Gansito Brownies

I haven’t posted for over a month and if you know me, you know that I have applied for my American citizenship last May and finally my exam was late July, so I had to prepare and study to take that test. I passed it and then my ceremony was last week, I finally can say that I’m an American citizen and I’m proud to be part of this country. So, yes… I have been busy with all this process plus if you have watched the news, Texas weather has been really hot, so yeah it is kinda hard to turn on the oven when it is over 100+ F degrees outside.

With this dessert, I traveled back in time to my childhood. This treat was very popular while growing up in Peru and is still one of my favorites when I’m craving a Hispanic treat. I should say this treat was created in Mexico. Gansito is a filled snack cake. Vanilla cake with a creamy and strawberry jelly filling coated in chocolate. The Gansitos are similar to an American Twinkie.

A couple of months ago, I got a big box of Gansitos at Walmart which I placed them in the fridge (I like to eat them cold) but I had 3 Gansitos left which I decided to incorporate them into my famous brownie batter and the result was amazing! Also, I have to confess something, those tiny pieces of the Gansito that get a little toasted are so yummy to eat!

If you would like to watch how I made these, visit me on Instagram @pastry_tales

Let’s start with the recipe…

Yield one 8×8 square pan


1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup cocoa powder (I used dark cocoa powder)

1/2 cup unsalted butter

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup white granulated sugar

2-3 Gansitos, chopped in small squares like the size of a crouton.


1.- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line your baking pan (8×8) with parchment paper (bottom and sides). If you don’t have parchment paper, don’t worry, just make sure the bottom and sides of your pan are pretty well greased with butter or cooking spray. Set your pan aside.

2.- In a medium size saucepan, melt butter. Add sugar and mix for 2 minutes. Then, let the mixture cool for 5 minutes. Add eggs and mix really well so we prevent our eggs from cooking. Add vanilla. Mix.

3.- Add cocoa powder, mix. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until you don’t see any leftover flour. Add half of the Gansitos, mix just a tiny bit and slowly.

4.- Pour brownie batter into prepared baking pan. Add the other half of the Gansitos on top pressing down a bit. Add sprinkles if you want to.

5.- Bake for 25-30 minutes. If you notice that your Gansitos on top are getting too dark, just grab a piece of foil and finish baking.

6.- Cool and cut into squares.