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Dr Pepper Brownies

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Ahhh…the seasons – they sure are changing quick …wait, no, I am not referring to the weather (last time I checked, (for me), it’s still 3-layer-fleece weather here!) I am referring to the seasons in our home ~ let me clarify : there was the “Season of Barney” when my daughter was a wee one, then the “Season of The Wiggles”, then came the “Season of The Jonas Brothers”, which went into the longest lasting season of them all – the “Season of Taylor Lautner”! After our recent Netflix marathon-viewing of Friday Night Lights, I was foreseeing a “Season of Taylor Kitsch” on the horizon, but, that didn’t quite happen! What did happen is my daughter developed this un-genetic, One of a kind love for College Football!


Prior to this recent change in “seasons” at our home, whenever I was over at friends’ places during the big college game, I always found myself more interested in the appetizers and desserts than the actual game…I was THAT person who would pose the question “when you refer to ‘your team’, does that mean YOU are on the team?” – whenever someone tried to engage me in game-talk. But, it’s a totally different ballgame when that someone became my daughter!

This year (when the weather was still 1-layer-of-fleece cold), my daughter dragged me along to just about every football game in a 5 mile radius of our home! Since it’s been 3-layer-fleece weather, my daughter has “puppy-dog-eyed” me into watching several college football games with her, explaining and interjecting her commentary along the way. Now, she is suggesting a homegating extravaganza for the big college game!


For me to make it through such an extravaganza, I figured snacks are a must – snacks that are salty, and snacks that are sweet and snacks that are somewhere in-between salty and sweet. And, that’s where these brownies come into play.


The first time I accidentally churned out these 4 ingredient brownies, I was experimenting with sugar free options for my mom as she is a diabetic. As she and my daughter love Dr Pepper, I figured I would use Diet Dr Pepper as the “sugar” in a quick and easy brownie recipe. These brownies that I am sharing here today, however, are not completely sugar free, though. I picked up one of the Dr Pepper Ten limited edition College Championship bottles and A Dr Pepper bottle from my neighborhood Kroger; I used Dr Pepper Ten instead of Diet Dr Pepper and semi sweet chocolate instead of unsweetened chocolate in these brownies.

These brownies are not overly sweet, but, dense and oh so chocolatey, and are just as good chased down with a tall cold glass of milk or Dr Pepper.


So…between you and me…

Have you ever asked or been asked “when you refer to ‘your team’, does that mean YOU are on the team”? (or is that just me?)

Are you for homegating or tailgating?

Dr Pepper Brownies

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Author: Shashi


  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Dr Pepper Ten or Diet Dr Pepper if making this sugar free
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup and 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips or unsweetened chocolate for sugar free version
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Beat eggs with electric mixer till eggs double in quantity
  • Add Dr Pepper Ten (or Diet Dr Pepper if making this sugar free), and cocoa powder and mix well
  • Fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips and pour into a parchment lined loaf pan
  • Bake 20 minutes
  • When cooled slightly, melt the other 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and pour over the brownies
  • Top with chopped pecans and then slice into 6 or 8 pieces
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  1. […] best thing about them? They’re completely gluten-free. This recipe is inspired by one from Savory Spin. Let’s take a look at how to make GF Dr. Pepper […]

  2. Dr Pepper brownies?! This look so decadent!! Happy New Year, my dear 🙂

  3. shauntayajordan says:

    Ok i may be lost but the 4 ingredients seem to me would be a dense brownie just eggs, cocoa, soda and pecans to me don’t sound like they would be a thick brownie. Is this recipe for a 4×4 pan. And there’s no flour. They look amazing in your pic. And thick, but I can’t see that in these ingredients.

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much for your comment – These brownies were made in a loaf pan and the combination of Dr Pepper with the 1/2 cup of melted chocolate and 4 eggs and cocoa powder resulted in some thick brownies. I also tossed in another half cup of chocolate chips which sank to the bottom of the brownies – the pecans were only as a topping. I have made these with diet soda and sugar free chocolate chips and they have resulted in a very similarly textured brownie. Hope this helps answer your question.

  4. Dang, girl! Your Dr. P brownies look sensational! I love that they are gluten free, too. Wishing you and your family all the very best in 2015, Shashi! xo

  5. No way! I had no idea you could make brownies with Dr. P! That’s insanely cool Shashi!

  6. these look heavenly!

  7. I love these brownies! They look so rich and decadent, but since you made them I feel like they must be healthy 😉 And therefore, I can eat more! I’ve never baked with Dr. P but I’ll have to give it a go! Pinned!

  8. Such great photos, Shashi! And I really want a bite of one of those brownies. Happy New Year, sweet lady!!

  9. Wishing you a super 2015! You are always the brave baker and pushing the limits to try fun and new options and we all get to try your inventions and that is the fun part. They look so chewy and delicious.

  10. Marcela (tortadellafiglia) says:

    oh! I’m so happy that I found your blog! Your recipe looks amazing! These brownies are soooo rich and so chocolaty <3 Have a Happy New Year!

  11. You are the brownie master because these look purrrfect! Also I am craving some Dr Pepper right now.. and 3 of these brownies! 😉

  12. Hi, Shashi! Happy New Year to you and your lovely daughter! Thanks for giving me a giggle tonight. Shashi! Don’t worry, I asked dumber questions when I was watching Australian rules football in Australia recently.
    Love that you started off the year with one of your classic cool ingredients recipes (Dr. Pepper brownies? Genius!) 🙂

  13. Shashi:
    What a great treat to devour while watching football games. This is also a great treat for any sports games or as a no-game snack as well. Who would resist to these brownies?
    Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy new year. xx

  14. hipfoodiemom says:

    Shashi, so intrigued by the dr pepper!!! what a great accident!! I gotta try these brownies! Happy New Year!!!

  15. I see Doctor Pepper in so many American TV shows, what exactly is it? People love it though 😛
    I bet your brownies would be SUPER popular!

    Choc Chip Uru

  16. I hope like many, I have no clue about home gating or tailgating. But, I know brownies and these I will love for sure. I’m curious about the use of dr pepper in these treats, intrigued. I may have to try it out soon;).
    HAPPY NEW YEAR DARLIN!! HUGS to you and your girl.

  17. Kelly says:

    These brownies look absolutely amazing and the perfect snacks to munch on while watching the game! I’ve never tried adding soda to brownies before but they sound so delicious! Hope you’re enjoying the holidays with your daughter so far and Happy Happy New Year my friend! 🙂 xo

  18. Taylor Kitsch season is fine by me! And so are these fudgy Dr. Pepper Brownies! Great photos. Happy New Year!

  19. Looks great!! Wishing all the best to you this New Year! May 2015 be a wonderful year for you. 🙂

  20. It’s homegating for me. I’m not really much into the game, but I’m all for the snacks. Love these brownies.

  21. haukehawk says:

    My feedly told me that this post is on fire, whatever it means, haha. One thing I notice is that you have so much more stuff in the grocery stores in comparison to Spain, it’s amazing. Diet Dr. Pepper, wow 😀

  22. hotlyspiced says:

    It’s not easy to buy Dr Pepper in this country. It’s amazing how these brownies are made with just four ingredients. You have photographed them beautifully and they look incredible. And yes, the seasons! They sure do change quickly xx

  23. ashley says:

    I want a couple of these with a big tall glass of Dr. Pepper!! 🙂 I have always loved Dr. Pepper and think it’s awesome you used it in brownies.

  24. Amy says:

    I’m fairly certain I gained five pounds just looking at those photos. Oh. My.
    I’m off to get some chocolate now…


  25. Khushboo says:

    I’m with you about football- it goes right over my head. As for the tail-/home-gating part of it, I could totally get on board…any excuse for delish food ;)! Never tried baking with soft drinks but I am so impressed with the texture of these!

  26. Kim says:

    Your daughter and I would get along – I love football (high school and college) and enjoy the games unless it is super cold!!! (then I watch the TV games!)

  27. Ashley says:

    haha I am definitely all about homegating! The husband loves all things football and while I like it, I love the food even more 🙂 These brownies sound delicious. Hope you had a great Christmas!!

  28. These brownies look so amazing! Dr. Pepper is my favorite soft drink. It cracks me up when people start talking about their favorite team like they’re on the team. My husband will say, “We played great last week” and all I can think is, I don’t remember you playing football last week. Lol!

  29. Joanne says:

    Where did she ever get this love of football from?! And maybe she can rub some off on me, because I can’t stand it but the.boy loves it. I think we will definitely be doing some homegating now that the playoffs are starting so I obviously need these brownies to get me through!

  30. Jessie says:

    Keep learning all you can about football missy. We can talk about our teams when I visit you.. one day! 🙂

  31. foodrecipeshq says:

    Let me confess I don’t even know what homegating is. I googled it but only found something like “Is Homegating the New Tailgating?”. If I only knew what tailgating is… I hope you don’t think bad of me now 🙂 But I know what Dr. Pepper is (yay!), even though it is not so popular here in Europe, and that these brownies must taste great!

  32. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    I haven’t seen Dr Pepper here in the normal stores but I think I can get it at the specialty candy stores that import American candy. Love these brownies!

  33. Oh dear, I’m not a Dr Pepper drinker, or any soda actually but esp not Dr Pepper! And I’m also not a college game watcher. I’ve tried. I’m a big NFL fan and root for my Broncos and a big soccer fan, but not college teams 🙂 This might change since daughters are heading to colleges and I will have to swear allegiance!
    But, these brownies look awesome! I’m sure the DR Pepper taste isn’t too strong, I could prolly manage a few.

  34. I don’t drink soda very often but do like Dr. Pepper. Love the brownies. Great idea using in the batter. They look delicious.

  35. Dude, Dr Pepper is my Doctor of choice. But, he’s gotta be on a diet…. 😉

  36. spicedblog says:

    Oh, and it’s homegating all the time in our house, Shashi! I live a looong way away from MY team (yes, MY team) now…so I have to rely on ESPN to catch all of MY games. For every single game, Laura and I made a homemade pizza and curled up on the basement couch. (To be fair, Laura usually played on her phone while I watched the game…but she did at least keep me company!) If you get tired of watching college football with your daughter, send her up here…we might be planning on watching a game or two over the coming weeks. 😉

    P.S. Now I want a tray of these amazing looking brownies! ASAP!

  37. Haha, I don’t get the whole sports thing either 😛 My brother though….sports and his teams are his LIFE!

  38. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    Not a fan of soft drink, but these grain free brownies do look really tempting!

  39. Love how soft and melty these brownies are. Not surprisingly, they are gluten free! It’s all about the chocolate and pecans!