Chocolate Pudding Dump Cake

So, my son? He had his first date a couple of weeks ago.

I will do my very best not to embarrass him here, because his cute little girlfriend might read this blog. All I will say is this: I cried harder after dropping him off at his date than I did on his first day of kindergarten.

I’m talking a full on ugly cry, you guys. It was ridiculous.

So, after the tears stopped, I obviously needed chocolate.

This ridiculous concoction worked miraculously. It’s one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make and it’s absolutely loaded with chocolate. And just look at how fudgy it is! I die.

I know it’s the holiday season and we’re all in cookie mode, but take a 2 minute break to mix this up and pop it in the oven as a treat for your family. It’s perfect for busy days, because you just dump and bake.

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Chocolate Pudding Dump Cake

Ingredients:

1 box chocolate cake mix
1 small package chocolate pudding mix
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the dry cake mix, dry pudding mix, and milk in a bowl and mix until combined. Spread into a greased 9x13 baking dish. Top with the chocolate chips and bake for 30 minute or until the edges pull away from the pan.

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63 Responses to “Chocolate Pudding Dump Cake”

  1. denise December 11, 2012 @ 10:01 am (#
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    my mom always made this and it is soooooooooo good! Now I want some!

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  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 11, 2012 @ 10:01 am (#
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    I love this!

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  3. Cookbook Queen December 11, 2012 @ 10:04 am (#
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    Seriously? This looks amazing. I’ve been craving chocolate like crazy (I think it’s leftover from pregnancy. Yeah…that’s it) so this is perfect!!!

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  4. Becky @LovetobeintheKitchen December 11, 2012 @ 10:13 am (#
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    My boys are 1 and 3 so I can’t imagine what it will be like watching them go on their first date!

    What an amazing recipe. It looks incredible!

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    Karly Reply:

    The date thing was equal parts horrifying and amazing. :)

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  5. Lea December 11, 2012 @ 10:19 am (#
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    A small package of pudding mix or pudding like a snack pack?

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    Karly Reply:

    Whoops! Pudding mix. You just dump the powder in with the cake mix.

    Off to fix that in recipe. :)

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    JULIE MARTIN Reply:

    @Lea, Sorry to ask this but the pudding is it the cooked pudding or the uncooked version and what size?

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  6. tijuana @ po' man meals December 11, 2012 @ 10:19 am (#
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    this is right up my alley. the hubby would pass out if i made this! :)

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    Karly Reply:

    I’m assuming it’s a good thing to make the hubby pass out? ;)

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  7. Averie @ Averie Cooks December 11, 2012 @ 10:22 am (#
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    I’m all about a 4 ingredient recipe that’s fast, easy, and gives a BLAST of chocolate like this one! :)

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  8. Lea December 11, 2012 @ 10:24 am (#
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    Thank You!!

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  9. angela king December 11, 2012 @ 10:27 am (#
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    this looks amazingly easy and tasty! i was wondering if the recipe would be possible to make in individual smaller pan sizes to then wrap as gifts? like a quick bread pan?

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    Karly Reply:

    I think that would work fine, though you’ll need to adjust the baking time. Update us if you try it and I’ll add the instructions to the recipe! :)

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  10. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen December 11, 2012 @ 11:02 am (#
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    Four ingredients… then BLISS! Oh chocolate how I love you!

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  11. Leslie December 11, 2012 @ 12:19 pm (#
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    How can he be old enough to date? Wow, that went fast. He was *just* the age Julia is now! Yikes!

    The recipe looks great, though. I don’t think it gets better than chocolate. Yum!

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  12. Aimee @ ShugarySweets December 11, 2012 @ 1:29 pm (#
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    Woah. So not ready. Should be happening soon though as my son is 16 now! My daughter turns 14 next month, I have a feeling it will be her going on a first date before her brother. SIGH. At least I have this cake recipe that will help me through it. I totally know how to ugly cry, I’m talented at that too!

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  13. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) December 11, 2012 @ 2:39 pm (#
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    Awww that’s so sweet!!! And this pudding cake looks like pure chocolatey delicious comfort.

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  14. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen December 11, 2012 @ 2:41 pm (#
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    My little girl is only 1 1/2, so the whole dating thing is pretty far off, but probably will come much faster than I want it to! I bet that’s a strange, new feeling!

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  15. DB-The Foodie Stuntman December 11, 2012 @ 2:50 pm (#
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    Hi Karly, I found your website after Kayle shared the pic of this dish. It looks good but you never finished the story. I assume the chocolate cheered you up but how’s your son ith his girlfriend?

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    Karly Reply:

    Oh, yes, the chocolate saved the day. :)

    As for the son and his girlfriend…they’re still all lovey dovey while I sit and look through baby pictures mumbling about how fast the time flies. Really, though, he had a nice time on his first date. No second date yet, but I’m sure it’s coming.

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  16. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl December 11, 2012 @ 4:25 pm (#
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    My son is only 5 but already I’m hyperventilating at the thought of him dating, going to college, getting married…excuse me while I go make this cake and eat myself into oblivion.

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  17. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust December 11, 2012 @ 6:26 pm (#
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    Holy cow! This is fudgily delicious. I’m inspired now…

    And the dating. Oh, I’m not looking forward to that. Sob fest here, for sure!

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  18. Joanne December 11, 2012 @ 7:51 pm (#
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    !!! How exciting! I can see how you totally needed chocolate though. And well…these look kind of like brownies and brownies are cookies and cookies are perfect for cookie season! LOGIC.

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  19. Brittany December 11, 2012 @ 10:56 pm (#
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    I saw this post on Facebook and went to the store to get everything I need for them. I’ll be making them tomorrow. They look amazing.

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  20. shelly (cookies and cups) December 12, 2012 @ 7:11 am (#
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    I curse the day that either of my boys go on a date.
    They will live with me for ever and ever. the end.

    but, i have to say this cake comes a close second to a kid-snuggle.

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  21. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings December 12, 2012 @ 7:24 am (#
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    your son’s first date? how exciting!!!! and yes, chocolate– more chocolate!

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  22. Patty December 12, 2012 @ 7:56 am (#
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    Love chocolate! Heading to the store now! Quick fix for a quick fix!
    Love my son, too…but didn’t cry tears of sadness…joy joy joy! A potential wife! (I know, I know….he was just a teen!)

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  23. Nancy A. December 12, 2012 @ 8:33 am (#
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    A first date is such an emotional thing for a mom!! Sad to see them grow up so fast. Your cake looks amazing and should help you through. I am going to make that for Christmas!! My daughter will be in heaven!! Chocolate anything puts her in a good mood. Didn’t know what to have for dessert and here it is in front of me!! Thank you so much!!

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  24. Donna December 12, 2012 @ 12:08 pm (#
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    is this a pkg of cooked type pudding or the cold, not cook….. or does it matter?

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    Karly Reply:

    I used dry instant pudding mix. :)

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  25. Cathy @ Noble Pig December 12, 2012 @ 2:47 pm (#
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    You can dump this on me anytime!! Yummy.

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  26. Melissa December 12, 2012 @ 2:55 pm (#
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    I LOVE YOU. I’ve been wanting something like this for a LONG time. Only I’m gonna need some icing on them too. THAT’S what I’ve been wanting. Fudge-y chocolate cake/bars only with frosting too.

    OH & I told hubby I wanted CHOCOLATE cake last week, he brought home YELLOW cake mix & chocolate frosting. I love him, but wow, that was a hard moment.

    How old is your son? Mine is 14. I hope he never dates. :(
    ((((HUGS))))

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    Karly Reply:

    Hard moment, indeed. I hope you punched his face.

    My son is only 12. :( He’s quite the little ladies man.

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  27. Anjana December 12, 2012 @ 3:10 pm (#
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    Yummy ! I’ll make it during the Xmas holidays !

    A quick que though – How much is 1 cup of milk in ml ?

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    Karly Reply:

    No idea! Google might help ya. :)

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  28. Bailey @ Bailey Bakes December 12, 2012 @ 4:32 pm (#
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    Hi Karly! Thanks for stopping by my blog!! Your comment had me cracking up. Looking forward to following your blog, you’re too funny!

    And I’m glad you had some chocolate on hand to help comfort you! What will you do when he gets married?!

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  29. Maria December 12, 2012 @ 6:25 pm (#
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    Don’t feel bad about the crying. When I saw my son walking in the Jr. Prom parade with a beautiful date on his arm, I tried to hold in my emotions. But in the middle of a group of parents, tears streamed down my face. I didn’t think he saw me, but he did and gave me a big hug! Cake looks great!

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  30. Joy @ Baking-Joy December 13, 2012 @ 5:08 am (#
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    This looks so yummy! Nothing better than squidgy chocolate cake (apart from perhaps the addition of peanut butter :-))

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  31. Katie | The Hill Country Cook December 13, 2012 @ 4:59 pm (#
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    Oh yes, anything this easy and chocolate… must get in my belly!!!

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  32. Abby December 16, 2012 @ 7:11 pm (#
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    Oh yum! I just used your recipe with Jell-O’s Candy Cane pudding mix and it is HEAVENLY! Just a hint of mint! Thanks SO much for sharing and your blog is so much fun!

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  33. Shauna December 17, 2012 @ 9:51 pm (#
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    This recipe looks so delicious I want to make it right now, lol! And eat is all by myself while my family is sleeping :-) Seriously, I’ve tried a couple of your other recipes and they always turn out delicious so I’m excited to try this!

    Anyways, I thought it looked so good that I put it as the “featured recipe of the day” on my new blog. Everything links back to you so my readers can see all the other yummy recipes you have posted. Here’s the link if you want to check it out http://thebestblogrecipes.blogspot.com/2012/12/chocolate-dump-cake.html

    Thanks again for the yummy looking post,
    Shauna

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  34. Diana Rambles December 19, 2012 @ 11:21 am (#
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    I’ve been making dump cakes for years but I have never seen this version. I had to pin because I want to try it out. I’d love you to come link up at my Pin Me Linky Party.

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  35. Christy January 3, 2013 @ 10:13 am (#
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    I made your recipe over new years when I had some unexpected guests drop by. Everyone loved it!! Keep the wonderful recipes coming.

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  36. Nisha March 18, 2013 @ 9:58 pm (#
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    Hi, on your blog first time. Came here via Pinterest. 4 ingredients sounded too tempting. And looks the same too. Gotta try!

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  37. Jenny June 3, 2013 @ 7:28 pm (#
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    Can this recipe be baked in something else (bundt pan) and still turn out as wonderful as it sounds?

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    Karly Reply:

    I would think that it would work fine, though I’ve never tried it in anything other than a 9×13.

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  38. Thelma Clarke July 14, 2013 @ 7:53 pm (#
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    Do you use regular pudding or instant?

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    Karly Reply:

    I use the instant dry powder.

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  39. Katie July 24, 2013 @ 11:35 am (#
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    so you dont have to put eggs or oil in for the chocolate cake mix ? cause i know normally when you make cake thats what you need for it

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    Karly Reply:

    Nope, just the dry mix! :)

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  40. Laura July 27, 2013 @ 7:40 am (#
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    Are you using semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips?

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    Karly Reply:

    You can use either, but I’m using milk chocolate. My family doesn’t like semi-sweet. They want lots and lots of sugar. ;)

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  41. Kay August 14, 2013 @ 9:21 pm (#
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    Is that instant pudding mix or cook and serve?

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    Karly Reply:

    Instant!

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  42. Heather {Dietetic Sinners} September 17, 2013 @ 10:54 pm (#
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    Has anyone tried making this with sugar-free instant pudding? That’s all I have on hand and I don’t want to make a run to Wally World to get the regular stuff because I’ll end up buying a bunch of other crap and forget the pudding mix.

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    Karly Reply:

    I haven’t tried it, but I imagine it would work fine.

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  43. Beverly December 28, 2013 @ 3:37 am (#
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    This is very similiar (but rises high due to the eggs) – was on a box of cake mix when I was a kid in the 60′s.

    Fast Fixin’ Chocolate Cake

    Ingredients

    1 box Devil’s Food Cake mix
    1/4 cup oil
    2 eggs
    1 1/4 cups water
    1 package (4 servings) Chocolate Instant Pudding mix
    1 cup chocolate chips (6 oz. Pkg)

    Instructions

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour oil into a 13X9X2 inch pan. Tilt pan until bottom is covered with oil. Put remaining ingredients into pan; stir with a fork or spoon until well blended (about 2 minutes).

    Scrape sides and spread batter evenly in pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

    There was also one (on the same box) with alternates:
    Fast Fixin’ Cherry Cake

    Substitute while cake mix for Devil’s food

    Substitute vanilla pudding for chocolate

    Substitute 1 can cherry pie filling for chocolate chips.

    (may take a little longer to bake w/the extra moisture from the pie filling) I seem to remember we cut down the water the 2nd time we made the cherry one.

    Just thought I would share as it would give you some alternates!

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  44. Barbara March 19, 2014 @ 9:19 pm (#
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    Just made this Chocolate Dump Pudding Cake and it’s delicious. My husband love’s chocolate cake’s and I don’t, at least until I tried a piece of this. I used the milk chocolate chips like you and will be making this again, Thank-you Karly

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    Karly Reply:

    @Barbara,

    So glad to hear this was a hit! :)

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  45. walter April 9, 2014 @ 6:46 am (#
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    Do the chocolate chips stay on top when baked, or do they settle on the bottom?
    Another web site with the same recipe says to coat the chips in the cake mix so they don’t sink. This give me the impression that they do sink.

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    Karly Reply:

    @walter,

    I had no problem with them staying on top. The batter is thick. But, if they do sink you can always sprinkle more on just before pulling them out of the oven. Never too much chocolate! ;)

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  46. walter April 9, 2014 @ 11:50 am (#
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    Thank you. I just made it and they do indeed stay on top. I also added some mint baking chips to the top and it is fantastic. One problem I had was that the batter sunk under all that weight of the chocolate and mint chips. The edge all around the cake grew high, but the center kept falling as the cake cooled. Slightly mushy. But I guess that’s why its called a dump cake. I told my wife I want to try this again with walnuts added. Sort of like a brownie.????

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