Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Walnuts

Things tend to really slow down for me during the summer. Well, I have plenty of things going on, so maybe that’s the wrong way to put it. Okay, I slow down. I want to just lay back and let the warm temperatures and bright sunshine wash over me. I can’t possibly be bothered with anything, really.

One thing that unfortunately gets shoved aside during the summer is baking. I know, I know! It kills me on one hand not to bake, but on the other hand, well I get to enjoy a better night’s rest in more comfortable indoor temperatures. You see, we do not have air conditioning. We have a swamp cooler that barely keeps up with days like today where temperatures ventured into the upper nineties for the first (and far from the last) time this year. So turning on the oven for a few hours is about the last thing I want to do.

Walnuts

 

Semi sweet chocolate chips

I try to get creative with no-bake and chilled or frozen desserts. Alas, it’s impossible to go an entire summer without baking something in the oven. Last weekend we had plans to meet my sister and her family for a full day by the pool and since she is such a chocolate fanatic, I took the opportunity to try a new brownie recipe. I cranked the oven to 350 degrees and hoped for the best.

It turned out to be well worth the effort. These Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Walnuts live up to their mouthful of a name, and are definitely worth heating my house a few extra degrees for. They are pure chocolate heaven— rich, dense, and biting into one of these brownies is almost like biting into a piece of fudge.

The chocoholic gave her stamp of approval, as do I. The walnuts are my addition and I really enjoy the crunch and the nuttiness alongside the rich chocolate. These brownies are best enjoyed on a hot summer day, poolside, with the ones you love. Oh, and probably a tall glass of milk.

Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Walnuts
From The Gourmet Cookbook
Makes 24 brownies

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 large eggs
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
6 ounces (1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 13×9 inch baking pan.

In a medium bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, melt the bittersweet and unsweetened chocolate with the butter. Stir until smooth and remove from heat. Cool to lukewarm.

Stir in the sugar and vanilla. Then add the eggs one at a time, stirring well after each. Add salt and flour and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and chopped walnuts.

Pour batter into the prepared baking dish and smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs, about 25-30 minutes. Cool completely in pan, then cut into 2 bars.

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13 Responses to Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Walnuts

  1. Alicia says:

    Oh my gosh these were AMAZING. Thanks for making them for me! And everyone else, of course. =)

  2. Memória says:

    Oh, these brownies look so tempting!! Goodness!

  3. Jennifurla says:

    They do look like fudge, with a glass of mil – puuurrfect

  4. tspegar says:

    these look decadent and chewy and yummy! i will put these on my to do list… when it cools down :) ha ha!

  5. Chocolate Shavings says:

    Those brownies look just perfect!

  6. The Comfort of Cooking says:

    Look at that lovely chocolate and those gorgeous walnuts! I'm ashamed to say I've never made a brownie from scratch, but this recipe is inspiring!

  7. Annalise says:

    Georgia, how is that possible??? Brownies are the easiest things to bake from scratch, and so much better homemade. You must bake some now! :)

  8. ajcabuang04 says:

    These look delicious!! I made Ina Garten's brownies last week and they weren't that great. Yours looks really good though!!

    Would you mind checking out my blog? :D
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  9. Mary says:

    These are incredible. This is my first visit to your blog, so I took some time to read your earlier feature. I really like your recipes. I'll be back often to see what else you've been baking. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  10. Plan Design Preserve says:

    I made these with my mother yesterday and they are excellent. We used 4 oz of bittersweet chocolate, 4 oz of unsweetened chocolate and 6 oz of bittersweet chocolate chips (all Ghirardelli).

    They still have a gooey inside the next day; just fabulous! I am not much of a dessert person but I do like a really good fudge brownie.

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