Monday, December 8, 2008


If you're a Second-Degree Black Belt, and you think it's fun to ride your bicycle 6-1/2 miles to work every day (even at 40F degrees), and more fun to ride 20 miles to visit your friends, and then ride back, then this is the way you eat your brownies. Four of them, with vanilla ice cream.

For us mere mortals, all that's needed is a glass of milk. A pan of these rarely lasts more than 24 hours my house. I likes brownies with nuts, but my son doesn't. The recipe is from my mother's Betty Crocker 1953 Red and White Cookbook.

They are good with whipped cream, too.


Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Melt together over hot water:
2 squares unsweetened chocolate (2 ounces)
1/3 cup shortening or butter (5-1/3 tablespoons)

Add to bowl containing these ingredients and mix well:
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
¾ cup flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt

Mix in: ½ cup broken walnuts (optional)

Spread in a well-greased 8” square pan. Bake 30 minutes, until top has a dull crust. A slight imprint will be left when top is touched lightly with fingertip. Cool slightly, then cut into squares.

This recipe doubles easily: put in a 13 x 9 x 2” pan and bake for the same amount of time.


Anonymous said...

Hrrm Maybe this is my problem.. Not doing those things AND cooking and eating half the pan :(
It sounds very yummy! I will have to try this recipe :)

Monty Q. Kat said...

HeBean has mentioned the lack of brownage in the house now.

If you ever take request/guest posts Mombean made some nougat yesterday for KidBean's friends. HeBean made her hide the rest so he'd stop eating it.

andsewitis Holly said...

Hi Lynne - wow I just discovered your cooking blog and I'm in heaven! I need to actually go to people's blogs so that I can peruse their sidebars and links instead of just reading from bloglines. My bad. Glad I found this now, though. I'll be visiting often. Happy Holidays!

Mr. Karate said...


Poppy Q said...

Sounds tasty and an easy recipe Lynne. I am afraid I don't like the nuts either.

Might have to try these in the New Year.

Megan said...

Looks amazing! I will have to get a pan to try this out!

Annie said...

Hi! I've made these before and they're delicious! I'm baking them again right now and linking to the recipe from my blog. My kitchen smells great! Thanks for a great recipe.