Classic Fudgy Walnut Brownies With Chocolate Frosting

Learn how to make the best fudgy walnut brownies from scratch. This easy homemade recipe uses cocoa powder, chocolate chips and butter (not oil) for chewy, gooey brownies that are way better than from a box mix.

These fudgy walnut brownies are topped with a simple and tasty chocolate buttercream frosting. 

Fudgy Chocolate Walnut Brownie From Scratch

 

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What makes brownies more fudgy? 

Fudgy brownies have a higher fat-to-flour ratio than brownies with a more cakelike texture.  In a brownie recipe, that means you’ll want more fat in the form of butter and chocolate.

A cakelike brownie has more flour and often uses baking powder for leavening.  As you’ll see in our recipe below, there is plenty of butter and chocolate!

What are the best nuts for fudgy brownies?

Nuts add flavor and texture to brownies. In a fudgy brownie recipe, using nuts will add a nice crunch and help to balance out the rich chocolate flavor. 

This recipe uses walnuts, but other types of nuts can also be used.  Other common nuts used in brownie recipes are almonds, pistachios, macadamia nuts, pecans and peanuts.

Are brownies better with oil or butter?

Our recipe used butter, not oil. While using either butter and oil can result in a moist, tender brownie, but butter is a better choice because it helps the batter to rise. 

Fudgy Chocolate Walnut Brownie From Scratch

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Fudgy Walnut Brownies Recipe Ingredients:

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
    • Yes, imitation vanilla will work. And yes, real vanilla extract will work too. But real vanilla bean paste will make you a champion. It’s a little more expensive, but you use less and get an amazing flavor. If you’re ready to take the plunge, give one of these brands a try: Nielson-Massey or Cambie Confections.
  • All-purpose flour
  • Ground cocoa powder, sweetened
  • Salt
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Chopped walnuts

Chocolate Frosting Ingredients:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • Powdered sugar
  • Whole milk

Fudgy Chocolate Walnut Brownie From Scratch

How To Make Fudgy Walnut Brownies With Frosting From Scratch

Step 1:

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.

Step 2:

Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.

Step 3:

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”).

Step 4:

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 preheated oven.

Step 5:

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.

Step 6:

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.

Step 7:

Once cool, spread frosting on top of the brownies before slicing and serving. Enjoy!  

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Fudgy Chocolate Walnut Brownie From Scratch

Classic Fudgy Walnut Brownies With Frosting

Yield: 12-16 brownies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes

Learn how to make the best fudgy walnut brownies from scratch. These brownies are topped with a simple and tasty chocolate buttercream frosting. 

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, sweetened
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Chocolate Frosting

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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  3. 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”).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Once cool, spread frosting on top of the brownies before slicing and serving. Enjoy! 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 624Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 123mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 71gFiber: 4gSugar: 55gProtein: 7g

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