Baking recipe: Chocolate macadamia nut brownies

Super Bowl Sunday party

Along with Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is a venerable American tradition with a focus on food. We had to feel our own way for Thanksgiving, but our neighbours invited us over for a Super Bowl party.

This was my first time watching American football and I must admit it was pretty baffling. It seemed a bit like rugby but with more complex rules about possession and tighter definitions between offence and defence. I’d adopted the New Orleans Saints as my team for the match, since the San Francisco 49ers weren’t playing, and Scott Fujita as my favourite player. So it came down to cheering when people told me something good happened for the Saints and jeering when the opposite happened.

I’d heard a lot of fuss about Super Bowl commercials. I understand advertisers spend millions on a 30-second spot and that viewers get excited by the ads because they’re usually new and highly creative. I don’t know if it was a dud year or if I have different standards, but I thought the ads were fairly unimpressive. I may not have seen them all but my favourite was the Google “Parisian love” ad.

I decided to whip up a batch of brownies to take to the party. Who doesn’t like baked goods? And brownies are easy to make and usually a crowd pleaser.

I need not have bothered in terms of catering quantity – the tables were groaning with corn chips and dips and salads and quiches and cakes, not to mention the burgers and corn dogs being cooked outside. Despite this, the brownies were a hit – we ate half of a huge batch, and I’m sending my husband to the office tomorrow with the rest.

I based my brownies on the recipe in Nigella Lawson’s How to be a Domestic Goddess. My main adaptation was to use macadamias (and a few cashews to make up the 300g) rather than walnuts. I also supplemented the white sugar with a bit of raw sugar, mainly because it’s what I had in the cupboard.

I think the quality of ingredients is key to awesome brownies so I used Ghirardelli chocolate and Straus butter. The other important thing is not to overcook the brownies as they can easily become dry.

Did you watch the game? What did you eat?

Chocolate macadamia brownie recipe


375g unsalted butter

375g good quality dark chocolate

6 large eggs

1 tbs vanilla extract

500g white sugar

225g plain flour

1 tsp salt

300g macadamias


Preheat the oven to 180C or 350F. Line a baking tray with foil or parchment.

Chop the macadamias in half or smaller.

Melt the butter and chocolate together.

Beat the eggs with the sugar and vanilla in a bowl or wide-brimmed measuring jug.

Measure the flour and salt into another bowl.

When the chocolate mixture has melted, allow to cool a little. Then stir in the eggs and sugar, then the nuts and flour. Combine smoothly.

Scrape out of the saucepan into the pan and bake for 25 minutes.

It’s done when the top has dried but the middle is still gooey. Bear in mind that it will keep cooking as it cools and brownies are generally better underdone than overcooked.

Slice into pieces. Makes a maximum of 48.

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  1. I once paid $12 for a brownie on the Boulevard St Germain. Yours look better. Ghirardelli chocolate and macadamias. Swoon!

    I didn’t watch the bowling tournament thingie everyone was fussed over. I don’t watch the AFL final unless Fitzroy’s playing. But a good excuse for a good pig-out, I might change my mind!
    .-= Skyring´s last blog ..Cheeseburger in Paradise =-.

  2. Macadamia nuts are just perfect in brownies. Way to add a little Aussie flair to your very American experience!
    .-= Christie @ Fig&Cherry´s last blog ..Pancetta and chilli scrambled eggs =-.

  3. I agree! Quality ingredients – in this case, chocolate and butter – makes a big difference! My husband always wonders why I buy “the expensive stuff” instead of “grocery stuff” for baking! Hello, I might as well buy a brownie mix if I were to use the “grocery stuff”!

    Anyway, thanks for sharing this recipe! I am bookmarking this! I’m always on the lookout for the perfect brownie recipe!
    .-= Jen Laceda´s last blog ..Le Petit Déjeuner Journal =-.

  4. By the way, how many % cocoa did you use for baking your brownie?
    .-= Jen Laceda´s last blog ..Le Petit Déjeuner Journal =-.

    I used 70%. I think anything above 70% would be fine. – Caitlin.