If you’d like to try another version without the oatmeal, we have a second recipe below for you, direct from 1977, that uses candied cherries.
Classic chocolate cherry brownies recipe ad (1987)
Retro recipe: Chewy cherry brownies (1977)
The Californian (Salinas, California) December 7, 1977
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
3-1/2 ounces flaked coconut
16 candied cherries, cut in half (optional)
In top of double boiler, melt together chocolate and butter. Cool to lukewarm. In mixing bowl, beat together eggs and salt until lemon-colored. Gradually add sugar. beating until thick, blend in cooled chocolate mixture and vanilla. Stir in flour until moistened. Fold in coconut.
Turn into greased 13 by 9-inch pan, spreading evenly. Press cherry halves into batter, cut side down, about 1 inch apart. Bake at 375 degrees 30 to 35 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool in pan on wire rack. When cool, cut into 32 bars. Store in loosely covered container.
Makes 32 bars