Watkins Brownies have been a part of my life since I married my husband. My mother-in-law wrote up the recipe and put it in my special recipe box given to me at my bridal shower.
These brownies are unlike any other I have had. They are fudgey and have a sweet and saltiness to them that is out of this world. My MIL wrote on the recipe card that these were my husband's favorites and that the recipe was from the 1926 Watkins Cookbook.
When she passed away, I was blessed to get some of her cookbooks and family recipes. Tucked into her Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook was the well-loved Watkins Cookbook..the very one she referenced on the recipe card she had written for me all those years ago. I love recipes that have longevity!
Here's what you'll need:
brown sugar, eggs, melted butter, oil, vanilla, flour, cocoa, salt
2 cups brown sugar (not packed)
1/2 cup melted butter
2 Tbsp. oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour (not level)
4 Tbsp. cocoa
1/2 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients together and spread with a knife in 9x13 pan that's been buttered and floured (or sprayed with baking spray). Bake for 20 minutes. Cool and cut. (Her notes: you can take them out of pan and roll in powdered sugar while warm if you like. Also good with 1 cup chopped walnuts in the batter.) I also like to just sprinkle some powdered sugar over them in the pan.
What I love about these brownies is that I can make them just about anytime we are needing a chocolate fix. I almost always have the ingredients ready and waiting. This week was my husband's birthday. The kids and I made these for him. Well, I made them and the kids fought over who got to lick the bowl and who got the spatula. ;-) He was one happy hubby!