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Dark Chocolate Christmas Brownies

dark chocolate brownie recipe

Everything this time of year needs a touch of Christmas red & green. A welcoming wreath on the front door and mistletoe waiting on the other side. Christmas lights and Christmas ornaments and Christmas cards. Red and green wrapped presents waiting under the tree, and empty stockings above the fireplace. Even the darkest of chocolate brownies, decorated and enriched with red cranberries and green pistachios.

dark chocolate christmas brownie recipe

If you don’t mind sharing, these homemade baked goodies are a wonderful gift.  But they should come with a warning label – Caution: May cause memory loss.  The melt in your mouth texture, the perceived lightness in each bite, will cause you to forget how many you’ve eaten.

chocolate brownie with pistachios and cranberries

Dark Chocolate Christmas Brownie by Season with Spice

What you'll need:
180g of good quality dark chocolate (>70% cocoa) - broken into pieces
150g or 2/3 cup unsalted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla paste or 1 tsp vanilla extract
1 teaspoon instant espresso (optional)
3 eggs
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1 1/3 cups brown sugar
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup chopped pistachios
1/2 cup dried cranberries

1. Grease a 9 x 9-inch baking pan, and line it with parchment paper.
2. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
3. Add a few cups of water into a small pot and heat to a simmer. Add the chocolate and butter into a metal bowl and place the bowl on top of the simmering pot. Stir constantly until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
3. Stir in vanilla paste (and instant espresso). Then set aside.
4. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar until creamy. Make sure the sugar is dissolved.
5. Stir in melted chocolate. Then stir in flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Finally, add pistachios and cranberries. Do not over mix.
6. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
7. When finished (toothpick in the middle should come out easy, with a bit of melted chocolate on it), let cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

- For a more dense, rich brownie, add one egg yolk.

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brownie recipe with cranberry and pistachio


Rosa May said...
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Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

For me!!!! I truly wish they were for me, Reese! ;-) I love dark chocolate and this looks like a perfect dessert for me... It looks so rich and moist! I didn't know adding egg yolk will create more dense rich brownie (see, it can be a common sense, but as a non baker I didn't know what one egg yolk can do to the baked goods!).

BiteMyCake said...

Lovely post :) Brownies made me fall in love with chocolate desserts (I was not the chocolate type before) :) I like your version with cranberries and pistachios (my favorite nuts)

Nashira Usef said...

Oh my goodness, these brownies are seriously tempting me! I love how moist it looks and that you added pistachio and cranberries too. This sure is bookmarked!

seasonwithspice said...

I usually like my brownies plain, but cranberries and pistachios are lovely additions to dark chocolate brownie.

seasonwithspice said...

Mark wanted to save them all for himself, but I had to give them out to friends & family. They ran out too fast! Ha!

seasonwithspice said...

Thanks Nash...hope you get to try them. These brownies are not overly dense or rich, more like the chocolaty, melt-in-your-mouth type. The dangerous type because you can easily go for three of them at one go:)

Jess-hudson-1987 said...

Nice recipe. I love a simple brownie recipe which is easy enough for the kids :)
I also like the below brownie recipe.

Thanks for sharing,

seasonwithspice said...

Thanks Jess. My youngest sister who has little experience in baking always enjoy baking brownie. Have fun baking with the kids:)

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