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Fudgy Walnut Brownies with Chocolate Chips (Video)

These fudgy walnut brownies are what proper brownies should be – crusty and shiny on top, chewy in the centre, and bursting with chocolate chip and walnuts in every bite.

(Try these Soft and Chewy Cookie Butter Blondies – they’re brownies but made with everybody’s favourite cookie butter, or these Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Brownies for a super decadent treat.)

Fudgy Walnut Brownies

There’s a reason brownies always show up in bake sales – they’re easy to make (you do everything in 1 bowl without a mixer!) and very hard to mess up.

But the perfect brownie, now that’s what chocolate dreams are made of. Not those burnt, dry kind you find at the grocery store that’s more grey than brown.

I’m talking about dark, moist, chocolatey brownies with a perfectly crackly top. Closer to fudge than cake, slightly gooey, most certainly chewy.

Those that remind you of grandma or the kitchen smelling wonderful as you come home from school. Those brownies. These brownies.

Let’s get to it!

What makes a chewy brownie?

Fudgy Walnut Brownies

From my experience,  two things significantly affect the chewiness factor (is that a thing? Let’s make it a thing) of brownies:

  1. Brown sugar. In this recipe, there’s 1/2 cup packed brown sugar and I’ve found that adding it helps create that sticky, fudgy texture.
  2. Bake time. Remember it’s better to under-bake than over-bake brownies. Use the baking time in this recipe (or any brownie recipe) as a guide then start testing your brownies about 10 minutes before the end, or just when they start pulling away from the sides of your pan.

The tester or toothpick you insert in the centre must not come out clean. What you want are bits of crumbs (not wet batter) sticking to it. The brownies will continue to cook as they cool.

Related: Chewy Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies (Video)

How to make fudgy walnut brownies

Fudgy Walnut Brownies

I know there are lots of boxed mixes out there (this was my favourite) but lemme tell you, nothing beats the taste of homemade brownies.

And it’s so easy too. You’re essentially just mixing all the ingredients in a bowl and transferring them to a baking pan. That’s it!

And these fudgy walnut brownies are so good, they will be the hit of any bake sale (omit the walnuts if you need them nut-free). They freeze beautifully too so you can make them ahead.

Related: How to Make Black Bottom Cupcakes

How to freeze brownies

Fudgy Walnut Brownies

What I usually do is cut the thoroughly cooled brownies into individual pieces, wrap each one in plastic wrap (wrap them snugly), then with foil. Then I place each one in a freezer safe container or Ziploc bag.

When I’m ready to eat or serve them, I just bring them out and thaw at room temperature. They’re good slightly chilled too so sometimes I don’t even wait that long!

Brownies stored in the freezer will keep for 1-2 months.

Related: 2-Ingredient Frozen Yogurt Granola Cups

How to cut brownies smoothly

Fudgy Walnut Brownies

If you want to give out brownies as presents for the holidays or serve them to company, you most definitely want to cut them in nice even squares.

The trick is to allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting (hard, I know!). Then use a warm knife (i.e. run the blade under hot running water then wipe dry) to cut. I sometimes use my bench scraper too. And if I really want them even I bust out my baking ruler/decorating comb.

Remember to wipe the blade clean after each cut and run the blade under hot water again if needed. Then eat, or share, it’s up to you!

Quick, easy chocolate dessert recipes

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Fudgy Walnut Brownies

Fudgy Walnut Brownies with Chocolate Chips

Author: Jolina
These fudgy walnut brownies are what proper brownies should be – crusty and shiny on top, chewy in the centre, and bursting with chocolate chip and walnuts in every bite.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine North American
Servings 24 brownies
Calories 202 kcal



  • Preheat oven to 325F. Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper with slight overhang on each side. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk ¾ cup cocoa powder and ½ tsp baking soda. Whisk in ⅔ cup melted butter until smooth. Then whisk in ½ cup espresso until thick and incorporated. 
  • Add 1 ½ cups sugar, ½ cup brown sugar, 2 tsp vanilla, 2 eggs and a pinch of salt. Stir until shiny and smooth. 
  • Add 1 ⅓ cups flour, your chocolate chips and walnuts and gently stir until just combined. Don't overstir. 
  • Transfer the batter to your prepared pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or just until the sides are starting to pull away from the pan and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out with minimal crumbs.
  • Let cool in the pan completely before cutting into squares.



See post for lots of tips on how to bake the perfect brownies every time.


Calories: 202kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 35mgPotassium: 111mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 160IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 0.9mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

Keyword 1-Bowl Recipe, Bake Sale, Easy, Potluck
Tried this recipe?Tag @iamtheunlikelybaker I’d love to see your creations!

 Happy baking!

Did you make chocolate brownies with walnuts and chocolate chips? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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Friday 5th of November 2021

I’m unable to find the measurements for the cream cheese brownies. Can you help me?


Monday 8th of November 2021

Hi Heidi, here's the link to the recipe - - you will find all the measurements and instructions there. Enjoy!


Friday 17th of April 2020

Just finished making these and OMG! Best brownies I’ve ever made! We can’t wait to have them after dinner with ice cream! Thank you for the recipe!


Monday 20th of April 2020

Awesome! Glad you liked them Kelly! :)


Saturday 7th of September 2019

This is a chocoholics dream dessert! Since my kiddos fall into that category I'm making this recipe ASAP with the nuts. I may even sneak a few for myself.


Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

I made these brownies last labor day and their gone in 60 seconds!!! I usually buy the box mix but decided to try this and now my boys want more and more. Thanks for the recipe!


Thursday 5th of September 2019

Hi Annie, glad you liked them! I used to make boxed mix brownies too but these from-scratch ones are absolutely better :) Have a great day!


Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

Hi Jolina, these brownies are very delicious. My husband bring them to work and he is now everybody's favorite.I think I overbake mine a little the edges crisped but I will practice some more and give them away for the holidays. My husbands coworkers will be happy haha.


Thursday 5th of September 2019

You will definitely make a lot of people happy baking these brownies Rina! :) Remember if you're unsure, it's better to underbake brownies than to overbake them. They will continue to cook in the pan as they cool. Happy baking!