Old Fashioned Brownies

Old Fashioned Brownies | Green Valley Kitchen

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A rich, dark chocolate brownie with a soft chewy center, firm edges and a crackly top. These old fashioned brownies are easy and simple to make using just one bowl.


  • 3/4 cup Hershey’s cocoa – unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 cup butter – melted
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9 by 13 baking pan.
  3. Add cocoa and baking soda to a large bowl and stir to combine.
  4. Melt 2/3 of a cup of butter over low heat on the stove (or melt butter in the microwave). With a wooden spoon, stir 1/2 of the melted butter into the cocoa and baking soda. Stir until combined.
  5. Add 1/2 cup of boiling water to bowl with cocoa and butter. Stir until combined.
  6. Add sugar, eggs and the rest of the melted butter to the cocoa mixture. Stir until combined.
  7. Sift in 1 1/3 cup of flour. Add vanilla and salt. Stir until combined and batter is smooth.
  8. Add dark chocolate chips to batter and stir until combined.
  9. Pour into prepared baking pan and smooth the top out with a wooden spoon. Bake for between 35 and 40 minutes. Mine took 35 minutes. Test with a toothpick for doneness.
  10. Cool for 30 minutes in pan. When cool, remove from pan and cut into 24 brownies.


It’s important to let the cooked brownie cool before remove it from the pan.  If you try and remove it too soon the whole brownie could break up into a bunch of pieces – so wait about 30 minutes before flipping the whole brownie out of the pan.   Once the brownie has cooled in the pan, gently loosen around the edge of the pan and the brownie with a thin metal spatula, you should then be able to easily flip the brownie out of the pan.  You will also get a cleaner cut on the individual brownies if you wait for the whole (uncut) brownie to cool before cutting it up into squares.

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