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Fudgy Brownies Recipe

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Our grandma passed away when our mom was a teenager.  We never met her, but we know we would have gotten along perfectly!  Our beautiful grandmother was known for these amazing, fudgy brownies.  She must have passed on her love for chocolate to all of us!

Fudgy Brownies Recipe:


8 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup (2 sticks) margarine
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup nuts (optional)
pinch of salt

Grease a 9″x13″ baking pan.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Melt margarine.  Stir in cocoa.  Mix sugar and eggs in mixing bowl.  Stir in margarine and cocoa.  Add vanilla, flour, nuts and salt.  Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until cooked through.


1 pound powdered sugar
1/4 cup margarine
3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 cup hot water
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix all ingredients together, spread over hot brownies and serve.

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  1. says

    Mmmm….Fudgy brownies are my favorite! My grandmother was well known for her fudgy brownies as well; unfortunately, she passed away with out giving her secret recipe up. Thanks for sharing your grandma’s recipe. :)

  2. says

    These have great flavor but seem a little dry. Maybe less flour? Or add some water? Not sure. Is the recipe complete? I added 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp of salt, too.

    • says


      I am so sorry. We made a mistake on the recipe that has now been changed. The original recipe calls for margarine rather than butter, which makes a big difference in how moist they are. I am so sorry about that!

  3. says

    I think there’s still an issue…made them today and I think it has about twice as much flour as it needs. The brownies were pale and incredibly dry.

    • Cyd says

      No baking soda or baking powder. Don’t know what could have gone wrong. We have made these for years and years. So sorry!

  4. Denise says

    Don’t be sorry! It means the mystique of the recipe is your gramma’s touch. I have a friend, an extraordinary baker, who freely shares her recipes……..only, my attempts never quite measure up, even though I am above average at producing yummy desserts myself. :)

  5. Deb says

    Just made these… totally amazing!!! First time making brownies from scratch and from ingredients already on hand was awesome! Only had enough to make half the frosting but still tasted GREAT! A big hit with my sweets loving son :)

  6. Carrie J says

    I made these last night and am thoroughly disappointed. These are so far from fudgy. They are dry, thick and more like cake than a brownie. What a waste of ingredients; they had to be thrown out.

  7. Tam H. says

    Just baked the brownies and was so disappointed because they were so dense, and dry…maybe that’s the reason for the frosting? Sorry sister’s won’t be making these again…will stick with my Hershey’s recipe.
    P.S. Way too much sugar and flour…I think!

  8. Margie says

    You might want to edit the ingredients list to say “margarine” instead of “butter or margarine.” I just made a batch and obviously started off wrong by using butter, but didn’t see that margarine was the better choice until reading the comments.

  9. Margie says

    Just a follow up: After the brownies sat overnight covered in plastic wrap, they are absolutely perfect – butter and all! Thank you for this recipe :)

  10. Mike Thorsrud says

    Regarding the icing ~ I’ve made this icing for YEARS ~ it was my mother’s and needs a little more instruction, I would say. It’s SO simple if you heat the butter (I’ve always used butter) and water almost to a boil, then add the cocoa and powdered sugar. If I’m making a large batch, I make it in my Kitchen Aid bowl over the stove, and set it on and off the heat as it “sets up” through cooling.
    Add the vanilla after the icing is made, as the volatile ingredients can be lost through heating. SUCH a rich, delicious frosting! I can’t wait to try the different recipes it goes with (the Turtles sound incredible!!)

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