Desserts

Mom’s One-Bowl Big-Batch Brownies

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One-bowl, big-batch brownies have a cake-like texture and a rich chocolate flavour. This easy recipe makes a 9″ x 13″ pan. 
 
One-bowl, big-batch brownies have a cake-like texture and a rich chocolate flavour. This easy recipe makes a 9" x 13" pan.

When I was growing up mom was always on the hunt for big-batch recipes. With seven kids they were the only recipes that could last more than a day. She and my aunt Ann (11 kids in her house) used to swap big-batch recipes since they were both cooking for a crowd every day. Because of this, my cousins and my family have a shared culinary history when it comes to desserts made in a 9”x13” pan.

 
One-bowl, big-batch brownies have a cake-like texture and a rich chocolate flavour. This easy recipe makes a 9" x 13" pan.
 
I know when it comes to brownies people are often very particular about texture. Some prefer dense and chewy, others prefer a softer texture, some would never dream of add-ins like nuts.
 
This is the style of brownie I love best of all. They’re a little cake-like but not crumbly and the walnuts add a lovely flavour. You could frost these with a chocolate or vanilla icing or simply sprinkle over a little icing sugar. 
 
My mom came across this recipe in a Bon Appetit magazine back in the early 1970’s. She called them Bon Appetit Brownies but since they come together quickly in just one bowl I call them One-Bowl Brownies.
 
These big batch brownies have a cake-like texture and a rich chocolate flavour. The walnuts give them a nice substance.

Mom’s One-Bowl Big-Batch Brownies

Recipe by Bridget OlandCourse: Desserts
Servings

24

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Total time

55

minutes

One-bowl, big-batch brownies have a cake-like texture and a rich chocolate flavour. This easy recipe makes a 9″ x 13″ pan. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 2 cups sugar

  • ½ cup cocoa

  • 4 eggs, room temperature

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1 ½ cup chopped walnuts

  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 9”x13” baking pan or line it with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl cream butter, sugar and cocoa. Beat in eggs, one at a time. 
  • Stir in flour, nuts and vanilla. 
  • Mix until just combined. Spread in prepared pan and bake for 30-40 minutes. (Cook longer if you want them more cake-like.) 
  • Cool before cutting. 
 

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