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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
8 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling


  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts


  • In a small 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.
  • Pour into a greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for
  • 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes
  • out clean. Yield: 8 brownies.
Editor's Note: This recipe may be doubled and baked in an 8-in. square pan for 20-25 minutes.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 171 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 58 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.