Try this easy recipe for chocolate walnut brownies that strike the perfect balance between fudgy and crunchy. These classic homemade brownies feature a rich chocolate flavor, elevated by the delightful addition of walnuts for an extra nutty touch.
Why you'll love this recipe
If you're a chocolate lover like me, these fudgy walnut brownies are a true delight for your taste buds. Their dense, fudgy texture combined with the richness of chocolate and the crunchy walnuts creates an unparalleled flavor experience.
These fudgy brownies feature a dense, moist, and intensely chocolatey center with perfect crackly tops. With each bite, you'll savor its rich, creamy texture and the delightful crunch of walnuts, creating a truly indulgent dessert experience.
My dark chocolate walnut brownies are an easy-to-make treat crafted with simple ingredients and real chocolate for an intensified flavor compared to cocoa powder brownies.
Walnut fudge brownies have a rich, decadent taste and delightful crunch from the walnuts make it perfect for any occasion, a birthday, or just for your chocolate cravings.
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Ingredients and substitutions
*You'll find the quantities and complete instructions in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.
- Butter: Use unsalted butter rather than salted butter to control the addition of salt in the recipe.
- Chocolate: Use baking chocolate, chocolate bars or semi-sweet chocolate chips. For a dark chocolate brownies use bittersweet chocolate instead.
- Eggs: Large eggs at room temperature.
- Sugar: A mixture of white granulated sugar and flavored sugar such as brown sugar or cane sugar.
- Flour: White wheat all-purpose flour or other flour of your choice like a gluten free flour.
- Cocoa: Unsweetened cocoa powder to enhance the flavor of the chocolate.
- Vanilla and salt: Essential to bring out the flavors of the brownies.
- Walnuts: chopped walnuts that you can replace with other dried fruits such as almonds, hazelnuts, chopped pecans etc.
How to make Chocolate Brownies with Walnuts
Melt the chocolate
- Place dark chocolate chips and butter in a container.
- Heat in a double boiler or microwave until the chocolate and butter are completely melted.
- Let cool slightly at room temperature while you prepare the rest of the brownie batter.
Whip the eggs
- Place eggs, white sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl.
- Mix with an electric mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes until the mixture is thick and glossy.
- Then add the mixture of melted chocolate and melted butter and beat again with a hand mixer to incorporate.
Add dry ingredients
- Add the dry ingredients, flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, and salt and mix with a spatula to incorporate them into the preparation.
- Then add the chopped walnuts and mix again to incorporate them into the brownie batter.
- Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C and line a square baking pan with parchment paper for easy removal.
- Spread batter evenly into the prepared baking dish and smooth the top with an angled spatula or the back of a tablespoon.
- Sprinkle some chopped walnut all over the surface and bake the brownies for 30-35 minutes.
- Remove the brownies from the oven and let them cool completely in the pan before removing them from the pan and cutting them into 16 equal pieces.
- Serve the cooled brownies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or custard.
Storage and Freeze Instructions
Storage at room temperature: This walnut brownie recipe can be stored at room temperature covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container box away from moisture for about 4-5 days.
How to freeze brownies: To freeze the brownies, wait until it is completely cooled, place them whole or cut them into pieces in storage bags, and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Thawing: Let the brownies thaw gently at room temperature or use the defrost function on your microwave to go faster.
Tip For This Recipe
- Properly Measure Ingredients: Ensure accurate measurements of ingredients, especially flour and cocoa powder, by using a kitchen scale or the spoon-and-level method for dry ingredients.
- Room Temperature Eggs: Use eggs at room temperature. Cold eggs can cause the batter to seize or separate.
- Crackled top tip: For that perfect crackled top on your brownies, vigorously beat together the eggs and sugar until the mixture turns pale and forms a thick ribbon when lifted.
- Don't Overmix: Mix the brownie batter until the ingredients are just combined. Overmixing can lead to tough brownies.
- Line the Pan: Line the baking pan with parchment paper or foil, leaving an overhang. This makes it easier to remove the brownies for cutting.
- Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven before baking. Consistent temperature is crucial for even baking.
- Check for Doneness: Brownies are done when a toothpick or skewer inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs, not wet batter. Avoid overbaking to keep them fudgy.
Espresso Walnut Brownies: Incorporate espresso powder or strongly brewed coffee into the batter to enhance the chocolate flavor, and then add walnuts for a perfect pairing with coffee.
Salted Caramel Walnut Brownies: Drizzle homemade salted butter caramel sauce over the brownie batter before baking and sprinkle extra chopped walnuts on top for a sweet-salty contrast.
Raspberry Walnut Brownies: Fold in fresh or frozen raspberries and chopped walnuts into the batter for a fruity and nutty twist on traditional brownies.
Peanut Butter Walnut Brownies: Swirl homemade peanut butter into the brownie batter like my favorite peanut butter brownies and top with walnuts for a delicious combination of flavors and textures.
Walnut cheesecake brownies: a heavenly fusion of chocolatey brownies and creamy cheesecake like my recipe for Oreo cheesecake brownies.
FAQ - Commons Questions
How to cut brownies? Place the brownies in the fridge for 1 hour. It will be easier to cut into equal parts with a large knife.
Should I toast walnuts before adding them to the brownie mix? Yes and no, it is not essential to roast the nuts in the oven to make these walnut brownies. But if you have the time then do it because the roasted nuts add a nut flavor and a crunchier texture.
What makes brownies fudgy vs cakey brownies? The more fat you have the more you get a fudgy brownie texture, the addition of baking chocolate to flavor the brownie instead of cocoa powder only, and the low amount of flour gives it that fudgy consistency.
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