This is an adapted recipe from my brownies recipe with a touch of orange liqueur and orange zest. Who doesn’t want a little alcohol for the holidays… 🙂


Here is the original recipe that I have posted before:

For this recipe, I added not only the orange liqueur and orange zest, but also some white chocolate to balance the tanginess of the zest. The orange liqueur didn’t taste as strong as I expected, since I used only a spash of liqueur (I double the amount of the alcohol in the recipe below). The added chocolate and liquor made it a bit longer to bake the cake (a full 20 minutes), but it came out still soft and crusty on the surface. Another character of alcohol that I just learned is that it will never freeze hard. I am having an idea of putting the brownies pieces into the freezer and later eat as icecream 🙂 It’s just an idea, not tesed yet, so I won’nt promise it won’t dry out and go hard (since the liqueur is very little in the recipe)


  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 300g brown sugar (demerara)
  • 75 high quality cocoa powder
  • 150g all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp bi-carb (baking soda)
  • 4 eggs
  • 100g milk chocolate chips
  • 100g white chocolate chips
  • Zest of 2 oranges (the orange color)
  • 1 shot (2 oz)of Grand Manier cognac
  1. Preheat oven to 190C or 375F
  2. In a sauce pan over medium heat, mix together butter, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and orange zest. Let them melt completely
  3. Mix the flour with bi-carb and add to the hot cocoa mix above. Then turn off the heat and continue mixing for a while. The mixture in this state might look dry and heavy. Do not panick!!!
  4. Add the eggs to the batter and whisk well. The batter will start to loosen and be liquidy again. Use a whisk to completely dissolve the lumps, do not beat.
  5. Mix in the chocolate chips. Lastly, add the alcohol into the batter and mix well. DO NOT over mix since the chocolate chips will melt and be dissolve in to the batter. You want the chocolate chips to melt while baking, not now.
  6.  Pour the batter into any mold of banking pan of choice. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes.
  7. After 15 – 20 minutes, take the cake out to test and let rest for about 10 minutes to lightly cool. Cut and serve in small pieces. If desired, you can add a little Grand Manier to the brownies before serving.
XMAS 2012

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