Beachhutcook's Hidden Chocolate Brownies

Hidden Chocolate Brownies

February is your gateway into spring; January we have to rid ourselves of the excesses of Christmas and then hold our breath while we wait for the credit card bill to come in.  Once all that is all over then February allows us to look forward to the next month – March.  Now that sounds a whole lot better doesn’t it.

Beachhutcook's Hidden Chocolate Brownies Mix

You may or may not have any leftover Christmas chocolate left but you may have been given one too many boxes of chocolates as gifts and just can’t bring yourself to scoff the lot. 

Beachhutcook's Hidden Brownie Cocoa Mix


We, however, have rather a lot of strawberry and orange creams that no one wants to eat but placing them in a brownie mix seems to give them a reason to shine.

I’ve tried several brownie recipes and this one loosely based from an old Good Housekeeping magazine is my favourite.  Completely moist and fudgy that gives all the promise of good things to come.

Beachhutcook's Hidden Chocolate Brownies Mix

Beachhutcook's Hidden Chocolate Brownies Mix

A great way of using up those selection box chocolates that aren’t always everyone’s favourite but work perfectly well in this deeply gooey brownies


Hidden Chocolate Brownies

(Serves 16)


125g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing

125g plain chocolate, snapped into cubes

300g light soft brown sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

150g plain flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

125g leftover chocolate


Preheat oven to 180°c or Gas Mark 4.  Grease and line a 16cm x 26cm baking tin.

In a bowl over barely simmering water, slowly melt together the butter and chocolate.  Once fully melted, remove from the heat and place bowl to one side while you prepare the remaining ingredients.

In an electric mixer, whisk the sugar and eggs until thick and bubbly.  Add the vanilla extra, flour, baking powder and cocoa powder and start mixing.  While the mixer is turning slowly add the melted chocolate and butter until well combined.

Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 25 minutes until just set.  Allow to cool in the tin and then cut into squares.


Beachhutcook's Hidden Chocolate Brownies

Beachhutcook's Hidden Chocolate Brownies

Beachhutcook's Hidden Chocolate Brownies




  • Reply Tessa Robinson 16th February 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks for this fab recipe. I especially like the fact that they don’t have nuts added. I hate brownies with big crunchy nuts in. Totally ruin it for me. Ha! Hard to find a recipe without, so I will definitely be using this 🙂

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 16th February 2017 at 1:56 pm

      Tessa, yes indeed no nuts as one of our boys doesn’t like them. I used to try and make one half nut free but then I just gave up – who needs that hassle! x

  • Reply Claire Thomas 19th February 2017 at 4:40 pm

    These look divine. However, I am confused as to why the strawberry and orange ones were left over- they are my faves!

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 20th February 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Oh my, you so need to come here as we’ve still got loads! Elinor x

  • Reply Emma Raphael 27th February 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Forget hidden vegetables, this is my kind of food with hidden things in! We don’t usually have any left over chocolate though… :/

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 27th February 2017 at 4:49 pm

      Not even the Strawberry Creams? x

  • Reply Choclette 1st March 2017 at 2:02 pm

    What a splendid way to get rid of those pesky orange and strawberry creams. Thanks for sharing with We Should Cocoa. Have pinned and hoping to get the post up later today.

  • Reply Bella 4th March 2017 at 5:01 pm

    This looks like the perfect brownie recipe, I’ll definitely have to try!

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 6th March 2017 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks, let me know how you get on. I’ve made these a lot over the past few days!

  • Reply Han-Son 1st May 2017 at 10:01 pm

    I literally can’t wait for it to be the weekend again, just so I can give these a go with my son.

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