Brownies from Childhood

These are the brownies that my sisters and I made when we were growing up. I’m not sure why but for years when I made brownies for a work potluck or to take to Devin’s school or just to gobble up at home I bought a prepared mix. It has taken me making this recipe twice in the last month to turn me around…they are easy to make, I know what’s in them versus a boxed mix and they are less expensive (especially when you look at prices for organic mixes).

These brownies have a great thin, slightly crunchy layer on top and a chewy, fudgy inside:

Homemade Brownies

  • 1 1/3 cups organic all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups organic cane sugar
  • 2/3 cup melted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13×9 pan with non-stick baking spray. In a medium bowl stir together sugar and melted butter. Add eggs and vanilla and stir to combine.
  • In a 2 cup glass measuring cup measure flour then add baking powder, salt and cocoa powder and use a fork to gentle combine. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and stir to combine well. At this point you can add 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans or chocolate chips. We had some leftover mini Reese cups that we added in this time 🙂
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.

4 thoughts on “Brownies from Childhood

  1. I didn’t know you had this recipe until you posted it! The ingredients are simple but I remember the finished product turning out consistently well.

    I had the perfect excuse to try out my theory — Paul’s parents stayed with us overnight on their way to a week-long stay in Williamsburg. I made them dinner with brownies for dessert. I didn’t add anything special other than what the recipe called for, baked them for exactly 20 minutes, and they turned out GREAT! Nice and chewy, and they didn’t fall apart like some brownies do. The batter was thicker than I remember — maybe that had something to do with it. I received lots of compliments, so thanks for the inspiration!

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