Decadent Cocoa Nut Brownies

READY IN: 45mins
YIELD: 16 squares


  • 12
    cup butter
  • 2
    tablespoons butter (use 10 tablespoons all together)
  • 1 14
    cups sugar (can use more for a sweeter brownie)
  • 34
    cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus
  • 2
    tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2
    teaspoons vanilla (or can use 1/4 cup Kahlua in place of vanilla)
  • 2
    tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2
    large eggs (eggs must be cold NOT room temperature!)
  • 12
    cup flour
  • 14
    teaspoon salt
  • 34
    cup chopped walnuts (or use both!) or 3/4 cup chocolate chips (or use both!)


  • Set oven to 350 degrees (set oven rack to second-lowest position).
  • Grease a 8 x 8-inch baking pan.
  • In a small bowl mix together flour and salt; set aside.
  • In a heatproof bowl combine the 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, 1-1/4 cups sugar and 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa.
  • Set the bowl over barely simmering water, and stir until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth and hot.
  • Remove the bowl, and set aside a short time until the mixture is only warm not hot.
  • Stir in vanilla or Kahlua (if using) and oil with a wooden spoon.
  • Add in cold eggs, and whisk vigorously.
  • When the batter looks thick and shiny and well blended, add in the flour/salt mixture with a wooden spoon, then changing to a wire whisk mix until completely blended.
  • Stir in the nuts and/or chocolate chips.
  • Spread evenly into prepared baking pan.
  • Bake about 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out just slightly moist with batter.
  • Let cool completely.
  • Cut into squares.