Out-of-this-World Brownies Recipe
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Out-of-this-World Brownies Recipe

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For company and every time there is a local bake sale, I bake a batch of these fabulous brownies. Most everyone who tastes them says, "Yum! These are the best brownies I have ever eaten!" My cooking background came from my mother. Just watching her helped educate me in the "ways of the kitchen".
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons half-and-half cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 209 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 97mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
  2. Spread into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool on wire rack.
  3. For frosting, in a heavy saucepan, cook and stir butter over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Pour into a bowl; beat in the confectioners' sugar, cream and vanilla. Frost cooled brownies.
  4. For glaze, in a microwave melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Drizzle over the frosting. Cut into bars. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Out-of-this-World Brownies in Country Woman May/June 2000, p29

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mom2lauren 23245
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013

"My husbands favourite brownie- hands down. Made a batch again today!"

wither 39290
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2013

"this is not a recommended recipe ...they were dry,heavy and not good"

ltamyoung 203612
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

"One of my favorite brownie recipes. Followed the recipe exactly and came out perfect...sweet and not overbake!"

baristababe 30495
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2011

"Love love love these brownies! I've been proposed to over these bad boys ;P (he proposed for real later)"

Bethany0223 94412
Reviewed May. 22, 2011

"THe first time I made these I followed the recipe exactly and I have to agree with the other reviews, they were good, but not as chocolatey as I would have liked. Next time I increased the cocoa powder and decreased the flour, nad they were WONDERFUL. :)"

KarenDog 30493
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"So terribly sweet, even the scavengers at the office wouldn't eat them. There is barely any chocolate flavor at all."

MyMarchBabies 73857
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2009


tinkaandme 77654
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2009

"The brownie was a bit on the dry side, and not as chocolatey as I would have liked, but overall it was good. The icing flavor was a delicious compliment to the brownie, however."

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