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By Kimara - Posted on 17 June 2008

            What do Silly Putty, Toll House cookies, penicillin, microwave ovens, ice cream cones, champagne, post-it notes, potato chips, Slinkies, pacemakers, super glue and brownies all have in common? They are all unintentional discoveries that have brought great value to our lives. Okay, arguably penicillin has had a greater impact on humanity than brownies, but when you’re craving chocolate, chances are no one would be able to convince you of that! Story goes brownies got there start as a chocolate cake gone very wrong. Supposedly, some well intentioned novice cook forgot to include baking soda in her cake recipe and it “flat out” refused to rise; no pun intended…well maybe a little pun intended! With desperation and the optimism of Polly Anna, she hoped her underdeveloped confection would go unnoticed. But it was noticed, and as a matter of fact, it was praised…the rest is history. And aren’t we all delighted her “oops” has become the mainstay of chocoholics everywhere!


            Brownies have become as American as Mom, apple pie, and the flag! They satisfy our sweet tooth, they sate our chocolate yen, and they travel well. There are also a wide variety of brownies…with or without nuts, with or without frosting, brownies with caramel, and brownies with marshmallow…and teetering on blasphemy…brownies without chocolate, called blondies. And most people make brownies, even if they don’t cook anything else! When my daughter was in high school, there were many late night get together with friends, when they would throw together brownies, then sit around the table, talking about boys, as they passed the raw batter around…everyone finger dipping and lamenting men. The ultimate comfort food!


            I have a couple of very good brownie recipes, but I must admit I ALWAYS have a brownie mix in my house for those days when life side swipes you and you need a brownie…fast! But nothing is quite as good as a homemade brownie…warm and gooey, with a cold glass of milk! Sigh…life just doesn’t get any better. Here is the recipe my mom made for us when we were growing up. Two thumbs up in my opinion! She found this recipe in The Chicago Tribune newspaper back in the 60s. They are very moist and chewy and the frosting makes them very rich!




Brownie Ingredients

1 cups shortening

2 cups sugar

4 eggs (well beaten)

1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup chopped nuts

4 squares unsweetened chocolate

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt


Frosting Ingredients

2 squares unsweetened chocolate

3 tablespoons hot water

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon butter

3 cup powdered sugar

1 egg


Directions for Brownies

Combine shortening and chocolate in top of double boiler. Melt. Add sugar, eggs and vanilla mixing well. Stir in flour and salt. Remove from heat and stir in nuts. Spread batter in a well greased glass baking dish 8 x 12. Bake in a hot oven (375) for 20 minutes or bake in 9 x 13 metal pan at 400 for about 17 minutes. Serve frosted or plain topped with a nut.


Directions for Frosting

Melt chocolate and water over boiling water. Blend in butter, sugar and vanilla. Beat in egg. Spread on chocolate dream brownies. Decorate with nuts.


            With summer upon us and picnics and family gatherings a given, we will be loading up the baskets or asked to bring a “dish to pass”. People balk if too many people bring potato salad or fruit, but chances are no one will ever complain if there is an over abundance of brownies! So, pull out your favorite brownie recipe and share! What better excuse for eating brownies than trying out a friend’s favorite recipe?   





I have find so many articles on the birth of the browne. So that, I followed your edu birdie review generations concepts. Then we will get interesting facts and informative resources.

Brownies are kids favorite at home. They love to eat it during snack time. - Flemings Ultimate Garage

To be honest I've never made these recipes but I eat them all the time. One of my best friends makes them and everyone loves them. I called her this morning and I asked her for the recipe. She asked me why I wanted it which says something, really, doesn't it? I told her about the blog and that the recipe would be a great addition. I swear to God I had to trade the recipe for watching her kids this afternoon! So I truly hope you guys try it and like it as much as I do.


1 (18.25 ounce) package German chocolate cake mix with pudding
3/4 cup melted butter
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1 cup chopped pecans
13 ounces individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray one 9x13 inch
pan with non-stick coating.
2. Combine the cake mix, butter and 1/3 cup evaporated milk. Mix well
and pour 2/3 of the batter into pan.
3. Press pecans into batter and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
4. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the caramel and 1/3 cup
evaporated milk. Stir until melted and smooth; pour over cooled cake
5. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of caramel and top with spoonfuls
of remaining cake mix. Bake for additional l5 to l8 minutes; cool and

No recipe here... this is one of the few things I do from the box... being that I save brownies for that 'I need a desert NOW' moment.

But Lisa... I am excited to try the one you shared! Thanks for making the trade... lol. My favorite boxed brownie growing up was this Turtle one that you can't find anymore. Or at least I haven't seen it in years. It came with 4 sheets of Carmel that you layered on top of half the batter, covered with the rest of the batter and then sprinkled chopped nuts on top. YUM!

I'm pretty fond of my brownie recipe. I love to share it though! You can never have too many good brownies in this world. The recipe is originally from my best friend. Not sure where she got it, most likely her mom or grandma since she's been making these since we were teenagers. They are the fudgey sort of brownie, not the cake-like sort. Nice and dense but not overly sweet. You can add mini chocolate chips (maybe 1/2 cup) if you'd like to make them extra-chocolately, but not necessary at all. These are so quick, I never buy boxed brownie mixes. They take maybe 7 minutes to mix up.


2 ounces unsweetened baker’s chocolate
1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter
2 eggs
1 cup white sugar
1-1/3 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. light corn syrup
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, microwave chocolate and butter. Cut up chocolate and butter into coarse chunks for best results. Microwave for about one minute, stir, and continue to microwave until chocolate is melted. Be very careful because the chocolate can easily burn if left too long in the microwave. If it's close, you can just stir it for about a minute and the remaining chocolate will melt from the residual heat.

Beat together eggs, sugar and vanilla until lightened in color (on high for several minutes). Stir in melted chocolate mixture. Make sure chocolate is fully melted. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in separate bowl and then add to egg/chocolate mixture and mix until well blended. Stir in corn syrup and walnuts by hand.

Pour brownie mix into an 8x8 metal pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. (They cook better in a metal pan than a glass pan.) Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes (until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean). Cool in pan before cutting and serving. (25 minutes for gooey in the center brownies.)

BTW I did buy the book Killer Pies featured on the "Easy As Pie" blog. I is tons of fun. A bit of Americana and lots of interesting pie recipes. Looking forward to giving them a try!

I know everyone will probably have incredible brownie recipes so I thought I'd share something a little different. They are called Italian Brownies. My grandma always use to have them around and my mom would make them for special occassions when grandma was around. Neither my mom nor I love them but it turns out DH thinks they are incredible. So here's the recipe for Italian Brownies. If you make them let me know what you think.


1 c. brown sugar
1 c. oil
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. cold coffee
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 eggs
1 c. raisins
6 oz. chocolate chips
1 c. nuts (we used almonds or macadamia nuts)
5 1/2 c. flour

Mix all ingredients in order given. Form into balls. Brush with beaten egg. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

I'm not a fan of the raisin so I prefer to leave it out or use dates instead. Anyway, if anyone tries them, I hope you like them ;) Have a lovely, lovely week all!