Old Fashioned Brownies


I gave Norah a bunch of choices for the next Antique Collection recipe and she chose Brownies!  I was certainly not surprised or disappointed with her choice.

This turned out to be a really neat recipe.  It is much different from the black cake like brownies you see today.  These were really brown!  This recipe is not signed or dated.  It is labeled “very good” at the bottom (and I agree).  It uses shortening instead of butter and leaves oven temperature up to the imagination.


This old fashioned brownie recipe called for melting 2 squares of unsweetened bakers chocolate in a 1/2 cup of shortening.  I put the shortening in a little saute pan and turned to medium low heat and tossed in the squares of chocolate.  I stirred and until melted and took off the burner.  I proceeded to read the second line of the recipe which states to melt them together in a double broiler over simmering water.  That’s what I get for planning ahead! Technique aside, it didn’t mess them up melting in a pan and it was much easier.


Once the chocolate shortening had cooled I poured it into the bowl of my mixer and added 1 cup white sugar.  I mixed that on high for a couple minutes then dropped the speed down to medium and added the eggs.  I mixed the 3/4 cup flour with 1/4 teaspoon salt and turned the mixer to low and slowly poured in the flour mixture.  Once that was incorporated I poured in the vanilla and dumped in the nuts.  I used 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.

Then I turned off the mixer and scraped down the sides and gave it one last mix with the spatula.  The recipe calls for baking in greased 8×8 pan but I used parchment paper instead of greasing because I hate getting brownies stuck in a pan.  I spread the mixture onto the parchment and decided to bake at 350 degrees (it seemed like the safest temperature).



Thirty minutes at 350 was just right. They stayed moist in the middle and a little crispy on the top.  I was really happy with this old time recipe.  The brownies were delicious and it was really simple.  Since you get about 12 squares of chocolate from one bakers bar I can make them about 5 more times before buying more chocolate.  That should keep my maniacs happy too!


Old Fashioned Brownies
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Blogging with Apples
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Serves: 20
An old time recipe for chewy brownies!
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 squares unsweetened bakers chocolate
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8×8 pan with parchment.
  2. In a small saucepan on med low heat melt 1/2 cup shortening with 2 squares of chocolate.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool 10-15 minutes.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer pour in chocolate shortening and white sugar. Mix on high for 2 minutes then reduce speed to med low and add eggs.
  5. In a small bowl sift 3/4 cup flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  6. Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add flour mixture.
  7. Once incorporated add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla then 1/2 cup chopped walnuts and combine.
  8. Spread mixture into 8×8 pan and bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove and cool before slicing and enjoying!




Jeff McIntosh

About Jeff McIntosh

Jeff's family lives in his childhood home on a 1/4 acre in town lot. Despite the small space to work with, they have challenged ourselves to produce as much of our own food as possible — and cook it! They document their journey at Blogging with Apples.