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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

Decadent Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Walnuts

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chocolate fudge brownies with walnuts cut into squares, placed on parchment paper

A decadent treat that is indulgent, sweet and satisfying, these chocolate fudge brownies with walnuts are great for the beginner baker. The prep work is easy and the baking time is only 30 minutes!

Eating healthy is important, but so is taking a break once in a while to indulge and enjoy yourself. Having treats in moderation is totally ok!

Chocolate fudge brownies are one of those treats that I usually can’t resist. It’s right up there for me with warm chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven. And the way it fills your house with smells of sweet, chocolatey goodness is so irresistible!

I love this particular recipe because it reminds me of the brownies from one of my favorite bakeries in New York: Fat Witch Bakery. It’s also really easy to make and stores well so you can enjoy these treats for a week!

How to make Chocolate Fudge Brownies – Step by Step

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper, and use cooking spray to spray the parchment paper so it’s coated.

While your oven is preheating, melt the butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring frequently.

chocolate and butter melting in a pot

Meanwhile, beat the sugar, eggs and vanilla until the mixture is creamy. You can use a stand mixer for this, or a whisk. This can take about 3-5 minutes. If you’re using a stand mixer, start on a slower speed and then speed up as the ingredients get more combined so it doesn’t splatter.

sugar, eggs and vanilla whisked together in a bowl

Add the chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and stir to combine for 1 minute.

chocolate and egg mixture combined in a bowl

Add the flour and salt and stir to combine gently: stir until the flour is mixed in but be careful not to over mix.

If you’re going to add in any “mix-ins” now is the time! I chose to add walnuts, but you can add any type of nut, chocolate chips, or even dried fruit if you’d like.

chopped walnuts on a cutting board

Spread the batter in the pan and bake for 30 minutes.

brownie batter poured into pan, topped with crushed walnuts

How do you know when these brownies are done?

At the end of 30 minutes, open the oven and insert a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, your brownies are done and ready to go.

chocolate fudge brownies fresh out of the oven

Top Tips for Making These Chocolate Fudge Brownies

  • Make sure you let these brownies rest and completely cool before you cut into them! You will end up with a much more dense and fudgy brownie.
  • Be sure not to over mix the batter – that will change the consistency of your brownie and will make it TOO dense.
  • Don’t forget about mix-ins! They make these brownies so much more fun!

Tips to Make This Recipe Healthier

  • You can substitute Greek Yogurt for half of, or all of the butter! I recommend whole milk greek yogurt because you’ll get that same mouthfeel and a healthy dose of protein too. To substitute: For every 8 ounces (1 cup) of butter, replace with 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt.
  • Instead of eggs, you can use flax eggs. This works if you have an egg allergy in your group as well. Flax eggs are a 1:1 substitution for regular eggs.
  • Try coconut sugar instead of granulated sugar. Still nice and sweet but slightly lower glycemic. You can also decrease the amount of sugar you use.
  • Try whole wheat pastry flour instead of all purpose flour.
chocolate fudge brownies with walnuts, stacked on pedestal with glass of milk on the side

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Chocolate fudge brownies with walnuts cut into squares, presented on parchment paper
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5 from 6 votes

Decadent Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Walnuts

These chocolate fudge brownies with walnuts are rich and indulgent: the perfect sweet treat to end your evening. Easy to make and ready in under 1 hour!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 brownies
Calories: 255kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

Instructions

  • First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper, and use cooking spray to spray the parchment paper so it’s coated. 
  • While your oven is preheating, melt the butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring frequently.
  • Meanwhile, beat the sugar, eggs and vanilla until the mixture is creamy. You can use a stand mixer for this, or a whisk. This can take about 3-5 minutes. If you’re using a stand mixer, start on a slower speed and then speed up as the ingredients get more combined so it doesn’t splatter. 
  • Add the chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and stir to combine for 1 minute. 
  • Add the flour and salt and stir to combine gently: stir until the flour is mixed in but be careful not to over mix. 
  • If you’re going to add in any “mix-ins” now is the time! I chose to add walnuts, but you can add any type of nut, chocolate chips, or even dried fruit if you’d like. 
  • Spread the batter in the pan and bake for 30 minutes.
  • At the end of 30 minutes, open the oven and insert a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, your brownies are done and ready to go. 
  • Let the brownies completely cool before serving

Notes

Top Tips for Making These Chocolate Fudge Brownies

  • Make sure you let these brownies rest and completely cool before you cut into them! You will end up with a much more dense and fudgy brownie. 
  • Be sure not to over mix the batter – that will change the consistency of your brownie and will make it TOO dense.
  • Don’t forget about mix-ins! They make these brownies so much more fun!

Tips to Make This Recipe Healthier

  • You can substitute Greek Yogurt for half of, or all of the butter! I recommend whole milk greek yogurt because you’ll get that same mouthfeel and a healthy dose of protein too. To substitute: For every 8 ounces (1 cup) of butter, replace with 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt.
  • Instead of eggs, you can use flax eggs. This works if you have an egg allergy in your group as well. Flax eggs are a 1:1 substitution for regular eggs. 
  • Try coconut sugar instead of granulated sugar. Still nice and sweet but slightly lower glycemic. You can also decrease the amount of sugar you use.
  • Try whole wheat pastry flour instead of all purpose flour.
This recipe was modified from FatWitchBakery’s Brownie Recipe

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.1g | Protein: 2.5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12.9g | Cholesterol: 81.5mg | Sodium: 25.4mg | Potassium: 27.6mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 10.3g
 
These chocolate fudge brownies with walnuts are rich and indulgent: the perfect sweet treat to end your evening. Easy to make and ready in under 1 hour!
These chocolate fudge brownies with walnuts are rich and indulgent: the perfect sweet treat to end your evening. Easy to make and ready in under 1 hour!

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37 responses to “Decadent Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Walnuts”

  1. This is no question the brownie that’s for me. I love how it looks and how I imagine it’s consistency going to be my new favorite.

  2. I’ve always wanted to try a more fudgey brownie, esp. for a summer picnic. Your post came just at the right time!

  3. I love this recipe and I love that you give healthier options with it. I have never tried coconut sugar but I think I need to find some and give these a try.

    • Walnuts + chocolate are one of my favorite pairings too!! Although any nuts + chocolate is great — and pecans or almonds would probably go well in these brownies too! Enjoy! 🙂

  4. I have their cookbook and I’ve been to the store for the original, but I’ve never seen the brownie mix! They look so fudgy and delicious, I’ll have to give them a try!

  5. Those look….just, so good! haha, I haven’t had anything sweet in a while because of Lent so I am just drooling at the screen right now. I totally think that indulging once in a while is commmmpletely necessary!

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