Five-Star Brownies Recipe
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Five-Star Brownies Recipe

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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 blue ribbon! —Pam Buerki Rogers, Victoria, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Originally published as Five Star Brownies in Country Woman July/August 1995, p31

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Kathleen User ID: 9163908 265704
Reviewed May. 8, 2017

"Best brownies we have ever had! I know my kids will always cherish this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing it!"

amsm User ID: 8302234 243137
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016

"These are rich and chocolatey. They have a nice, moist fudgey texture. I let mine bake for only about 25 minutes, as the toothpick came out clean on mine at that amount of time. I did add mini m&m's to the top of mine after my kids requested to add some."

CherylShumaker User ID: 2231606 230583
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2015

"Absolutely delicious brownies, best homemade recipe I've found yet! I even make them gluten free for my brother's & they still turn out good!"

Roommom User ID: 7849217 230398
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2015


chocolateformyfour User ID: 7643589 9845
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"These turn out perfectly every time. Have not used another recipe in about 15 years after finding this one."

MOTCook User ID: 7688063 11164
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

"I've made these two times. There are never any leftovers!"

s_pants User ID: 174050 11833
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2014

"Used to make brownie good!"

NanZim User ID: 3929200 11519
Reviewed May. 28, 2014

"These are dense and fudgy and rich. My declared them 'very chocolately'."

kcrihfield89 User ID: 5121811 22320
Reviewed May. 27, 2014

"These are easy and yummy. The only downside is that the dough was a bit thicker than I'm used to and they turned out a bit drier than I like (I like my brownies gooey). Next time I'll try taking them out of the oven at 20-25 minutes."

clutterbegone User ID: 1057087 10422
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

"Of all the brownies that I have tried to make, THESE ARE MY FAVORITE!!! Can you tell that I love them. I will never try another brownie recipe because this one is perfect."

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