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Brownies, homemade, quick and easy!

Updated on September 9, 2015
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Silva has a background as a technical writer and in addition to how-to articles she writes about cooking, travel, and personal experiences.

So much better than store-bought brownies or the ones made from a box and easy to make!

Homemade brownies in Bakers Edge pan
Homemade brownies in Bakers Edge pan | Source

Here's how to make the best brownies you will ever eat, homemade, quick and easy. They are totally better than the ones you buy or the ones you make from a box. These are not dark fudgey gooey ones. These brownies have a light, unique texture.

I've had this recipe for so long I don't remember where it came from. These brownies, made from scratch, are quick and easy to make and the results are consistent. You will become known for your scrumptious brownies and they will be requested for all the potluck lunches at work and for school lunches. Quick, easy, simple, and no special ingredients needed.

I've been making these brownies for more than 50 years and until recently I used a 9" square pan. Then I came across a mention of a Baker's Edge brownie pan and I ordered one. I liked it so much I ordered a second one. This pan is specifically designed so that you get two delicious, chewy edges on every individual serving. A spatula that fits the pan perfectly is included. You can use this pan to bake other things, such as bars, cobblers, cakes, breads, gingerbread, and best of all (other than brownies) Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread! (yum) (See below for additional comment.)
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BROWNIES

3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
enough powdered cocoa to make a light brown batter (start with 2 tablespoons)

Set the stick of butter out in a bowl and allow to soften. Cream butter and sugar together. Add the eggs, flour, salt, and vanilla and stir to mix. Add the cocoa and stir until thoroughly mixed and the batter is a pale brown. Bake in a greased pan in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.*

So simple!

* the time of 20 minutes is for a square pan. If you are using the Baker's Edge pan, the cooking time may be shorter, so check them after 15 minutes.

Options:

- add chopped almonds or walnuts

- omit the cocoa and call them Blondies

- substitute special dark cocoa

- divide the batter in half, add cocoa to one half of the batter, then alternate spoonfuls in the pan and drag a table knife through the batter to make a marbled effect.

These freeze well. They can be iced and are really good with cream cheese icing. They are sinful with vanilla ice cream on top.


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12/4/13 -- I used the Baker's edge brownie pans for our cornbread dressing this Thanksgiving and Wow, we've found the perfect pan for holiday dressing!


Recipe for Chocolate Icing

Here's a recipe for chocolate icing to pour over the brownies: Melt 1 stick of butter in a pan. Add 4 tablespoons of cocoa and 1/2 cup of milk. Heat just to a boil. Pour over 1 box of powdered sugar. Mix well, add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour over brownies. Decadent. This makes a lot; you can use half and freeze half.

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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 

      3 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      This recipe looks delicious. I would love to try to make it and give it a try even the blondie version. Thanks for sharing.

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      Prince 

      3 years ago

      My wife is pregnant and she has this inalitabse craving for fudge brownies. Being a man, what do I know about baking, right? I looked for the simplest brownie recipe online and came across this guide. Good thing it was able to differentiate a cake brownie from a fudge brownie or else I would be wasting all the effort. My first try was a miss but I think I finally got the secret. Baking brownies all for the sake of my first born.

    • Silva Hayes profile imageAUTHOR

      Silva Hayes 

      4 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Astralrose, we tried it without an oven and it was good. We lightly oiled a non-stick skillet and poured some batter out just as you would a pancake. Cooked it until it set, and flipped it over with a spatula.

    • Silva Hayes profile imageAUTHOR

      Silva Hayes 

      4 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      I don't know, but it would be a good experiment to try!

    • Astralrose profile image

      Astralrose 

      4 years ago from India

      Love brownies! Can it be done without oven?

    • shampa sadhya profile image

      Shampa Sadhya 

      5 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and useful!

      Loved your pan idea and the recipe too seems quite easy.

    • Silva Hayes profile imageAUTHOR

      Silva Hayes 

      6 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Thanks, vespawoolf, this recipe is one you will use over and over again; simple and consistent, always delicious.

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      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      Wow, I'm thrilled to have such a simple but delicious brownie recipe. I've never seen this type of brownie pan before. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • KittySews profile image

      KittySews 

      6 years ago from Maryland

      Oops... one more addition... my buddy always says, "Is it real Milk Chocolate?", so I had to add in some Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips so that I could answer,"Of course, Honey!" He doesn't believe that Cocoa is real milk chocolate so I threw a handful in!

      I had the coffee extract because I made a recipe I found on the internet that was coffee flavored chocolate cupcakes with a caramel filled chocolate kiss in the center of each one. It sounded like a great good morning surprise chew...LOL.. didn't go over well with the buddy... too much... RFLOL nothing is toooo much for me.

    • Silva Hayes profile imageAUTHOR

      Silva Hayes 

      6 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Wow -- LOVE your additions! I have never tried coffee extract ... didn't even know it existed. I will buy some and add it next time. Sometimes I ice these brownies with a great chocolate icing I usually put on my chocolate sheet cake.

    • KittySews profile image

      KittySews 

      6 years ago from Maryland

      I used a Glass Square dish and some veggie spray to grease..

      Wow... so delicious... even with my usual.. oops that's not right let's compensate. I have been accused of mixing tastes..

      I grabbed the pure coffee extract and as usual put more in, thinking it was vanilla and I love vanilla. So, I had to put vanilla in-and in the same dose or more.. The flavor was incredible. I used the cocoa, but because it was already dark from the coffee extract I decided to throw in some Silly Cow Farms Marshmallow Swirl All Natural Hot Chocolate to make sure the coffee flavor didn't overpower. Mind you I don't measure things when I throw things in. It looked a little thick at this point so I added another egg. It came out of the oven smelling and looking scrumptous and moist. We are icing people-not skinny LOL and I added the Amazing Glazes in a dribble of Vanilla and cross hatched in a dribble of chocolate... So THANK YOU soooo much... The pic is on my profile. I have gotten such wonderful recipes from the internet but I LOOOOOOOVEEEE CHOCOLATE. Thanks AGAIN

    • Silva Hayes profile imageAUTHOR

      Silva Hayes 

      6 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Thank you for stopping by, KittySews. The pan is excellent, but the brownie recipe also works well in a square pan or doubled and in a rectangle pan.

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      KittySews 

      6 years ago from Maryland

      Hmmmm, I am going in the kitchen and make these brownies right this minute....

      Thanks

      And I was supposed to order a Scene It game for my buddy, so I am sure after I bake these brownies he will want one of those nice pans from Amazon also.... :-))

    • Silva Hayes profile imageAUTHOR

      Silva Hayes 

      6 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Thanks for visiting, carriethomson. Yes, this pan is great. You know how once in awhile you get something for the kitchen that really works well - this is one of my favorite finds.

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      carriethomson 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      mail a brownie for me:)) that one look really delicious. thanks for the recipe. this pan is a good design, the partitions can be made more complicated to bake a maze brownie, it'll look great:))

      carrie

    • Silva Hayes profile imageAUTHOR

      Silva Hayes 

      6 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      You are welcome!

    • bizzymom profile image

      bizzymom 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks for the brownie recipe. I like to collect recipes and make it a point to try each one. I had never seen that type of pan before - thanks for sharing!

    • Silva Hayes profile imageAUTHOR

      Silva Hayes 

      6 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Thanks for visiting, Truckstop Sally! (Love your name.) Yes, this pan is so cool!

    • Truckstop Sally profile image

      Truckstop Sally 

      6 years ago

      Love the recipe and the pan. So Cool! And, I would use the pan for cornbread too -- just like you!

    • playfulvixen profile image

      playfulvixen 

      6 years ago from Central Point

      Thanks!

    • Silva Hayes profile imageAUTHOR

      Silva Hayes 

      6 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      playfulvixen, the pan is really nice. It's heavy-duty, the kind of well-made pan that will last a lifetime. I am really pleased with mine.

      Arlene, I don't bake much in the summer, but I bake all the time in the cooler months. The granddaughters love these brownies.

      Alastar, this recipe is a keeper for sure. Thanks to all for your comments.

    • Alastar Packer profile image

      Alastar Packer 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Knew a lady whose secret recipe brownies( sssh,it was the peanut butter!) won the J.C. Penny dessert award once. But from what I've just read about yours Silva, do believe you'd have given that recipe a run for it's money. Yum Yum!

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      Arlene V. Poma 

      6 years ago

      Not very many bakers are willing to share a treasured recipe, but I'm glad you did. Well-written recipe that I would love to try. As a bonus, you've included a brownie pan that I've never seen. When I get back to baking this fall, I'll be on the lookout for the pan. Thank you! Voted up, useful and interesting. And I'm no fool. I'm bookmarking this baby.

    • playfulvixen profile image

      playfulvixen 

      6 years ago from Central Point

      This pan seems interesting, I will have to find one to try it out. Thanks for the tip!

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