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Best Recipe Brownies

A couple of good recipe for brownies are a staple in any cook's collection.

I like chewy chocolate fudge brownies, but some people prefer the softer, cake brownies. No problem; a recipe for both is included on this page. The third recipe is for low fat brownies and will appeal to those on special diets.

Trivia: We believe that brownies were invented by accident when a cook forgot to include baking powder in a chocolate cake recipe. Talk about a lucky mistake! The first published recipe for brownies appeared in the Sears, Roebuck Catalogue in 1897.

As in all chocolate recipes, the outcome relies heavily on the quality of ingredients you use. A low grade chocolate will result in a disappointing brownie. I recommend the excellent grades of fine chocolate that are available at

First Recipe : Easy Fudge Brownies

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract.
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 tsp salt

Melt the butter then remove from heat. Stir in the cocoa. Stir in the brown sugar. Beat in the eggs and the vanilla. Next, blend in flour, walnuts and salt. Spread in an 8 inch greased pan. Bake in preheated oven at 350 F. Recipe brownies will bake in 20 to 25 minutes.

Cool and frost.

Suggested Frosting:
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
1 cup icing sugar
1 beaten egg
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla

Melt chocolate in top of a double boiler. Add sugar, beaten egg, butter and vanilla. Remove from heat immediately. Cool slightly before spreading on recipe brownies.

Okay, cake brownie fans! This next recipe is for you.

Recipe Brownies #2: Chocolate Cake Brownies

1/2 cup butter
1 cup water
2 cup flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup oil
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla

Frosting for Recipe Brownies
1 cup chopped walnuts
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1 pkg confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 9" by 13" pan.

Mix butter, oil, water and cocoa together in sauce pan. Bring to boil. Add this mixture to flour and sugar. Beat until smooth.

Add eggs, baking soda, buttermilk and vanilla. Mix well.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for twenty minutes.

While recipe brownies is baking, prepare the frosting. Place all frosting ingredients in saucepan. Heat but do not boil.

Frost recipe brownies immediately after removing from oven. Cool, then cut into squares.


The next recipe brownies is low fat and suitable for special diets.

Recipe Brownies #3: Low Fat Brownies

2 oz baking chocolate
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tps salt
3 eggs, slightly beaten
2 egg whites -- lightly beaten
3/4 cup maple syrup.
1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup cake flour -- sifted
baking pan with parchment paper, or grease it lightly.

Melt the baking chocolate with the vanilla in the top of a double boiler. Do not allow water to boil, and do not allow top of 3/4 cup cocoa powder
6 oz extra bittersweet chocolate
-pieces (opt)
Confectioner's sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-by-9-inch double boiler to come in contact with the water. Remove from heat.

Transfer mixture to mixing bowl. Stir in sugar, salt eggs and egg whites until smooth.

Mix in the syrup, apple sauce and vegetable oil.

Sift together the flour and cocoa powder, and carefully fold into the mixture until smooth. Add the bittersweet chocolate if you are using it, and combine gently. Do not overmix.

Pour into prepared pan and bake until done, about 45 minutes. Cool on rack, then dust recipe brownies with icing sugar.

Nutritional info per serving: 379 cal; 12g fat(28%), 68g carb, 7g pro Exchanges: 3 1/2 fruit, 1 bread, 2 fat

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