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From my kitchen window I used to watch our children play together. Karen and George lived behind us and every so often she came over with a plate of her wonderful baking. I still pull out the hand written recipes she gave me. Why not treat your neighbours to some brownies, or make up a tray for the girls at work.

-1 cup margarine
-2 cups sugar
-4 heaping tbsp cocoa (fry's)
-4 eggs, slightly beaten
-1 cup flour
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 cup chopped walnuts, chopped (optional)

-2 cups icing sugar
-2 tbsp margarine
-2 tbsp cocoa
-2 tbsp boiling water
-2 tsp vanilla
Beat together while brownies are baking.

Cream margarine, sugar and cocoa together. Add beaten eggs and vanilla until smooth. Beat in flour. If adding nuts fold in last.
Bake in a greased 9x13 pan at 350ยบ for 35-40 minutes.
Top will appear to be under baked, that is how it should look.... don't over bake. (it should fall a bit in the middle) They should be moist and chewy.
Ice immediately after removing from the oven so it will melt into a shiny glaze.

*you can half this recipe, baking for 20 minutes. Freeze well.


  1. I try to always share my baking with my neighbours and I'm sure they'd love this. My neighbour, the farmer, has been out in his fields everyday now & I'll have to make some of these for him to show him how wonderful we think he is... he's in his 80's and still farming like a trooper :)

  2. Love the presentation of the brownies in the photo! Beautiful...

  3. Thanks! I was looking for a good brownie recipe:)

  4. They look most special, Kathy!

  5. Another fantastic brownie recipe. .I'll give it a try next time the family is coming home.

  6. You say moist and chewy brownies..that sounds wonderful!

  7. They look wonderful!
    Can you use real butter instead of margarine?

  8. Kathy, what a lovely photo!
    I'd love one of those brownies!!

  9. Your brownies just came out of my oven! Looking good. And the frosting was the simplest little recipe yet. I already have a sugar high, and the brownies are still uncut! -- Frosting taste-testing. -- michele

  10. I just want to say thank you for this recipe. As someone who is trying to move away from boxed mixes this recipe was just the thing. I made a pan and they were gone in minutes. I used margarine in the brownies but butter in the icing and it was just amazing.

  11. Andrea, yes you can use butter in this recipe. Glad to hear that some of you have already had success. Kathy

  12. I made these today and they are awesome! I think this is my new favorite brownie recipe. Thanks for the recipe(s)!

  13. These Brownies Rock!
    The only thing I changed was I used butter instead of margarine. Took some to work with me...Gobbled up. My hubby couldn't stop eating them. Moist and fudgy - this will now be part of recipe collection.

  14. Those were the BEST Brownies I have ever made.. They only problem was that I couldn't eat that many because there were no Rejects..........all ready in my deep freeze........Will make these again for sure!! Brownies are my Grandkids your site......Blessings from Lynn

  15. As Valentine's Day is tomorrow, I currently have a pan of these in the oven :) I needed to jump on and post this comment, recognizing I had not done so before! I have been making these brownies since 2010 and they are without a doubt my family's favourite. They are indeed THE BEST! Moist...chewy...absolute deliciousness! I have been providing this link to endless brownie lovers, all of whom have now titled this "a keeper". After all this time...thank you for sharing!

    Blessings to All,
    Anna (Toronto)


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