Old School Nutty Brownies

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Old School Nutty Brownies

My dad loves snacking on nuts.

When I was growing up, I got used to the sight of him sitting down at the kitchen with a bowl of shelled nuts and a nutcracker. He’d crack away, and I’d sit next to him and crack an almond here or there, since they were my favorite. Every now and then, he’d crack a walnut and I’d be in awe, since those are really tough to manage.

Well, my dad still snacks on nuts, and he also likes them in his baked goods. When given the choice between chocolate chips or nuts, he’ll go nuts all the way. But I say, why choose? So these brownies are full of both chopped walnuts and chocolate chips. Hello, old school brownies!

Old School Nutty Brownies

I am so incredibly beyond excited that Friday looms. This week, I had to drive about 25 miles each way to a class and then sit all day and learn. I love learning, but I don’t love driving. I also don’t love sitting for long periods of time. Being in motion is key.

Movement is a friend. When we don’t move, we get all sore and achy. I’m sure you’ve had that same experience. Still, a day loafing on the couch is warranted now and then. Do you have any of those in your future?

Old School Nutty Brownies

Some of life’s finest moments revolve around a couch, a blanket, and a classic dessert. Sometimes I opt for truffles, if Kenny’s been a sweetie and kept my supply nice and stocked. But when there are no truffles, a brownie will do just as well!

Confession: as much as I love the velvety texture of a brownie without any mix-ins, there are times when I really crave that extra crunch. A brownie with walnuts and chocolate chips has enough crunch to make anybody happy.

These are fudgy enough for any picky brownie eater too, in case you couldn’t tell. I’ve never made a cakey brownie in my life, and I don’t intend to start now!

Hope your weekend is filled with good snacks and lots of downtime. If you want that extra dose of relaxation, try a nutcracker. It can be very satisfying. Just ask my dad!


Old School Nutty Brownies


1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8 X 8 pan with foil and spray it with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the cocoa into the melted butter until it dissolves. Add the sugar and stir again. When the sugar is incorporated, mix in the vanilla and eggs. Add the salt and flour, mixing until just combined. Fold in the nuts and chocolate chips.
  3. Spread the batter in the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes until done.
  4. Remove the brownies from the oven and cool completely. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Sues

    Brownies are very much needed right about now! These look fabulous!
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  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    My dad loves snack on nut, too! When I was little, I would always see him eating those crunchy corn nuts or pistachios. I think he would definitely loves these brownies, too! And yes, sometimes lazy days are needed! Especially if this dessert is involved!
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    1. Mir

      Maybe it’s a dad thing! I wonder. It’s time to poll people and find out!

  3. Karen @ The Food Charlatan

    Mmmm these photos are amazing. Normally I am not into nuts in brownies but that first shot totally changed my mind. Enjoy loafing this weekend! You deserve it! 🙂

    1. Mir

      Me neither, but I had a hankering for it and here we are! Thanks, Karen!

  4. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    These brownies look delicious!

    1. Mir

      Thanks, Medha. I liked them!

  5. Amanda

    I remember when I was little eating Little Debbie brownies with walnuts. They seemed so special back then. These look about a million times better than those. Can’t wait to try them.
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    1. Mir

      Those were my childhood, Amanda. No joke. Now I want some!

  6. mira

    Love nuts! And brownies, too! And lazy days of course! These brownies look awesome!
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    1. Mir

      Lazy days are the BEST.

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