Decadent Cocoa Brownies with Walnuts

Posted on May 25, 2013
Hi, Everybody! I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend and enjoying these last couple of days of May! I have a delicious recipe to share with you today. You know those days when nothing but a big brownie will do? And not just any brownie, but the rich, dense, chocolaty kind of brownie, filled with big walnut chunks, that makes everything ok again as soon as you take a big bite out of it! I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about! Well, for days like that, this is one of my favorite brownie recipes!

(Recipe from The Smitten Kitchen)
*Makes 16 Brownie squares*

10 tbs unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup plus 2 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup chopped walnuts





1. First, preheat your own to 325 deg F and line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Then, fill a skillet with boiling water so it’s about half full, and let it simmer on your stove. In a heatproof bowl, combine the butter, cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Set the heatproof bowl over the skillet, and stir continuously (making sure none of the water mixes in with the cocoa mixture!) until you get a thick, sticky almost dough-like consistency.
2. Transfer the mixture into your electric mixer bowl, and with the mixer running, add the eggs (one by one) and the vanilla extract. Then, add in the flour and mix just until your batter is smooth. Fold in the walnuts using a wooden spoon.
3. Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan and smooth it out using a rubber spatula. Bake for about 25 – 30 minutes, or until the brownies have set. Let cool completely before cutting and serving!
Happy Baking, Everyone!

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  • Siena in Style May 26, 2013 at 8:45 am

    looks delicious as always!:)
    kisses from Milano

  • Jenna LaFevor May 28, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I am such a sucker for brownies! LOVE them! This recipe sounds great! Pinning! Would love it if you would link this up to Give Me The Goods Monday: 1 Party, 4 Blogs!
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  • Treatntrick Treat and Trick May 29, 2013 at 10:49 am

    This beautiful and tempting brownies is calling my name! Thanks for your lovely comment…

  • Beela Bakes June 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    These look soo good, and exactly what I always my brownies to look like, so I’m sure they taste amazing too! Definitely pinning this for a future bake!

  • Anonymous January 30, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Made these today. Still baking. Hope they taste as good as it smells?. 1/30/16

  • Marie Griggs August 20, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Can we double the recipe & bake them in a 9×13 pan? If yes, what would the cooking time be?

  • Doreen Hardin March 6, 2022 at 12:09 am

    Wow!! I just made these today. I have been searching for a great brownie recipe, and I have found it! Woohoo!! I’m so excited. I am a huge lover of brownies but just couldn’t find the one that checks all the boxes. Not to dry, not to moist, that it seems like you are eating raw batter. The cocoa taste is strong enough to satisfy that chocolate craving I often have, which is what brings me to brownies. Thank you, Thank you. Blessings Doreen.

  • Lore April 3, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    I’ve tried many recipes and these brownies are very good with that cocoa taste. I can stop looking any further now for a tasty brownie. My whole family enjoyed these brownies. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  • Rita DelPercio May 17, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    Maria I have a Wilton Brownie pan and it is 9 x 9. Can I still this baking dish???

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