Wednesday, September 17, 2014


½ C butter (110gm)
1 C light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla

¼ C good quality cocoa (I use Van Houten
 C flour (white or whole wheat or a mix of both)
 C bitter chocolate chips 
about  C chopped pecans or walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF). Melt the butter by placing your metal mixing bowl in the preheating oven. While you do that, get your other ingredients ready.
  2. When the butter is nearly melted, take it out of the oven (Use a hot pad!) and mix it around until it all melts (a little not completely melted doesn't matter). Whisk in the sugar. 
  3. Then whisk in first the eggs, then vanilla, then cocoa, then flour. Stir in the nuts and chocolate chips. 
  4. Spread in an 8 inch square pan lined with cooking paper and bake for 25-28 minutes or until cooked. (A toothpick will come out clean - unless it hits a chocolate chip. You can also gently touch the top and it should no longer be doughy soft.) 
  5. If you want to ice them, after they are removed from the oven, place a thin (dark) chocolate bar on the top. After a minute or two, spread it around.
  6. Cool on a wire rack. They're good the next day, too. If you make more than you will eat, individually wrap and freeze them in a freezer bag. 
You can make cherry brownies by adding ¼ C dried cherries that have been soaked overnight in brandy, and omit the vanilla. Don't add the soaking liquid.


  1. These look delicious!! What cocoa do you use? I never have luck with brownies, so I want to make sure I follow this recipe to a T.

  2. I use Van Houten. My only tip would be to be careful about the cooking time. If they're overcooked, they become dry; of course, undercooked are gooey. Good luck!

  3. Big hit in our house! Thankyou!

  4. I'm a little slow on this reply, but I'm happy to hear that the brownies were a hit!

    For a little extra decadence, place a thin, dark chocolate bar on top of the brownies when you take them out of the oven. After about 10 minutes, spread it around evenly; it will harden as it cools, leaving a thin layer of icing. Delicious!