Busy Bakers Making Brownies

Georgia is a really busy girl.  I’ve told you all before that she is full of spunk and attitude.  She is too smart for her own good and is a little mischief maker.  She can really keep a mom (or a grandma) on their toes.  By far, she ranks high on the list of kiddos that need lots of attention…and I took care of Carver so that is saying a lot.

We all love her just the way she is but we all often find ourselves saying, “That’s just Georgia”.

On the other hand, she can be as sweet as can be.  She’s very concerned and thoughful.  We just never never know if we’re going to get sweetness or spunk and that’s what makes taking care of her always interesting.

Kelli has taken to baking with Georgia a lot.  It’s hard with the twins to have a lot of time with her as there and the household tasks that need to get done and the boys to take care of too.

As part of a way to spend time with her, keep her out of trouble and get some household chores done, Kelli has started involving Georgie in making supper as often as she is interested.

I think they make a great cooking duo.

Today they are making my brownie recipe.  You can see that Kelli has written recipes that are family favorites in the inside of her big Betty Crocker cookbook.

The recipe has a long family history.

Long about 1988 Kramer was chosen as a “Minnesota Young Farmer”.  We were living in Minnesota then and milking cows.  That seems like a lifetime ago.  We were so excited as with the distinction they sent us to a conference in the Twin Cities.  I went with and enjoyed some alone time while he was attending meetings.

One night spouses were invited to come and they had a big catered meal.  Gift bags were handed out and in my gift bag was this recipe book.

I took that book home and have made many things from the book.  Several of the recipes have stuck with our family…the brownies have been made likely about 2-3 times a month since I got the book.  Many childcare kiddos have ate many of my brownies.

This is the original recipe from the book.  I’ve come to modify it slightly…21 minutes is it for cooking time.  They will seem a little soft, but stick with the 21 minutes in a PRE HEATED oven.

Now it’s Georgie’s turn to be making the brownies.

She is great with the scoop.

I make lots of modifications to this recipe some I’ve already told you about…but those are all a little fancier and take more time to make.  Fruit Brownie Pizza,  Brownie Delight, and Smores brownies..all use this basic brownie recipe…and ALL are excellent family favorites.

What I make most often with the recipe are these….brownies in silicone cupcake liners.

All I do is mix up the recipe above making sure to use BUTTER.  Then fill the cups and bake them in a PRE HEATED oven for 20 minutes.  Them may not seem done but trust me, they are.

I highly recommend silicone cupcake liners like I have.  I think it’s what makes them even more yummy.  A friend of mine had given them to me after she didn’t use them.  She was taking them to Goodwill and I said sure.  I use these ALL THE TIME for any cupcakes I make.  I like them WAY better than regular paper liners and cupcake pans.  Amazon has many varieties to choose from.  If you are buying them I recommend getting more than 12 in a set.  I have 24 and that covers most any cupcake/muffin/brownie recipe that I have.

I will admit that the liners are a bit of a pain to wash.  I’ve learned to toss them into the dishwasher.  It does a pretty good job.

If a recipe has stuck with our family for over 30 years, and moving on to the next generation, you can bet it’s a keeper.

6 thoughts on “Busy Bakers Making Brownies”

  1. So fun to see cute, little Georgia helping in the kitchen. Brownies are such a good all time favorite. I remember when my older sister started making them eons ago. I am sure Kelli has her hands full with the twins and Georgia. A busy household but the worst won’t last forever – thankfully!!

  2. Jo, do you grease or spray your silicone liners? I bought a silicone bundt pan, but the info. Included didn’t really give me that answer. Thanks!

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