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Really Easy Brownie Pastry

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Really Easy Brownie Pastry is a brownie filled strudel pastry dessert. Melt-in-your-your-mouth chocolatey deliciousness! And…it’s dairy free!

Brownie Pastry on a cutting board on a white table

Really Easy Brownie Pastry is one of the most impressive easy desserts you will ever make!

The instructions may seem complicated at first glance, but I promise that this is just so easy!

Just place the filling on the dough, roll, and bake! That’s all there is to it.

This dessert can be made flat more rounded. To make it rounder, the batter needs to be thicker, so add a bit more flour (a little at a time until reaching a thicker consistency).

When it comes out of the oven, just sprinkle with powdered sugar and drizzle with chocolate topping (shown in recipe).

Prefer individual bars? Try Really Easy Brownie Pastry Bars.

If I can bake, anyone can

I am the type who hates paying more for something than I feel it’s worth and and loathe paying a lot for something I can bake at home.

So, paying a lot of money for a cake similar to one I can bake on my own just doesn’t work for me.

My problem was that I couldn’t really make a layer cake. I could make one in a 9″ x 13″ pan, but not one that could be used for a birthday or celebration.

For years, I tried, failed, and gave up. Then again, tried, failed and gave up.

It normally wasn’t the taste that was the problem, it was other things such as density or lopsidedness.

One day, I decided that no matter what, I would learn to make a decent looking cake (I wasn’t even aiming for good-looking, just decent).

One day, my daughter Elissa came into the kitchen during one of my “I will learn to do this” phases and stopped.

“You are NOT really measuring oil in the palm of your hand!”

I wasn’t sure what the problem was. I couldn’t be bothered to stop what I was doing to get the measuring spoons and I certainly know what a tablespoon of oil should look like…

“You can’t bake the way you cook,” she informed me (I often cook by “it looks right” or “it tastes right”, not by directions – which I often find people make unnecessarily complicated).

Finally, I decided OK, I am going to follow directions. I will measure properly and that will be it. So, I did.

The cake came out tasting really good, but it was really heavy.

I complained to Elissa.

“I followed the directions and even measured and look at it!”

We decided that she would try the recipe to see what was wrong (she is great at following exact measurements and was tired of my complaining).

I read the instructions to her (off a very highly reviewed recipe) and was very gratified when it came out heavy for her too. Ha!

She insisted we go over the instructions again and she also wanted to see the original recipe. I gladly showed her.

“You doubled the recipe,” she accused me. “Why?”

“Because I wanted a higher cake.”

“That is NOT considered following directions. The recipe is for two pans and you put double in each pan, so it couldn’t rise.”

Oh. I took back my “ha” and never did that again.

After a while, I finally gave in. Now, I follow directions, measure properly, and use the proper tools.

Not surprising, everything I bake comes out as it should (of course…as long as I don’t forget to remove from the oven…!).

Baking Pantry Essentials

I never know when someone in my family is going to want a dessert at home, to bring to a friend’s house or need for an event, so I like to make sure I can bake anything with very short notice.  To that end, I keep a variety of supplies and ingredients in the house that will allow me to do just that. 

I can’t tell you how many times I was glad to have whatever I needed within reach for the last minute visitor or for when one of my kids went to a friend or had a school event without much prior notice.

I have slowly collected things over the years as I needed them (or if I found a good sale) and like to keep more than one of the smaller items, in case I don’t want to wash dishes in the middle of baking.

My basic “equipment” includes:

  • a stand mixer, which I use mostly for dough and, sometimes whipping
  • a hand mixer (for things that aren’t dough and I don’t want to mix manually)
  • a small scale
  • different sizes and shapes of baking pans, including loaf pans
  • mixing bowls (or just large bowls – I have plastic, glass, and metal)
  • cookie sheets 
  • pie dishes
  • dry measuring cups
  • liquid measuring cups
  • whisks
  • rubber spatulas (really good for when you don’t want to leave anything in the bowl)
  • rolling pins
  • a baking mat for rolling out dough
  • baking strips
  • a good supply of baking (or parchment) paper (also round for layer cakes)

I can certainly get by without a lot of the above, but it makes baking so much simpler when I just have whatever I need at my fingertips.

In addition to the equipment, there are the baking ingredients that I try to keep in the house at all times: 

  • flour
  • white granulated sugar
  • brown sugar (light/dark – I usually keep dark)
  • confectioners sugar(powdered sugar)
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • baking soda 
  • cocoa powder
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground nutmeg
  • ground ginger
  • ground cloves
  • baking chocolate
  • chocolate chips
  • instant dry yeast
  • vanilla and/or vanilla sugar
  • cooking oil/cooking spray
  • margarine or butter
  • eggs
  • honey
  • instant coffee
  • various extracts (real or imitation)

I also make sure that I have the following on hand to be able to make a variety of fillings, frostings, and toppings:

  • whipping cream
  • powdered pudding mix
  • powdered sugar
  • a good chocolate spread

Then, there is the following to make last-minute quick desserts:

  • packaged pie dough or ready-made pie crusts
  • puff pastry dough

Lastly, it’s not a bad idea to keep fun toppings, such as chopped walnuts, raisins, and the oh-so-important container of sprinkles.


Not only is this pasty delicious, but check out the benefits of chocolate!

Yield: 8 - 10 slices

Really Easy Brownie Pastry

Brownie Pastry on a cutting board on a white table

Delicious brownie filled pastry.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 sheet puff pastry dough (approximately 1 pound, rolled out to around 1/8" thick or so - mine comes out to approximately 16" x 10")
  • 1/4 cup powdered (confectioner's) sugar


  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup oil *
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (imitation is fine)

Chocolate topping (if desired)

  • 1 cup powdered (confectioner's sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons water or non-dairy milk substitute, such as oat milk*


The Pastry

    1. In a bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, sugar and salt.
    1. Add oil, eggs, and vanilla extract and mix well.
    2. Spread or roll out pastry dough.
    3. Place the filling along the middle of the length of the dough so it is approximately 2-3 inches wide, starting an inch or two from one of the shorter edges.
    4. There should be approximately 12" of filling with an inch or two on the other side as well (if your filling isn't thick enough, it will seep out the sides, so to prevent this the dough should extend beyond the filling). **
    5. Fold the long edges of the dough over the filling and overlap.
    6. Gently flip the dough over on to a lined or greased baking sheet.
    7. Place in a oven that has been preheated to 350°F and bake for 30 - 40 minutes until the dough has become a light golden brown.
    8. Remove from oven.
    9. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the top.

    The chocolate topping

    1. Mix powdered sugar, cocoa.
    2. Add 2 tablespoons of liquid and mix well. Add up to one more tablespoon of liquid only if needed to be able to drizzle (if you add too much liquid, add a little more powdered sugar to compensate).
    3. Drizzle on top of strudel as desired.


* Add only 1/3 cup oil for a thicker filling.
** If the filling seeps out the ends while baking, you can leave or cut off.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 405Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 279mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 3gSugar: 28gProtein: 6g

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