52 Weeks of Baking Love; Week 4: Chocolate Chip and Walnut Fudge Brownies
We have made it a whole month into this baking project, you guys! I am proud, being a person who likes to celebrate small accomplishments; and four of 52 weeks is definitely a small accomplishment.
Brownies are easily one of my favorite desserts. They are simple and classic, and above all else, they are just comforting. A warm fudge brownie right out of the oven with a glass of cold milk, mug of coffee, or alongside a scoop or two of ice cream (the image above and below is with two scoops of Graeter’s newest ice cream flavor black cherry chocolate chip, which I will be reviewing next week!) can bring my entire world–all of the thoughts that have built up in my brain throughout the day, the writing assignments that make up my workload, along with the handful of other ideas I have for articles and side projects–to a subtle pause, if only for a few moments.
Those few moments are precisely what I relished in when I made these chocolate chip and walnut fudge brownies. I made them pretty late on Friday night and after my fiance headed up to bed, of course not before taking a fork and eating along one of the sides of the hot pan, I decided to wind down for the night with a little bit of television, and the brownie pan at my side.
I feel as if I should warn you against doing that. So, just for the record, it is probably not wise to get too comfortable in front of the television when accompanied by a pan of freshly baked warm brownies. Only highly fattening things can happen.
There are tons of different variations of brownies out there, and I was contemplating making chocolate mint brownies, but I ultimately decided to keep it simple. My goal was to achieve the perfect classic fudge brownie that would satisfy even the deepest of chocolate cravings. I am confident in saying that I succeeded, especially when I was on the phone with my grandmother telling her about the brownies I made and my fiance interjected that there must be crack in them.
Chocolate Chip and Walnut Fudge Brownies
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) butter
- 2 tablespoons strong coffee or water
- 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 9×13 baking pan with butter, shortening, or spray lightly with baking spray.
- Combine butter and cocoa powder in a small bowl placed over a pot of simmering water, creating a makeshift double boiler. Or, if you have a double boiler, use that because it’s easier than searching for a bowl big enough to fit over a pot and shallow enough not to touch the water underneath. As the butter begins to warm, add the coffee or water and stir to melt the ingredients completely. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar and eggs together. Once combined, add the vanilla extract.
- Slowly stir the melted chocolate mixture into the sugar mixture.
- Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine.
- Fold in the nuts and chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter (I use this term loosely; the batter will be thick enough that it won’t pour as much as it will plop) into the baking pan. Bake for 18 to 25 minutes.
Adapted from Toll House