These Brownies are a “Cakewalk”

Summer is is full swing and that means it is festival season in Central Minnesota.  Cakewalks have been a festival staple for decades.  Folks from all over the community gather to try their luck at winning a delectable locally baked treat, some leaving with a healthy stack.  Cakewalks are not just for cakes anymore, today you will find a wide variety of yummy baked goods, including brownies!  Who doesn’t love the rich chocolatey goodness you get in each chewy bite?  Make these scrumptious brownies for your next festival and they will surely be a hit!


  • 3/4 cup cocoa, unsweetened
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup melted butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/3 cups Swany White Flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans (extra for the top optional)
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F
  2. Prep a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with butter and sprinkle with flour.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cocoa and baking soda, then mix in 1/3 cup melted butter.
  4. Slowly add boiling water and mix until well blended.
  5. Mix in sugar, beaten eggs and remaining 1/3 cup butter, combine well.
  6. Slowly mix in flour and salt, avoiding lumps.
  7. Finally, mix the nuts and the chocolate chips into batter.
  8. Pour batter in the evenly in to prepared baking pan.
  9. Sprinkle aqdditional chopped nuts for on top for a wonderful crunch, if desired.
  10. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the brownies are a bit firm.
  11. Be sure to allow time to cool prior to cutting.
  12. ENJOY!!