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Spicy Orange Brownies – Two Ways

Spicy Orange Brownies

Spice up your brownies and have a go at making these super quick and easy spicy orange brownies. You can make them two ways, one is sightlier easier than the other. Both are fudgy, rich and delicious. Actually there are four ways of doing it, but I’ll get onto that later.

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I’ve been super busy this weekend, catching up with house stuff and more importantly our allotment. So I haven’t had much time for cooking treats. By this evening though, I was beginning to suffer from chocolate withdrawal. I needed something fast. I’d recently seen a tempting brownie post from Tinned Tomatoes so I had those very much in mind.

As it turned out, I went off on a tangent and ended up making these spicy orange brownies instead.

Spicy Orange Brownies

They really are incredibly quick to make. It’s a very forgiving recipe too. But the result is all you could wish for in a brownie, sweet, rich and fudgy. Because I use dark chocolate, they’re not sickly sweet like some brownies I’ve tried.

Spicy Orange Brownies Two Ways

For either of these spicy orange brownie recipes, you can swap out 25g of wholemeal flour and use ground almonds instead. I often, though not always, do this. If I do use almonds, I grind my own. This not only means the almonds are fresher, but the brownies have a bit more texture to them too. It’s virtually impossible to grind almonds as finely as you can buy them. Although I haven’t yet tried grinding them in my new Froothie Evolve power blender*.

I prefer the flavour of the brownies made the first way, though to be honest there’s not much in it. They just taste a little bit fresher. But the second way relies completely on store cupboard ingredients, so you can make it whenever the brownie bug bites. Although this is dependent on you holding a stock of spicy orange flavoured chocolate. I’m a bit of a hoarder and when I see decent chocolate on offer, I tend to buy a few bars so I’ve always got whatever it is I might need.

Spicy Orange Brownies

The method for both is pretty much the same for both. It’s my one pan wonder brownie method, which I developed many years ago. In other words, I melt and mix everything in one saucepan, so that I don’t have to do a whole heap of washing up.

I use a silicone mould these days as it’s so much easier. No need to line it. Although I must say, I never used to line my tin when I made my brownies in one either. Depending on the tin you use, however, it might be best if you do.

Spicy Orange Brownies 1 – the slightly less easy way

This is the one I’ve used for the recipe card below. The spicy orange flavours come from the freshly grated zest of an orange and various ground spices. This means it takes a little more time than the recipe below and you’ll need to wash up a grater on top of everything else.

Spicy Orange Brownies 2 – the slightly easier way

For this recipe I use a bar of spiced orange dark chocolate such as Green & Black’s Maya Gold* instead of plain dark chocolate. This means you have no need of either fresh oranges or spices.

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Spicy Orange Brownies – The Recipe

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Spicy Orange Brownies

Recipe for fudgy and decadent brownies flavoured with orange and spices. Quick and easy one pan method and delicious to boot.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: brownies, cinnamon, dark chocolate, easy, oranges, quick
Servings: 12 brownies
Calories: 190kcal


  • 100 g butter
  • 100 g dark chocolate (I use 70%, 72% 85% or 90% depending on what I have available)
  • 150 g muscovado sugar - light or dark
  • 2 eggs - medium or large
  • 1 orange - finely grated zest
  • 75 g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • tsp ground cloves
  • good grating of nutmeg
  • pinch of salt


  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a low heat. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate. Leave for a couple of minutes, then add the sugar and stir until mixed and smooth.
  • Beat in the eggs followed by the orange zest.
  • Add the dry ingredients and stir until everything is well mixed.
  • Scrape into an 8" sq tin or a 7" x 9" one and bake at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for 20 mins.
  • Leave to cool completely, then turn out onto a board and cut into 12 rectangles.


You can swap the dark chocolate for a bar of spicy orange dark chocolate such as Maya Gold and omit the orange zest and ground spices.
For a nutty boost, you can use 50g wholemeal flour and 25g ground almonds instead of only wholemeal flour.
I use a silicone mould these days as it's so much easier. No need to line it. Although I must say, I never used to line my tin when I made my brownies in one either. Depending on the tin you use, however, it might be best if you do.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.


Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 252IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Kath

    25th January 2010 at 10:33 am

    Yum they look great. I made brownies for Sunday lunch pudding, along with a very tasty brioche bread pudding. You can see what my focus for the sunday lunch is – dessert!

  2. nic @ nip it in the bud

    25th January 2010 at 5:04 pm

    they look divine. such a shame I’m off sugar and flour. Can you bottle up the chocolatey orange scents wafting round your kitchen and send it to me?


    26th January 2010 at 5:58 am

    They look so good and moist!!

  4. Jacqueline

    26th January 2010 at 2:42 pm

    These sound even better than mine. Mayan gold is my favourite chocolate. Yum! I am bookmarking this recipe 🙂

  5. Lucie

    26th January 2010 at 9:56 pm

    oooohh these look so tempting, I love the chocolate and orange combination

  6. Pam

    26th January 2010 at 11:01 pm

    My daughter and husband loves chocolate with orange – I’ll be sure to make these brownies some time.

  7. Celia

    27th January 2010 at 5:30 am

    So easy! Are they as wickedly oozingly rich as they look? I can almost smell the orange through the screen… 🙂

  8. Suelle

    27th January 2010 at 7:36 am

    These look good, but after several attempts to use it in baking, I have to say that I don’t like the Maya Gold chocolate in baked goods. I love eating it so I’m not sure what goes wrong with the flavour (for me) when it’s baked into cakes.

  9. somesaycocoa

    27th January 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Hmmmm Maya Gold is fab but I overdosed on it a while back and haven’t gone near it since. Maybe it’s time to revisit that flavor combo.

  10. Choclette

    30th January 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Kath – Your a woman after my own heart – two puddings – yum!

    Nic – How about honey?

    Sweet Soul Creation – these were really very very good.

    Jacquline – I was feeling inspired that day – although I blame you for my sudden rash of brownie making.

    Lucie – the trouble with chocolate is it goes well with so many things. Haven’t worked out if this is a good or a bad thing yet!

    Pam – If you ever do make them, would be interested to hear how they went.

    Celia – wicked? Completely.

    Suelle – have you tried other orange spicy chocolate? I occasionally use the co-op’s fair trade one which I think works well.

    Somesaycocoa – know what you mean. I think I’ve just overdosed on cake this weekend – savoury is what I’m craving. I know it won’t last though.

  11. Chloe Edges

    21st February 2020 at 6:32 pm

    Yum choc orange is my favourite brownie

    • Choclette

      22nd February 2020 at 12:11 pm

      It’s a good flavour combination for sure. And a popular one.

  12. Janice

    21st February 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Brownies are always welcome, these look excellent.

    • Choclette

      22nd February 2020 at 12:07 pm

      I was going to say brownies are my downfall, but then I remembered I’ve got a lot of not so good for you food stuffs that I find hard to resist.

  13. Jacqueline Meldrum

    21st February 2020 at 8:17 pm

    Mmmmmm, those look good and I never say no to a brownie. Chocolate and orange is always a good combination.

    • Choclette

      22nd February 2020 at 12:05 pm

      And those brownies were all down to you Jac – over ten years ago now!


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