I love brownies, and if you love brownies, there are few better places to go than Amish country. Amish bakeries are bursting with brownies. Brownies are a popular dessert in Amish country, and they are often served at potlucks, church gatherings, and other social events. Part of the popularity of brownies is their portability. You can take a pan to a potluck easily. You can pop them in a lunchpail. And brownies are a superb after-school snack.
🥜 Going Nuts With the Amish
Amish brownies are typically made with simple ingredients, such as butter, sugar, eggs, flour, and cocoa powder. They are also known for being rich and fudgy. Most recipes for walnut brownies recipe call for English walnuts, but you can use black walnuts. You could even swap out chopped walnuts for pecans. almonds, or even peanuts.
Many Amish in the midwest have loads of black walnuts that fall from trees in the autumn, and they taste super in brownies. Walnuts of any kind give the brownies a flavorful crunch. Some Amish do grow their own peanuts, especially the farther south you go (I have seen them grown, though, in Daviess County, Indiana).
There are many different recipes for Amish brownies, but they all share some common ingredients. Most Amish brownie recipes call for butter, sugar, eggs, flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Some recipes also include other ingredients, such as chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruit.
To make Amish brownies, the ingredients are mixed together in a bowl until they are well combined. The batter is then poured into a greased pan and baked in an oven until it is cooked through. Once the brownies are baked, they can be cooled and cut into squares.
Amish brownies are a delicious and easy-to-make treat. They are perfect for any occasion, and they are sure to please everyone who tries them.
📜 Step-By-Step Fudgy Walnut Brownies
Basic brownies are a mainstay of the Amish cook's snack repertoire. If you have a house full of children and you want to bake a snack for them, what is easier than mixing up some batter, pouring it from the mixing bowl into a pan and sticking it in the oven? This is a recipe that I got from an Amish bakery in Wisconsin.
So, some pointers on these:
So, the recipe calls for "shortening." You can use Crisco or even lard, but using lightly salted butter is perfectly acceptable also. That is what I did.
Use large eggs if you can, most Amish farm eggs are big. If you have really small eggs, you might want to use 5 eggs.
The recipe just calls for "sugar." I just used white sugar, but if I could do it over again I'd have use a blend of dark or light brown sugar and white sugar. But it doesn't really matter. If you want dark chocolate brownies, you can use a dark chocolate baking cocoa.
'You can stir the batter with a wooden spoon, a whisk, or an electric mixer. 'You can stir the batter with a wooden spoon, a whisk, or an electric mixer.
Use the toothpick test to check for doneness. I used a square baking dish a couple of them, for these brownies, but you can use a bigger pan.
Of course, if you are allergic to nuts or someone you know is, then just omit the nuts and it'll still be a good, basic fudgy brownies.
🥄 More Recipes For Amish Brownies
🖨️ Full Recipe
Amish Fudgy Walnut Brownies
- ⅔ cup shortening
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup baking cocoa
- 1-½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped English walnuts nuts, divided
- In a large bowl, cream the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the eggs and vanilla until smooth.
- Combine dry ingredients; stir into batter.
- Fold in half of nuts.
- Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
- Sprinkle with remaining nuts.
- Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until brownies pull away from the sides of the pan.
- Cool on wire rack. Cut into squares.