Someone recently noted that the way to my heart was through food. So true! I’m slightly obsessed. I’m also slightly obsessed with desserts that are quick and easy but still pack wallop of flavor. Hence, the chocolate brownie. I counted the chocolate brownie recipes in the Vintage Dolci collection of recipe boxes – at least 12, all slightly different. This one comes from a box with recipes from the 1920s through 1940s, with an occasional stray from the 50’s and 60’s, probably those few added as the original owner got older. They are all fabulous. I imagine this one was from immediately pre- or post-WWII and it’s been well-loved. These will make your kitchen smell incredible and like most brownie recipes, they are really easy to make.
This is from Carrie and the Marshmans. I assume they were friends with the original recipe box’s owner because a number of recipes are from the Marshman family. Maybe the Marshmans were neighbors. Or perhaps they were good friends with the original owner and together they spent Saturday nights drinking martinis & playing bridge, sending their loved ones off to war and trading recipes in difficult and easier times.
These brownies are more cake-like than fudge-like. Perfect with French Vanilla ice cream!
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup butter, very soft or just melted
- ½ cup nuts, chopped
- ¾ cup flour
- 2 eggs (or egg yolks)
- 2 squares chocolate (unsweetened, and melted) OR 6 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp baking powder
- In a large bowl mix butter, eggs, sugar and vanilla. Add melted chocolate. Stir well.
- In a medium bowl, mix flour and baking powder (If using unsweetened cocoa powder, add to the flour mixture instead of in the other bowl). Stir well.
- Mix flour mixture with butter mixture and stir until incorporated.
- Add nuts and stir.
- Dip your finger in the brownie batter and taste.
- Pour batter into an 8x8 or 9x9 square brownie pan using a rubber spatula to get all the batter into the pan.
- Lick the spatula.
- Bake about 40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.