Cake Nor Candy Brownies

Recipes, Sweet Treats
chocolate brownies

Photo: Leigh Loftus

I’m a purist when it comes to chocolate and this principle applies especially to brownies. Some people like peanut butter, nuts or marbled cheesecake swirls in their brownies. I like chocolate, straight up, with a side of chocolate.

Being my grandmother’s favorite brownie recipe, the card this recipe was written on has yellowed with age and is so faded you can barely read the loopy cursive handwriting, but it’s still clear: these are brownies with no nuts, no frills. 

If you’re worried that they’ll be too boring for your unbiased brownie palate, let me convince you that with two cups of sugar and a half pound of butter (which is also two sticks of butter but when you say ‘half pound,’ it sounds like so much more), there is no lack of flavor or decadence in this recipe.

The brownies are so indulgent that they’re squarely a “once in awhile” recipe. You really can’t make them too often…because then, you’ll eat them too often and no, I don’t know that solely from experience, why do you ask?

chocolate brownies

Photo: Leigh Loftus

Cake Nor Candy Brownies
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Recipe type: Sweet Treats
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Serves: 8-12
 
Ingredients
  • ½ lb. butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Melt butter in a double boiler or a small saucepan over low heat. Pour butter into a mixing bowl and then using same pan, melt chocolate on low heat.
  2. Add sugar to the melted butter and mix well. Add eggs one at a time, beating by hand between each addition. Add vanilla and melted chocolate.
  3. Sift flour with baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture. Stir in nuts (optional).
  4. Pour batter into a greased 13 x 9 pan (or if you like thick, fudgier brownies, use an 8x8 pan).
  5. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
 

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    Pim
    February 12, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Wow chewy, chocolatey brownies as I love.

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    lia @bakersblog
    February 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Omg I can not wait to make these they look great! I just wondering what the serving amount would be cause I am making some for my daughters school party. And she need 18 so i hope we will have enough but your blog is amazing you so be honored on the foodneetwork like seriously, you and your blog will stay and always be successfully
    🙂

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    Maggie @MaggieCooks
    June 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I just found your blog!
    This brownies look dense and decadent!
    I’m trying them out hopefully very very soon!
    Thank you for sharing 😀

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    Sandie
    December 18, 2008 at 3:00 am

    Your grandmother’s favorite brownie recipe, huh? Sounds like she and I would get along just fine!
    (You’re right on another count too, little Miss Paula Deen (and Ina Garten for that matter!)—half a pound of butter does sound like a lot. But I also know how good butter makes a recipe taste, especially a brownie recipe, so I’ll just forget about those 2 sticks when I take that first bite!)

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    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    December 18, 2008 at 3:00 am

    These might be a bit sweet for me, but my husband, Mr. Sweet Tooth, would adore them.

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    lisa (dandysugar)
    December 18, 2008 at 3:00 am

    Wow, these look fabulous and most definitely decadent! And made with ingredients that I currently have in my kitchen….hmmm….I may have to make a batch of brownies very soon!

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    brandy
    December 17, 2008 at 3:00 am

    Oh man! I need these. I need them badly!

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    E.P.
    December 17, 2008 at 3:00 am

    All right. I want brownies now, and I don’t really even LIKE brownies.
    Your blog is making me gain weight. 😉 There are TOO many tasty things on here!

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    Rachel
    December 17, 2008 at 3:00 am

    They’re gorgeous and look so good. I’m bookmarking this recipe. And you’re right–a half pound sounds huge. But 2 sticks…feh 🙂

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    Larissa
    December 17, 2008 at 3:00 am

    These look dangerous. Two sticks of butter and two cups of sugar? Yikes!

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    Mandy
    December 17, 2008 at 3:00 am

    half a pound does sound more than 2 sticks of butter! Thanks for sharing your grandma’s recipe, I wish I could have a piece of that brownie. 🙂

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    Libby
    December 17, 2008 at 3:00 am

    oh i’m so in the mood for brownies now…

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    Elra
    December 17, 2008 at 3:00 am

    Irresistable!
    Moist and fudgy, that’s a good brownie.
    Cheers,
    Era

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    Erin=UptownGirl
    December 17, 2008 at 3:00 am

    I love love love brownies. If you’re interested in a lighter version of this treat, you should definitely check out the Fantastic Fudgy Brownies in my blog! OMG, they are amazing! It’s a Cooking Light recipe, and they are sinfully delicous tasting, but not sinful in the ingredients! I hope you have a VERY MERRY Christmas! I love your blog!

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    kat
    December 17, 2008 at 3:00 am

    I love that these are just a straight forward brownie, they way we like them best

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    Pearl
    December 17, 2008 at 3:00 am

    wow, those brownies look sinful!

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