Walnut Brownies are easy fudgy brownies with crunchy walnuts. Easy homemade chewy brownie recipe with cocoa powder, walnuts, and common pantry ingredients!
When it comes to traditional sweets, is there anything more classic than a Walnut Brownie? Sure, you could find fudgy, chocolatey Walnut Brownies in bakeries and brownie mixes, but the best brownies are made in your kitchen!
If you haven’t made homemade brownies before, Walnut Brownies are the perfect easy brownie recipe to get started with. This simple recipe uses common pantry ingredients you most likely have on hand or can easily pick up at any grocery store.
Walnut Brownies are chewy, fudgy brownies with creamy yet crunchy walnuts in every bite. A pro tip for baking is to toast your nuts before adding them to a recipe. Toasting the walnuts brings out the nuttiness and keeps them crunchy.
You can combine the dry Walnut Brownie mix ingredients ahead of time and store in a sealed jar or container. This makes a great gift layered in a mason jar with the recipe as a gift tag. Or keep it for yourself and never need brownie mix from the store again.
These fudgy Walnut Brownies are delicious on their own but they are also great as a brownie sundae. Top your fresh brownie with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and Hot Fudge. For a more simple topping, dust with powdered sugar or a drizzle of Salted Caramel Sauce.
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This simple Walnut Brownie recipe starts with an easy fudge brownie recipe and adds lots of crunchy walnuts. Master this recipe and then play around with ingredients to make them your own. You can get creative with add-ins or easily make swaps for what you have on hand.
Little swaps in Walnut Brownies make such a difference. Instead of unsweetened cocoa powder, you can use bittersweet chocolate for a dark chocolate brownie. Lighten up your recipe by using mashed banana or applesauce for ½ of the butter, or use gluten free flour for all purpose flour. The possibilities (and swaps) are endless!
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VARIATIONS ON WALNUT BROWNIES
- Chocolate Chips: Add more chocolatey goodness by stirring in ½ cup of chocolate chips like dark chocolate chips, mint chocolate chips, or white chocolate chips.
- Banana: For super moist, chewy banana chocolate brownies, add 1 cup of mashed ripe bananas to your brownie mix. Pour the batter in the baking pan and top with thinly sliced bananas.
- Peanut Butter: Swirl in dollops of melted creamy peanut butter (melting makes it easy to swirl). Add a handful of peanut butter baking chips or chopped mini peanut butter cups.
- Nuts: Instead of walnuts, you can use chopped pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, or peanuts. Bake like a pro and toast the nuts before adding to the brownie mix.
- Brown Sugar: Use brown sugar instead of the white granulated sugar for richer, chewy brownies.
- Espresso: Adding a tablespoon of espresso or instant coffee powder to your brownies takes them from semi-sweet chocolatey flavor to dark chocolate decadence.
- Hot Cocoa: Substitute the bittersweet chocolate flavor of cocoa powder with your favorite hot cocoa mix. Try peppermint or salted caramel cocoa for more flavor.
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HOW TO STORE WALNUT BROWNIES
- Serve: Cover your Walnut Brownies tightly with plastic wrap and keep at room temperature for up to 4 days.
- Store: You can refrigerate your brownies for up to 1 week in an airtight container.
- Freeze: Brownies can be frozen for up to 6 months in a sealed container. Cool brownies completely before freezing so they don’t collect moisture.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter , melted
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup walnuts , coarsely chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray an 8x8 inch baking pan with baking spray.
- Whisk together melted butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
- Whisk in the cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder.
- Gently fold in ¾ cup of the walnuts, being careful to not over-stir the brownie batter.
- Spread batter evenly into greased baking pan. Place the remaining walnuts evenly on the top of the brownie batter
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.