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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 blue ribbon! —Pam Buerki Rogers, Victoria, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 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


  • 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 13x9-in. baking pan with foil and grease the foil; pour batter into pan. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 brownie: 326 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 227mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • sstetzel
    Jun 18, 2019

    RuLu1 this recipe uses both butter and shortening.

  • RuLu1
    Jun 14, 2019

    Do you use melted butter or the actual stick of shortening melted?

  • Lauren
    Dec 20, 2017

    I have been making this exact recipe since I was in the 3rd grade. I have tried others over the years, but I always come back to this one. Perfect little crust on top and nice and moist in the center. Perfect!

  • Kathleen
    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
    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
    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!

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    Jul 30, 2015


  • chocolateformyfour
    Sep 30, 2014

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

  • MOTCook
    Jul 20, 2014

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

  • s_pants
    Jun 10, 2014

    Used to make brownie good!