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Dark Chocolate Orange Brownies

Fudgy Dark Chocolate Orange Brownies

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Rich, chewy, fudgy dark chocolate brownies with orange juice & zest for a sweet, citrus twist.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownies, dark chocolate, dark chocolate brownies, dark chocolate orange, fudge brownies, orange
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Cool Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins
Servings 16 servings
Calories 151
Author Alyssia Sheikh



  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup flour all-purpose, whole wheat, oat flour, or gluten-free all purpose
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • zest of 1 orange ~1-1½ Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup prune puree see below
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup brown sugar or coconut sugar

Prune Puree

  • 1 package Sunsweet® Amaz!n™ Prunes½ cup water

Chocolate Layer

  • ¼ cup 115g unsalted butter
  • heaping ½ cup ~100g dark chocolate chips


  • orange zest
  • chocolate sprinkles


To make brownies:

  • To make prune puree, blend prunes and water together in a food processor for 3-5 minutes, until extremely smooth.
  • Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Line 8x8” pan with foil or parchment and spray with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and orange zest.
  • In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, eggs, vanilla, prune puree, orange juice, and brown sugar and whisk well to integrate.
  • Add dry mixture into wet mixture and mix until just incorporated.
  • Pour batter into a prepared baking pan and spread into an even layer.
  • Bake 15-19 minutes (15 for fudgy, 19 for cakey).
  • Allow to cool completely in the pan, sitting for 2-3 hours at room temperature
  • Once cooled, add chocolate layer (see below) and any desired toppings.
  • Cool in the fridge for an hour to set before cutting. Use a sharp knife to cut into squares.

To make chocolate layer:

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add chocolate and stir constantly until melted, about 5 minutes. (Or melt in the microwave, stirring in 20 second intervals.)
  • Once smooth, pour over the cooled brownies and spread evenly to edges. Finish with additional orange zest and sprinkles if desired.


Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g