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Chocolate Brownies

We all have a favorite brownie recipe and here is the one that I have baked countless times over the decades. This simple one-bowl brownie recipe originated in 'The Mennonite Treasury of Recipes' (page 147) and has been updated to our liking. Though the original recipe calls for chocolate icing, I don't recall ever frosting these brownies.  The chocolate chips sprinkled on the surface before baking are the finishing touch!  Eat straight from the pan...or add a scoop of ice-cream and chocolate sauce.

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup cocoa 
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or coconut
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar and egg.
  4. Add cocoa, flour, baking powder. Stir until smooth.
  5. Add nuts and vanilla.
  6. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  7. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, if desired.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes...or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out almost clean.  Do not overcook.


  1. Those look so delicious. I recently made brownies from a box and dotted the top with chocolate chip cookie dough. It came out under baked even though I left it in longer than recommended - so was a tad disappointing. I should try this with your homemade recipe. I'm sure it would be fabulous.

  2. Those brownies look delish! And I think topping them with ice cream would be perfect. And those Apple Sweet Rolls....yum!

    Cindy Bee

  3. Nice to have a brownie recipe using cocoa. My "go to" brownie recipe uses squares of unsweetened chocolate, so I'll have to try yours!

  4. These look delish! I am assuming that is one-half cup of butter?

  5. Making me want to make brownies now☺ Yummy ♥

  6. It's kind of a brownie kind of day! I wonder how much chocolate will be consumed by our friends to the south today! This was also my go to recipe but I haven't made it in years. Thank you for the reminder.

  7. My son in law, Mike, also known as the quadfather - dearly loves BROWNIES!!! I shall make these for him! His favorite is a simple box recipe but we continue to try new recipes on him!

  8. What size pan do you use? Thanks!

    1. 8-inch square mentioned in step 1.


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