Grandma’s Best Brownies

I have a recipe for Grandma’s Best Brownies from a Time Life recipe card that came in the mail years and years ago. There is a beautiful picture of these brownies (it really is quite lovely), but I cannot find that recipe online. They would make a fabulous gift.

I cannot post a recipe without a picture, that would not be helpful at all. You need a picture of the brownies to go with the recipe, plain and simple.

Well, if I have to, I have to.

So, I made them. Someone had to do it.

I did it for you.

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You’re welcome.

(My pictures are not quite as lovely as theirs…)

They are rich and chocolatey and moist. They were so easy. You need to find someone to give this fabulous gift to. They will be soooo thankful.

…and pssssst…if you cut them into squares before you give them away, you can take one or two…they will never know!


14 tbsp. butter, divided
4 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, divided
2 large eggs
1 cup flour
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
2 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3-4 tbsp. milk

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 8-in square baking pan or line with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In large heavy saucepan over low heat, melt 8 tbsp. butter and chocolate, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in granulated sugar, 2 tsp vanilla and eggs, one at a time. Blend in flour and walnuts.

3. Spread in pan and bake until brownies just start to pull from sides of pan, 18-20 mins.

4. To prepare frosting: in medium bowl with electric mixer, beat remaining butter and vanilla until creamy. At low speed, gradually add confectioners sugar and cocoa, alternating with milk, beating well after each addition until frosting is smooth and fluffy.

5. Frost brownies when removed from oven by gently spreading on. Cool. Cut into squares.


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