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Chocolate Poke Brownies

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Chocolate Poke Brownies: A simple technique allows the ganache to seeps INTO the brownies!!! An ultra decadent brownie is the result!

4 Chocolate Poke Brownies stacked on a small white plate

Chocolate Poke Brownies

Do you remember those poke cakes that originated in the ’70s? Usually, a boxed cake mix baked in a 9 x 13, then poked with the end of a wooden spoon after baked and topped with jello. If you were lucky, yours would be iced with Kool-Whip. Well, these Chocolate Poke Brownies easily trump those outdated confections. Chocolate nirvana to be precise. And as my friends commented, a magical cross between brownies and fudge.

Chocolate Poke Brownies lined up on a rectangular white ceramic tray

A Retro Technique

A basic, but delicious brownie was baked, and then almost immediately poked with holes across the surface with the handle end of a wooden spoon. Then, when the luscious ganache topping was poured over the top, it also seeped deep into the brownie, creating a totally fudgy dessert.

My girlfriends swooned, as did my family. Bill has been trying to limit his sweets to keep his trim, post-surgical physique, but he looked a bit forlorn when I sent the majority of leftovers home with Tom after he stopped by for dinner one night. These are sure to please the chocoholics in your life.

You’ll also love this Triple Layer Chocolate Cake and all my Brownie Recipes.

Chocolate Poke Brownies lined up on a rectangular white ceramic tray

Chocolate Poke Cake Brownies

The ganache seeps INTO the brownies! for an extra decadent treat!!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Yield 24 brownies



  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup flour, sifted
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Fudgy Topping:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 pound powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Line a 9 by 13-inch baking pan with nonstick foil or greased foil.
  2. Put 1 1/2 sticks of butter and the chocolate in a large microwave safe bowl and microwave on high power for 1 minute, stop, stir and repeat at 30 second increments till the chocolate is melted. Add sugar and whisk until smooth. Add 1/4 cup of the flour and whisk to combine. Add another egg and whisk to combine. Alternate adding the remaining flour and egg, whisking well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla and mix well. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake about 25-30 minutes (brownies will have risen and toothpick inserted into center will come out clean).
  3. Make topping while brownies are baking. Combine the butter, cocoa powder, and cream in a saucepan and heat until the butter melts and the mixture just comes to a boil. Remove from the heat and whisk until smooth. Put the sifted powdered sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Add the chocolate mixture and vanilla extract to the powdered sugar and whisk until smooth.
  4. Remove the brownies from the oven. Use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes into the brownies every 1 to 2 inches. While it is still warm, pour the Fudgy Topping over the brownies and smooth it with an offset spatula. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before serving.


Adapted from Hugs and Cookies and Emeril.

Total time does not include cooling time.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 brownie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 236Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 57mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 2g


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Two Sweetie Pies

One of my first blogger friends, Danielle, and I created this monthly blog exchange over a year ago. We each bake (or cook) up a recipe from each other’s blog and share on the second Monday of the month. You can find all our recipes with a search using the #TwoSweetiePies hashtag. And be sure to follow Danielle on her social media sites and blog:

Hugs & Cookies XOXO



Thanks, Danielle, for another amazing recipe!

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42 comments on “Chocolate Poke Brownies”

  1. Ohhhh…so the poking does the trick! Great tip, Liz! Those blocks looked perfect.

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  2. So jello completely grosses me out so the old fashioned version of poke cake will never ever happen. This one however has me itching to jump in the kitchen ASAP. Ganache in brownies sounds divine.

  3. All that and diet too?!?!?! No? Ooops, my bad:@) They look and sound amazing!

  4. Liz, one word – YUM!!! Alex will love this recipe 🙂

  5. That’s so cool you and another blogger friend make each other’s recipes! I need to find a partner like that. PS: your poke brownies look super fudgy, dangerously fudgy!

  6. I was just saying to a friend the other day that it’s been forever since I’ve had a brownie. This is like salt on the wound. WANT.

  7. What a delicious treat! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. I’d love about ten delivered to my mouth please 🙂

  9. Love the idea of poke BROWNIES!! So innovative!

  10. Lizzy these would disappear in a NY minute!! Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  11. I’ve never tried a “poke” cake but I’ve always been intrigued. These brownies look incredible, love the ganache topping!

  12. Love this idea! I’m now thinking of all sorts of things I could ‘poke’ into the cake! This really does look like a cross between fudge and brownie. Which equals a pretty perfect dessert, I reckon!

  13. I would have to send these away too Liz, they look AMAZING! Too dangerous to have in close proximity, for sure!

  14. Loving the poke technique of these brownies, and that fudgy frosting looks divine!!

  15. Oh wow, how interesting… and delicious!!! Pinned.

  16. A cross between brownies and fudge? You bet I’m going to poke (my mouth) that is, into these!

  17. These look totally dangerous. I would have the whole pan gone in five minutes and then have to be rolled around as a result.

  18. Lizzy-They look to die for-I had forgotten all about this recipe-thanks for reminding me-this was another fun month! Glad to see we both returned to chocolate choices hahahaha!!! xoxo

  19. Ah, yes, I remember the poke cake. We would make one for most all holidays and match the jello with the season—cherry/lime for Xmas, strawberry and cherry for Valentines, lemon/lime for Easter (which wasn’t that pretty). I like this version better!

  20. You’re killing me – I’m still on the juice fast. Longest three days of my life! I’ve never heard of poke cakes. I love the look of these and how rich and decadent they are. They look really dense – very different to juice! xx

  21. wow…brownies and fudge…what more could you ask for a decadent treat! They look absolutely divine, Liz.

  22. Sounds like a delicious, sweet treat!

  23. I have never tried a poke cake before, but I’m sure my mom remembers them. I know I definitely want to try these brownies though!

  24. I need to me make me some of those and pronto!
    I like the poking idea very much
    🙂 ela

  25. decadent with capital D!!!
    Awesome combination of brownie and fudge 😀

  26. How good actually they sound! 🙂

  27. Holy moly! I’m making these for my mother. Well–hopefully I will. That is, if I don’t eat the whole pan first! These look AMAZING, Liz!

  28. Mmm another chocolate recipe.. I am in Chocolate Heaven here on your blog 🙂

  29. Scrumptious brownies – just the way I like them.
    I usually add ganashe topping, next time I’ll try your version.
    I’m saving the recipe

  30. Liz, you had me at brownies…. they look amazing!

  31. Mmmmm… Liz – this looks scrumptious! I wonder if one could make this with a bit of salted caramel… oh the temptation!

  32. I just started making poke cakes! Now I’m gonna HAVE to make poke brownies!

  33. There is no way I could leave these in my house way too much temptation. They look and sound too good. My daughter made a chocolate poke cake as part of our Mother’s Day dessert line up. She and her soon to be hubby would flip for these!

  34. LIZ!!! SHUT UP!!! You poked holes into partially baked brownies and filled em WITH CHOCOLATE GANACHE??!!!!!!! omygooooodness

  35. You gals continue to blow my mind. These are so pretty. You know how much I love brownies and chocolate.

  36. Thank you for explaining poke cakes, Liz. Yes, I was around in the 70s but in Japan =) Your chocolate poke brownies do appear to be the quintessence of a chocolate lover’s dream come true!

  37. Um you are a genius! Never would’ve thought to “poke” brownies.

  38. I haven’t had a poke cake for so long I can’t remember. Cross between a brownie and fudge? I can’t wait.

  39. That ganache sends me straight to swoon town!

  40. Lizzy,
    Great choice in brownies. There’s no such thing as too much chocolate. The only thing I make that’s in any way similar to poke cake is Rum Baba.

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