A fun and easy Easter brownie recipe, these Easter Egg Brownies are baked right in the shell! They are an unexpected dessert that double as decor for your Easter table and a fun take on the “Surprise Inside” Dessert trend.
Easter Egg Brownie Recipe
A couple of years ago, the kids and I emptied egg shells to grow seedlings in the shells.
The kids loved getting to decorate the eggs and it was a fun project, checking the plants each day and watering them with an eye dropper.
I wanted to do something similar, but since we’re going on vacation soon and we wouldn’t be able to take care of the seedlings, I thought decorating some Easter Eggs and baking in a hidden brownie surprise would be a lot of fun!
It would be really cute to set these brownies out as a table decoration and then surprise your guests by inviting them to dig in!
This method of hiding a baked treat inside of the decorated Easter eggs could also be used for cake. It’s inspired by the Mexican tradition of cascarones which are usually filled with confetti but I’ve also seen them filled with tiny candies and sprinkles.
The kids had so much fun making this Hidden Brownie recipe with me, and the parents were all shocked when the kids presented their pretty eggs – and insisted they get to eat them when they got home!
You can use any brownie recipe to make this – including a boxed mix. I kind of think the novelty of the project is more important than from-scratch brownies.
(You could probably even use our Black Bean Brownie recipe to make these a healthier Easter dessert.)
In retrospect, the best markers to use for this recipe probably would have been edible pens/markers – the kind you can buy in the baking aisle of craft stores – but I’ll be totally honest with you: we just used nontoxic washable markers on ours because our edible markers had dried out. (I don’t think it really matters as you’re not eating the shell or baking the eggs with the marker on them.)
My favorite part about this recipe was how much the kids loved it – they thought it was so silly that we were hiding brownies in the Easter Eggs! I was really careful to warn them that the egg shells would get broken when it came time to eat them, so that didn’t come as a shock and no one cried about their pretty eggs being “ruined.”
(My kids are older and able to ensure that the egg shell is fully removed before enjoying their brownies – if your children are younger, do a double check!)
If you’re looking for more Surprise Inside Easter treats, check out:
- Hidden Carrot Patch Cupcakes from In the Kids Kitchen
- Easter Egg Surprise Inside Cake from McCormick’s
- Our Resurrection Rolls double as a dessert and a way to tell kids the Easter story with a surprise inside
- Surprise Inside Candy Layer Cake from Betty Crocker
- Surprise Inside Mini Easter Bundt Cakes from Freutcake
Easter Egg Brownie Ingredients
- Empty egg shells (4 eggs will be used for this recipe)
- White sugar
- Cocoa powder
- Baking powder
- Large eggs
- Vanilla extract
- All-purpose Flour
- Milk chocolate chips
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: swap out our from-scratch recipe for a boxed mix, if you desire!
NOTE: if you use less than 36 eggs, there will be extra brownie batter left over. We used 12 egg shells and had about half the batch left over – bake for a treat while you decorate the eggs!
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How to Make Easter Egg Brownies
First, thoroughly empty and wash the eggs. I boiled mine to ensure that they were totally sanitized before using them, but that may have been an unnecessary step as the egg shells will be baked in the oven.
Preheat oven to 325F.
Prepare your brownie batter (recipe below).
In a small bowl, sift together the cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
Place the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook for 8-10 minutes until slightly golden brown. Small pieces of milk fat will turn a chocolate brown and that’s okay.
Remove the pan from the stove and immediately stir in the white sugar with a wooden spoon.
Add in the cocoa mixture and then allow to cool to room temperature, about 5-8 minutes. Meanwhile, grease a heart shaped pan or a large casserole pan – about 9×13″. Set aside.
Add in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla and flour, beating thoroughly after each addition.
Beat for 2 minutes before adding in the chocolate chips.
Using a small funnel, portion the brownie batter into the egg shells, about 2/3 of the way full.
NOTE: there will be extra brownie batter left over, about half the batch – bake for a treat while you decorate the eggs!
Wipe up any spilled batter as they will stain the egg shells if baked on.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Let eggs cool completely before decorating.
Set out food grade or nontoxic markers and instruct the kids to only paint on the egg shells.
Decorate as desired!
Grab your free printable for our Hidden Easter Egg Brownies recipe:
NOTE: if you use less than 36 eggs, there will be extra brownie batter left over. We used 12 egg shells and had about half the batch left over - bake for a treat while you decorate the eggs! As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
NOTE: if you use less than 36 eggs, there will be extra brownie batter left over. We used 12 egg shells and had about half the batch left over - bake for a treat while you decorate the eggs!
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
This fun Easter dessert for kids was a total hit with my daycare kids and I can’t wait to make them again this year! I hope your kids love them, too.