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 User ID: 7407229 23245
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013

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

wither User ID: 727091 39290
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2013

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

ltamyoung User ID: 3619042 203612
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

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

baristababe User ID: 6052912 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 User ID: 1219681 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 User ID: 1083257 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 User ID: 442809 73857
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2009


tinkaandme User ID: 1650238 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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