Best I ever had. Not too gooey and overly "chocolatey." My wife omitted the coconot ad the nuts. Bought the mentioned old cookbook at a library book sale. I highly recommend the book. Great recipes in it. From "Country Fair Cookbook. Every recipe a Blue Ribbon Winner." By the Food Editors of Farm Journal. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1975. That the recipe states in the book: "No need to frost these brownies. The topping is baked on."