The best vintage brownie recipes have all stood the test of time
How do you make brownies?
Typically, brownie recipes mix up quickly using just one bowl, a mixing spoon, and a relatively short list of ingredients. To be ever-ready to whip up a batch, keep the following brownie ingredients on hand:
- Baking soda
- Vegetable oil and/or butter
- Cocoa and/or baking chocolate
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Optional ingredients might include:
- Chocolate chips (or other flavored chips like white chocolate, butterscotch, or peanut butter)
- Chopped walnuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts or macadamia nuts
- Add-ins like marshmallows, coconut, cream cheese, chocolate candies, and/or maraschino cherries
- Frosting (canned or homemade)
Once the ingredients are well blended, pour the brownie batter into a lightly greased pan and bake at 350F for anywhere from 30-40 minutes.
The most important tip for brownies? Don’t overbake! When checking for doneness, you should see moist crumbs clinging to the toothpick.
Make brownies a family tradition!
Brownies are an especially fun and easy first cooking project to share with the young bakers in your household.
This treat is wonderful to make as an everyday dessert, lunchbox treat or after-school snack — or bake a batch in bulk for holidays and other celebrations. Brownies pack up perfectly in cookie tins and gift boxes, too!
Here are 14 of our favorite deliciously retro brownie recipes — from a basic brownie to all kinds of fancier versions — all of which have stood the test of generations.