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Five-Star Brownies Recipe

Five-Star Brownies Recipe

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 YIELD: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 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.
  • 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.

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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."

[email protected] User ID: 3102613 11807
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2014

"I have been making this recipe for over 15 years. No need for any store bought mixes since these are so easy and by far better. They are so versatile using any add-ins. This is my go-to recipe for any pot luck desert table. This recipe has been shared numerous times."

Joscy User ID: 2694585 11162
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2013

"My husband claims these as **true winners**. He is a history buff ~ enjoys reading about former President Eisenhower."

raine8 User ID: 2610618 10395
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2013

"I've tried many recipes but I always come back to this one.. sometimes I add cream cheese on top and they're yummy. Its number one in my recipe box."

climbergirl User ID: 6556579 9970
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2013

"These are very good brownies! I accidentally doubled the butter (I was halving the recipe) but they still turned out good. They were yummy and moist. I want to add chocolate chunks next time."

butterfly3gayle User ID: 3267063 24170
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2011

"Have made these brownies for years now and I always keep coming back to it. I also have added chips, etc to it at times to mix it up with the same great results."

25kevin User ID: 2113564 10394
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"Moist and delicious. I only make this recipe for my brownies."

TheLunchLady0722 User ID: 3826560 11019
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2011

"I have been making these brownies for 15 years. They are the best from any home recipe or box. I have added, nuts, mini chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and so forth. I don't understand why the recipe works so well, but it does. Thank you Pam Rogers! from a fellow kansan"

Patti27 User ID: 5346212 11805
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2010

"This brownie recipe is one of the best I have ever made! I left out the nuts because we like it better that way. It is very moist and chewy! My favorite kind of brownie."

ruthsblack User ID: 2148739 15050
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2010

"Definately a keeper!"

cntbailey User ID: 1507453 200924
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2009

"great recipe..I just add 1/2 cup more sugar to my recipe."

Flenner User ID: 2160342 25560
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2008

"These brownies came out perfectly even though I'm at high altitude and my oven seems to need adjusted. I agree with the previous comment. No need to buy packaged mixes again. I always have the ingredients on hand and they are yum-yum"

smalltowngirl_VA User ID: 783822 11018
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2007

"These are the best brownies you will ever eat! I found this recipe years ago when it was first published in the magazine. I no longer buy packaged brownie mix as these are so easy and taste so much better!"

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