This recipe is very dear to me. It was the first one that I remember my Granny sharing with me as I was learning to cook and bake…this is even the original recipe card I used to record it over 25 years ago!
Granny told me that her friend Mabel had given it to her, and she loved it because you could melt the butter and mix the batter in the same pan. She always pointed that out when we made them, and I remember being around 10 years old and wondering why that was such a big deal…oh, how times have changed! These days, I take any dish-saving shortcut I can. Thanks, Granny!
Mabel Hauser’s Brownies
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 c. sugar
4 T. cocoa
1 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)
Melt butter in a 2-quart saucepan. After the butter is melted, add the sugar and cocoa to the pan and mix well. Add eggs, flour, vanilla, and nuts (if using) and stir until blended. Spread into a greased 13 x 9 pan and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.