Mom's old-fashioned brownies


The story goes that my mom was just back home from the hospital after having her first child, when a neighbor in Kansas City, Kansas, baked brownies and rushed them over. My mom loved them and has been baking these ever since.


OK, that actually isn't the story for these brownies. That is how Mom acquired her sour cream coffee cake recipe, but I wanted to mention this cake somehow because it is excellent. (Contact Mom here for that recipe.) The brownies recipe actually came from a Mrs. Van Dyke, who served them at Christmas in Kansas City. The Van Dykes were friends of the family and my mom said she thought their son was cute. “I was maybe 12!” Mom added. These brownies are good and easy to make – only seven ingredients. You probably have them in the kitchen now.

"Just eat them and stop asking questions,'' as Mom would always say.

Mom never really said that, but she could have, given the right setting.


These brownies aren't dumb, but I don't have the right toy magnets to spell smart. These bake up thin and nearly melt in the mouth. I remember eating many of these growing up and sometimes coughing from the powdered sugar topping. You can skip the topping, but then they aren't as fun.

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Mom's old-fashioned brownies

3/4 cup butter 

3/4 cup cocoa

2 1/4 cup sugar

5 eggs

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. salt

Combine butter, cocoa and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Then add flour and salt.

Spread into a greased and floured 10x15 pan. Bake at 325 for 20 mins. Do not overbake. (I once told Mom that 325 degrees is too hot to cook brownies. "You're going to burn them," I said. "All brownies get cooked at 325," she replied. "OK. Do what you want," I answered. "I will," she said.)

When done, sprinkle with powdered sugar.