Posted by: marthabernie | May 8, 2015

Traditional Brownies

For whatever reason, Brownies were never the most popular cookie/bar made when I was growing up.  It’s not that we didn’t like chocolate…we did.  It’s just that there were many other options to choose from so we only made them when we had a lot of walnuts or when someone just decided it was time to make some Brownies.  This is a basic recipe that my mother used when we did make them.  Brownies were apparently invented around the turn of the 20th century when a home cook left out the baking powder in her chocolate cake and the cake did not rise.  Many claim to have invented the first recipe.  Read more about Brownies at Wikipedia.  They come in many variations these days, and they are either dense and fudgy or light and cakey.


1/c cup butter

2 eggs

2 squares bitter/dark chocolate

1/3 teaspoon baking powder  (this is not a typo…I always put in 1/4 teaspoon and then a little more).

1 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped walnuts

3/4 cup flour

Melt chocolate and butter together.  Add sugar and eggs, then beat.  Add vanilla and nuts.  Mix baking powder with flour.  Add to first mixture and mix thoroughly.  Pour into an 8 x 12 greased pan.  Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees F.

NOTE:  Over the years I have learned to take them out at exactly 25 minutes.  The middle will appear to be under done, but if you leave it in any longer, the outside pieces will be too done and hard to chew.





  1. I adore brownies – and I especially l;ove them with walnuts 😉


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