Passover Brownies

This Passover brownies recipe uses matzo flour instead of regular flour to make them kosher for Passover. But you’d never guess it. They’re rich and chocolatey, just as a brownie should be.–Orly Ziv

LC Let's Be Honest Note

Let’s be honest. These aren’t your classic brownies. They’re still ever so slightly crumbly at the edges and splendiferously fudgy on the inside. But if you’re expecting usual brownies, well, you’re in for something of a surprise. These are Passover brownies, which means they’re made with matzo meal rather than all-purpose flour. They’ve got something of a different taste and texture from the usual brownies—you sorta have to experience it to understand. But that’s not a bad thing. Not a bad thing at all.

Passover Brownies Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • Serves 8 to 12


  • 3/4 cup matzo flour or matzo meal*
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 5 tablespoons (2 1/2 ounces) unsalted butter, plus more for the pan
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup brandy or chocolate liqueur
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (optional)


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (170°C). Butter an 8- or 9-inch square baking pan.
  • 2. Mix together the matzo flour or meal, sugar, and vanilla or vanilla sugar.
  • 3. Melt the bittersweet chocolate and butter together in a medium to large saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth. (Or you can opt to do this in a glass bowl in the microwave until the chocolate just starts to lose its shape, checking every 30 seconds or so. As soon as you stir the chocolate, it will melt completely.) Be careful not to scorch the chocolate or it will taste, you know, scorched.
  • 4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture. Add the eggs, brandy, walnuts, and chocolate chips or chopped chocolate, if using, and stir just until incorporated.
  • 5. Scrape the batter into the buttered baking pan and bake for close to 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry. You may wish to start checking the brownies at 30 minutes. Let the pan of chocolatey goodness rest a few minutes, if you can stand the wait, before cutting it into squares. Serve warm or at room temperature.

*Matzo Flour Or Matzo Meal

  • Matzo flour or matzo meal can usually be found in most grocery stores next to the matzo during Passover. You can make your own flour or meal by whirring matzo in a blender or spice grinder until very finely ground.
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