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An Easy Chocolate Brownie Recipe that Produces the Best Brownies Every Time

Updated on July 28, 2017
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Rhonda is an award-winning travel writer/photographer at AlbomAdventures. Based in New Zealand she has visited 54 countries on 6 continents.

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I Love Fudgy Chocolate Brownies!

The aroma of chocolate brownies baking in the oven fills the house and my family comes running. Like me, they know that nothing is beats the consistently perfect result of my chocolate brownie recipe. Straight from the oven whilst still warm and slightly gooey, they are at their best; but even days old these simple to make brownies are better than any other we have tried.

What was once reserved only for special occasions is now an anytime treat. In less than an hour from concept, we can be enjoying fudgy, rich, gooey chocolate brownies. They melt in our mouth and almost magically disappear from the pan, as everyone comes by and sneaks off a strip or a little corner.

Are you wondering the secret to creating perfect chocolate brownies every time?

It's easy, simply follow the Recipe: (I know what you are thinking, it's not much of secret, but this recipe is perfected, so simply follow it to get the gooey, chocolate brownies that I have become known for making - every time.)

Shopping for the Ingredients

Here is the best part: If you bake, you probably already have all the necessary ingredients in your cupboard to follow this recipe, as these brownies are made from basic baking ingredients.

  • On the baking shelf I will find: flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and vanilla essence.
  • In the refrigerator I always have butter and eggs.

Take a Deep Breathe and Maybe You can Smell the Chocolatey Goodness

My best brownies, still in the pan
My best brownies, still in the pan | Source

These Chocolate Brownies are so Easy my Kids have been Making Them Since age 10

(with supervision at the stove and oven).

Super Easy Chocolate Brownie Recipe

*Remember to supervise children when they are melting the butter or working with hot ingredients.

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 25 min
  • Ready in: 40 min
  • Yields: 20 large or 24 small
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Ingredients List for Super Easy Chocolate Brownies

  • 3/4 cup butter (175 gm)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence (extract)
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C) degrees
  2. Melt butter in medium size sauce pan
  3. Add cocoa, stir until dissolved, then remove from heat
  4. Add sugar and vanilla to sauce pan, stir
  5. Mix in eggs one at a time
  6. Stir in remaining ingredients
  7. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan and bake for 25 minutes
  8. Cool completely before cutting into squares
3.2 stars from 10 ratings of My Best Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Cooking Tip To Make Clean Up Easier:

After we melt the butter, we use the pot as our mixing bowl. Without the added mixing bowl, clean up is quicker. Plus we don't loose any of the butter.

Did You Know They Make Special Brownie Pans?

This was a big surprise to me. Personally, I prefer to eat the brownies from the center of the pan, the ones that are a bit gooey as they have no solid edges. Therefore, I prefer a use a traditional rectangular pan. However the rest of the family loves the edges (which I think is what most people prefer).

Chicago Metallic Non-Stick Slice Solutions Brownie Pan with Lid, 13 by 9 by 1-1/2-Inch
Chicago Metallic Non-Stick Slice Solutions Brownie Pan with Lid, 13 by 9 by 1-1/2-Inch

If you need uniform brownies (or other treats) this would be the easy way to get them. The divider is a separate piece added after the batter.

 
Baker's Edge Nonstick Edge Brownie Pan
Baker's Edge Nonstick Edge Brownie Pan

This pan is a bit of a compromise. I visualize cutting four per row, so there will be a few with two edges that are still soft and gooey the way I like them, along with more corners and crisp defined edges for everyone else.

 

Do you prefer fudgy, gooey brownies or ones that are light and cake like? - (the recipe on this page produces the more solid, fudge like style).

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Do you prefer fudgy, gooey brownies or ones that are light and cake like?

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Looking for a bit of variety? Check out this Brownie Cookbook

Extreme Brownies: 50 Recipes for the Most Over-the-Top Treats Ever
Extreme Brownies: 50 Recipes for the Most Over-the-Top Treats Ever

I love the brownie recipe on this page so much, I have never needed more. However, should that change, this is the five-star rated brownie cookbook I think I would select. Written by an actual pastry chef, and award the top rating at Amazon, I can admit, it was the photo on the front cover that really called to me.

 

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© 2009 Rhonda Albom

What Do You Think of this Brownie Recipe? - Anything to add? All comments welcome

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Just took yet another batch of these out of the oven. My favorite brownie recipe ever!

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      Rhonda Albom 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @ecogranny: My girls sometimes add chocolate chips. I like them best just the way they are.

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      Rhonda Albom 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @Nancy Hardin: I am sure they will love it!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      It's a winner! Pinning, so I can try it soon, perhaps this weekend. The only thing I would change is making it with whole wheat flour, and if we know for sure none of our nut-allergy family members are in town, I might add nuts.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I think it's a wonderful recipe. Passing it on to family too.

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      Rhonda Albom 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @Merrci: They are our favorite. My girls make them so often, I never need to do the baking any more.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I like it! I'll be giving these a try!

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      What's not to love?

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      Buckhawk just reminded me of your wonderful brownies! Had to run back over here for another bite!

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      The recipe sounds yummy. In my kitchen, I'd insist on adding walnuts. Love chocolate & nuts together in anything!

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      I do love that your brownie recipe is not from a box, from scratch is always better! Like you, I prefer the center!

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      I may give it a try -- but you have the "slice" calling my name as well......

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      dealnation 5 years ago

      Love it!

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      MintySea 5 years ago

      I like brownies you can frost them or not frost them and they are still good

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      sidther lm 5 years ago

      Your brownie recipe looks amazing! I will definitely try this out soon!

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      JohnMichael2 5 years ago

      here I am again

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love chocolate, love brownies, and love the lens! Great job!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Thank goodness! My sweet tooth had a craving today and your recipe came to the rescue - just in time. The brownies turned out perfectly. Thanks, Pukeko, you saved the day!

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      JohnMichael2 5 years ago

      nuts ... they have to have nuts ... walnuts preferred

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Some tasty-looking brownie recipes here!

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Some tasty-looking brownie recipes here!

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      Adrijan 5 years ago

      Great lens thanks.

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      Adrijan 5 years ago

      Great lens thanks.

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      Simply mouth watering!

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      Yummy lens! =D

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very tasty looking. Squidoo is helpful. I also like http://www.squidoo.com/simple-and-easy-recipe-coll...

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      niicki 6 years ago

      I love brownies. Great lens!

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      Bella Stella 6 years ago

      Mmmmmm!!!!Yummyyyyy!!!! :D

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      ultimapalabra 6 years ago

      I feel a bit hungry now, that looks too great!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The brownie pan looks like a very good idea, what a pity I will not be able to get it here in South Africa the shipping would simply be too expensive

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      AsianMarketplace 6 years ago

      I can almost taste the brownies from your lens!

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Hi! I'm suddenly craving brownies, is that normal?

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      Wedding Mom 6 years ago

      Oh my that looks so delicious, I would love to try this recipe! thanks for sharing this. Yummy lens!

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      sweettoothstudio 6 years ago

      I want a brownie now...yummy!

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Very yummy recipe.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      YUMMMMYYYY I'm going to try with recipe with wholewheat flour and Xocai sipping chocolate and see how it comes out!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Lensrolled. Yummy lens...

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      HomesteadingChic 6 years ago

      YUM!!!!

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Yummy, yummy!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      Yum....now I want brownies. LOL

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      This is such a yummy lens! I will definitely be making your recipe soon. :):):) Cheers!

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      Lisa 6 years ago from Rhode Island

      wonderful!!!!

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      Laurel Johnson 6 years ago from Washington KS

      OH YUMMY!! Brownies are a fave at my house. Hubby likes his topped with ice cream.

      Loved the lens.

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      sheilamarie78 6 years ago

      Sometimes all we have to do is look at the treat. There are no calories if we eat brownies with our eyes. . . okay, so it's really not the same.

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      Mark Falco 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Thanks for sharing. Squidoo is going to make me fat!

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      Mistalina 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing the recipe! I look forward to trying it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This Lens looks so Good, I almost took a bite of my Computer! Yet another Delicious Lens, Yum Yum!!

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      Braynk 6 years ago

      Good information for home making chocolate !! I think i can make it easy. Try today... Chocolate Lovers .I thought that chocolate chips were needed in an otherwise perfect cake. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts, if using. Chocolate lovers, rejoice -- this is your dessert. Cocoa powder flavors flat disks of meringues, and rich bittersweet chocolate is the base for the filling that holds them together.

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      Frugal Bride 6 years ago

      mmmmm I want brownies!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yummy lens

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      These look right up my alley, nice work! I'm sure they are a thousand times better than any boxed mix.

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      southpaw23 7 years ago

      I have the 'Bakers Edge' pan you've featured up there and it is AMAZING. Every brownie is an edge piece...aka I am in Heaven, haha. I love brownies that are kind of in between fudgy and cakey with really chewy crispy edges. *weak in the knees just thinking about it*

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      KokoTravel 7 years ago

      Sure, now you did it... I would really like to have some of these brownies and it is almost bedtime...

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      wyrm11268 7 years ago

      These browines look easy to make so I think I will give them ago this weekend. Love chocolate so they should be perfect for me :-)

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      Seeking Pearls 7 years ago from Pueblo West

      This lens is so yummy! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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      Magicality LM 7 years ago

      It's either brownies or icecream with lots and lots of chocolate (say chocolate icecream with chocolate sauce ;-)) ... I'm afraid if I had an unlimited supply of ingredients, the tummy would get too big from brownies though.

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      Mart903 7 years ago

      I am a chocolate lover and enjoy brownies so much. Thanks for the recipe. Nice lens!

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      Cynthia Davis 7 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Geez, I'm hungry for these brownies right now.

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Lesnsrolled to my Texas Sheet Cake Brownies lens! Yummy!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Oh my, I knew I shouldn't have come in here LOL * wipes drool off chin and looks for something, anything, chocolate * - Kathy

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      @nebby: LOL - there is something very funny about "the healthy lady" eating the raw batter - but in the case of these brownies, it is nearly as good as the cooked brownie, so enjoy!

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      nebby 7 years ago from USA

      I am not a fan of cooked brownies but love the batter (yea I know it's not good to eat raw eggs) so I hold some aside for me and use a smaller pan to bake for the family. I guess I'm a kid at heat & love getting the batter all over my face.

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      Yummy!! These brownies look fantastic, too bad I cannot grab one through the computer!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Yikes! Now I want brownies! Ouch, I haven't even had breakfast yet :)

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      Not surprisingly I see I've found my way here before. Came back via FB to drool some more! :)

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      jodijoyous 7 years ago from New York

      Oooh, that looks good. Bookmarked it! Oh, and if the brownie breaks, the calories fall out.

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      BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      OH boy! I haven't had brownies in a while. I'm so glad baking season is coming up. Thanks for the great recipe and the fun debates. Lensrolled to Easy Turtle Cupcakes and Twittered. :D

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      Gamganny 7 years ago

      Is it too late to eat brownies at 12:30 in the morning, you've made me very hungry.

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Yum! I ready for some brownies right now! :)

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      You've done it again. My stomach is rumbling and I have a mad craving for brownies! A lens this yummy simply has to have an *~*~ Angel Blessing ~*~* from me!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Thanks for adding my Zazzle products. Nice update. I would give you 5 stars again if I could.

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      How on Earth have I missed this lens until now? Brownies are my favorite, (well, as long as cheesecake is kept out the equation). I will most definitely be making these. Well done lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Now I'm craving brownies! Very nice lens, Rhonda.

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      Senora M 7 years ago

      Yummy yummy!

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      DrRichard LM 7 years ago

      This is a 5 star tasty lens. Thanks for sharing!

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      They look delicious! I'll give them a try soon. :)

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      It's 6am and I'm thinking about brownies? Ah, why not!

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      My kids loves brownies! Great recipe! Blessed by an angel and lensrolling to my Homemade Bread lens. Happy New Year!

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Yummy lens, blessed with one of my last blessings.

      Looking forward to continuing to work with (without wings) next year.

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      Indigo Janson 8 years ago from UK

      Delicious! Can't beat a fresh baked brownie.

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Tasty Brownie Lens! My daughter always enjoys baking chocolate brownies at Christmas. I supply the chocolate!

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      puzzlerpaige 8 years ago

      I love brownies with chewy edges. And yes, I voted FOR the ice cream. You had me at that first brownie poster. YUM!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Sounds delicious

      Thanks for sharing

      Lizzy

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      MrsR1 8 years ago

      Ooh - I need a Brownie now!! YUMMY

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      Rhonda, I am sending this recipe to my son's wife...the way to Chad's heart is through his Brownies!!! He will love these! Thanks so much...great presentation...loved the lens! Jeanie

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      Sojourn 8 years ago

      I'd be turned in as a mother if anyone knew how long it's been since I made brownies for the kids. Heavy guilt trip coming up so I'll have to check this recipe out very, very soon! Nice job and they sound delicious! :)

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      Cheryl Paton 8 years ago from West Virginia

      We love brownies too. Lensrolling to Chocolate Lovers Day.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Welcome to the Culinary Favorites From A to Z group. Don’t forget to come back and add your lens to the link list so that it will appear on the group page!

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      We love brownies and I have a couple of really good recipes but I think I'll try yours the next time I make them. Yum!

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      Terry Boroff (flipflopnana) 8 years ago from FL

      Ooooo, I can smell them baking!

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done & blessed by a SquidAngel. If you haven't already, I invite you to submit your lens to Culinary Favorites From A to Z group. I apologize that I am running behind in processing submissions!

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      annetteghallowe1 8 years ago

      This is exactly the recipe I have been looking for to use some Africa pure cocoa powder i have been hoarding! Thank you....A definite 5*

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      seashell2 8 years ago

      Great lens, my favourite are mint brownies!

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      seashell2 8 years ago

      Great lens, my favourite are mint brownies!

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      A good brownie and a glass of milk is one of my favorite treats!

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Yummy lens. I will have to try the recipe.

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      I love Brownies too : )

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      I love Brownies too : )

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      Yum! 5***** and lensrolling this to squidoo.com/fiveminutebrownie -- stop by if you get a chance :)

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      I love brownies! looks like a great recipe!