Chocolate Glazed Walnut Brownies
A plate of fudgy brownies is perfect for any occasion. These Chocolate Glazed Walnut Brownies are rich and ultra-delicious.
Homemade Brownies are a coveted dessert at our house. The addition of walnuts adds a boost of flavor and crunch to this fudgy treat.
Why You Must Make
- They’re classic fudgy brownies with a decadent chocolate glaze.
- Adding toasted nuts kicks them up a notch!!
- Topping each brownie with a toasted walnut half makes a beautiful, elegant presentation without much effort!
Those who know my family may be shocked that I actually put nuts into a brownie recipe. This is practically a mortal sin in my household.
But I was making these for a family who suffered a huge loss and volunteered to bring some brownies and cookies. I made two batches, one sans nuts and the other studded with chopped walnuts.
Since brownies with nuts have never made an appearance on my blog, I’m featuring the Chocolate Glazed Walnut Brownies today. Rich, dense, and fudgy. With or without nuts, they were amazing.
- Kitchen Staples – Butter, Sugar, Eggs, Flour, Salt
- Semisweet Chocolate – Chopped. I used Ghirardelli Bars.
- Unsweetened Chocolate – Chopped. I used part of a Ghirardelli Bar.
- Vanilla Extract – Always use real vanilla extract, never artificially flavored. I use the Nielsen-Massey brand.
- Walnuts – Chopped for the batter, halves to garnish. See how to toast them below in the frequently asked questions as this will make them more flavorful.
- Light Corn Syrup – I use Karo brand. Adds glossiness to the glaze.
- Heavy Cream – Used to make the ganache topping when melted with chopped chocolate. 36% butterfat.
- Line your baking pan with nonstick foil. There are two benefits. First, it prevents the brownies from sticking to the pan. Then when they are cool, you can use the foil as a sling to transfer the brownies to a cutting board.
- PRO-Tip: Toast your walnuts before using them to bring out their flavor (essential oils), and to decrease their bitterness. Place them in a single layer on a sheet pan and bake at 350° for 5-10 minutes, shaking the pan every few minutes. Watch carefully so they don’t burn.
- Do not overmix after you add the flour. Beating in the flour can over-activate the gluten. It’s best to use a wooden spoon or a silicone spatula.
- Bake until the brownies start to pull away from the sides of the pan. Also, check by inserting a toothpick into the center of the brownies. It should be clean or have a few moist crumbs, but no batter when it’s pulled out.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re a fan of nuts, they’ll definitely add an incredible crunch along with delicious flavor to your brownies.
Yes! Just toasting your nuts for a few minutes will help release their essential oils which makes them even more flavorful. Plus, it will bring back the crunch that may have been lost sitting on the store shelves. If they’ve been in your pantry for ages, make sure to taste them first to make sure they’re not rancid.
There are two methods: In the oven and in a skillet. With the oven method, place your nuts in a single layer in a parchment-lined, rimmed sheet pan. Roast at 350° for 5 -10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and slightly darkened.
Alternatively, place the nuts in a dry skillet and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, shaking occasionally. The timing will vary depending on the size and variety of nuts you are toasting. Note that toasting walnuts will decrease their bitterness.
Pecans and walnuts are the most popular addition to brownies, but any favorite nut will be delicious. Even peanuts, which aren’t a true nut, will add a wonderful crunch and a boost of flavor to your brownies.
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- ½ cup butter, cut into pieces
- 9 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 1-ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- ¾ cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
- ½ cup flour
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
- 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 16 walnut halves
- Line an 8-inch square pan with nonstick foil or regular foil sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
- Preheat oven to 325º.
- Melt the 9 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate, 1 ounce of unsweetened chocolate, and ½ cup of butter in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Stop and stir at 30-second intervals till melted and smooth.
- Stir in the sugar, then the eggs and vanilla. Add the flour and salt and mix till well combined. Stir in walnuts.
- Pour batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or till a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely.
- To make the glaze, microwave all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl, stopping to stir every 30 seconds till the chocolate is almost melted.
- Stir until the mixture is smooth, then let cool for about 10 minutes before spreading the glaze over chilled brownies.
- Place the walnut halves, spaced evenly, over the glaze before it sets.
- Chill brownies to cut.
Recipe Adapted from The Good Cookie
Serving Size:1 brownie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 312Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 4g
There was a huge outpouring of love for this family that’s been a part of our community since we arrived in Indianapolis; they lost a son and grandson, a brother and nephew. The interweaving of our families started when my oldest joined their son in kindergarten and continued as they both joined the rank of Eagle Scout in high school.
It was a heart-wrenching few days as an outsider, hearing the tragic details…I cannot imagine the enormity of grief on the inside. It was comforting to see all the now grown men, and former classmates, dressed in their best suits and ties, paying respect to their friend and his toddler son whose time on earth was way too short.
This news totally rocked my world and reminded me to live every moment to its fullest. The time we have on this earth is out of our hands. I did what I do best to comfort; I offered food. Giving these chocolate glazed walnuts to friends whether for a happy or sorrowful occasion will definitely show you care.