Old School Brownies

by Mary & Christina on February 3, 2011 · 9 comments

I love being a senior in my second semester.  School is beyond easy and I never have work to do.  I have opened my book to do an assignment literally once so far… just kidding Mom! I am totally studying diligently all day and night. Having this time to have fun and relax is very nice since as of June 8th, 2011 I will begin Physician Assistant school in Philadelphia and my life will not be as relaxed as it is now.  So, I better take advantage of this break!  PA school is only 2 years but it is pretty much non-stop…I am really looking forward to it but I know it will not be easy!

Anyway, where was I going with this?  Oh yes, yes… the other night after I babysat I decided to make a Baltimore Bucket List.  This is not the type of bucket list that includes things like “sky diving”, “scuba diving”, etc…it is more like things I want to see and do in Baltimore before I graduate.   Megan, the mother of the child I babysit for gave me a bunch of great suggestions of places to see and eat and so I incorporated a lot of those places on my list.  I figured that since I only have a few more months at Baltimore, I should take advantage of my time here and try to explore a bit.  On Friday night, my roommates from Junior year and I are going to a place in Federal Hill called Blue Agave for happy hour and dinner…I cant wait!

Onto to the topic of this post…brownies!  Mary and I have been trying to find the best brownie recipe for quite some time.  We bookmarked a lot of recipes and slowly but surely tried them all.  Twenty pounds later and many brownies consumed (kidding about the weight…I hope.), we have found a recipe that is a keeper.  This recipe comes from Joy the Baker who adapted the recipe from Toll House. Our other recipe for Fudgy Brownies is also a keeper but I will warn you, if you arent into chocolatey, dense/rich things…stick with the Old School Brownies in this blog post. I still would like to try the New York Times Brownies and Mark Bittman’s Brownies…so I guess I cant crown these brownies as the winner just yet. Be patient with me, people!  There is only so many brownies one gal can make/eat!  Tomorrow I actually plan on making all three recipes and having a bunch of people vote on the final winner.  I will keep you posted!


  • 1 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 Tablespoons strong coffee or water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts (I did not use this)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips or coarsely chopped chocolate bar (I used a milk chocolate bar but you can really use anything)

Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan.  Combine butter and cocoa powder in a small bowl, and place over a pot of simmering water.  (NOTE: make sure the water is simmer, NOT boiling and make sure that the water does not actually touch the bottom of the bowl)  Add the coffee or water and stir to melt the ingredients. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the eggs and the sugar.  Add the vanilla extract.  When the butter and chocolate have melted and come together, slowly stir the chocolate mixture into the sugar mixture.  Add the flour, baking powder and salt.  Stir to combine.  Fold in the nuts, saving a small handful for the top of the brownies if you like. Pour the batter in the pan, sprinkle with chocolate chips or chocolate chunks and remaining nuts.  Bake for 18-25 minutes (mine only took 18 minutes).  Remove from the oven,  cut into bars, and eat! QUESTION: What is your favorite brownie recipe?  Do you like any special type of brownie (peanut butter, mint, cream cheese, etc)?

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1 Fallon February 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I have 2 favorite brownie recipes:
1- http://fallonscucina.blogspot.com/2010/10/dark-and-milk-chocolate-brownies.html
2- http://fallonscucina.blogspot.com/2010/12/mocha-brownies-aka-double-chocolate.html

Although I think link number 2 is actually my most favorite currently!


2 Mary & Christina February 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Fallon…thanks for the links! I am trying out Mark Bittman and New York Times tomorrow to compare it to this current recipe. I really like the sound of the martha stewart recipe but unfortunately I do not have instant espresso powder on hand! I think once I declare the winner of the three recipes I have I will put your recipe up against it and try it out! haha


3 Fallon February 3, 2011 at 7:37 pm

You don’t have to use the espresso powder. The original recipe is just the double-chocolate brownies at the link here> http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/double-chocolate-brownies

They are the same just without the hint of coffee! I can’t wait for you to try them and tell me what you think.


4 Mary & Christina February 3, 2011 at 7:45 pm

scratch that– that is a horrible idea. im going to the store in the morning just to get espresso powder- i am making these tomorrow! haha


5 Elizabeth February 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Yum! This and that dessert from yesterday look amazing! I wish I could help you eat all of this food. Nom nom nom. Haha.


6 Mr. Slepp February 3, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Finally some real brownies.

Ps Christina, I think I might be in Baltimore tomorrow during the day


7 Mary & Christina February 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm

mary told me you didnt end up coming to baltimore…but next time you are here let me know- we can get lunch or something!

love, T


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