Classic Kiwi Brownies

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Calling all chocoholics! This recipe is for you. These brownies are a true Kiwi classic – dense, fudgy, and bursting with rich chocolate flavor. They’re perfect for afternoon tea, after-dinner treats, or whenever you need a chocolate fix.

This recipe is also incredibly easy to follow, requiring no fancy ingredients or equipment. So, preheat your oven and get ready to bake some deliciousness!

Classic chewy brownie recipe
Classic chewy brownie recipe


2 cups (250g) unsalted butter, diced

  • 2 cups (400g) caster sugar
  • 4 large free-range eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (375g) self-raising flour
  • 3/4 cup (75g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (180g) chopped dark chocolate (optional)
  • 1 cup (125g) chopped walnuts (optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F) and grease a baking tin (approximately 20cm x 30cm). Liners are optional, but can help with easy removal.

    2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, remove from the heat and stir in the caster sugar until fully combined.

    3. Whisk in the eggs one at a time, ensuring each egg is incorporated before adding the next. Then, stir in the vanilla extract.

    4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the self-raising flour, cocoa powder, and salt.

    5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Do not overmix!

    6. Fold in the chopped dark chocolate and walnuts (if using) with a spatula.

    7. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking tin and spread evenly.

    8. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.

    9. Remove from the oven and let the brownies cool completely in the tin before cutting and serving.

    Nutrition Facts (per brownie):

    Calories: 450 (approx.)

  • Fat: 25g (approx.)
  • Saturated Fat: 15g (approx.)
  • Sugar: 30g (approx.)
  • Protein: 5g (approx.)
  • Sodium: 200mg (approx.)

  • Please note: These are approximate values and may vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.


    These New Zealand-style brownies are sure to become a favorite in your household. They’re simple to make, incredibly delicious, and perfect for any occasion. So next time you’re craving chocolate, give this recipe a try!


    1. Can I use brown sugar instead of caster sugar?

    Yes, you can substitute brown sugar for caster sugar in a 1:1 ratio. However, the brownies may be slightly chewier and have a deeper molasses flavor.

    2. How can I make these brownies gluten-free?

    You can substitute the self-raising flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Just be sure to choose a blend that contains xanthan gum for best results.

    3. What can I add to these brownies for extra flavor?

    There are endless possibilities! Try adding chopped nuts like pecans or almonds, a pinch of espresso powder for a coffee kick, or a teaspoon of cinnamon for a warm twist.

    4. How long can I store these brownies?

    These brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

    5. Can I use vegetable oil instead of butter?