Mother's Brownies

I love Southern Living cook books! I haven't tried a bad recipe in the bunch yet and I have just about every one of their cook books dating back to 1979 from that collection! I was first introduced to the collection by my father who loves to cook and who always refers back to them. He still gets them every year and so do I! Once I moved out of my parents house, I knew I couldn't survive without that collection. I slowly built my collection by buying those books used on A lot of the earlier books and even some of the recent ones were only one penny (of course plus the $3.99 shipping per book) but $4 for a cook book that is awesome! My husband loves brownies so I wanted to find a really good recipe in which I had all the ingredients. This recipe was delicious! I mean you can't go wrong when brownies are frosted with chocolate! I left out the nuts and the only other change I made was using milk instead of half and half. Brownie heaven! Enjoy this yummy classic!

Mother's Brownies
From Southern Living Annual Recipes 1993


1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Chocolate Frosting
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 1/2 tbsp cocoa
2 tbsp butter, melted
 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp milk or half and half (until desired consistency)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine butter and sugar in a large bowl; stir in eggs and vanilla. combine flour, cocoa and salt; stir into butter mixture.Stir in pecans. Pour into greased and floured 8 inch square pan. Bake at 325 for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Spread Chocolate frosting over top. Cut into squares. Yields: 16 brownies.

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