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Orange Cream Brownies

Orange Cream Brownie

Grocery shopping when you're a kid can be downright monotonous. Walking behind one of your parents while they decide which macaroni and cheese was a better buy was never my idea of fun; except when we were bribed to be on our best behavior. This meant that my brother's and I would break off from our macaroni and cheese indecisive parents and beeline for the Brach's candy bins. Brightly colored hard candies sat next to soft and chewy fruit slices. Ultimately I would choose the wrapped chocolate creams. Raspberry, vanilla, maple and orange were just a few of the flavors they had to offer. More often than not my perfectly measured bag of treats would consist of a few raspberry, perhaps a vanilla, but mostly orange creams. I loved how the orange flavoring played beautifully with the slight bitterness of the dark chocolate. I haven't been to the candy bins in years but the allure of dark chocolate and orange cream still calls my name from time to time.

In an attempt to recreate the flavors of this beloved childhood treat I started with a rich and chewy brownie base, smothered it in a creamy orange buttercream and drizzled it with decadent dark chocolate. Beanilla carries an extensive collection of delicious flavorings and extracts. Our Natural Organic Orange Extract will instantly remind you of a freshly picked orange. The bright, natural tasting orange flavor will enhance just about any baked good, drink or pastry you can create. It is perfect in this recipe!

Orange Cream Brownies

Yields 12 large brownies


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. boiling water
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks
  • 4 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons Madagascar vanilla extract (single fold)
  • 2 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/16 teaspoon baking soda


Whisk together boiling water, cocoa powder, chocolate chunks in a large mixing bowl until most of the chocolate chunks melt. Add melted butter and oil and whisk to combine. Let mixture cool to room temperature.

Once cool add eggs, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla extract to the mixture. Whisk until smooth.

Sift together flour, salt and baking soda. Add to bowl and stir to combine.

Spread into a sprayed 9x13 baking pan. Cook at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until toothpick or knife comes out clean. Cool to room temperature.

Orange Cream Buttercream Frosting


  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 2 tsp. Natural Organic Orange Extract
  • 1/4-1/3 cup milk (depending on desired consistency)


Place softened butter, powdered sugar and orange extract in a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat until ingredients just come together, slowly add milk and beat on medium/high until light and fluffy. Spread on cooled brownies.

Drizzle top with melted chocolate of your choice.

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