Apr 6, 2009 - Cake, Dessert    Comments Off on Sweet Brownies

Sweet Brownies

My husband likes to “hint” at things he wants me to try and bake. I know he has an evil scheme to get an idea in my head and to get me to make it a reality. In my head it’s almost a conspiracy, an evil plot to do his bidding in the kitchen.

What can I say? I’m just a sucker for a pretty face.

So he puts in my head something tasty. Brownies. Sometimes it is posed as a curiosity, like “What do you make brownies from that don’t come in a box?” For someone who never bakes I guess that can be a pretty common question. Most people now only know how to bake from a box. Add water and go! Yeah, not me as much anymore.


I went through my pile of cookbooks looking for a good brownie recipe. You wouldn’t believe how many different ones I had to choose from. Some books had 2-3 recipes! Most had things like nuts added to them, but I omitted those (allergy).

I finally decided on a recipe from a cookbook that was actually given to me by my husbands Grandma. She seems to have adopted me and likes giving me her cookbooks, but I think she’s just happy I’m not crazy and I keep the husband happy.

I took the recipe from Better Homes and Gardens new Cook Book circa 1953.

The recipe is wonderfully basic. I did do my own thing like normal and slightly alter the recipe. It called for 2 oz. of unsweetened chocolate, which I didn’t have. So instead I used 3 oz. semi-sweet chips, 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder, and left out 1/4 cup of sugar.

The great thing about this recipe is that it’s basic and not too complicated. The bad thing is that it might just be TOO basic. I found them to be quite sweet even though I cut down the sugar. I think it is a good jumping off point, but unless you want a really sweet brownie you definitely have to cut down the sugar even farther, probably to a 1/2 cup. They just were not what I was wanting at the moment, I wanted something dark and fudgy. Oh well, I have lots more to try!

Makes 12

  • 2 one ounce squares unsweetened chocolate
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup sifted flour
  1. Preheat oven to 325F
  2. Melt chocolate over hot water (double boiler).
  3. Meanwhile, cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs and beat until combined.
  4. Blend in remaining ingredients and pour into greased pan 8x8x2” pan.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes.

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