Back in 1979 I got this recipe from an elderly neighbor in West Virginia (thanks, Effie Holbrook). I have used it for these past 33 years and have found it to be, by far, the BEST brownie recipe I’ve ever tried. I love fudgy brownies rather than cake, and these are wonderfully fudgy.
- 1 c butter (NOT margarine)
- 2 c sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 t vanilla
- 1 c flour
- 2/3 c baking cocoa
- 1/2 t baking powder
- 1/2 t salt
- 1 c chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
In a pan, melt butter and add sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well, but do NOT beat or overmix (this will cause the brownies to fall).
Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add to egg mixture and mix thoroughly. Add nuts, if desired.
Pour into greased 9X13 pan.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Do NOT over bake. Cool (if you can — we never do).
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