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Chocolate Walnut Brownies Recipe

These rich brownies are loaded with chocolate and walnut-y goodness. You can bake a batch and enjoy some now and freeze some for later.

How To Make Chocolate Walnut Brownies From Scratch

Making brownies from scratch is pretty easy. As with any recipe, read through the directions thoroughly first and then assemble all of your ingredients.

chocolate brownie on a plate

For this recipe, you need the following tools:

  • 8 x 8 baking dish
  • parchment paper
  • nonstick spray

For the brownies, you need:

  • unsalted butter
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • all-purpose flour
  • cocoa powder
  • salt
  • chocolate chips
  • chopped walnuts
  • powdered sugar
  • milk
adding sugar to a bowl with butter in it

Preheat your oven and prepare your baking pan. Next, start making the brownie batter by creaming the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. If you have a stand or hand mixer, by all means use it! It will make quick work of this task.

Add to that sugary mixture eggs and vanilla and mix until it is all combined.

creaming butter and sugar

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Slowly add these dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Be careful not to over mix.

blending brownie batter

Now fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts to the batter.

adding nuts and chocolate chips to brownie batter

Spread the batter in the prepared pan in an even layer. Bake for 22 – 26 minutes. Make sure that the center is not jiggly.

brownie batter in a pan

Once the brownies have cooled, it’s time to make the icing.

adding powdered sugar to butter and cocoa powder

The homemade frosting is made with butter, cocoa powder, powder sugar, and a little milk.  Use your mixer to combine the ingredients to a smooth consistency.  Add milk a little at a time as necessary.

adding milk to sugar mixture

Spread the frosting over the cooled brownies. Sprinkle chopped walnuts on top, if desired.

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Chocolate Walnut Brownies

These rich brownies are loaded with chocolate and walnut-y goodness. You can bake a batch and enjoy some now and freeze some for later.
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword brownies, chocolate, dessert, recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 26 minutes
Total Time 41 minutes
Servings 16 brownies
Calories 468kcal
Author Jane Smith


Brownie Ingredients:

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup ground cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Frosting Ingredients:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1-1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons whole milk


  • Place the top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Add the flour, cocoa powder, and salt to a large bowl and stir to combine. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet until just combined. (Do not over mix or the brownies will turn out “cakey”).
  • Stir the chocolate chips and walnuts into the batter and transfer to the prepared baking pan. Spread into an even layer and transfer to the pre-heated oven.
  • Bake for 22-26 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Brownies will still be soft and will finish setting while they cool.
  • To prepare the frosting, mix the butter with the cocoa powder and 1 cup powdered sugar. Add in one tablespoon of milk at a time until desired consistency is reached. If necessary, add the remaining ½ cup powdered sugar to thicken.
  • Once cool, spread frosting on top of the brownies before slicing and serving. Enjoy!  



Serving: 1 | Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 56mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 41g

Enjoy these brownies with your favorite milk beverage.

These brownies freeze beautifully, even with the frosting.  Cut the brownies into individual servings and wrap well in plastic wrap.   Place wrapped brownies in a freezer ziplock back.  I recommend eating them within 3 months, but I doubt you will wait that long.

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  • Nutella Bread – Luscious Nutella and sweet bread dough are baked together to create a loaf that could be served as breakfast or dessert.
  • Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream – This recipe is a great dairy-free recipe that is also Paleo-friendly.  It really is nice cream.
  • Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes – Chocolate and espresso powder give these sweet treats their delicious flavor.  Top with homemade buttercream for the ultimate homemade chocolate cupcake.

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