Fudgy Brownies

Last week, Baby J and I were invited to a mini retreat in our nearby mountains. My friend, Jan, won a beautiful vacation rental in Big Bear City in a silent auction and decided to treat a few of her friends to a getaway. I am so glad I got to be part of the group. We had no set schedule, just lots of time to relax. We chatted, we cooked, we ate. We discussed matters of the world and matters of the heart. I came away feeling rejuvenated and more myself than I have in a very long time. Surprising, what a little good company, good food, and good conversation can do.

One of my contributions to yumminess of our little escape were brownies. They were a hit. I picked this recipe because I had all the ingredients in my fridge and pantry. Many recipes these days call for semi or bitter-sweet chocolate. I had none but I did have unsweetened cocoa. That recipe made the most delicious, fudgy brownie. I thought I would share the recipe with you. Enjoy!



  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

You can also add:

  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped nuts


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in sugar, cocoa, and salt until combined. Allow to cool.
  5. Add vanilla.
  6. Stir in eggs, one at a time, and beat until well mixed.
  7. In separate bowl, mix together flour and baking powder. Stir to combine.
  8. Add flour mixture to batter. Mix well to combine.
  9. If using chocolate chips or nuts, fold them into the batter.
  10. Pour in pan, and bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with some moist crumbs attached.
  11. Cool, remove from pan, cut into squares, and enjoy.

This quote made me laugh. I think it’s a bit true about me, too.

I just love to bake chocolate cakes and anything unhealthy. It makes me very popular.

Helena Mattsson

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Loved that quote, Patty, and I’m so glad to learn that you got away on a relaxing and meaningful retreat with your precious Baby J! I’m sure there were lots of willing hands on deck to rock, to feed, change diapers, and play. What better thing could any grandparent hope for?

    1. Patty Schell says:

      It was wonderful and renewing. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. So happy you were able to get away and be yourself just a little bit Ms. Patty. Even with Baby J in tow, that’s a blessing. As for your fudgy brownies? I gained two pounds just reading. 🙂 Mmm Mmm. Where’s the milk? God’s blessings ma’am.

    1. Patty Schell says:

      They are decadent. Yes, it was wonderful to get away. I felt so spoiled. Thanks for swinging by!

  3. Debi says:

    Hi Patty! i tried a recipe for Tahini Swirled Brownies based on a post from you! i loved them and I’m sure this recipe will also be a hit! Baking these has reminded me how much i love baking! thank you for sharing yet another delicious recipe!

    1. Patty Schell says:

      So glad you are enjoying baking again. I’m happy to be part of the joy it brings. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  4. Marie Caulkins says:

    Thank you for sharing, my friend! I always enjoy your recipes, and I love hearing about what the Lord is doing in your life.
    Love you!

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