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Chocolate Orange Basil Brownies

Chocolate Orange Basil BrowniesWe had a week last week. By the time the weekend finally arrived, it was clear we were going to need a little something special to recover. I settled on Orange Basil Brownies and they fixed us right up!

These basil  brownies can right a lot of wrongs. Eila will tell you that even if you have a pretty extensive surgery on the bones in your arm, a surgery that ends up taking over an hour longer than the doctor said it would and has your mother in full blown panic mode in the hospital waiting room, these Orange Basil Brownies will still put a smile on your face.

Chocolate Orange Basil BrowniesAdelaide will tell you that even after your first week of preschool, during which you catch some sort of virus leaving you feverish and sad by Saturday, these Orange Basil Brownies still taste awfully good. Esme, who accidentally caught Adelaide’s preschool virus, will wholeheartedly concur.

Baby Rory, well he’s not going to say a word about these brownies. But his tired mama, who didn’t find quite enough hours to sleep in a week filled with hospital visits, multiple trips to the pediatrician, and four kids who needed a lot of extra love, recommends these basil brownies as just the right spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down.

Chocolate Orange Basil BrowniesAnd if that wasn’t testimony enough to convince you just how extra special these brownies are, let me tell you about the Basil. Fresh basil in a chocolate, fudgy brownie is so good. It’s a turn-that-frown-upside-down delicious combination.

But don’t take my word for it . . . try them!

Orange Basil Brownies
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Serves: 16 small brownies
  • ¾ cup raw walnuts
  • ½ cup fresh basil, tightly packed
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate; coarsely chopped
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 drops orange oil, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8x8 brownie pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, combine walnuts and basil. Pulse once or twice until a crumbled mixture forms. Set aside.
  3. In a medium glass bowl, microwave the butter and chocolate at 50% power for 3 to 4 minutes, or until butter has melted.
  4. Whisk until chocolate has melted. Stir in sugar, eggs, vanilla, orange oil, salt, and the walnut basil mixture. Gradually add flour and stir until just combined.
  5. Spread the batter into the prepared brownie pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Do not over bake.
  6. Cool completely before cutting.
Recipe inspired by Chef Brad


  1. Hi Allison,

    firstly, so sorry to hear that it’s been one of those weeks. Dear God, motherhood keeps us busy, doesn’t it? And I’ve ‘only’ got 1 to contend with. Wouldn’t want it any other way though.

    As for the brownies. They look so stunning. I’ve never even thought about putting basil in brownies so this was certainly food for thought 😉

    Wishing you and your children a super week without bumps and scratches.
    Take care,

    1. Thank you Kimberly – you are so kind! And you’re right too. Motherhood takes everything you’ve got and more . . . but I wouldn’t have it any other way either. Thank you for stopping by here and sharing a bit of good cheer – means a lot to me.

  2. I’m definitely going to give these a try!! I love to bake but have been wanting to bake more sophisticated desserts, and I always think of you for that! Hope you’re having a better week and know we think about you and your sweet kids often.

    1. Thank you! I hope you like them! Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers a lot lately too. Sending big hugs your way. Thank you for all your support here – it means a lot to me!

  3. These look divine! I still have an abidance of basil in my garden and am constantly looking for non-pesto ways to use it… Love the idea of using it in a sweet treat!

    1. Basil with chocolate was a new flavor combination idea for me too, but I am loving it! Hope you enjoy them – thanks for commenting!

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