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Super Brownies

Even though he's not a chocolate fan, my husband likes these brownies. I fix them for family, company and potlucks. Loaded with macadamia nuts, these chunky, bite-size treats never fail to catch attention on a buffet table. If you prefer, replace the macadamia nuts with pecans. —Bernice Muilenburg, Molalla, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3-1/2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4-2/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 4 large eggs
  • 5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped macadamia nuts or pecans, divided


  • In a large saucepan, melt butter with sugar over medium heat. Remove from the heat; stir in 2 cups chocolate chips until melted.
  • Pour into a large bowl; beat in water. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; beat into the chocolate mixture until blended. Stir in 2 cups chocolate chips and 1 cup nuts.
  • Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining chips and nuts. Bake at 325° for 55 minutes or until the center is set (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack.

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  • fabbaker
    Jun 8, 2014

    I used very dark cooking chocolate bars for the equivalent of the 2 cups of melted chocolate, then cut back on how many chips I added in the batter and on top. They were still full enough of chocolate. I used pecans, which were great. This was a hit at our house. I will make it again because it was a brownie recipe I actually liked (most I don't because they are too gooey in the middle).

  • Venusgate
    Dec 16, 2013

    Reading through the other reviews that rate low, but also say "I changed the recipe."Don't dis the recipe if it's YOUR recipe.That said, it is very important to follow this one word for word. I've tried to wing it, and it comes out funky. Yes, 5 tsp vanilla. Yes, water. And for heaven's sake, beat that batter until there's no sign of flour. (You have have to enlist a relief beater to save your shoulder).THAT said, these are quite delicious, and while the taste varies between using pecans and macadamia nuts, both varieties are good in their own way. Very heavy brownies. May need chainsaw to cut. Not pretty, but I haven't met a victim- (err) guest who hasn't loved them.

  • mrspatti
    Jun 30, 2013

    Many commenters seem to have had difficulty with this recipe. I did not. They came out moist, yet firm. It is actually the best recipe for brownies I've tried in a long time. They baked very evenly, without a lot of hard places around the edge of the pan. My family loved them! I will definitely make them again.

  • lynmom51
    May 2, 2013

    To some of the comments saying the ingredients are to expensive to make these::: I would rather spend a "few" extra dollars to make a recipe that people just LOVE! This is what cooking is all about, making a quality brownie that EVERYONE wants the recipe!!! You get what you pay for and CHEAP is not what cooking is about

  • miss kris kitchen
    Apr 14, 2013

    This is a yummy recipe. By using great chocolate and other ingredients...the best one can afford, the flavor is fabulous. This recipe is easy, fills the house with a great aroma while baking, and disappeared within minutes. Good desserts and treats can be expensive, however, with many recipes to choose from, one can find a baking project to match one's budget. And, I would not leave out ingredients when looking for great flavor or results...such as cutting down on the vanilla, etc unless that change is intentional and for a different desired result. I appreciate special recipes and some that are pricy might not get baked often, but when a special dessert is desired, such as for company, I appreciate extraordinary recipes that have ingredients such as macadamia nuts, etc. One can find an ordinary brownie recipe easily, I seek out these kinds of special recipes as I don't want to be an ordinary baker.

  • sgtmrspotsie
    Apr 12, 2013

    These brownies are terrible. If it wasn't for the fact that I substituted almond extract for the vanilla, there would have been no good flavor. All I can taste is sweetened flour and water. I was impressed at first at the amount of rise this had while baking, but as it cooled and I cut into it, I found the nearly 2" height was mostly an air bubble under the crust! Definitely WON'T be making these again. Yuck!

  • chickadeechick
    Apr 11, 2013

    This was the worst recipe I have ever made.The brownies were in the over for only 25 min and I deceded to check them and they were all burnt.Had to throw themn out.First of all brownies only take about 20 min or so not 55 min.5 tsp of vanilla I never have heard of that.I used 3 and the brownies were so dry and very burnt.i will never make these again.Very bad recipe

  • Divot
    Apr 10, 2013

    I haven't made these YET but I'm going to. The ingredients are similar to what I put in my White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. This has to be good. 

  • Doeye
    Apr 10, 2013

    Made these for an Hawaiian themed party - delicious! Was asked for the recipe by many!

  • lynmom51
    Sep 14, 2012

    OMGoodness~~ Anyone looking for the BEST,MOIST, CHEWY brownies.....Make these! These are incredible and not that hard to make. My 16 yr old asked me today to make them for her friends b-party!!!