Long about 1988 hubby 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.
It’s in my top five favorite recipe books.
As a young mother and wife I was working on my collections of recipes finding family favorites when I could. The book has several family favorites including my brownie recipe…YUM. When I made these, they rarely last an entire day. My childcare kids past and present have all adored these….and what’s best, no melting chocolate….no weird ingredients to have on hand…FAST and best of all…the recipe can not fail…unless you leave them in the oven too long.
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.
I told you in a previous post that I tape recipes to the inside of the cupboard doors…recipes that I use all the time. This one is there. This is the same recipe…back when I typed this out, we had all the kids home and used margarine. Now days, no kids are living here and the grocery budget isn’t so tight so BUTTER is what we use.
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.
The childcare kiddos would eat the whole pan if I let them but we’ve been working on “treats are only one serving” rule.
The brownies are moist and delicious. Oh I love them…too much for sure!!
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 30 years, you can bet it’s a keeper.