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Gingerbread Brownies feature a thick and fudgy spiced brownie studded with crumbled gingerbread cookies and topped with adorable mini gingerbread men for a perfectly festive Christmas dessert!

Gingerbread Brownies

Gingerbread Brownies feature a thick and fudgy spiced brownie studded with crumbled gingerbread cookies and topped with adorable mini gingerbread men for a perfectly festive Christmas dessert! Click here to download our 10 Favorite Christmas Cookies!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yields: 9 brownies
Recipe by Tessa Arias

Ingredients

  • 10 tablespoons (142 grams) unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces (113 grams) semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (95 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (25 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup crumbled gingerbread cookies, plus more whole baked gingerbread men for on top

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a metal 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl combine the chocolate and butter. Microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring between each burst, until the mixture is melted and smooth. Add the sugars to the hot butter mixture and whisk vigorously until combined. Allow to cool until just barely warm.
  3. Add in eggs, yolk, and vanilla extract and whisk for about 1 minute, or until very well combined. This helps create that shiny crust on top.
  4. Use a rubber spatula to stir in flour, cocoa powder, salt, cinnamon, and ginger until just combined. Stir in the chopped gingerbread cookies.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and smooth out. Arrange whole baked gingerbread men over the surface. Note: once you press a cookie into the batter it's very difficult to move it without breaking it!
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. If the gingerbread men begin to brown too much, cover with aluminum foil (though this wasn't an issue for me). Let cool completely before slicing and serving.  
  7. You can bake and store the brownies in an airtight container for up to 2 days at room temperature or up to 4 days in the fridge.