Passover brownies

by Shoshana on April 2, 2009 · 7 comments

I know it is tempting to buy the Manischewitz box of brownie mix for Passover. There is so much other cooking to do, there is something nostalgic about it, and it comes with that convinent little tin baking pan.  RESIST THAT URGE! These brownies only take marginally more effort and they are so much better you will never look back. 

As with all my other passover recipes I tested these well before passover on an unsuspecting audience to make sure that they are truly delicious, not just “good for a passover dessert.” I told my parents, who were visiting, that I had tried a new brownie recipe and wanted honest feedback. My dad reported that they were as good as Duncan Hines. If you tasted my family’s doctored Duncan Hines brownies you would know this is the ultimate compliment of brownieness. They are chocolatey, fudgey and all together delicious. I ate far more of them than I should have and it was not even Passover. 
It is important to let the brownies cool completly before cutting them because the texture is much better once they are cool.
Decadent Fudge Brownies (adapted from
2 cups brown sugar 
8 oz unaslted passover margarine
2 oz semi sweet chocolate, coarsly chopped
3 eggs
1 tablespoon brewed coffee
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 scant cup matzoh cake meal
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, or a bar cut into chunks
Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9 inch square pan.
In a large bowl melt the margarine with the 2 oz of chocolate and let cool. (I use the microwave, but you can place the bowl over a pan of simmering water if you prefer)
Mix the sugar into the melted margarine mixture, then mix in the eggs, coffee, cocoa, salt, cake meal and chocoalte chunks.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 25 minutes. Do not overbake. The brownies should be set and seem dry to the touch, but there should not be a crust around the sides.
Cool completly in the pan and cut into squares.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Melissa April 3, 2009 at 4:09 pm


These look scrumptious.

I just wrote a post about not knowing what to eat for Pesach.

Can one live off of brownies? Just kidding!



Rebecca Rosenthal April 20, 2009 at 11:12 am

I made these over Pesach and they were AMAZING!!! People totally raved about them. Yummy.


Anna Besmann April 3, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Mom directed me to your blog and I made these for our first sedar. They came out amazing, though I had to cook them a little longer than it says in the recipe. I’m a horrible cook but apparently they’re just that good.


Laura Lapidus April 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm

If I want to make these gluten free, do you think I could substitute ground almonds or walnuts for all or part of the matzah cake flour?


Shoshana April 14, 2011 at 11:47 pm

I haven’t tried so I don’t know for sure, but if you try let us all know how they turn out. If you want a passover brownie recipe that is already gluten-free try the recipe in my baked alaska. Use an 8 inch pan instead of the 9 inch pan and bake it for a bit longer.


Marilyn March 29, 2014 at 10:56 am

Can these brownies be made ahead of time and frozen?


Shoshana March 29, 2014 at 9:32 pm

I haven’t tried with this recipe but most brownies freeze really well so I imagine these would too.


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