Overcooking brownies imparts a nice bitterness to the brownie itself. While not a cooking disaster, it probably isnt a good idea. Must pull brownies sooner :)

This recipe has been in my family forever, and both of my grandmothers use it (as we shared and pulled it from an older cookbook. The kind that local organizations put out as a fundraiser. If you ever run across these, they often have the best recipes.)


1 1/2 cup flour
2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup pecan halves (optional)

Place all ingredients in mixer bowl. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Pour in greased 9×13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

This recipe also halves well — cook in a 8×8 or 9×9 inch pan.

I halved my recipe, and cooked it in an 8×8 pan. I checked it at 20 minutes, and it was not done, then I got distracted and pulled them at 30 minutes, hence the slightly darkened bottom crust. Still yummy :)


  1. Yum, I love family recipes!My husband and I actually love slightly burned brownies.When I make one just for us.I bake em high and fast,leaving dark bitter edges, and a fudgy center :)I’d love to guide our readers to your site if you won’t mind.Just add your choice of foodista widget to this post and it’s all set, Thanks!

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