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Chewy Brownies with Almonds and Sea Salt

These chewy brownies with almonds are the perfect dessert for any occasion.  They are so easy to make and they only require one bowl. They’re rich, fudgy and full of chocolate flavor. They have the perfect amount of crunch from the almonds. This recipe makes a large batch in a 13 x 9 inch pan because you can’t have too many brownies. Am I right?

Bonus: No mixer required!

A tall stack of fudgy brownies.

Brownies are one of the most comforting and satisfying desserts around. These fudgy, chewy brownies with almonds will be your new go-to recipe for any occasion! We used two different types of chocolate and two types of fat in order to get both chewy and fudgy textures. 

The cocoa powder and oil makes them dense and chewy while the melted chocolate and butter make them gooey and fudgy. These factors, plus making sure you don’t over-bake the brownies is what will give you chewy and fudgy brownies. 

Adding roasted almonds to the brownies gives them a bit of crunch and nuttiness. If you want even more almond flavor, you can add 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract to the batter when you stir in the vanilla extract. 

We finished the brownies with a sprinkle of large Maldon salt flakes. The salt flakes transform the brownies into an even more tantalizing taste sensation. Salt is the secret to better brownies. Add salt flakes to the top of our triple chocolate brownies or einkorn brownies while you are at it. Salt flakes are even good on our brown sugar fudge or anything sweet.

Several brownies piled on a plate.

Here’s Why We Love Them:

  • Easy to make in one bowl  
  • Full of chocolate flavor with a hint of almond crunch
  • No mixer required
  • Amazing brownies that are easy to make and take minimal time
  • Makes a large batch 
  • Chewy AND fudgy brownies

The Ingredients You Will Need:

  • Butter. You can use salted or unsalted butter. Using salted butter will not add too much salt to cheese brownies.
  • Unsweetened chocolate. A bar of Bakers chocolate will work.
  • Hot coffee. Coffee will enhance the chocolate flavor. 
  • Cocoa powder. Use unsweetened cocoa powder and not the sweetened drink mix. 
  • Sugar. Granulated white sugar. 
  • Vanilla extract. You can also add 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract if you would like. 
  • Oil. Use a neutral oil like canola oil. 
  • Eggs. We used whole eggs and a couple of extra egg yolks. The extra egg yolks help make the brownies extra chewy. 
  • Flour. All-purpose flour. 
  • Almonds. Roasting the almonds will give them a better flavor. 

We also used two kinds of salt:

Regular table salt and Salt flakes. For the salt flakes, make sure you use finishing salt like Maldon salt or Fleur de Sel. The texture of these larger salt granules is quite unique and they do not make the brownies too salty.

Twelve squares of brownies with almonds and salt flakes on top.

How to Make Brownies from Scratch:

Here is a brief overview of our recipe for brownies with almonds. Make sure you scroll down to the printable recipe card for all the details. 

  1. Melt the chocolate and butter.
  2. Stir in the rest of the ingredient except the flour and finishing salt.
  3. Stir in the flour. 
  4. Sprinkle finishing salt on top and bake. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why are my brownies wet in the center?

If your brownies are still warm then they will seem wet and gooey in the center. Once they cool down they will firm up and be easier to slice. If they are still wet then they did not bake long enough. If you want to be a bit OCD about baking them, you can use an instant-read thermometer and bake them until the center reaches 193° to 198°F. 

How do you make chewy brownies?

These brownies are perfectly moist and chewy. I learned the secret to chewy brownies from Cooks Illustrated. It’s all about the right ratio of saturated fat to unsaturated fat so you will find not only butter but also oil in this recipe.

The extra egg yolks also help create the right fat ratio without making the brownies greasy. We also used less flour in these brownies so they would have a chewy texture. If you use more flour, they will turn out a bit cakey. 

How do you make fudgy brownies?

Melted chocolate and butter contribute to the fudgy texture in these brownies. 

A partially eaten brownie in front of a stack of brownies with almonds.

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A stack of brownies with almond chunks.

Chewy Brownies with Almonds and Sea Salt

Yield: 21 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Perfectly chewy brownies with roasted almonds and sea salt

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup hot coffee
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup toasted almonds, roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon large flake Maldon or Fleur de Sel finishing salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13 x 9 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a microwave-proof bowl, melt the butter and chopped chocolate in 20 to 30-second intervals until smooth.
  3. Stir in the hot coffee, cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Mix well. Beat in oil then the eggs and egg yolks until well combined. Add the flour and stir until the batter is smooth. Stir in the chopped almonds.
  4. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan then sprinkle the finishing salt on top and bake until the edges look set, about 28 to 30 minutes. Don’t overbake. They will look underbaked in the center but the chocolate will firm up when the brownies cool.
  5. Let cool completely in the pan for about 1 to 1 ½ hours before cutting.

Notes

  • To toast the almonds, place them in the oven at 350° for 8 to 12 minutes until they smell fragrant.
  • If you want a bit more almond flavor in these brownies, you can add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract. Don't add too much almond extract though as it is a strong flavoring.
  • The brownies will appear underbaked in the center and a toothpick test will show a gooey brownie on the toothpick. You can tell they are done baking when the edges look firm even if the center seems soft. The brownies firm up when they cool.
  • If you want a definitive test to know that the brownies are completely baked, you can use an instant-read thermometer. The center of the brownies will be 193°F to 198°F when they are completely baked.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 21 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 279Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 261mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Yumgoggle

Friday 13th of February 2015

Oh, wow! These look wonderful! Do you deliver?

Dahn

Saturday 14th of February 2015

ha ha, I used to bake up goodies and deliver them to my son at college, it was a good excuse to visit him while I adjusted to being an empty nester. Thanks for visiting.

Thalia @ butter and brioche

Thursday 12th of February 2015

These brownies look so chewy, soft and fudgy.. just how i like them. Love the addition of salt too - I bet these tasted amazing!

Dahn

Friday 13th of February 2015

thanks Thalia, these really are the perfect chewy brownie. It has that chewy texture that is achieved from a box mix but unlike a box, it has flavor!

John@Kitchen Riffs

Wednesday 11th of February 2015

I think most of us are addicted to chocolate! Love brownies, and love the idea of the almonds and sea salt. Good stuff -- thanks.

Dahn

Thursday 12th of February 2015

Thanks John, it's the perfect comfort food (if chocolate qualifies for food)

Trish @ Well Worn Fork

Wednesday 11th of February 2015

all my favorite flavors in a brownie? Yes, please!

Dahn

Thursday 12th of February 2015

Ha ha, I know Trish, it's a great combination.

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