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How to Make Brownies

Updated on August 23, 2017
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Growing up in North Louisiana and now living in the southern part, Yvonne has many great country, Cajun and New Orleans recipes to share.

Easy Brownie Recipes and More

If you are a chocoholic like us, then you'll love these chocolate brownie recipes. I've included several different recipes for the cake brownie and the fudge brownie people and easy recipes for beginners as well as start from scratch ones for the more experienced bakers.

You'll also find helpful items like special brownie pans and cook books. We even found a great video that demonstrates the whole process from beginning to end. I bet you'll want to rush into the kitchen and whip up a batch of brownies as soon as you finish reading. Have fun and enjoy!

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Sing along with Archie and the Gang while you check out the brownie recipes!

Brownies, the Easy Way or Hard Way?

Of course, the easiest (but not the most delicious) way to make brownies is to go to your local grocery, buy a box of mix and follow the directions. In 30 minutes or more you'll have brownies, but they just won't taste like your Mom's (unless that's how she made them). Since I feel that I am a connoisseur of fine brownies, I will provide you with several recipes. Some are very easy and some, like the ones made with real unsweetened chocolate, are a little more difficult, but not too hard. Heck, I made them using the "hard" recipe when I was 10 years old and was working on my "Baking" 4-H project! That's when I first got hooked on Brownies.

There are many different types of Brownies. Some people like "cake-like" ones and others want more fudge-like brownies. My husband and I belong to the fudge brownie troop. The more gooey, the better. Some people have to have icing, while others like them plain. Others like nuts added to the recipe. Once you decide whether you belong to the cake troop or the fudge troop and pick the proper recipe, then the extras can be added as you go along.


    • Always preheat the oven.

    • Don't forget to grease the pan.

    • Stick a toothpick in the middle of the pan to test if they are done. If it comes out clean, they are done. However, since we like gooey brownies, we take them out a couple of minutes before they are done.


Betty Crocker's Cooky Book

Betty Crocker's Cooky Book
Betty Crocker's Cooky Book

A good, all around Cookie Cookbook. I have a really old copy that I have been using since the late 1960's and I haven't found a recipe in it that I didn't like.


How to Make Brownies

was Featured on Cabaret Squidoo Best Recipes on May 26, 2009

Fudge Brownie or Cake Brownie?

Do you like your brownies fudgy or cakey?

How to Make Brownies Video

Step by step instructions for making fudge brownies.


Traditional Fudge Brownie - Our Favorite!!!

I've been making these for years. The recipe is from my old 1969 Betty Crocker Cookbook

  • Cook time: 45 min
  • Ready in: 45 min
  • Yields: Makes 32 Bars


  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking pan, 13X9X2 inches. Melt chocolate and shortening in large saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat. Mix in sugar, eggs and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spread in pan.
  2. Bake 30 minutes or until brownies start to pull away from sides of pan. Do not overbake. Cool slightly. Cut into bars, about 2 X 1 1/2 inches. If desires, spread with Glossy Chocolate Frosting before cutting. Makes 32 cookies.
  3. Glossy Chocolate Frosting
  4. 3 tablespoons shortening or butter
  5. 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  6. 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/3 cup milk
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  10. Melt shortening or butter and chocolate in saucepan over low heat. Stir in remaining ingredients; beat until smooth. Place pan of frosting in bowl of ice and water; continue beating until of spreading consistency. If desired, stir in 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts. Fills and frosts two 8- or 9-inch layers or frosts a 13X9-inch cake.
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Brownies for a Crowd Recipe

Here's a recipe for a large quantity of delicious chocolate brownies. It's from our old standby, The Betty Crocker Cooky Book, 1963.


  • Cook time: 45 min
  • Ready in: 45 min
  • Yields: 56 Bars


  • 8 squares unsweetened chocolate (8 oz.)
  • 1 1/3 cups shortening
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 8 eggs
  • 3 cups Gold Medal Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups chopped nuts
  • 2 oblong pans
  • 13 x9 1/2x2" or 2 jelly roll pans
  • 15 1/2 x10 1/2x1"


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease pans. Melt chocolate and shortening over low heat. Beat in sugar and eggs. Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting. Blend flour, baking powder and salt; stir in. Mix in nuts. Spread in pan. Bake 25 to 30 min., or until toothpick stuck in center comes out clean. Cut in bars; frost, if desired.

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Easy Cocoa Brownie Recipes

Simple Fudge Brownies Recipe

From RecipeZaar Recipe #141647 | 45 min | 15 min prep

By: Chef #241640

Oct 17, 2005

Easy and delicious!


  • Cook time: 45 min
  • Ready in: 45 min
  • Yields: 15


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour


  1. 1. Cream first 3 ingredients with a mixer.
  2. 2. Blend in cocoa, flour and eggs.
  3. 3. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. 4. Frost with your favorite icing or mix icing sugar, butter and cocoa.
  5. 5. Cut into 15-20 small squares (its pretty rich!).

Cocoa Brownies - Easy Recipe

from The Food Network

Recipe courtesy Alton Brown


  • Cook time: 55 min
  • Ready in: 55 min
  • Yields: Makes 30 bars


  • Soft butter
  • for greasing the pan
  • Flour
  • for dusting the buttered pan
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • sifted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • sifted
  • 8 ounces melted butter
  • 11/4 cups cocoa
  • sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Butter and flour an 8-inch square pan.
  2. In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the eggs at medium speed until fluffy and light yellow. Add both sugars. Add remaining ingredients, and mix to combine.
  3. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 8-inch square pan and bake for 45 minutes. Check for doneness with the tried-and-true toothpick method: a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan should come out clean. When it's done, remove to a rack to cool. Resist the temptation to cut into it until it's mostly cool.

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Easy Brownies with Pre-melted Chocolate

Chocolate Fudge Brownies

From Nestle

Level: Easy

These basic chocolate brownies have an infinite number of variations. Choose one of the suggestions or experiment on your own!

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: 24 brownies


  • * 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • * 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • * 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • * 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • * 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
  • * 2 tablespoons water
  • * 4 packets (1 oz. each) NESTLî TOLL HOUSE® CHOCO BAKE® Pre-Melted Unsweetened Chocolate Flavor
  • * 2 large eggs
  • * 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • * 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)


  1. PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  2. COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Microwave sugar, butter and water in a large, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 4 to 5 minutes or until mixture bubbles, stirring once. Add Choco Bake; stir.
  3. STIR in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Stir in vanilla extract. Add flour mixture; stir well. Stir in nuts. Pour into prepared baking pan.
  4. BAKE for 15 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.
  6. HEAT sugar, butter and water in a medium saucepan just to boiling, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add Choco Bake; stir. Proceed as above.
  8. PREPARE brownie batter; do not pour into pan. Beat 8 ounces softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Beat in 1 egg. Pour brownie batter into pan. Spoon cream cheese mixture over top; swirl with spoon. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  10. PREPARE brownie batter without nuts; do not pour into pan. Combine 1/2 cup peanut butter, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH (100 %) power for 45 seconds; stir until smooth. Pour brownie batter into pan. Spoon peanut butter mixture over top; swirl with spoon. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  12. PREPARE brownie batter without nuts; bake as directed. While still hot, sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows, 1/3 cup chopped nuts and 3/4 cup NESTLî TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels. Bake for 2 to 3 minutes or until marshmallows are puffed and morsels are shiny.

The Ultimate Cake Brownie

The Ultimate Brownie is a tall cakey-brownie, but is dense like a fudgy-brownie. About Baking

  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 24 brownies


  • 8 - 1 ounce squares of unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup butter
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 -1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 -1/2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts (toasted)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat; set aside. In a mixer, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla at high speed for 10 minutes**. Blend in chocolate mixture, flour and salt until just mixed. Stir in the nuts. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes. (Don't overbake.) Cool and frost if desired, but that is not necessary.

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      pericaluic 4 years ago

      nice lens

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      Eric Mayo 4 years ago

      Who doesn't like brownies? Great recipes. Great lens! Thanx.

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Really great lens about cooking thank you so much :))

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      nicolane 5 years ago

      Sorry, I can't leave a long comment - I need to go and eat a brownie

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      imjens 5 years ago

      Delicious lens in all ways!

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      Ashly Rain 5 years ago

      I like the good old brownies that you make right from the box. Yum!! I have the craving now. Great lens.

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      Great recipes here! I don't eat brownies anymore because I have given up refined sugar aghhh!!!! haha, but I will make them for the family, no need depriving them.

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      Hmmm delicious. I will try this recipe.

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      orangegirl6020 5 years ago

      Mmmm! Your lens made me hungry! I'm off to try one of your recipes...

      Thank you for the great info!

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Great brownie article! Congratulations on being featured on the chocolate monsterboard!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm probably waaaaaaaaaay better at eating brownies than baking them. Super lens!

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Great collection of some very tasty looking brownies. Yummy!

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      Bananko 5 years ago

      Chocolate brownies are my favorite! Nice Recipes you have here!

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great recipe ideas! Yum.

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      PippiDust 5 years ago

      Great idea for cold winter days. I just love chocolate and chocolate brownies.

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      TopToysForKids 6 years ago

      love this recipe, great job! :)

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      peppervel 6 years ago

      Am a lousy baker. but after reading your lens.... so tempted to try. MY younger son will scream for join if I do that!

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      rhodacks 6 years ago

      now i am craving for some brownies!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i'm making brownise for my bake sale!

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      tangy 6 years ago

      i just love brownies! they are the best treats you can have!

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      KANEsUgAr 6 years ago

      I'm so hungry now, I need brownies.

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      Cinnamonbite 6 years ago

      I just made brownies tonight! Now they were supposed to be the best brownies EVAR but...meh. I need to keep hunting recipes, I guess

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      I love brownies but I bake cookies all the time.

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      mattseefood lm 6 years ago

      Nice recipe! I LOVE brownies :)

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      i am a fellow chocoholic too! thank you for sharing this delicious lens! cheers

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      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      I'm lensrolling this to my homemade brownies lens. Sounds good right about now! Happy St. Pat's!

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      AnnaleeBlysse 6 years ago

      I should buy a Non Stick Edge Brownie Pan! I find brownies are harder to cook right here at nearly a mile above sea-level. When I lived on an island, I never had the troubles. Maybe one of those Non Stick Edge Brownie Pan would help.

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      WhiteOak50 6 years ago

      This page is wonderful especially with all of the neat videos. Gotta love those songs, and gotta love brownies! Yum.

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      peteriannuzzi 6 years ago

      thanks for the info

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      AmateurAtHTML 7 years ago

      I love brownies, as long as they're not over-cooked. My daughter believes that more important than eating brownies is making them. She finds the process therapeutic. And since she's fourteen, we seem to have brownies appear on the counter with some regularity. There's nothing like waking up at 3 a.m. to the smell of brownies in the oven! (I just wish I were joking!)

      Thanks for this page. I love it!

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      AmateurAtHTML 7 years ago

      I love brownies, as long as they're not over-cooked. My daughter believes that more important than eating brownies is making them. She finds the process therapeutic. And since she's fourteen, we seem to have brownies appear on the counter with some regularity. There's nothing like waking up at 3 a.m. to the smell of brownies in the oven! (I just wish I were joking!)

      Thanks for this page. I love it!

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      Tonie Cook 7 years ago from USA

      Brownies are the best.

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      Love brownies! I've recently become addicted to the chocolate brownies at Starbucks. Yum!

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      Jerry_David 7 years ago

      tasty lens, great work!

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      missbat 7 years ago

      This lens is making me hungry! I want that "all edges" brownie pan! Thanks for sharing!

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      p.s. I LOVE that apron!

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      you had me at "chocolate"!...I made brownies the other day...wouldn't you know it, they stuck to the pan, fell apart, one side of the pan was thicker than the other side which was thin because I threw the pan into the oven before leveling out the mix and none of it mattered...they were devoured! YUM!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I just got a pan with squares that you set into it to make letter and number shaped cakes. I think I might try it with brownie batter first. Personally, I love all the nuts and toppings. I bet if I made more of those the kids wouldn't eat them on me. ;) Thanks for all the recipes!

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Mmm, I love brownies! Mine usually come directly from Duncan Hines! :)

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      These sound really good...lots of choices for homemade brownies. Thanks for the tips too.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Delicious! Thank you.

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      sarita 8 years ago from Hisar

      Good job on this lens..

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      Yvonne L. B. 8 years ago from Covington, LA

      When I was in college, and money was tight, I used to make batches of brownies and put them in inexpensive, festive tins or boxes to give as holiday gifts.

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      Sharon Berry 8 years ago from Michigan

      I can't wait to try all of these brownie recipes. You are right, homemade brownies are soooo much better than brownies from a box.

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      Yvonne L. B. 8 years ago from Covington, LA

      [in reply to LindaJM] Thanks bunches, Linda. Glad you like them and double fudge thanks for the blessing!

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      Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      You have some of the best recipe lenses! 5* / Angel Blessed

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      Mmm, mmm, mmm! 5* for this tasty lens; faved and rolling this to

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      italianheart92 lm 8 years ago

      This lens is amazing I love brownies awesome lens =D

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      thewishpearl 8 years ago

      I have always made brownies from a mix but now I am definitely going to try these. My kids and their friends will love them!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago


      This lens is now featured on The Totally Awesome Lenses home page.


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      CarrieGeyer LM 8 years ago

      A delicious lens. I recommend trying any of the recipes with Dove Chef Series Chocolates and Dove Chocolate Discoveries Cocoa Powder. Visit my lens to see more.

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      tdove 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      Sniff It Out 8 years ago

      Another great lens! The brownies sound mouthwateringly yummy, I will have to try them...

      Welcome to 'The Cooks Cafe' group.

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      WritingforYourW 8 years ago

      You mean it's possible to make brownies without a box mix? Who knew? ;)

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      Great lens. I think I gained weight just reading through it -- drooled a little too. lol. Congrats on your runner-up award. Bear hugs, Frankie aka Bearmeister aka Cat-Woman

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      Great lens. I think I gained weight just reading through it -- drooled a little too. lol. Congrats on your runner-up award. Bear hugs, Frankie aka Bearmeister aka Cat-Woman

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      greenerme 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your runner up spot for the food/cooking Giant Squid Award! Great job!

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Congratulations for being the runner-up Best Baking Lens in the 2008 Giant Squid Awards. Well deserved! ;)

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      KatherineClark 8 years ago

      Now you are talking my language. I love Chocolate and especially Brownies. Send Out Cards has a gift item that is Brownies and they are the best I have ever tasted. Yum. The perfect Gift for any occasion.

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards nomination!

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      poutine 9 years ago

      Very fattening lens, but I'll try some of your recipes anyway.

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      mistyblue75605 lm 9 years ago

      mmmm.. brownies! I love them!

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      DAD1104 9 years ago

      Can you make without GLUTEN; I have Celiac disease and can not eat Gluten. Thanks

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      MargoPArrowsmith 9 years ago

      5* and a vote in the Giant contest

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Yummy. I will take a dozen of each. Great lens.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I love brownies and so do my boys. They will definitely be on my Christmas baking list.

      Great lens


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      Tonie Cook 9 years ago from USA

      This site is bookmarked in my online recipe file. If I ever lose my favorite brownie recipe card, it is good to know I can find it here. Congratulations on your 2008 GSA nomination.

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      Paula Atwell 9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Congrats on your nomination.

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      Joan4 9 years ago

      Congratulations on your 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination! This is a great lens!

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      PattB LM 9 years ago

      Congrats on your nomination. Looks like some great suggestions here, I'm going to have to get out the baking pans!

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      Kay 9 years ago

      Oooooh...chocolate. I am a serious chocoholic and these recipes look wonderful.

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      squid-janices7 9 years ago

      Great 5* lens - congrats on your 2008 Giant Squid award nomination! I lensrolled you to my Kicked Up Brownie Mix Recipeslens.

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      clouda9 lm 9 years ago

      Candy for the eyes...yummy for sure! Congrats on your 2008 Giant Squid nomination...woot!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Congratulations on your 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination and good luck! - Kathy

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      Kiwisoutback 9 years ago from Massachusetts

      It's funny, there's brownies in our oven as we speak, but not the homemade kind. Just boring old boxed (but still good) Brownies. Excellent work!

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      poutine 9 years ago

      I love brownies better than cookies.


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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Consider adding your great brownie recipes to Your lens is terrific.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      I love brownies almost as much as I love cookies.

      Great lens


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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.


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      Lou165 9 years ago from Australia

      I am sitting here salivating and my brain is refusing to think of anything to say until I give it some brownies so here's 5* while I pop out to the kitchen!

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      Paula Atwell 9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I don't know the html to draw a brownie, so here is a "BROWNIE". Welcome to the Comfort Food Group.

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Delicious lens! I love the smell of brownies baking in the oven. Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.