Best Brownies

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.

best brownies

Best Brownies


  • 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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  1. Woo hoo! I needed a snack to make for the boys for after shcool. I’m craving chocolate myself. This is perfect!

  2. I tried to pin this to my Pinterest board – it wouldn’t pin Don’t know why. Sounds yummy!


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