fudge walnut brownies

Saturday, April 7, 2012 |
Confession time: I’m not a brownie person. I know, I know. Now would be a good time to mention that I’m actually an alien, right? Ha. Anyway, my roommate IS a brownie person. As are most human beings. So when my good friend Liz sent over a Cooking Light brownie recipe, I thought to myself “Cecelia, you should really try to make the roommate happy. Yes. Brownies. That will do it!” Internal voice, were you ever right, or what?! I am a hero. A hero with a good brownie recipe. This one will stand the test of time.

Fudge Walnut Brownies (from Maureen Callahan’s Cooking Light recipe)


3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup bittersweet chocolate chunks, divided (I used Ghiradelli 60% Cacao bars, chopped up)

1/3 cup fat-free milk

6 tablespoons butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup chopped walnuts, divided (I doubled this, because: nuts!)

Cooking spray


Preheat oven to 350° F.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl. Combine 1/2 cup chocolate and milk in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Stir in butter, vanilla, and eggs. Add milk mixture, 1/2 cup chocolate, and 1/4 cup nuts to flour mixture; stir to combine.

Pour the batter into an 8- or 9-inch square metal baking pan coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup nuts. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 20 pieces.

Recommended for: the brownie-lover in your life, a simple dessert with maximum flavor, something to pair with your vanilla ice cream, and a rich treat for anytime.

Interested in other food-related posts? Check out Beth Fish Reads' Weekend Cooking.


Tales of Whimsy said...

Sounds amazing!

I would get in trouble as your roommate being exposed to all your baked goodies.

Happy Easter weekend.

Cecelia said...

Happy Easter weekend to you too, Juju!

Suzanne @ YA Nation said...

Awe man. After I just told myself I needed to start a healthier diet I stumbled upon this post. Sounds delicious though! So delicious I decided to follow you ;)


Beth F said...

These look amazing. Cooking Light has some great recipes.

Peggy Ann said...

Oh my goodness!

Libby said...

Wow! These look great. Very nice of you to make them for the roomie. You have scored some roommate points, so you can now make messes and play loud music to your heart's content - LOL!

Rhiannon said...

mmmm Yum!
You know another good brownie recipe I recently ran into is the one in Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes. It has nuts, crystallized ginger and dried cherries in it so maybe you'd find it more appealing then the run of the mill brownie?
However yours look hard to top!

Cecelia said...

Rhiannon - I'll have to look up that recipe you mention. It sounds like a spicy Cadbury Fruit & Nut bar (which can't be a bad thing!). Thanks for the suggestion!

Alyce said...

What a good roommate you are! Those look fabulous!

Carole said...

I enjoyed your contribution.
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Uniflame said...

These look really awesome! They make my mouth water :)

Charlotte said...

You are a Good Room-mate. I never had a room-mate who made me chocolate anything (sniff)!

But then again, I've never made brownies from scratch. This sounds like a nice one to try...

Cecelia said...

Charlotte - I wish I were as good a roommate as it sounds! I do things like baking brownies so that I don't get scolded as much for ignoring the chore chart... *shrugs with guilt* Ah well... no one is perfect!

Ryan said...

I'm not a brownie person either, but those sure look good.

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