Brownies How I Do

#4 Daughter doesn’t like brownies, but she likes them the way I make them.

No, I don’t add a “secret ingredient” wink wink nudge nudge say no more. I make them pretty much the way a carton of Hershey’s cocoa powder told me to:

Hershey Kitchens Brownies

Pre-heat oven to 350F. Butter a square pan. Mix:

  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs (or 1 goose egg)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Glop into prepared pan and bake for about 25 minutes. I know the recipe says 30 minutes, but I usually take it out 5 minutes early so it’s gooier.

When it’s cool, I ice it. Or frost it. Or whatever you want to call this topping.

The recipe for that varies, depending on what I have on hand.

This Brownie Topping

  • chonk of cream cheese
  • a little cream
  • whole bunch of powdered sugar
  • bunch of cocoa powder
  • a dash of vanilla extract or of vanilla sugar

Mix until smooth. Spread on top of cooled brownies. Sprinkle liberally with nuts.

These brownies are soft, but not gummy.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about something pleasantly soft.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Brownies How I Do

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      Marian Allen

      February 2, 2021 at 10:04am

      Very pleased with it. Sometimes something that I knock together works. I love that!

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  1. Pistachios

    February 4, 2021 at 7:28pm

    I do appreciate the measurements on the brownie topping – very easy to follow! And the addition of walnuts/pecans to brownies really does make it so much better!

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  2. joey

    February 14, 2021 at 10:13pm

    I don’t love brownies, but that icing got me like WHOA! 😛

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      • joey

        February 18, 2021 at 6:27pm

        On Tuesday, Sassy baked chocolate chip cookie dough on top of brownies with white chocolate chips. I’m not one to say a dessert is too sweet — but that one’s VERY sweet. I ate a crusty edge and I’m good til I dunno when! LOL

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          Marian Allen

          February 19, 2021 at 8:37am

          I hear ya! Hard to believe, but there is such a thing as too sweet. Not too chocolate, though. Never that.

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