Recipe: Grandpa’s chocolate brownies

I’ve posted photos of these brownies before and figured it was about time I put up the recipe.  It’s my grandfather’s brownie recipe, but I’ve tweaked it to make it a little richer (of course) and I recommend topping with something decadent such as Nutella cream cheese frosting or maybe even chocolate ganache.  Experiment away with these and let me know what you come up with 🙂

For these brownies, here’s what you’ll need:

* 1/2 cup margarine

* 1 cup white sugar

* 2 eggs

* 1/2 cup cocoa

* 1/2 cup flour

* 5 squares of semi-sweet chocolate, melted

Preheat the oven to 350F and lightly grease a square baking pan (I use one around 8×8).

Mix together the margarine and sugar using a Kitchen Aid mixer if you have one, or a handheld mixer.  If you are a superhero or want to bulk up your muscles, feel free to do this by hand.  Personally I’d just do some jumping jacks while the Kitchen Aid does its thing, but that’s because I have the upper body strength of Mr. Burns 🙂

Sugary goodness in a shiny bowl.....

Next, add in the eggs and mix well.

Eggs....joining in on the mixing fun!

Next mix in the cocoa and flour. Then the real fun starts – add in the melted semi-sweet chocolate!  The chocolate can either be melted in the microwave over low heat or on the stove, over low heat.  Make sure you keep an eye on it so it does not burn.  Sweet, chocolatey brownie batter goodness – nom!

Pour the batter goodness into your prepared pan and bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes. Make sure not to overbake, so check the little guys and use a cake tester.  If it comes out clean or with the odd crumb carnage, then it’s done!

Now if you choose to do frosting, I highly recommend using the Nutella frosting.  To quickly recap, you will need 1 package of light cream cheese.  Go for the full fat version if you’re partying like it’s 1999!  Cream this with 1/4 cup of unsalted butter.  Gradually add in 2 cups of icing sugar.  I think it’s called confectioner’s sugar or something else in the US.  Anyway, it’s fine, white powder – not to be confused with anything illegal because this is a PG 13 blog afterall and not an episode of The Wire….Then add in 2/3 cup of Nutella.  I’m really hoping some of you will go wild with the basic cream cheese frosting and add in creative things like caramel, crushed Oreo cookies, gummie worms….possibilities are endless…and tasty 🙂

Nutella frosting...good on brownies or by the heaping spoonful!

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4 responses to “Recipe: Grandpa’s chocolate brownies

  1. Yum, this sounds really good!! THanks for the recipe 😀

  2. Michele

    Icing sugar is called powdered sugar in Iowa.

    And I’m getting a sugar rush just reading this recipe!

    • Rach

      Thanks Michele! I’m never sure half the time what certain baking supplies are called in different countries 🙂 I’ll happily make you some of these when I’m back in August!

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