15-Minute No-Bake Brownies

No bake brownies

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Refrigerate: 4 hrs
Total: 4 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
230 Calories
12g Fat
27g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 230
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 75mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 5g
Calcium 113mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Whether the kids are bugging you for a chocolaty treat and you don't have the time to bake, or you just remembered you volunteered to donate to the bake sale, this no-bake brownie recipe is the perfect solution. It is quick, easy, and uses ingredients you probably have on hand in your pantry. It's also an ideal summer dessert since you don't have to turn on the oven. Calling for just sweetened condensed milk, unsweetened chocolate, graham cracker crumbs, and walnuts, these no-bake brownies are simple to put together and sure to satisfy any chocolate craving.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. 

    No-bake brownies ingredients

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  2. Spray a 9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

  3. Heat the sweetened condensed milk and unsweetened chocolate in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until the chocolate is melted, and the mixture thickens, about 10 minutes.

    Melted chocolate in a saucepan
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  4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the graham cracker crumbs and half of the chopped walnuts.

    Stir in graham cracker crumbs and walnuts
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  5. Spread the mixture in the prepared pan. Top with the remaining walnuts.

    Spread brownie mixture in pan and top with walnuts
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  6. Cover and chill until firm, 3 to 4 hours.

    No-bake brownies on plate
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  7. Cut into 12 pieces and enjoy.

Tips

  • To make your own graham cracker crumbs, put graham crackers into a food processor and pulse until they are fine crumbs. You can also crumble them with your hands or put them in a zip-lock bag and crush them with a rolling pin, but keep in mind the crumbs won't be uniform.
  • Make sure you use sweetened condensed milk for this recipe and not evaporated milk. Both have over half of their water content removed, but the condensed milk contains added sugar, while the evaporated is unsweetened.

Recipe Variations

  • If you like, you can turn this mixture into brownie balls instead of squares. Simply use a tablespoon or cookie dough scoop to portion out and then roll the batter into a ball. Place the remaining chopped nuts on a plate and roll the balls in the walnuts to coat. Chill for 3 to 4 hours until firm.
  • Instead of walnuts, try chopped hazelnuts, which are sure to please Nutella fans. Pecans can add a nice Southern twist, and almonds would make the brownies reminiscent of a favorite candy bar. Also, feel free to use a combination of nuts for a rich and interesting flavor.
  • If you substitute white chocolate for the unsweetened chocolate, this brownie will turn into a decadent confection. Consider using pistachios for the crunch, as the green tint will make for an attractive dessert.
  • To make these no-bake brownies nut free, replace the walnuts with toffee bits or other crushed candy.
  • Turn these brownies into s'mores treats by swapping mini marshmallows for the walnuts.