Hot Cross Brownies

I have been thinking about bakng an Easter treat for a little while and when I saw that The Pink Whisk was having an Easter Bake competition, I had to enter!

For me, brownies always bring to mind Easter, it must be their rich chocolatey taste and squidgy inside offset by a nice crunch on top. The other thing that comes straight to mind are hot cross buns. I decided to try to combine the look of both, in these Hot Cross Brownies. These brownies have chocolate chip “raisins” and the “hot cross” is made of icing.


200 g dark chocolate (I used 80%)
125 g butter
200 g golden caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 tbsp cocoa powder
170 g plain flour
Handful of milk chocolate chips
White writing icing (ready made pouch)


1. Melt the chocolate and butter together in a pan over low heat.
2. When melted, remove from the heat and stir in the sugar.
3. Allow it to cool slightly, then beat in the eggs and vanilla extract.
4. Sift in the cocoa powder and flour, then fold together until just combined.
5. Spoon the mixture evenly into your greased brownie tray.
6. Scatter a few chocolate chips on top of each brownie.
7. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 180 degrees until just firm.

Hot Cross Brownies
8. Allow to cool, then draw on the crosses using the writing icing pouch.

They look great and my kids think they are great fun. Hope you enjoy them too!

Hot Cross Brownies

Hot Cross Brownies

Hot Cross Brownies

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What a cool idea. After the rubbish hot cross buns I made the other day, perhaps I would have more luck trying something like this…or fairy cakes…I can always make fairy cakes! 🙂

Wonderful looking brownies!! I’m always in the mood for a piece 🙂
They look like little wrapped gifts