Old School Classic | Chocolate Macadamia Brownies

I started Home Economics in Year 9. It was a popular elective to study as it was one of the those easy-peasy subjects with virtually no homework and the requirements to pass the unit were rather basic – show up to class, check; clean up after yourself in the kitchen, check; and in Ms. Jutson’s case, don’t be a smartass, check (although this last one was hard for the obnoxious, loud teen like I was back then).

I hold very fond memories of that subject too, particularly all the mischief we would get up to! We’d be in fits of giggles as we’d try and steal goodies from the pantry when the teacher wasn’t looking. I remember once taking a tube of condensed milk when the pantry was rather bare with the usual goodies of chocolate nowhere to be found and we were desperate for a sugar kick.

I was always interested in food as a kid because of my mum’s kickass kitchen prowess, but never really formed any interest in cooking until I started that class. These brownies ignited my inner baker all those years ago… I remember taking these out of the oven, with the crackly, almost marbled top and that comforting chocolatety smell that seemed to hit you like a ton of bricks and feeling that sense of “Wow! I made that!”

This recipe is one of those never fail, go-to, “seems to please everyone” kind of recipes. It’s really simple to make, it’s a one bowl recipe which saves on cleaning up and I am yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like these rich, squishy brownies. Try them yourself and give this old school classic a go.

Chocolate Macadamia Brownies

Makes 16 really big ones

300g dark chocolate, chopped

100g unsalted butter, chopped

125g caster sugar

2 eggs

125g plain flour

100g salted macadamias, toasted and chopped

1. Preheat your oven to 180C. Line a square cake tin with non stick baking paper, with plenty hanging over the edge to make it easier to lift out later.

2. Put the dark chocolate, butter and caster sugar in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water (a double boiler). Stir until all ingredients have melted. Allow to cool for five or so minutes.

3. Whisk in the eggs until combined. Stir through the flour and macadamia nuts.

4. Spoon into the prepared tin and spread the batter out evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes (cook it for longer if you don’t like your brownies too squidgy).

5. Allow to cool in the tin before slicing it up or else it will crumble into a big mess when you remove it from the tin.

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They look sooo good! Can you send one of these in the mail with the fudge you promised?


Brownies won’t keep for very long as there are no preservatives. The fudge however will keep as it’s 90% sugar :)

Those brownies look wonderful!



oh, they look awesome!

I love all of it. I love simplicity of this recipe. I love your photography. I love your new site! It’s all fantabulous. Thanks for sharing with us.

Love the new site! So glad you are blogging again! I’ve been waiting and waiting! :) Beautiful pics!

Mmmm brownies!

My enduring memory of home economics was in year 8 when my friend mistook the bicarb for flour in the cake we were making. While it rose (and boy did it rise), the taste was…interesting.

oooh, they look yum!

Hi Linda,
You have a beautiful place out here!I was a regular visitor to your blog ‘Butter Sugar Flour’ and liked it lots!Your Chocolate and Macademia nuts recipe looks yummy…hope to give it a try sometime:)Take care!

I love your new site name. I’ll definitely follow you here :)

What a pretty new blog, m’dear. I love the clean look and feel.


happy new website!


Thank you all!! I am happy you like my new blog and the name :)

Jackie – haha, those are the funniest cooking memories!

Loving the food porn.

Oh.Dear.Lord. This blog is so so so gorgeous. Those pictures…the simplicity, I am in love! I loved your old blog but I love this one even more! I’m looking foward to future posts! I’m also adding you to my blogroll ;)
Thanks for sharing! good luck! (you wont need it, trust me)



cant wait for all your new recipes & photos and love the new look :)

Congratulations on the new site – love the layout and gorgeous photos (as always).

As a lover of all things chocolate, and someone with a sweet tooth that often sends me to the cupboard in despair, I think these look like a great, simple recipe that could quash the sweet/chocolate craving in an instant! Bonus is that I usually have all those ingredients on hand! Very pleased..


omg…enough said =D

oh no! it’s midnight where i live and your macadamia brownies make me kinda hungry…yikes!

You had me at “squishy.” NOM!

Ooooh these look yummy. So glad I stumbled across your blog. Looking foward to reading more……My partners a Nguyen too :-) Like half of Vietnam I know ;-)

you’ve got a gorgeous new blog and these brownies look tres yummy!

yumm! i love macadamia nuts and i love brownies..what a lovely idea to combine the two!

Gorgeous photos! I love a good brownie. Now I’m craving brownies, just need an excuse to make them :)

i love your new blog! seriously, how did you do it??? :D

and man will i give up anything for these old school brownies. they look utterly delish.

macadamia nuts are pretty expensive here, but i once made a cookie with them for my coworkers, and now i keep getting special requests for them. but unless they want to chip in some money for macadamias, it isn’t going to happen!

Ive been looking for a one bowl brownie recipe for a long time… I cant wait to try this out!

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