The Best Brownies


1 c. butter, melted                                   1/2 ts. salt

2 c. sugar                                                  2/3 c. cocoa

2 tsp. vanilla                                             1/2 tsp. baking powder

4 eggs                                                         1 c. nuts (optional)

1 c. flour

Blend butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs and beat well with a  spoon. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to egg mixture until well blended. Stir in nuts. Spread in greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until brownie begins to pull away from edge of pan. Do not over-bake.

  • Mandy’s Hints: The above recipe is written just as it appears in the book.
  • I only softened my butter – I didn’t melt it.
  • I didn’t use nuts, but you might all have guessed that by now. 🙂
  • I have been having a problem with my brownies always caving in once they’re baked and cooling. So I did some research (my mom doesn’t have this problem so she was no help – off to Google I went!) and turns out I may have been over-beating my batter and adding my eggs too quickly. So I added my eggs one at a time, and blending them before adding another. THEN I only mixed in the flour mixture until it was barely blended. This really seemed to help!!!
  • I definitely did not bake these for only 20-25 minutes. It took a good 45-50 minutes for me! WHAT??? Not sure what is going on with the timing on this one. But for me it was a lot longer than the recipe called for. I actually stopped using a timer after 40 minutes (and just eye-balled them), so it might have even been longer.

*This recipe came from the Mary’s Family Favorites (Recipes from the Weaver & Miller Families) cookbook. This particular recipe was submitted by Levi and Anna D. Miller. They’re a HUGE hit! 🙂 

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