Cake Nor Candy: The Best Brownie Recipe

by Maris Callahan on December 17, 2008

Betty Crocker has nothing, and I repeat nothing, on this brownie recipe. I know that there are irresistable recipes floating around the internet for varieties of the gooey, chocolate favorite, like Dulce de Leche Brownies.

Some people like peanut butter, nuts or marbled cheesecake swirls in their brownies. I like chocolate, straight up, with a side of chocolate. Being my grandmother’s favorite brownie recipe, the card its written on has yellowed with age and is so faded you can barely read the loopy cursive handwriting.

I’m convinced that it’s the massive amount of sugar that makes these as good as they are. With 2 cups of sugar and a half pound of butter (yes, half pound, it’s really 2 sticks but when you say half pound, it sounds like so much more).

These brownies are so decadent that you really can’t make them too often – because then, you’ll eat them too often and no, I don’t know that solely from experience.

Neither Cake Nor Candy Brownies


1/2 lb. butter (2 sticks)
1 cup flour
2 cups sugar
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla


1. Preheat oven to 325F. Melt butter in a double boiler or a small saucepan over low heat. Pour butter into a mixing bowl and then using same pan, melt chocolate on low heat.

2. Add sugar to the melted butter and mix well. Add eggs one at a time, beating by hand between each addition. Add vanilla and melted chocolate.

3. Sift flour with baing powder and salt. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture. Stir in nuts (optional).

4. Pour batter into a greased 13 x 9 pan (or if you like thick, fudgier brownies, use an 8×8 pan).

5. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

[photo courtesy of Google Images]

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Pearl December 17, 2008 at 3:00 am

wow, those brownies look sinful!


kat December 17, 2008 at 3:00 am

I love that these are just a straight forward brownie, they way we like them best


Erin=UptownGirl December 17, 2008 at 3:00 am

I love love love brownies. If you’re interested in a lighter version of this treat, you should definitely check out the Fantastic Fudgy Brownies in my blog! OMG, they are amazing! It’s a Cooking Light recipe, and they are sinfully delicous tasting, but not sinful in the ingredients! I hope you have a VERY MERRY Christmas! I love your blog!


Elra December 17, 2008 at 3:00 am

Moist and fudgy, that’s a good brownie.


Libby December 17, 2008 at 3:00 am

oh i’m so in the mood for brownies now…


Mandy December 17, 2008 at 3:00 am

half a pound does sound more than 2 sticks of butter! Thanks for sharing your grandma’s recipe, I wish I could have a piece of that brownie. :)


Larissa December 17, 2008 at 3:00 am

These look dangerous. Two sticks of butter and two cups of sugar? Yikes!


Rachel December 17, 2008 at 3:00 am

They’re gorgeous and look so good. I’m bookmarking this recipe. And you’re right–a half pound sounds huge. But 2 sticks…feh :-)


E.P. December 17, 2008 at 3:00 am

All right. I want brownies now, and I don’t really even LIKE brownies.
Your blog is making me gain weight. ;) There are TOO many tasty things on here!


brandy December 17, 2008 at 3:00 am

Oh man! I need these. I need them badly!


lisa (dandysugar) December 18, 2008 at 3:00 am

Wow, these look fabulous and most definitely decadent! And made with ingredients that I currently have in my kitchen….hmmm….I may have to make a batch of brownies very soon!


Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) December 18, 2008 at 3:00 am

These might be a bit sweet for me, but my husband, Mr. Sweet Tooth, would adore them.


Sandie December 18, 2008 at 3:00 am

Your grandmother’s favorite brownie recipe, huh? Sounds like she and I would get along just fine!
(You’re right on another count too, little Miss Paula Deen (and Ina Garten for that matter!)—half a pound of butter does sound like a lot. But I also know how good butter makes a recipe taste, especially a brownie recipe, so I’ll just forget about those 2 sticks when I take that first bite!)


Maggie @MaggieCooks June 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I just found your blog!
This brownies look dense and decadent!
I’m trying them out hopefully very very soon!
Thank you for sharing :D


lia @bakersblog February 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Omg I can not wait to make these they look great! I just wondering what the serving amount would be cause I am making some for my daughters school party. And she need 18 so i hope we will have enough but your blog is amazing you so be honored on the foodneetwork like seriously, you and your blog will stay and always be successfully


Pim February 12, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Wow chewy, chocolatey brownies as I love.


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