DIY Chocolate Brownies

DIY Chocolate Brownies


These chocolate and marzipan brownies are spicy and reminiscent of Swiss Christmas cookies, for an old-world festive touch.

Chocolate Brownies

  • Makes: about 30 small squares
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Baking time: 30-35 minutes
  • Oven temperature: 160 degrees Celsius


  1. 200g dark chocolate
  2. 160g (175ml) butter
  3. 4 large eggs
  4. 55g (65ml) white sugar
  5. 100g (165ml) dark brown sugar
  6. 10ml ground ginger
  7. 10ml ground cinnamon
  8. large pinch each of ground cloves, grated nutmeg and ground black pepper
  9. 5ml vanilla extract
  10. 100g (250ml) ground almonds
  11. 1100g (185ml) cake flour
  12. 12,5ml baking powder
  13. 1130g marzipan, chilled
  14. 1icing sugar, to dust

To make

  1. Grease and line a 22-25cm square cake tin.
  2. Chop the chocolate and cut the butter into cubes. Heat in a saucepan over a low heat.
  3. Once the chocolate starts to melt, stir until smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  4. Beat the eggs and sugars together until light. Add the spices and vanilla extract and beat well. Stir in the ground almonds, flour and baking powder.
  5. Grate the marzipan coarsely and fold into the batter, along with the chocolate mixture. Spoon into the prepared tin and bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. The cake should still be moist.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Cover and set aside for 24 hours. Dust with icing sugar.
  7. Use a sharp, serrated knife to cut the cake into small squares.

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