3-Spice Brownies

Whether you’re observing Ramadan or you’re just a fan of all things sweet and delicious, these spiced brownies will hit the spot!

Spiced brownies on a white platter.

Simply Recipes / Alison Bickel

I really love brownies because you don’t have to wait around for butter to come to room temperature. Plus, this recipe takes all of 20 minutes to put together and 25 minutes to bake. Waiting for it to cool with be hard, but totally worth it. 

These brownies have a kiss of aromatic spices—cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves—the perfect complement to chocolate. They are sweetened with brown sugar, which also pairs perfectly with chocolate. It is Ramadan after all, and these brownies are extra special for those who are fasting. These are not your everyday brownies, though nothing should stop you from baking them every day! 

A Little Parchment Paper Hack

I like to line the baking dish with parchment paper slings. When the brownies come to room temperature, you can use the slings to gently lift the brownies out of the cake pan. It’s a super quick and easy way to get the brownies out. Plus, it makes cleanup easy too.

Since this recipe calls for a 9x9-inch cake pan or baking dish, you will cut 2 pieces of parchment paper. Each piece should fit the width of the pan and be long enough to extend 2 inches over the sides. Lightly butter or spray the cake pan with nonstick cooking spray so the parchment paper stays in place when you pour the batter in. 

Lay the first piece down, pressing into the bottom edges so that it lays flat. Lay the second piece going the opposite way so that all four sides are covered with parchment.

Spiced brownies dusted with cocoa powder.

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Delicious Ways to Play With the Recipe

  • I love nuts in my brownies, but if you are in the no-nuts-in-my-brownies camp, you can leave the walnuts out. For those that love nuts, try pecans, macadamia nuts, or hazelnuts. 
  • Cardamom is one of my favorite spices, but if you don’t have ground cardamom in your pantry, these brownies taste lovely with just cinnamon and cloves!
  • Don’t have dried edible rose petals? Look for candied violets in baking stores or you can use edible fresh flowers. 

Are the Brownies Done? What About Now?

If you have a young child in the house like I do, you will get this question A LOT! 

It’s a fine balance, making sure they aren’t undercooked or overbaked. Usually, you test your cakes for doneness with a toothpick inserted into the center. It should come out clean. But remember these are fudgy brownies. So, the toothpick should come out with moist crumbs stuck to it. If it comes out clean, the brownies are overbaked.

Once they are out of the oven, allow the brownies to come to room temperature. Then, use that fancy parchment paper sling to transfer the brownies onto a wire rack. For clean, even slices, cut them when completely cool—some bakers place them in the fridge for this reason.

Slice of spiced brownie on a small plate.

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About Edible Rose Petals

Look at those beautiful rose petals on top! Aren’t they beautiful?

I keep dried edible rose petals in my pantry. You know what I love about them? They are not a single-use ingredient. You can use dried rose petals as a garnish on dips or hummus—your guests will be wowed! Sprinkle them on tea cakes with some icing sugar. 

Here are a few things to bear in mind before buying flowers for garnish:

  • Make sure they are unsprayed, haven’t been treated chemically, and are organic. If pesticides are necessary, make sure the growers only use products labeled for edible crops. 
  • Don’t pick flowers from the side of the road because they are contaminated with car emissions. 
  • Look for them in your local farmers markets or in the produce section of your grocery store. They are typically found in small clamshells in the fresh herb section.
Spiced brownies on a white platter.

Simply Recipes / Alison Bickel

Brownie Points

3-Spice Brownies

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 12 to 16 servings


  • 4 ounces (113g) 60% to 70% cocoa unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped

  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, plus more for the pan

  • 1 1/2 cup (300g) light brown sugar, tightly packed

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1 cup (140g) all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, for dusting

  • 1 tablespoon dried edible rose petals, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven and prepare pan:

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. If using a ceramic or glass baking dish, the oven temperature should be set to 325°F.

    Butter the sides of a 9x9-inch cake pan or baking dish. Cut 2 strips of parchment paper that are wide enough to fit the width of the pan and long enough to cover at least 2 inches up the sides, and line the pan. Lightly butter the parchment paper and set the pan aside. 

    Parchment paper lined baking dish.

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  2. Melt the chocolate: 

    Fill a medium pot with at least 2 inches of water. Set it over medium heat to bring the water to a gentle boil. Place a medium heat-proof bowl on top of the pot. The boiling water should not touch the bottom of the bowl. This is your double-boiler. 

    Add the chocolate and butter into the bowl and gently stir with a rubber spatula until smooth. Remove the bowl from heat and stir in the brown sugar, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and salt until fully combined. Set the bowl aside to cool for 7 to 10 minutes, until the mixture comes to room temperature.

    Butter and chocolate melting in a double boiler.

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    Melted chocolate.

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  3. Add the eggs: 

    Add eggs and use a handheld electric mixer on high speed to whisk until the batter looks shiny and smooth, 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds.

    Brownie batter in a bowl.

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  4. Add the flour and walnuts: 

    Add flour and mix on low speed until smooth and no dry pockets of flour are visible. Try not to overmix the batter. Fold in the walnuts with a rubber spatula, until evenly distributed.

    Brownie batter in a bowl with flour and nuts.

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  5. Bake the brownies: 

    Use a rubber spatula to scrape the batter into the prepared cake pan and spread it out evenly. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs. 

    Brownie batter in the cake pan.

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  6. Cool, decorate, and serve: 

    Transfer the cake pan onto a wire rack until fully cooled. Then, use the parchment paper slings to lift out the brownies. Using a sifter, sieve, or small shaker to dust the tops with cocoa powder and sprinkle with the dried rose petals.

    Left on the counter, they are best eaten within 1 to 2 days. You can refrigerate them for 3 to 4 days.

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    Baked brownies on parchment paper.

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    Spiced brownies dusted with cocoa powder.

    Simply Recipes / Alison Bickel

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
264 Calories
16g Fat
28g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 to 16
Amount per serving
Calories 264
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 88mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 126mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.