Annabel Karmel’s chocolate orange brownies

A fresh twist on a classic the whole family will love...

Annabel Karmel’s chocolate orange brownies
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When it comes to desserts, we've all got a soft spot for a rich, fudgy chocolate brownie - and Annabel Karmel's chocolate orange brownies recipe is a tasty twist on the classic. We've all tried chocolate brownies before, but these gooey treats inspired by our favourite Christmas chocolate are even more delicious - the perfect chocolate pudding!

Food author Annabel Karmel specialises in creating recipes for babies, children and families. The kids are going to love getting stuck in, making and munching on these tasty chocolate orange brownies.

Our handy step-by-step picture recipe is super easy to follow, meaning that children can recreate the steps easily and make these classic treats with hardly any help at all. This chocolate orange brownie recipe uses fresh orange juice and zest to make these brownies extra tasty. Mixing the brownie batter with melted dark and white chocolate makes them dense and delicious. We guarantee you - and your kids - will be going back for more!

Chocolate orange brownies are perfect served as a warm dessert alongside some vanilla ice-cream, or as an indulgent afternoon treat. Always a firm favourite among guests, these chocolate orange brownies will sit perfectly on a dessert platter at a family party.

It will take you around 20 minutes to prepare and 35 minutes to cook your brownies, depending on how firm you would like your brownie mix to be. Annabel says: 'Decide whether you like them fudgy or cakey, and adjust the cooking time to suit.'


  • 225g butter
  • 275g soft light brown sugar
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • Juice of ½ orange
  • 4 eggs
  • 1tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Large pinch of salt
  • 110g plain flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 110g white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate

Step 1

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Preheat the oven to 180ºC/ 350ºF/Gas 4. Line a 20 cm (8 in) square cake tin with baking parchment.

Step 2

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Put the butter, sugar and dark chocolate in a large heatproof bowl. Set it over a saucepan of warm water.

Step 3

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Let the butter and chocolate melt, stirring occasionally. Remove the bowl from the saucepan and leave to cool.

Step 4

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Prepare the orange zest and juice. Then whisk these together with the eggs, vanilla, and salt until combined.

Step 5

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Whisk the orange and egg mixture into the cooled melted chocolate.

Step 6

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Sift the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder onto the chocolate mixture and fold it in.

Step 7

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Now add the white chocolate chips and fold these in too.

Step 8

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Pour into the prepared tin. Bake for 30 minutes if you want fudgy brownies or for 35 minutes for cakey brownies.

Step 9

Annabel Karmel’s chocolate orange brownies

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When done, let the brownies cool completely in the tin before tipping out. Cut into squares and serve.

Recipes taken from My Favourite Recipes by Annabel Karmel (published by DK, £8.99

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies