Chocolate Brownie and Orange Blondie Recipe

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Chocolate Brownie and Orange Blondie Recipe

Go for a sweet but healthier treat for any celebration with this chocolate brownie and orange blondie recipe! We’re going to teach you how to make blondies and of course, the classic brownie with a bit of five-spice. Not only are they chocolatey, but there are also hints of spice from the cinnamon and licorice from the star anise. They are probably the easiest desserts you can bake and they’re always a sure hit with everyone, especially kids. Top them with vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce and enjoy three sweet treats in one go.

Tips on Making Our Chocolate Brownie and Orange Blondie Recipe

You don’t have to worry about making two delicious treats for dessert or snacks. We’ll give you tips on how to make the best edgy chocolate brownies and orange-flavored blondies! Read along and you’ll see that it’s possible to make two delicious pastries at the same time.

  • Use pure dark chocolate and avoid using compound or baking chocolate. The darker the chocolate, the richer and fudgier your brownies will be.
  • Use dutch processed cocoa for a smoother and dark chocolate flavor. But if you don’t have it on hand, regular cocoa will work perfectly as well. Fudgy brownies contain both chocolate and cocoa, while cakey ones skip the chocolate and use only cocoa. 
  • Salt and instant coffee will create a more intensified chocolate flavor. Salt is used in pastry recipes to bring out the flavor of desserts and balance the sweet flavors. Put a teaspoon of instant coffee dissolved in just a teaspoon of hot water to sharpen the chocolate flavor.
  • Always use butter for baking and avoid using margarine. Butter always gives a much better flavor and texture. For blondies, melting the butter makes them nice and dense. It also gives your blondie bars a delectable nutty, toasted flavor which you’ll definitely love.

How To Make Chocolate Brownie and Orange Blondie

This recipe serves fudgy, spiced chocolate brownies and sweet blondies with an orange-flavored glaze.  Make this spooktacular duo with easy to find ingredients in under an hour.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Makes:

Ingredients

For Five Spice Chocolate Brownies:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened, or margarine
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp five-spice powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 eggs , room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For Orange Blondies:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, granulated
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • cups all purpose flour
  • tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt

For Orange Glaze:

  • ½ cup confectioner's sugar
  • ¼ tsp orange zest, dried
  • 5 tsp orange juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Spray two 8-inch cake pans with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Five Spice Chocolate Brownies:

  1. Place the butter and chocolate in a bowl over simmering water and stir until melted.

  2. Remove from heat and whisk in remaining ingredients until blended.

  3. Spread into one of the cake pans and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool.

Orange Blondies:

  1. Combine the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Beat until light and fluffy.

  2. Add the eggs, vanilla, and orange extract, beating for 1 minute before adding the flour, baking powder, and salt.

  3. After the mixture is blended, spoon it into the prepared cake pan. Tap into the surface to ensure air bubbles are removed.

  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  5. Allow cooling before cutting each pan into 10 wedges.

Orange Glaze:

  1. Add the confectioner's sugar, orange zest, and orange juice, one teaspoon at a time to a bowl and whisk together until the mixture's consistency becomes thin enough for drizzling.

To Serve:

  1. Place one brownie wedge on an individual serving plate and criss-cross it with a blondie wedge.

  2. Drizzle the blondie with the orange glaze and enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Sugar: 52g
  • :
  • Calcium: 107mg
  • Calories: 568kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 81g
  • Cholesterol: 115mg
  • Fat: 25g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 172mg
  • Protein: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Sodium: 316mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 676IU
  • Vitamin C: 2mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

What is the difference between a brownie and a blondie?

Blondies are very similar to brownies but they contain brown sugar and vanilla instead of cocoa. Many people call them blonde brownies as well because of their lighter color. They taste a lot like butterscotch due to the brown butter. They are both perfect for dessert or snacking and go well with this festive pumpkin spice latte!  

Are blondies meant to be gooey in the middle?

Yes! To achieve a gooey middle however, take the blondies out of the oven when the edges are golden brown but the middle isn’t.

Conclusion

Go all out this fall season with this easy chocolate brownie recipe. With the added five-spice, it tastes a lot more festive. Once you’re familiar with making these basic treats, nothing can ever stop you from making more incredible homemade desserts.
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