Meet the Cook: There were 11 of us to cook for when I was young. This was a recipe that my mother had. If there were cracked eggs from the laying hens she kept, it was always a good way of using them up!
Like my parents, my husband and I have nine children, all of them grown. We are also the grandparents of 13.
-Dorothy Haag, Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin
Here's a mouthwatering dessert that's sure to impress family and friends. Not only does it taste wonderful with its chocolate cookie crust, rich creamy cheesecake and tangy raspberry center and topping...it also looks lovely!—Peggy Frazier, Indianapolis, Indiana
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
On the outside, these look like traditional brownies. When people bite in, though, are they surprised! It's almost like eating a rich filled chocolate candy.
My husband and I are both teachers. We have two children, 7 and 3.
My husband and I have two sons and I sent these brownies to them regularly when they were in college. They told me that they used to hide a few from their roommates just to make sure there would be some left! —Patsy Burgin, Lebanon, Indiana
When our two grown children were at home, I baked these brownies often. These days, I make them for big occasions—everyone thinks that they're quite nice. As a bonus, they're a good way to use up leftover sour cream.
One of the best things about this recipe is that the brownies get moister if you leave them in the refrigerator for a day or two. The problem at our house is no one can leave them alone for that long! —Helen Baines, Elkton, Maryland
Although I enjoy sweets, other recipes have failed me (I'm a beginning baker). But not this one! It's easy, and the ingredients are always on hand. Even my boyfriend, who doesn't like most sweets, can't pass these brownies.
For Christmas one year, a friend gave us a pan of these delicious brownies. Before I figured out their secret was cinnamon, half the pan was already gone!
My husband designed the house we live in...our children are 12 and 10.
Whenever I take these to a gathering, someone will usually announce. "Lisa brought those brownies"—and everyone knows exactly which ones they are!
We live on 10-1/2 acres out in the country with our daughters, 7 and 4.