Old Fashioned Brownie Recipe

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How To Make Mouthwatering, Easy, Ooey Gooey Brownies With This Step By Step Brownie Recipe

This simple brownie recipe from scratch, that is made with melted chocolate is just an indulgent gem. I know it’s probably all over the Internet, but I wanted to share these classic chocolate brownies anyway.

Simple Homemade Brownies With Frosting

Tools Used In This Simple Brownie Recipe

Old Fashioned, Easy Brownie Ingredients

  • All Purpose Flour Sifted
  • Salt
  • Baking Powder
  • Unsweetened Chocolate- melted chocolate, which helps make the brownie fudgey.
  • Shortening
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Pecans or Walnuts – optional, these brownies are delicious either way.
  • Butter -room temperature, will make your frosting smooth and mix easier.
  • Milk – room temperature, will help make your frosting smooth.
  • Powdered Sugar – sift to prevent lumps
  • Cocoa
  • Vanilla Extract

Classic Brownie Recipe

I think this recipe is just the best brownie recipe ever, because of its indulgent chocolate flavor, its ooey gooey texture and it’s so easy to make.

I call these chewy, chocolate fudgy delights “Sunday School Teacher Brownies”, because this simple recipe is from one of my all time favorite Sunday School teachers.  She actually got these easy, old school brownies recipe from the 1947 Snowdrift Shortening can.

These awesome treats are a chocolate lover’s manna from heaven. So fudgy and chewy and topped with a yummy, easy brownie frosting.  They are food for the soul and they will more than satisfy that chocolate craving. 

Saucepan Brownies

It’s a simple, from scratch recipe made with melted chocolate and other ingredients; I bet you have in your cubbard now.  Literally you can make it in one saucepan.

These taste great with or without nuts and can be served to a crowd, the kids or just yourself (maybe you’re feeling a little emotionally distraught).

Simple Homemade Brownies With Frosting

What Makes A Brownie Fudgy

Are you fudgy or cakey?

I’m sure all of us love brownies, but you probably have a preference for a fudgy brownie or a cakey brownie.

These old fashioned brownies are fudgy brownies, but what makes a brownie fudgy or cakey? What’s the difference?

According to this post by Martha Stewart, the difference is the fat- to-flour ratio. A fudgy brownie has more fat, in the form of butter (shortening or oil) and chocolate (melted chocolate). A cakey brownie has more flour and relies on baking powder as its leavening ingredient.

If you want a fudgy brownie use a brownie recipe with a little more melted chocolate and fat (butter, shortening or oil) and a little less flour.

If you want a cakey brownie use a brownie recipe with a little more flour and less melted chocolate and fat.

Why Make Easy Saucepan Brownies

These are just to practical not to make. They are made with the simplest ingredients and are so quick to whip up. Really, you can make these in a saucepan. Plus, they are exploding with fudgy, chocolate flavor and who doesn’t like brownies. They will be devoured wherever served.

In case you have any queries regarding the recipe feel free to reach out via the comment section or the contact page. Also, if you have tried this recipe, I would love to hear about your experiences.

I have linked to our related recipes below and I’m sure you will love them.

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Simple Homemade Brownies With Frosting
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Old Fashioned Brownies With Frosting

From scratch and simple to make. Awesome, tasty and yum yum fudgy brownies with frosting.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword simple, homemade, with frosting, from scratch, chewy, tasty, awesome, yum yum, for a crowd, best, 13×9, fudge, with nuts, sweet treats
Prep Time 22 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes
Servings 24 people
Calories 290kcal
Cost $4.50



Chewy, Fudgy Brownie Ingredients

  • Cup Flour Sifted
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 4 Ounces Unsweetened Chocolate
  • Cup Shortening
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Pecans or Walnuts Chopped Optional

Easy Homemade Chocolate Frosting Ingredients

  • ½ Cup Butter
  • Cup Milk
  • 16 Ounces Powdered Sugar Sifted
  • ¼ Cup Cocoa
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract


Chewy, Fudgy Brownie Instructions

  • Preheat over to 350°
  • Beat sugar and eggs together thoroughly in a medium to large mixing bowl.
  • Melt together chocolate and shortening. See notes below on melting shortening and chocolate.
  • Remove chocolate mixture from stove and immediately add to egg and sugar mixture. Mixing together well by hand or with a hand mixer.
  • Sift flour, salt and powder.
  • Add flour to chocolate mixture, stirring until just combined. (I used a spatula for stirring here)
  • Mix in chopped nuts (optional)
  • Spread in a greased 13×9 pan
  • Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes
  • Let cool 30 minutes before frosting

Easy Homemade Chocolate Frosting Instructions

  • Sift powdered sugar
  • Combine butter and milk in a saucepan
  • Over low heat, bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat
  • Combine sifted powdered sugar and cocoa in a mixing bowl.
  • Add butter mixture to powdered sugar and cocoa. Stirring until ingredients are completely combined by hand or with a hand mixer.
  • Add vanilla, stirring until smooth
  • Frost cooled brownies
  • Slice and devour


To melt chocolate and shortening in a double broiler, add about 1 to 2 inches of water in the bottom pan of a double broiler.  Then turn stove to medium heat and heat until water starts to steam.  Next, place the chocolate chips and shortening in the top pan and place the it on the bottom pan.  Make sure top pan is not touching water in bottom pan.  With a spoon or rubber spatula stir constantly until it melts. Do not stop stirring for long.  If you think it’s melting to fast or afraid it will burn turn heat down.
If you don’t have a double broiler, you can place a glass, ceramic, or metal bowl over a sauce pan of steaming water and follow the steps above.
To melt chips in the microwave, microwave chips for 30 seconds (Use low heat setting.  If using high heat setting microwave for 20 seconds) and remove.  Give them a stir and put back in for another 30 seconds.  Repeat this process of microwaving 30 seconds and stirring until chips are melted.


Calories: 290kcal

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