Friday, January 28, 2011

Mom's Brownies (no mixer needed)

     One of our favorite "go to" recipes in my family is my mother's brownie recipe. When I got married (back in the olden days), my mom made me a steno notebook with some of her favorite and easiest recipes. I was 20 years old and just learning to cook. As you can see, that notebook has seen a lot of kitchen time, but I could never copy the recipe anywhere else. Very early on I decided to double my mom's recipe for a thicker brownie, so make sure you read my recipe and not hers! She liked her brownies very thin.

2 sticks melted butter
2 cups sugar
4 heaping Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. vanilla

nuts or chocolate chips are optional

    Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Melt the butter in a 9 x 13 pan in which you are going to bake the brownies. In the meantime mix the sugar and cocoa powder in a large mixing bowl.

     Pour the melted butter into the sugar and cocoa and mix well. Do not over mix. Leave enough butter in the 9 x 13 pan to grease the pan. Stir in the eggs until well blended, again do not over mix. Stir in the flour and vanilla. At this point you can add a cup or so of nuts or chips or both if you want to. I like nuts in mine, but I was giving these away and you never know who might have an allergy.

Pour into prepared pan.

     The baking time is a little tricky. It depends on how "raw" you like your brownies. I bake mine about 35 minutes, until I can smell them baking and a toothpick comes out clean. Some people really prefer their browine on the uncooked side, so I suggest that at 25 minutes you start watching them closely and checking the center for the texture your family prefers. Easy, homemade and inexpensive to make. Enjoy.

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Unknown said...

This sure brings back memories, Sue ... of we girls all working feverishly together to make those good old fashioned FRESH homemade brownies. About the only thing we 4 did together without a fuss.

Have a beautiful weekend ~

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Red Couch Recipes said...

Sue, I love a good homemade brownie -- sorry boxed mixes just don't cut it. I can tell that the recipe got a lot of use -- these days no one will have handwritten recipes to pass on down to their kids. Joni

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Sorry, a silly question from a quilter....not a much is a stick of butter? Is that 1/2 Cup?

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sue, how neat that this recipe was your mom's! Wish I had one right now! :-)

Unknown said...

Sue...what a treasure you have from your Mom and the brownies look devine :)


Blondie's Journal said...

This looks has been so long since I had a brownie that wasn't from a mix!


Sue said...

Just in case anyone else needs the info...a stick of butter is 1/2 cup.

Patrice said...

Drool....I like my brownies warm and raw! I'm gonna try this one!

Gypsy Heart said...

Love these recipes that are handwritten and full of history! I have a box with a lot from my mother and then some very special ones from my grandmother. Such treasures ~

Wish I had one of these brownies right now! There is no comparison to these vs a box.

Love your blog design! Of course, red, black & white are my colors.

Have a wonderful weekend!

xinex said...

Mmmm, yummy!..Christine

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh. My. Goodness.
This is pure torture, because I HAVE these ingredients in the cupboard, and if I make these brownie . . . I will EAT these brownies . . . and then I will have to come to your house and BLAME YOU.

I am with your Mom -- a fan of thin brownies. So, it's 1/2 the recipe for that?

And is that an old Corning Ware lasagna pan you're using to bake them in? hahaha... bet you got it when you got married in the 70s. I know I did!

Happy Brownies.
I'm off to sharpen up my will power.

Cass @ That Old House said...

P.S. Also meant to say -- what a TREASURE your Mom's note-cook-book is. Have you made copies of the pages to pass on to your children? It's priceless, you know! -- Cass

Drawn to The Sea said...

Man Oh Man Oh Man... wish I had one (or two) right now. Cocoa powder's going on my marketing list.

Kathleen said...

I think it is wonderful you have your mom's recipes in her writing. I only have one! Rice pudding.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Now this sounds yummy! I have to admit that mine usually come from a box...shame on me! lol
I hope you are having a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Lisa said...

Those brownies look delicious. I'm always in the mood for something chocolate. I have a linky party going on at my blog right now called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link this up. My mom also made me a copy of her recipes when I went off to college and I've been using them ever since. You've got a great mother.

BrightenedBoy said...

I hate how good that looks.

I may try my hand at it this Friday.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I really, really, REALLY wish I had a pan of these right now. LOL! :-)

The Charm of Home said...

Oh yum! I love the addition of the chocolate chips. This looks very delicious!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Yum! They look so good.I need one of those about now to get me moving. Slow moving this morning.

dee dee said...

Oh Sue,
I like my brownies so undercooked that I would rather just eat the batter instead of the cooked brownies! I've been craving brownies (batter) so your recipe couldn't have come at a better time!
Dee Dee

Monica H said...

I really like the texture of a boxed brownie but prefer it to be homemade. Do you think this recipe would work? I like them on the chewy side.