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Walnut Brownies

Walnut Brownies

"I LEARNED to make these brownies in 1957 in home economics class. They were the first goodies I'd ever baked by myself. Now, 40 years later, I still make a batch occasionally. The recipe calls for basic ingredients on hand in most every kitchen, and the rich chocolate flavor is delicious. -Lorraine Silver, Chicopee, Massachusetts"
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30 m servings
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  1. In a small mixing bowl, cream shortening and cocoa; beat in egg, sugar and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture. Beat on low speed until thoroughly combined. Stir in walnuts.
  2. Pour into a greased 8-in. x 4-in. x 2-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.


  • Editor's Note: This recipe may be doubled and baked in an 8-in. square pan for 20-25 minutes.

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  1. 19 Ratings

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This recipe turned out fantastic!! Although, I did substitute the shortening for butter and added a little extra just to make sure it isn't dry!

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I was not impressed with these brownies in the least. They did not seem like brownies to me as they were not chewy or moist (like I would think brownies should be) and were dry and cakey. Will ...

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This recipe turned out fantastic!! Although, I did substitute the shortening for butter and added a little extra just to make sure it isn't dry!

I made these twice, exactly as written. The first time, I made enough batter for a single batch (baked in a loaf pan) and found the final product to be just a little thinner and drier than I lik...

These brownies were great! I doubled the recipe and baked in an 8 x 8 pan for 20 minutes, as suggested. I took out about a quarter cup of sugar and they were still sweet.

Really good, even without walnuts

Pretty darn good. Nice chocolate flavor (my guy commented on that after 2 bites). It's a great recipe because you probably have all of the ingredients in the cupboard. Now that I've said that, ...

These brownies are very good. I did double the recipe and it was slightly gooey, but the flavor was very good and everybody enjoyed them. They were great too, considering that I was out of marga...

good for a chocolate fix. i omitted the walnuts. felt like something was missing though. doubled the recipe but had to cook ten minutes longer than was stated. that may just be my oven. batter w...

Pretty good brownie recipe. Didn't use the walnuts but they tasted fine.

I'm eating a warm one as I type this...Pretty good...walnuts would have been good..but I didn't have any at home. I do appreciate that its a recipe that calls for everything you have in your cab...

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