Nigella Lawson shares her recipe for Decadent Emergency Brownies that will "melt in your mouth"

Publish Date
Friday, 12 July 2024, 10:00AM

If ever there was a time for making comforting chocolate brownies, it's winter!

And thanks to Nigella Lawson, we now have her recipe for making her Decadent Emergency Brownies.

Nigella's Decadent Emergency Brownie Recipe:


  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 50g soft light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp maple or golden syrup
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt flakes
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g walnut pieces
  • 50g dark or milk chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 170C.

  2. Warm the butter, sugar and maple syrup in a small, heavy-based saucepan, stirring occasionally until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat.

  3. Mix together the flour, cocoa and salt in a bowl, then beat into the melted butter with a wooden spoon until smooth.

  4. In a small bowl, whisk the egg with the vanilla then stir into the pan, ensuring everything is well combined. Fold in the nuts and chocolate chips. Pour and scrape the batter into the foil tin. Bake for 15–20 minutes, until it is beginning to come away at the sides and the top has dried a little just around the edges.

  5. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool – but not completely. I leave them for 20–30 minutes (and that’s difficult enough). If your need is not so great, or you want them to go further, cut each square in half again.

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