{Low Fat} Dr. Pepper Brownies*

I bought a box of low-fat brownie mix. Is that even a real thing?? According to Miss Betty Crocker, it totally is.

I was wondering through the aisles of Target and I spotted a mountain of boxes of low-fat brownie mix on clearance. Obviously there is a reason it was on clearance…”low-fat”. Who buys brownies and goes for the low fat? But I was determined to try them anyways…I can doctor up just about any cake mix with some added chocolate or sugar!

In the past my Mom has made a cake using a boxed mix and diet coke. She added a pinch of cinnamon and some cool whip on top and it was surprisingly pretty tasty. So I figured it would probably work with brownies too! My first batch was a disaster, but after I got the amount of ingredients right and added an egg…perfection!

I was so happily surprised with the results! With only 4 ingredients, these brownies are delicious! Sure, they came from a box. If that’s not your thing, judge away. But if you like an easy dessert with a fun twist, these are the brownies for you.

They still had the flaky crust that I look for in a good brownie and they have a wonderful fudge-y taste. They are in-between a cake and a fudge brownie and are perfect with a dallop of cool whip! :)

While they are still considered a little high on the calorie side (265 calories per brownie) to be considered Ass Friendly, I am adding them anyways. They may be a little higher than you would want, but the taste makes up for it! They have a dense chocolate cherry taste that satisfies and makes them way better than a 100 calorie chocolate-ish brownie that just angers your inner sugar demon.



{Low Fat} Dr. Pepper Brownies

Yield: 9 brownies

Recipe Note: Of course, you can also do this with full fat brownie mix and regular Dr. Pepper, but I used the new Dr. Pepper 10. It really does taste like regular Dr. Pepper!


  • 20.5 oz box Low Fat Brownie mix by Betty Crocker
  • 1 large egg
  • 8 oz Dr. Pepper 10 (or Diet Dr. Pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon cherry extract


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8x8 baking dish.

In a medium bowl, whisk together brownie mix, egg, Dr. Pepper and cherry extract. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only a few crumbs clinging to it.

Serve plain or with a spoonful of low fat whipped cream and a cherry!

::Nutrition Information::
Per 1 brownie: 265 Calories. 4.5g Fat. 56 Carbs. 2.6g Protein.


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45 Responses to “{Low Fat} Dr. Pepper Brownies”

  1. 1

    Blog is the New Black — May 7, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

    Personally not a Dr. P lover, but I can think of some peeps who would love this!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 7, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

    Ive seen soda brownies, i.e. coke, dr. pepper, and similar on Pinterest…and now, I am super interested in trying them! I’ve seen some say, no way you cannot use Diet, they won’t set up and others (like yours) that totally worked. I’d use regular, regardless :)

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    Ann — May 7, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

    Pretty darn cool! I never would have thought to use soda in brownies!

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    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl — May 7, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

    I’ve tried this with a sugar-free cake mix before, but not with brownies. I guess I know what I’ll be making soon…YUM.

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    Shawnda — May 7, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

    You added fat *and* Dr. Pepper to a low fat brownie mix. You are officially my hero.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 7, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

    I love this spruced up brownie mix! I’ve never had Dr. P in some brownies but it sounds out of this world!

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    DessertForTwo — May 7, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

    I will eat/drink Dr. Pepper in any shape or form. I’m an addict! Love the cherry extract addition!

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    Kathryn — May 8, 2012 @ 5:49 am

    I like to keep my inner sugar demon happy so I’m all for these!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 8, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    I used to make cake with diet soda all the time but haven’t in forever… the best is cake mix + soda over frozen fruit for a lot fat “cobbler.” Great idea to add the cherry extract!

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    Katrina — May 8, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    YES! Love this idea! It sounds delightful!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — May 8, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    Love this idea!

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    Cookbook Queen — May 8, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    Girl…no you didn’t!! These look fabulous!!

    I am totally a from the box girl. Cheap, tastes good…let the judgers judge…in the meantime, I’ll be eating my brownies!!

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    katie — May 8, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    nothing wrong with using a box mix every now and then… love this concept. I’ve never baked a cake with soda but I have friends who swear by it–think I might need to give this recipe a try!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — May 8, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    I made these a few weeks ago with Diet Cherry Soda and they were divine…wanna know a way to rile up your inner sugar demon – make your first batch with Sugar Free Brownie Mix (Travesty against baking!) and a Sugar Free Diet Soda and watch the world fall down around you…it was THAT bad. So I went on a hunt for the low -fat kinda bought two boxes at Target. I knew I loved that store for a reason…

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — May 8, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    You are my hero. I love brownies, and I love Dr. Pepper, so this is the perfect combination!

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    Erin R. — May 8, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    Oh, don’t worry, I LOVE boxed brownies. God bless you for trying it out with the diet soda, which I have always read would not work. Now we know! And the addition of cherry extract (or cinnamon!) sounds smashing. I shall try this out on my next brownie opportunity.

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    Lauren — May 8, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    Low fat brownies? WITH dr.pepper thrown into the mix? Excuse me while I faint.

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — May 8, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    These are amazing! I’ve been wanting to make a cake or brownies with soda for a while now…and I’m officially inspired to get on it!

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    Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — May 8, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    Though I am not a fan of the Dr. Pepper 10 commercials (Not for women?? EXCUSE ME, Dr. Pepper Marketing Team?? WHAT?) I do love diet Dr. Pepper. I’m sure I would love these brownies too!

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    Russell at Chasing Delicious — May 8, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

    Umm… Yes please! These look awesome!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 8, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

    I’ve yet to make a soda dessert – maybe this is it! I’ve been wanting a good brownie :)

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    Joanne — May 8, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

    In the end, though, they’re probably still fewer calories than if you used full fat brownie mix!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — May 8, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

    Love the addition of the egg. I made these recently with Diet Coke, and they were pretty good, but a completely mess. They did not cut well, and were very cakey. And Dr. Pepper is my favorite!

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    Debbie George — May 9, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

    Question…could you use Cherry Dr. Pepper instead of cherry extract?

    • Jessica replied: — May 16th, 2012 @ 10:30 am

      Of course! :)

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    Dee — May 14, 2012 @ 4:13 am

    It’s certainly an inventive recipe. I love Dr Pepper so might try this!

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    Hannah@mindrunningwild — May 15, 2012 @ 6:44 am

    I’ve thought about doing this before, but I don’t drink soda, much less diet soda. Do you think it would work with sparkling water, since they have the same effervescent thing going on? Or is it some chemical thing…? Glad to know it works with brownies as well- we always seem to have a box in the house :)

    • Jessica replied: — May 16th, 2012 @ 10:28 am


      I honestly have no idea how this would work with sparkling water. The sodas add flavor as well as consistency… and I have always made them that way.

      If you try it with sparking water, make sure and report back! I am super curious!

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    ATasteOfMadness — May 15, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    This is such a great idea!! My friend LOVES doctor pepper, I should make this for him for his birthday!

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    Jessica — May 15, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

    What a great idea! I never would have thought to add soda to a brownie mix (and Dr. Pepper is always a good option). Such a fun and easy way to shake up the usual brownie routine.

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    Ashley Montgomery — May 19, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    I found your through The Latest Find. Thanks so much for sharing this. I LOVE Dr. Pepper. :)

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    Katie @ Nutrition in a Peanut Shell — May 19, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

    This is awesome! I was just lamenting about how cool a diet dr pepper cupcake would be, I never even thought about brownies!
    Definitely pinning this, what a great idea!

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    Lori — May 21, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

    Thanks for the interesting idea… I made these today, but they turned out weird… a crusty layer on top and the brownies were rubbery. Tasted fine, but I think I’ll stick with the normal recipe on the brownie box.

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    Yum Yum Diaries — May 30, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    What an awesome idea!!! I cannot wait to try this!

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    Baker Kella — July 30, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    I tried this recipe, but the texture came out super rubbery and not brownie-like at all. Do you have any hints as to what I might have done wrong? I’d love to try this recipe again because it sounds fantastic.

    • Jessica replied: — July 31st, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

      Hmmm. If you followed the ingredients, I don’t know why they would come out rubbery.

      Like I said in the post, they will be more cake-like and not fudgey like a regular brownie. The carbonation makes them bake up a little higher and they are more like a piece of fudgey cake. But they shouldn’t have been rubbery.

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    Kelly — April 13, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

    Thank you! I made these today and they were a huge hit! I used regular dr. Pepper though

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    Laura-Jo — June 7, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

    Is this gluten free.? (I’m new to being GF)

    • Jessica replied: — June 7th, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

      The brownie mix is full of flour and is not gluten free. Sorry!

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    Kc — February 28, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

    Hi! SOS! I can’t find cherry extract ANYWHERE. Would the brownies be alright without it/ do you have a suggestion for an alternative?

    • Jessica replied: — March 5th, 2014 @ 11:10 am

      Hi! You can easily leave out the cherry extract – it just won’t have as much cherry flavor. 😉

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