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Dark Chocolate Orange Brownie

These rich, dark orange infused brownies are just what you need to satisfy that sweet tooth!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownies, dark chocolate orange, dark chocolate orange brownies, whole grain desserts, whole wheat desserts
Servings: 16 brownies
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula


  • 4 ounces semi sweet chocolate, coarse chop
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarse chop
  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar I prefer dark brown for a little more intense flavor
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour I prefer the whole wheat pastry to a regular whole wheat here as it is lower in protein and give a softer crumb and texture. This is more desirable in baked goods like brownies.
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder I love the Hershey's special dark. The color is just so beautiful!
  • 1- 1 ½ tablespoons orange zest The variable is a personal preference. If you want a stronger orange undertone, add in 1 ½ tablespoons. Just a nice, subtle undertone, 1 tablespoon will do.

Candied Orange Zest

  • ¼ cup orange zest
  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar divided ½ cup for the simple syrup, and ¼ cup for the dusting.


  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks
  • ¼ cup heavy cream


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Prep your 8x8 pan. I like to line with parchment, then spray. It is a little bit of an overkill, but I really like to know my baked goods will come out of the pan! You can see in the photos on the blog how I do this. Set aside.
    Now, add your butter, unsweetened chocolate, and one half the semi sweet chunks to microwavable bowl. I like to reserve half the the semi sweet to add in last so you have chunks in your brownies. If you don't care about that, add them all at once. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Mix carefully and continue to microwave in 15 second intervals until the chocolate is mostly melted. Make sure and mix for about 30 seconds after each interval. Once it is mostly melted, a few small chunks are great, set aside to cool.
    While it is cooling add eggs and brown sugar to a medium sized bowl. Beat on high, or use you arm muscles and whisk, for several minutes. You want them to be kind of light. Add vanilla, salt and melted chocolate mixture. Mix again until incorporated.
    Now, sift your cocoa powder and flours into your bowl. Fold this in. Be careful not to over mix. This shouldn't take very long. Last is the orange zest, fold this in as well.
    Pour into prepared pan and place in oven.
    Mine took about 35 minutes to bake. This is a thicker brownie. You will see the top will be dried out, slightly cracked and brownies will pull away from the edges of the pan just a bit.
    Remove from pan and allow to cool about 10 minutes, if you can stand it, to cool. Carefully lift brownies from pan if you used parchment. Place on cooling rack and allow to cool at least another 10 minutes, then remove the parchment as well.
    Top each brownie with a tablespoon or so of the ganache, the add some orange zest as well.

Candied Oranges

  • Add water and sugar to small sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Add orange zest and boil over medium low for about 7-10 minutes.Remove zest with a fork or tongs and add to reserved sugar. Mix to coat. Set aside to cool.It's ready to use at this point.


  • Place chocolate in a small bowl.Heat butter and milk over medium heat on cook top in small saucepan. You will want to bring this to just under a boil.Pour milk mixture over chocolate. Allow this to sit for about 5 minutes. Once it has set and the chocolate is starting to melt, whisk. Get it nice and smooth. You might need to throw it in the microwave for 10-20 seconds. Get it nice and smooth.It is ready to go at this point. I let mine cool just a touch, so it was a little thicker when I spread it on.