Macadamia Nut Brownies

by Alli

Brownies just happen to be my husband’s favorite dessert of all time – all brownies, any brownies, and especially my Macadamia Nut Brownies. 

These rich chocolate brownies aren’t too sweet so the powdered sugar frosting adds just the right amount of sweetness. 

My husband likes to add a big scoop (or 2) of vanilla ice cream to his warm brownies. When he’s around the brownies never have time to cool completely. 

The ice cream begins to melt as soon as it hits that hot brownie and creates an explosion of flavor when you bite into it. It’s hard to say no to a second helping!

I’m crazy about the macadamia nuts, especially in brownies. I’m nuts for nuts – all nuts and Macadamia nuts are a huge favorite. And I don’t think a brownie should ever be left naked. 

The creamy white frosting is the crowning jewel on these babies and adds a beautiful contrast to the dark chocolate.

Ingredients For Macadamia Nut Brownies (printable recipe card below)

  • unsweetened baking chocolate bar
  • unsalted butter
  • granulated sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • eggs
  • all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • chopped Macadamia nuts

For the frosting, you will need:

  • powdered sugar
  • butter
  • milk

Helpful Hint: When you’re ready to cut the brownies, use the ends of the foil to lift them out of the pan, remove foil, and place them on a pretty tray. Cutting the brownies is much easier this way (this coming from a person that can not cut a straight line at all).

When I’m don’t have macadamia nuts, I make these brownies with chopped pecans. 

Homemade Macadamia Nut Brownies on serving platter

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Yield: 12 servings

Macadamia Nut Brownies

Macadamia Nut Brownies

Macadamia Nut Brownies are full of flavor and have a fluffy white frosting. These brownies are a favorite at my house.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 4 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate bar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped Macadamia nuts

Creamy Frosting

  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF.
  2. Line a 9 x 9 baking pan with foil, letting the edges overlap the ends of the pan about 2 inches. Spray with cooking spray.
  3. Melt chocolate and butter in a large saucepan on medium/low heat, stirring frequently to keep from burning.
  4. Remove from heat and whisk in sugar and vanilla.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking until well mixed.
  6. Add flour, salt, and baking powder and stir until smooth. Stir in nuts.
  7. Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for approx. 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the brownies comes out clean.
  8. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. Beat all frosting ingredients with an electric mixer until smooth. Spread on cooled brownies.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 378Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 62mgSodium 165mgCarbohydrates 44gFiber 2gSugar 35gProtein 4g

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What’s your favorite brownie? 





Shirley Wood January 22, 2015 - 7:35 am

Now I think I need brownies for breakfast. You husband and mine have something in common, they both love brownies. My hubs agrees that all brownies should be treated equal by filling or topping with nuts of just about any kind. Stacy’s favorite is walnut brownies.
On my way to check out the Winter Blog Tour!

Alli January 22, 2015 - 10:26 am

My husband loves walnut brownies, too. This morning I was commenting on someone’s post and they had made jalapeno poppers and they looked so good. I was actually craving one for breakfast. 🙂

Paris at My BIg Fat Happy Life January 22, 2015 - 8:55 am

Yum! I love macadamia nuts and I love brownies! So this recipe is going to be a win, win and I haven’t made homemade brownies in a while. Definitely going on my to make list 🙂

Alli January 22, 2015 - 10:25 am

I’m a huge fan of macadamia nuts, too. Actually I like most nuts.

LaShawn January 22, 2015 - 9:03 am

OOOOMMMMGGGGGEEEEE this looks so good! I LOVE brownies, they are my favorite desert! Pinning this one for later!

Alli January 22, 2015 - 10:24 am

Thanks for pinning, LaShawn! These are really, really good.

Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama January 22, 2015 - 9:05 am

If I have to put nuts in something it’s going to be a macademia or an almond. Those are the best!

Alli January 22, 2015 - 10:23 am

Yes to both of these nuts. I’m also nuts about pecans, too.

FabEllis January 22, 2015 - 9:20 am

These look absolutely delicious! I can just imagine them with ice cream on top. Yummy!

Alli January 22, 2015 - 10:20 am

They are so good. I had to hold the family back until I had taken photos.

Kallee January 22, 2015 - 9:24 am

Oh wow these look good. I love macadamia nuts, but rarely have them. This may just be the excuse I need to get some!

Alli January 22, 2015 - 10:19 am

I rarely have them, either. But when I do, I always ask myself why I don’t eat more of them. It could be the price. 🙂

Ricci January 22, 2015 - 9:31 am

I LOVE macadamia nuts and brownies, these seem like the perfect desert!! And I’m with your husband on wanting some ice-cream on top of mine! YUM!

Alli January 22, 2015 - 10:18 am

Everything’s better with ice cream, right?

Logan Can January 22, 2015 - 9:59 am

Brownies are my FAVORITE! These look so delicious. You are so not helping my pregnancy cravings right now. haha

Alli January 22, 2015 - 10:17 am

You’re so tiny! I don’t believe one little brownie will hurt. 🙂

Natasha B| January 22, 2015 - 10:15 am

OMG….these look absolutely amazing! I’m not a chocolate person but this looks well worth the try. xx

jess meddows January 22, 2015 - 10:33 am

Alli, these look so delicious! As for favourite brownie… would it shock you to know I’ve only tried normal chocolate ones? I blame my Australian life for that, they’re not huge in Australia!

Alli January 22, 2015 - 10:44 am

You’ll have to make some and introduce them to all of your friends. 🙂 I would LOVE to visit Australia.

Tianna January 22, 2015 - 11:24 am

these look delicious!! I love brownies 😀

stop by and chat with me 🙂

Alli January 22, 2015 - 2:57 pm

I will! Headed over now.

Susie @ SuzLyfe January 22, 2015 - 12:21 pm

Those are gorgeous and so necessary. Chocolate and macadamia are incredible together. I bet working some macadamia nuts into the frosting would be on point too!

Sarah January 22, 2015 - 12:57 pm

They look so delicious and now I really want to go make some brownies.

Mommy's Kitchen January 22, 2015 - 1:00 pm

Browniew with macademia nuts this sound delicious, I have to try it 🙂

Mary Beth|Cupcakes and Crinoline January 22, 2015 - 1:02 pm

These look amazing! I really like macadamia nuts and when you add them to brownies….well….of course those are fabulous but yours look extra moist and tasty.

Alli January 22, 2015 - 2:56 pm

Thanks, Mary Beth! I’m a nut lover, too.

Cat @ therusticwillow January 22, 2015 - 2:16 pm

These look really delicious! Love me some brownies.

[email protected] January 22, 2015 - 3:01 pm

These sound absolutely delicious. I don’t think that a pan would last long at all at my house.

Alli January 22, 2015 - 5:05 pm

It never lasts long at mine, either.

Shannon January 22, 2015 - 3:03 pm

These look delicious!

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Alli January 22, 2015 - 5:05 pm

Thanks, Shannon.

Crystal Green January 22, 2015 - 3:08 pm

These brownies look really good. I love macadamia nuts a lot, and combining them with chocolate makes them even more delicious. My family loves brownies too.

Alli January 22, 2015 - 5:06 pm

Chocolate and nuts are a winnibg combination.

nadeen January 22, 2015 - 4:14 pm

They maybe you husband’s second favorite but it is my absolute favorite! A warm brownie with vanilla ice cream is perfection to me! And I love macadamia nuts!

Alli January 22, 2015 - 5:06 pm

Me too, Nadeen!

Tiffany January 22, 2015 - 9:06 pm

It has been so long since I’ve had a great brownie but this definitely looks like a contender!

Michele @ Our Rosey Life January 23, 2015 - 8:58 am

Alli ~ Your macadamia nut brownies look delicious! I wish your blog had a tasty-vision option. Thanks for sharing your family favorite recipe!

Chene Atkins- Whittington January 23, 2015 - 9:56 am

This looks so rich and moist. Macadamia nuts are some of my favorite nuts, so I can only imagine how they taste in a brownie.

Elizabeth January 23, 2015 - 12:45 pm

Alli, what a wonderful brownie recipe and I also love the blog tour you are doing! Thank you. Pinned the recipe! YUM.

Alli January 23, 2015 - 3:47 pm

Thanks so much for pinning, Elizabeth!

Janelle January 25, 2015 - 8:24 pm

OMG! I LOVE everything “Macadamia Nut”.. All things like cookies and yes brownies too.

Bonnie @ Our Secondhand House January 27, 2015 - 9:55 am

These brownies look delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week. We hope you will link up again next Friday.

Alli January 28, 2015 - 6:14 am

I wouldn’t miss it for the world. It’s one of my favorite parties with some of my favorite blogger friends.


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