Granny's Brownies

Recipe by Zurie
READY IN: 55mins


  • The dry mixture
  • 5
    cups sugar
  • 3
    cups unsweetened cocoa powder, bitter not sweetened
  • 3
    cups flour
  • 6
    teaspoons baking powder
  • 1
    tablespoon salt
  • The wet mixture
  • 7
    tablespoons melted butter
  • 2
    large eggs, largest size, beaten
  • 1 -2
    tablespoon water
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla
  • Optional but really makes a difference
  • 12
    1/2 cup pecans (optional) or 1/2 cup macadamias, broken (optional)
  • 12
    cup chocolate chips or 1/2 cup grated chocolate, semisweet


  • In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients very, very well using a whisk and turning over with a spoon. Make sure the mixture is smooth and without lumps.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and keep at room temperature in a cupboard.
  • Makes 10+ cups dry mixture.
  • To bake a quick batch:
  • Heat oven to 350 deg F/180 deg Celsius. If using a convection/fan oven, lower temperature slightly.
  • Line an 8 x 8" (approx.) square baking dish or tin with foil or non-stick paper, and grease the foil/baking paper as well.
  • Shake the dry mixture in the tin to aerate, then sift 2 cups into a mixing bowl.
  • Combine with the butter, beaten eggs, just enough water* and vanilla, until well blended.
  • *Don't use 2 tablespoons water all at once, as you might not need it.
  • Use your own judgement here: because the dry mixture might have settled and become denser, your wet mixture could be a little dry. Add a teaspoon of water at a time and blend, adding a little more if necessary.
  • At the same time you might be using cup measures smaller than an 8 oz/250 ml measuring cup, in which case do not add the water until you have blended in the eggs and butter.
  • Then use just enough water: you want a firm, smooth, easily spreadable batter.
  • At this stage you add the nuts and chocolate bits, if used. Someone also suggested chopped marshmallows -- I haven't tried that.
  • The chocolate chips or grated chocolate plus nuts put this brownie in a higher league!
  • Spread in prepared pan, and bake about 35 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool on a wire rack and cut into neat bars when cool.