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Chocolate Brownies: Rainbow Nut Blasters

Tasty Team


for 12 brownies

  • unsalted butter, softened, for greasing

Option 1: Prepared Mix

  • 18 oz brownie mix (510 g), prepared according to package instructions

Option 2: From Scratch

  • 2 ¼ cups granulated sugar (450 g)
  • 1 ¼ cups dutch processed cocoa powder (150 g)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (190 g)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (240 mL)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¼ cup water (60 mL)


  • 1 cup toasted walnuts (100 g)
  • 8 oz cream cheese (225 g)
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar (65 g)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • whipped cream, for serving
  • rainbow sprinkle, for topping

Nutrition Info

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    Calories 688
    Fat 40g
    Carbs 74g
    Fiber 3g
    Sugar 50g
    Protein 10g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Grease a 9-by-13-inch (23-by-33-cm) dark metal pan with softened butter, then line with parchment paper, leaving overhang on all sides. Grease the parchment with more butter.
  3. OPTION 1: If using prepared mix, make the brownie batter according to the package instructions.
  4. OPTION 2: If making the brownie batter from scratch, in a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and flour. Add the vegetable oil, vanilla, eggs, and water and whisk to combine.
  5. Stir in the walnuts.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla.
  7. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
  8. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the top and swirl into the batter with a knife or skewer.
  9. Bake until lightly puffed on top, about 20 minutes. Transfer the brownie pan to a wire rack and let cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  10. Use the parchment paper to lift the cooled brownies out of the pan and cut into 12 bars.
  11. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a pinch of sprinkles.
  12. Enjoy!

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