Ultimate Sangria Brownies

Ultimate Sangria Brownies look and sound fancy, and they are, but they’re also really easy to make. The orange zest in the brownies is so good with the whipped cream and fresh fruit on top. Beautiful, delicious, and festive.

Ultimate Sangria Brownies

These are fun, because you make the brownies before hand, which takes the most time.

Then, when you’re ready to serve, you get to decorate with whipped cream and fresh fruit.

It’s the fun part, the pretty part. Let’s make some!

A brownie topped with frosting, whipped cream, and fresh fruit.

Making Ultimate Sangria Brownies

I didn’t come up with this recipe. I saw a recipe on a box of Ghirardelli brownies and thought it sounded delicious.

It was, but for me, it was missing something.

Maybe because I love frosting so much, but I tried frosting the brownies first and it was everything I was hoping for.

I’ve also made it with ganache, which was just as decadent.

For the ease of this recipe, I’m using a Chocolate Butter Frosting, but you can buy a container of premade, or make some ganache.

But, first, let’s make the brownies.

Buy yourself a 19 oz. box of Ghirardelli brownie mix (Ultimate Chocolate or Triple Chocolate).

Very important, don’t follow the directions on the box for the brownies.

Instead, follow my recipe card to infuse fresh orange zest and a little red wine.

Ultimate Sangria Brownies

What kind of red wine?

We’re only adding 1/3 of a cup into the recipe, well…at least in the brownies, so which type of wine is not a huge factor.

Use what you have, or if you’re not sure, grab a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Pinot Noir.

You can also use a Chianti or Shiraz.

Fresh berries atop a frosted brownie infused with orange zest and red wine.

To Frost or Ganache…

With the brownies made and cooled, it’s time to frost…or ganache.

As I mentioned earlier, I used Chocolate Butter Frosting, which was delicious.

Or, make a simple ganache with heavy cream and semi-sweet chocolate.

And don’t discount premade frosting, either. Some are really good, like Hershey’s. I like their “Chocolate” frosting.

Plus, if there’s any frosting left over, use it to dip extra strawberries in. I could make a meal out of chocolate strawberries.

Ultimate Sangria Brownies

When It’s Time to Serve your Ultimate Sangria Brownies.

Whip up a quick batch of Small Batch Whipped Cream or have some frozen whipped topping that’s been thawed.

Plop on a dollop and throw on some sliced strawberries with some blueberries, raspberries, and/or blackberries.

Then, for the true “sangria” experience, pour some wine in the bowl. The brownie will soak up the wine so that not a drop is wasted. That would be alcohol abuse.

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Ultimate Sangria Brownies

Brownies infused with orange zest and red wine, topped with whipped cream and fresh berries.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Cooling time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh berries, Ghirardelli, whipped cream
Servings: 18 Brownies
Calories: 242kcal
Author: Sweet Ordeal


  • 2 1/3 cup red wine, divided
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp. orange zest, finely grated
  • 19 oz. box Ghirardelli brownie mix (triple chocolate or ultimate chocolate)
  • 1 cup chocolate frosting or ganache
  • 8 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed (or homemade whipped cream)
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries or blueberries


  • Preheat oven to 325° and line 18 muffin cups with paper liners.
  • In medium bowl, mix together 1/3 cup wine, vegetable oil, egg, and orange zest. Add pouch of dry brownie mix. Divide evenly into the 18 liners and bake for 24 - 27 minutes.
  • Allow to cool on wire rack and carefully remove paper liners.
  • Spread either chocolate frosting or ganache on tops of each brownie.
  • Before serving, add a dollop of frozen whipped topping (or homemade whipped cream) and several fresh berries. For adults, add another 2 tablespoons of wine to bottom of dish. Brownie will absorb the wine. Enjoy!


Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
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