A great basic recipe for brownies.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch square baking pan.

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  • Melt shortening and cocoa in the top of a double boiler over low heat. Stir occasionally until shortening is melted. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Slowly add in flour and mix well. Spread batter evenly in pan.

  • Bake 18 to 20 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center of brownies comes out clean. Let cool before cutting.

Nutrition Facts

99.5 calories; 0.9 g protein; 10.6 g carbohydrates; 15.5 mg cholesterol; 6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2005
I was craving chocolate late one night came on allrecipes.com and found this recipe. 25 minutes later I had brownies. But I didn't have shortening so I used oil. The oil was drenching them and driping down my fingers so that wasn't a good choice! But I made them again today with butter instead of shortening and used 1/4 c less butter than it called for (shortening) and doubled the recipe because last time they were very thin. These were excellent!!! They would be good with nuts. Maybe even chocolate chips because they are not very chocolatey. But so simple and they really did have a great flavor. Just don't use oil and use less butter/shortening than the recipe calls for. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/05/2007
If I could have given this recipe a zero star I would have. I really should have read the reviews before I made this. It is disgusting. These "brownies" are most like "whities" because of the color. There is too much shortening to flour and chocolate ratio. They taste awful. Read More
(69)
74 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 28
Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2005
I was craving chocolate late one night came on allrecipes.com and found this recipe. 25 minutes later I had brownies. But I didn't have shortening so I used oil. The oil was drenching them and driping down my fingers so that wasn't a good choice! But I made them again today with butter instead of shortening and used 1/4 c less butter than it called for (shortening) and doubled the recipe because last time they were very thin. These were excellent!!! They would be good with nuts. Maybe even chocolate chips because they are not very chocolatey. But so simple and they really did have a great flavor. Just don't use oil and use less butter/shortening than the recipe calls for. Read More
(81)
Rating: 1 stars
11/05/2007
If I could have given this recipe a zero star I would have. I really should have read the reviews before I made this. It is disgusting. These "brownies" are most like "whities" because of the color. There is too much shortening to flour and chocolate ratio. They taste awful. Read More
(69)
Rating: 3 stars
12/21/2003
When I think brownies I think fudgey. These were anything but. They satisfied my sweet tooth but left me yearning for chocolate... Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/21/2006
This recipe is easy to make. I used butter instead of shortening and used less like someone recommended in previous reviews. However they came out very wierd looking they are very pale and moist and have no flavor. I don't recommend this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/25/2004
Not exactly sure how to rate these... 5 for being easy to throw together. I used butter for the shortening added some chopped walnuts a teaspoon of coffee crystals and a dash of salt. Baked an extra 10 min. in an 8x8 pan. Think they need more cocoa because they look a little light. Didn't wait for them to cool but they were pretty good warm with a glass of milk crispy on the top but a bit gummy inside. Not your classic brownie flavor but I'd probably make them again in a 9x9 pan. Hubby said that he'd like them more well done. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/12/2007
way too greasy... i dont think i can eat them... they may just get tossed out. enough chocolate flavor tho... Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/06/2006
If I could give this a negitive number I would. My five year old loved making it but won't eat it. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/16/2005
The recipe sounded good but it was so greasy they wouldn't stay together. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/08/2006
This recipe was too sugary made me sick to my stomach to eat them. Will never make them again. Read More
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