Does 'zaar really need _another_ Brownie recipe? Probably not but this is a wonderful old recipe from the Edith Hansen cook book. It gives a chewy, dense brownie with an old fashioned flavor. Be careful to not overbake it. The original recipe calls for "part lard if desired" which I have left in as part of the recipe's charm but I always use margarine. Frosting these is gilding the lilly so I don't.
- Cream shortening and sugar well.
- If chocolate squares are used, melt and add to creamed mixture. If cocoa is used, sift together with the flour and the salt.
- To creamed mixture, add beaten eggs, vanilla, flour, salt and nuts with some of the flour shaken over them.
- Bake in a greased and floured 9 x 13" pan in a 350°F oven until it shrinks from the edges of the pan (about 25 to 30 minutes).
- Let cool and cut into squares.
Fantastic brownies!!! Very easy to make with ingredients I always have on hand. I made 1/2 of the recipe, since it is now just the two of us mostly. I have a square brownie/cupcake pan that I used and this scaled back version made 9 individual brownies, probably bigger the when we cut them from the 9 X 13" pan. Loved the texture, not totally cake-like but also not real fudge-like either, just right. I used the cocoa and used 5 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon Crisco. Definitely will make these anytime we want brownies, going into my best of 2012. Thanks for sharing the recipe MollyJ. Made for the "Help A Naked Recipe" in the Photo Forum.
Great recipe Molly J! I used cocoa as well as chocolate squares (cutting back on marg a bit), and replaced some of the white sugar with brown. Baked several batches, cut 24 from each pan & froze them for the bake stall next weekend at our American Women's Club annual Independence Day Fair here in Perth, Western Australia. Aussies will love 'em! BTW, one equal 5 Weight Watchers ProPoints (sigh).
This is the *only* brownie recipe I've been using recently. I love these because they aren't too cake-y/fluffy, but they don't turn in to rocks once they cool either. Everyone I've made these for has asked for another batch :) The only thing I add extra is a cup of mini marshmallows, and occasionally some pecan bits, but other than that, I leave the recipe exatly as posted. Perfect! Thank you!