Bayou Brownies

Not to totally brag or anything, but today’s my Friday. Alright, fine. I am bragging.

But its okay because I have brownies for you. Not just any brownies – Bayou Brownies. I’m not exactly sure what makes them necessarily “bayou”, but I do know they’re fantastically delicious. And easy! You can whip these up in about 10 minutes.


I have a co-worker who is becoming my guinea pig. I show up outside his office with random baked goods about once a week. I couldn’t help but laugh at what he had to say about these:

They are HEAVY, so you can cut them into smaller squares.  Having typed that last sentence, I’ll point out that I ate the entire piece you gave me. 

It totally made me laugh.

Anyway, I found this recipe on Southern Living’s website while looking for some inspiration. Normally I’m all about recipe adaptions & combining recipes for a new idea, but sometimes you can’t mess with perfection. So I left well enough alone… sort of. I made two swaps: walnuts for pecans & whipped cream cheese for regular. Why? Because that’s what I had in my fridge at the time.

Bayou Brownies

Makes a 9×13 pan


  • 1 c. chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 c. butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 8 oz. whipped cream cheese
  • 1 (16 ounce) package powdered sugar

Pre-heat oven to 325* & line a 9×13 pan with aluminum foil. Grease or spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together walnuts, butter, 1 egg & cake mix until smooth. Pour into pan & level with hands or a spatula.

In another large mixing bowl on medium speed, mix together remaining eggs, cream cheese & powdered sugar until smooth. Pour over walnut mixture. Bake for 40 minutes or until cream cheese layer settles. Let cool on a wire rack & cut into squares.

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