Friday, May 27, 2011

Oldest Brownie Recipe by Raquel and Carole

Oldest Brownie Recipe by Raquel and Carole

Welcome to our newest guest bloggers, Raquel and her friend, Carole.  Raquel has been one of the tasters of the brownie bake-off, and got interested in the origin of the brownie. 

She and Carole looked up the oldest brownie recipe they could find.  The first one had molasses, no chocolate.  In 1904, in Home Cookery, they found what seems to be the oldest brownie recipe that used chocolate. 

Most everyone has these simple ingredients on hand.

Oldest Brownie Recipe
adapted from Home Cookery, 1904

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
pinch salt
2 squares chocolate.  They used Baker's semi-sweet chocolate.
The recipe called for nuts but Raquel dislikes nuts, so they were left out, probably 1/2 cup

They both liked it. (And I did, too.)

It had an impressive flaky top.

There were no instructions so they used their best judgment with great results.

First, they melted butter and chocolate together in microwave.
Then added sugar and flour and salt to cool it down.
Then mixed in eggs and vanilla.

Poured into oiled pan
350 degrees for 1/2 hour
in 9x9 pan.

The brownies were flaky on the top and chewy inside.  The chocolate flavor is mild, because only 2 squares of Baker's chocolate are used.  It is a very simple recipe using ingredients most of us have on hand. 

Thanks again to Raquel and Carole for contributing!



  1. It is really mouth watering..even my eyes are struck to this site. i have bookmarked it so that i can learn browni recipe from here whenever i get time.

  2. My 10 year old daughter and I made this tonight! We had to do a third sugar, powdered sugar, and brown sugar. We also had to use some 90% chocolate with one square of bakers chocolate. We had a longer pan so we reduced the time to 25 minutes and they turned out drier but very tasty. Thank you for the recipe.