Easy Chocolate Brownies

Brownies | June 13, 2016 | By

Easy Chocolate brownies with cranberries and hazelnuts 

Easy Chocolate Brownies

I’ve got a thing about eating chocolate and nuts together. Last year I posted my new and improved ‘Just Beet It‘ brownies that had walnuts and more recently, for Easter, I posted a Creme Egg Double Chocolate Muffins recipe with pistachios. This time round it’s the turn of hazelnuts to make an appearance. Chocolate and hazelnuts have long had a happy relationship. Nutella instantly springs to mind, and so does fellow blogger Danni Martin’s Healthier Chocolate Spread

Easy Chocolate Brownies

Brownies are my favourite to make when you want something chocolatey that’s simple and cause a minimum of fuss. I made these in celebration of my blog turning 2 years old on 30th May. I’ve been so busy of late that I completely forgot all about it! I’m so happy to still be blogging and feel like I’ve really come a long way since I started. Unlike the Just Beet It brownies which were more compact, these easy chocolate brownies are more spongey and light. I used a mix of whole hazelnuts and chopped, just to play around with the texture.

Easy Chocolate Brownies
After trying a yummy chocolate and raspberry brownie when out for lunch, I discovered that I really like fruit in brownies too. Being a fan of the tangy taste of cranberries, I knew they would work well with the chocolate. I used dried cranberries as I always have dried fruit in my pantry, but I can imagine these would taste great with fresh cranberries too, if you have any on hand. 

Easy Chocolate Brownies
Yields 24
Easy Chocolate Brownies with cranberries and hazelnuts. Simple to make with minimum fuss. Light and filled with chocolatey goodness.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 350g dark chocolate ( or milk chocolate if you prefer)
  2. 300g unsalted butter
  3. 6 free range eggs
  4. 450g caster sugar
  5. 1tsp vanila extract
  6. 225g self raisng flour
  7. 100g dried cranberries
  8. 150g hazelnuts
  9. pinch of salt
  1. Preheat your oven to 160c (fan) and line a roasting tin.
  2. In a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of hot water, break the chocolate into pieces and place in the bowl with the butter. Stir until the the mixture has completely melted. Don't overheat or let the water boil.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour in the chocolate and butter mixture and stir until all combined.
  5. Add the flour, cranberries, hazelnuts and pinch of salt.
  6. Pour into a lined baking tray and bake for 20 - 25 minutes, depending on your oven.
  1. Dust with cocoa powder and serve on it's own or with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
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Easy Chocolate Brownies

Easy Chocolate Brownies
Other brownie recipes including fruit you should try: 

Raspberry Fudge Brownies – Tin and Thyme

Black Forest Brownies – The Crafty Larder

Specunana Chocolate Brownies – Fab Food 4 All 

Carob Molasses (fruit syrup) & Tahini Chocolate Brownies – Kavey Eats

Beetroot Brownies with Coconut – Coffee and Vanilla

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  1. Leave a Reply

    June 20, 2016

    YUM!! I love anything with chocolate, so I’m sure these taste delicious!!

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    June 18, 2016

    cranberry and hazelnuts brownies , that’s genial ! must try this one asap. beautiful pictures

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    June 17, 2016

    Great brownies – they look absolutely gorgeous! I can never resist a brownie.

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    Angela / Only Crumbs Remain
    June 17, 2016

    Mmm, I love a good brownie and these certainly look to fit the bill. I too enjoy fruit in my brownies, we tried some blackberries last yr in some and they too were fab.
    Angela x

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    Eb Gargano
    June 16, 2016

    Yum – these looks fab and you know I love an easy recipe 🙂 I am so with you on the chocolate and fruit / nuts thing – and I like to think it makes the chocolate a little healthier, no? 😉 Eb x

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    Chris @thinlyspread
    June 15, 2016

    I love fruit in brownies, chocolate and cranberries go so well together! I rather fancy one of these with a nice cup of tea for elevenses this morning!

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    Camilla @FabFood4All
    June 14, 2016

    Yummy! I love hazelnuts in brownies but have never had cranberries which sound like another fab addition:-) Thanks for linking to my brownies:-)

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