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Recipe in Spotlight - Kosher for Passover Brownies

Editor's note: This post is part of a series spotlighting different family recipes used by members of the White House staff for Passover.

This Passover recipe comes from my mom. When I was a little kid, I had these Passover brownies at a friend's house. I liked them so much that I had my mom call my friend's mom to get the recipe. She has been making them every year for me since. They are so delicious I would even eat them not on Passover.

Delicious Passover Brownies (pareve)


4 eggs

3/4 cup pure cocoa powder

1/2 cup oil

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup matzoh cake meal

2 cups sugar

1tsp. salt

6 oz. chocolate chips



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. mix cocoa and water
  3. beat eggs and add to cocoa mixture
  4. add cake meal and mix into cocoa mixture
  5. add oil, salt and mix
  6. fold chocolate chips into mixture
  7. bake in 9x12 greased pan for approximately 30-35 minutes

Some tips :

  • I use safflower oil, but any oil should be fine
  • this recipe seems to come out best if you use a disposable aluminum baking pan

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