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Five Star Brownies

 Five Star Brownies
There's a bit of my state's history behind these brownies' name and shape. In 1990, when I entered them at our state fair, Kansas was celebrating the 100th birthday of a famous native son...Dwight Eisenhower. In fact, that occasion was the theme of the fair. So I renamed my brownies, in honor of the rank he'd achieved as a general and cut them out with a star cookie cutter. They ended up winning a
12 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup shortening, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla until blended. Beat
  • in butter and shortening until smooth. Combine the flour, cocoa and
  • salt; gradually add to egg mixture. Stir in nuts if desired.
  • Line a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with foil and grease the foil; pour
  • batter into pan. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a
  • toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a
  • wire rack.
  • Using foil, lift brownies out of pan. Discard foil. Cut brownies
  • with a 3-in. star-shaped cookie cutter or into bars. Yield: 1 dozen.