slices (for decoration)
Chocolate buttercream icing or Coconut cream chocolate frosting

And here are the steps:

Step 1:
In a microwave safe bowl, add chocolate chips and butter.
Heat in the microwave at 30 second intervals until everything has completely melted down and you have a smooth mixture.

Tip:
Don’t forget to stir everything, every 30 seconds, so as to prevent the chocolate from burning!

Step 2:
Dump this chocolate mixture into a mixing bowl.
Add sugar and mix until everything is thoroughly combined.

Step 3:
Add eggs, one at a time, while mixing the batter.

Step 4:
Add both the extracts and orange zest and continue mixing.

Step 5:
Add cocoa powder and continue mixing.

Step 6:
Add flour and mix until just combined.
The batter will be thick!

Step 7:
Gently, stir in any add-ins you like.

Step 8:
Pour this brownie batter into a rectangular cake pan (Dimensions: 13×9), lined with foil paper and sprayed with oil.

Step 9:
Bake at 350 degrees for 26-30 minutes.

Tip:
You will know your brownies are ready when you insert a toothpick and it comes out with some soft and moist crumbs. If your inserted toothpick comes out dry, you have unfortunately over-baked your brownies and they will have a more “cake-like” texture.

Step 10:
When these brownies have cooled down, spread chocolate frosting all over the top and cut them into square pieces.
Decorate each slice with round orange slices.

And you are done!

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Dark Chocolate Orange Brownies
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Recipe type: Brownie
 
These rich and fudgy dark chocolate orange brownies are topped off with chocolate fudge frosting. They are packed with lots of chocolate and orange zest!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1¼ cup dark chocolate chips or semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp orange extract or orange emulsion oil
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • ¼ cup add-ins (optional-chopped walnuts, pecans or chocolate chocolate chips)
  • 15 round orange slices (for decoration)
  • Chocolate buttercream icing or Coconut cream chocolate frosting
Instructions
  1. In a microwave safe bowl, add chocolate chips and butter. Heat in the microwave at 30 second intervals until everything has completely melted down and you have a smooth mixture.
  2. Dump this chocolate mixture into a mixing bowl. Add sugar and mix until everything is thoroughly combined.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, while mixing the batter.
  4. Add both the extracts and orange zest and continue mixing.
  5. Add cocoa powder and continue mixing.
  6. Add flour and mix until just combined. The batter will be thick!
  7. Gently, stir in any add-ins you like.
  8. Pour this brownie batter into a rectangular cake pan (Dimensions: 13×9), lined with foil paper and sprayed with oil.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 26-30 minutes.
  10. When these brownies have cooled down, spread chocolate frosting all over the top and cut them into square pieces. Decorate each slice with round orange slices.
Notes
- Don’t forget to stir everything, every 30 seconds, so as to prevent the chocolate from burning!
- You will know your brownies are ready when you insert a toothpick and it comes out with some soft and moist crumbs. If your inserted toothpick comes out dry, you have unfortunately over-baked your brownies and they will have a more “cake-like” texture.

Well, that’s all for today.
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Until next time, tata my lovelies!

4 Comments

  1. Lucy @ Globe Scoffers

    April 7, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Wow these look perfect! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Abeer Rizvi

      April 8, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks… they were sooooooo chocolicious!

  2. Mary Frances

    April 25, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Yumm!! This looks so good. I’m so tempted to get myself some brownie now!

    1. Abeer Rizvi

      April 25, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      hahaha… you really should make a batch of these!

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