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Browned Butter Brownies with Macadamia Nuts

These delicious brownies have an amazing flavor that comes from browning the butter before adding it to the batter. Serve alone or with ice cream. So decadent!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy dessert recipe, party recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Author Linda Spiker


  • 1 Tablespoon soft butter for pan preparation
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, browned
  • 1 ¼ cup organic sugar
  • ¾ cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla paste, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract...but trust me on the paste!
  • 1 Tablespoon milk, almond milk or water
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour (gluten free friends use you favorite GF flour)
  • 3/4 cup roasted salted macadamia nuts, roughly chopped


  1. Position rack in bottom third of the oven and preheat to 325.
  2. Cut a square of parchment, wad it up with your hands and run under water.
  3. Squeeze out water and use your hands to rub it flat. Dry with a paper towel.
  4. Line the round cake pan with paper, leaving several inches of overhang so you can lift the brownies out later. Use a paper towel or napkin to wipe bottom and sides of parchment with soft butter.
  5. To brown butter: Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally and continue cooking till butter bubbles, then foams and turns a light brown (about 5 mins). It may seem like nothing is happening but eventually the butter will erupt with a caramel colored center!
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Place sugar, cocoa powder and salt in a large bowl.
  8. Add browned butter to bowl with sugar, cocoa, and salt.
  9. Whisk until well mixed and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  10. Add eggs, one at a time. whisking after each addition.
  11. Add vanilla paste and milk, almond milk or water, whisk.
  12. When batter looks shiny add flour, stir till really well blended.
  13. Fold nuts into batter.
  14. Pour into prepared pan.
  15. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (about 30-35 minutes)
  16. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Use parchment to lift out brownies and cut into pie shaped pieces. Serve with ice cream if desired.