Honey-Nut Brownies

At the time of my birthday (and since you ask, it was a few weeks ago 😮 ), I was kind of caked out. I just happened to have made lots of cakes leading up to it, so we instead decided to celebrate with something different for dessert: brownies. And while its not my birthday any more, in case you’re in the mood to celebrate anything with someone special (setting the mood for Valentine’s day perhaps?), these will score you…wait for it…brownie points (rimshot!).

Brownie Birthday Pile

Now all that being said, there’s something to be said about these brownies. Calling anything a “brownie” commands certain expectations that vary person to person. In all likelihood, these won’t meet them. Does that mean you’ll be disappointed? Absolutely not–these are incredible and you’ll devour the whole batch as quickly as you would any other brownie. They’re just different–more like a cake than the dark fudgey squares I was used to (so much for my break from cakes, right?). They were light, airy, and delicate in texture with a distinctly tangy honeyed taste, accentuated by chocolate and a mix of nuts. This is a great place for you to use your best quality honey because it will really come through in a big way while still letting you enjoy the crisp, buttery edges and soft chocolatey insides that define a brownie.

Honey-Nut Brownies

These brownies came from one of my favorite baking-oriented books, Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan (and worth mentioning, its one of a big variety of brownie recipes in there).

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (I used a mix of walnuts and pecans)

Melt the chocolate and butter

Begin by preheating the oven to 325°F. Prepare a baking pan by lining it with tinfoil (makes for easy brownie removal) and buttering it up.

Over a gently simmering double boiler, melt the butter and chocolate, stirring until silky smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.

Beat the eggs until big and fluffy

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs and salt on medium high speed until foamy and fluffed up a good bit. Add the honey, sugar, and vanilla, continuing to beat (with the paddle attachment, not the whisk) for another 2 minutes.

Pour the batter into a lined baking pan

Drop to low speed and pour in the melted chocolate, mixing only as much as is necessary to incorporate it into the egg mixture. Finally, add the flour, mixing only as little as is required. Fold in the crushed nuts and then evenly spread the batter in your baking pan.

Honey-Nut Brownies

Bake the brownies for 45-50 minutes. They should rise nicely and a tester should come out clean. Remove from the oven, fish the brownies out of the pan (using your handy dandy tinfoil) and let them cool on a rack right-side up before you cut them into squares.

Honey-Nut Brownies

If you care to dust them with confectioner’s sugar or cocoa powder, go for it, but I personally would rather just dig in. Enjoy!

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40 Responses to “Honey-Nut Brownies”

  1. Meeta Says:

    i would prefer a pile of brownies on my birthday to cake too! love that picture of you blowing out the candle!

  2. nina Says:

    I have to agree with Meeta…brownies any day before cake!! Looks delicious, Mike!

  3. joanne at frutto della passione Says:

    Those look great, I can already imagine fighting, oops, I mean sharing them in the office!

  4. mikky Says:

    again, belated birthday greetings to you, mike… although i love the dark fudge type of brownies, yours look great too… btw, advanced happy valentine’s day to you and wife too, hope she’s doing great… btw, when’s the baby due? :)

  5. linda Says:

    Happy belated birthday!
    Any kind of brownies are good imo even the non-dense fudgy ones 😉
    They look delicious!

  6. Ben Says:

    Happy belated birthday! I am not a big brownie person, but those look amazing. I’ll trade you some for emapanadas :-p

  7. deeba Says:

    Happy belated birthday Mike…great snap of the birthday boy!! I like the sound of those brownies; very different!!

  8. Sandie Says:

    Happy belated birthday, Mike—but why is there only 1 candle atop your brownies? Wink, wink. Hope this year a good one for you, full of all the things that mean the most to you!

  9. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) Says:

    Happy belated birthday — and here’s to an exciting year ahead!

  10. Sam Says:

    I would love to have these brownies for my birthday, they look very morish! I hope you had a great day!

  11. Donna Diegel Says:

    Happy Birthday Mike!
    Brownies are the perfect solution to too much cake! I could go for one right about now!

  12. Heather Says:

    i would never have thought to put honey in brownies, but i’ll bet it’s delicious! they look lovely :)

  13. Jennifer Says:

    It’s been sometime since I’ve had brownies. These look fantastic! You’ve inspired me, it’s time to make brownies!

  14. grace Says:

    happy belated birthday to the creator of some moist and unique and fantastic brownies!

  15. Lynn Says:

    Happy belated birthday, Mike! What better way to celebrate than to try out a new brownie recipe?

  16. The Food Hunter Says:

    Happy Belated Birthday!

  17. lisa (dandysugar) Says:

    These are delicious brownies for sure! Great bday cake sub too. Your brownies look moist and decadent. Happy Belated Bday, Cheers!

  18. brilynn Says:

    Happy Belated!
    You can’t go wrong with a Dorie recipe!

  19. Kevin Says:

    I really like the sound of using honey as a primary flavour like this!

  20. Nicisme Says:

    What a great shot Mike!
    Happy belated birthday, wonderful birthday brownies – yum!

  21. Elra Says:

    Oh, did I miss your birthday?
    Happy belated birthday Mike, may you have many many more exciting years to come.

    Lovely photo of you blowing the candle.

  22. Nadia Says:

    Can I ask what kind of honey you used in this recipe? One cup is an awful lot, so the taste (and not just the texture) is sure to dominate.

  23. Choosy Beggar Tina Says:

    Happy very belated birthday!!! Your brownies look delightful. I love a dense, rich fudgey brownie OR a light, cakey brownie. I just don’t like the ones that are in between, although I know that’s ridiculous. I also drink my coffee either black or double double. I think my parents should have named me Janus.

  24. Hélène Says:

    Really nice picture of yourself. Love the brownies, you have me drooling.

    Happy Valentine day with your sweetheart.

  25. Bren Says:

    wait for it!! lmao!!

    seductive pictures you’ve got here Mike! Hope you had a great Vday. And cheers to a belated b-day wish. I’m so sorry I missed it. But I agree that brownies are a wonderful alternative to cake!

  26. maris Says:

    These sound really good! I’d take brownies over most cake any day…although with cake I can usually stop at one slice. I don’t think I have it in me to stop at one brownie!

  27. Sophie Says:

    I had no idea she had a honey brownie recipe, it sounds delicious and unique.

  28. Marie Says:

    Happy belated birthday Mike!

  29. nithya at hungry desi Says:

    I’m usually pretty proud of myself when I churn out a box of Duncan Hines brownies…but these look really doable and delicious. Thanks! Happy belated birthday!

  30. Peter Says:

    Happy B-day Mike…a Brownie Pyramid sounds fab….hop you only ate half the the mound!

  31. Emily Meyer Says:

    So, its 10:30 am. I’m at work and NOT supposed to be goofing off on your blog. I would just like to share (and perhaps test whether you read your comments or not) that this is all making me far too hungry. Jessye and I are coming down for Jeannie’s wedding on March 7. Tell your gorgeous wife that we must do food (yours or others).

  32. Judy Says:

    Oh my bad…Happy Belated Birthday!!! The brownies look great and I hope your birthday was wonderful!!!

  33. Jan Says:

    Belated birthday wishes! Lovely brownie cake!

  34. Alka Says:

    I know its too late to even wish a Belated happy birthday,but i will still go ahead and wish u the same
    Brownies look so nice and is that u blowing the candle?wow …u look cute huh(Not flirting …..lolz)

  35. Aparna Says:

    I haven’t been bloghopping for a while so i’m very late with the birthday wishes.
    If I had those on mine, I would be the happiest so I’m sure you had a wonderful day.
    I make both the cakey kind and the fudgy kind, and like both very much.

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