I can hardly turn down a direct request for a recipe, so: Liesl’s grandmother’s brownies. If you like this, I have several other dessert recipes that are worth trying. (Or ask me for Betsy cookies, or for our standard chocolate cake recipe.)

Make sure not to stint on the beating time, it’s important. (Just be glad that, unlike Liesl’s grandmother for most of her life, you have an electric mixer…) I don’t think I’ve ever actually tried it with the nuts.


4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
2 sticks unsalted butter
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups chopped nuts (optional)

Melt chocolate and butter together in a double boiler; let cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, beat eggs and sugar for 10 minutes. Add chocolate mixture and vanilla; mix well. Add flour and salt; mix until creamy. Fold in nuts. Bake in a 9″x13″ pan in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Top with glaze, below:


2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1 2/3 Tbsp. water
1 Tbsp. oil
1 Tbsp. light corn syrup
1 cup confectioner’s sugar

Cook and stir cocoa powder, water, oil, and corn syrup until smooth. Remove from heat. Beat in sugar.

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