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Death by Chocolate Brownies with Merlot Glaze

Topped with berries, cream and a thick blood red merlot reduction, these dark chocolate brownies are rich and deep- perfect for any thriller party theme.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
cooling time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 21+, brownies, chocolate, dark chocolate
Servings: 16
Calories: 320kcal



  • 1 cup butter unsalted, melted
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup black cocoa powder I use Weirdo Good
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  • 1 cup strawberries chopped
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup cool whip

Merlot Reduction

  • 1 cup merlot
  • 1 cup sugar
  • sprinkle cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease and dust a 9x9 pan with cocoa powder.
  • Mix together all of the brownie ingredients until smooth. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Pull the brownies and let cool completely, at least 30 minutes.

Merlot Reduction

  • Add merlot and sugar to a small saucepan. Sprinkle will cinnamon.
  • Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, until the mixture has reduced by half and is thick like syrup.
  • When ready to serve, top each brownie square with a tablespoon of cool whip, berries and drizzle with the merlot reduction. Enjoy!


Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 369IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg