Mom was a newlywed living in an apartment on the LSU campus when she discovered this recipe. That was 65 years ago, and our family is still using this tried and true recipe today!
I would not dare to guess the number of times Mom has made this recipe, but if I added to that the times her friends have made it, and the times her four girls, their friends, and her granddaughters have made it, you would see this recipe has stood the test of time!
I began making this recipe as a child and have been making it from memory for well over 50 years now! My best friend, Sheila, and I never let one of our families go on vacation without a sendoff with a shoebox filled with One Pan Brownies! We were never ready to pull out of our driveway until Sheila brought the brownies! Fun memories.
Many afternoons, Mom would have a hot pan of brownies waiting for us when we got home from the bus stop. Other times I remember Mom inviting company over. We, my sisters and I, were instructed to straighten the family room and check the bathroom, Dad headed to the corner store for a gallon of our favorite local Red Bird ice-cream, and Mom stirred up a pan of brownies. Within 30 minutes we were enjoying hot brownies with ice-cream and laughter with friends.
I know you will want to try these brownies and all the secrets we have learned through the years!
Things you will need:
Directions & Secrets:
Secret #1 - Do NOT preheat the oven! There is no need!
Step 1. Place 9" square pan on the smallest eye of your stovetop and turn it on low. Place 1 stick of butter (or margarine) in the pan to slowly melt.
Step 2. As the butter melts, add 1 cup of sugar and 4 T of cocoa powder. Stir together while butter continues to melt. When melted and mixed together well, remove from heat and set on a hot pad on the counter.
Secret #2 - Have you tried the Special Dark Cocoa Powder? Talk about some rich decadent brownies! If you are a fan of dark chocolate, you may want to try it!
Step 3. Quickly stir in 2 eggs mixing well. (Mix should not be too hot if your burner was set on low.) Then all 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
Secret #3 - A little extra vanilla tastes yummy! An extra teaspoon? Sure!
Step 4. Add one cup of flour and a pinch of salt, and stir well. Be sure to stir into the corners of the pan to mix all ingredients together well. Add any add-ins at this time or just smooth mixture evenly in the pan.
Secret #4 - Add-ins are welcome! Try 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans, 1/2 cup of white or chocolate chips or add 1/3 of miniature chocolate chips on top of brownies and lightly pat into the surface of the brownie mixture before baking. What else can you think of?
Step 5. Put the brownies into a cold oven, turn the oven temperature to 375 degrees, and set the timer for 20 minutes.
Secret #5 - While the brownies bake, make the coffee, get out the cups, bowls, spoons, and napkins, brush your hair, put on your lipstick, and you are ready to greet your guests or serve your family a yummy treat!
Step 6. When brownies are done. remove from oven and let cool only slightly before cutting and serving warm.
Secret #6 - A plastic picnic knife works like a charm to cut these warm brownies. Crumbs will not stick to the knife!
Step 6. Enjoy!
Secret #7 - Brownies are SCRUMDIDLYICIOUS served warm with vanilla ice cream! Don't forget to add whipped cream and a cherry on top for special occasions!
Mom and I hope you will enjoy this recipe and will share and add-ins or secrets you discover!
Until next time, may the Lord bless you really good!
Larke and Suzanne