Recipe cards and passed down memories


I was looking for the recipe for my mother’s cocoa brownies yesterday and I found it!

Going through the recipe box always brings me to tears.  This one is written in Robin’s writing- and has

been accidently dipped into a bit of the batter many years ago.  The tears aren’t because of the messy

card- but because of the treasure of memories my sister’s handwriting brought me.

The tears were quickly followed by a smile, though- because on the flip side of the card-

003                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         was a notation of the calories in one 32nd of a piece of brownie.  Robin was a great calorie counter.

Here is the story my mother always told of these brownies.  A friend had given her the recipe, but when

my mom made it, she thought it might be too rich, so she substituted margarine for the butter, and then

made it in a jelly roll pan rather than a 9×9 square pan.  And then it was too thin so she added icing- the

icing she used for the postom cake.   To dress up the brownies, she added melted chocolate on top and

it got a very distinctive design when cut whilst it was still warm.   She had company over one day and

the husband of our visiting couple really loved the brownies.  He kept saying, “Get the recipe for these

brownies, Sophie, they are the best I’ve ever had.”

Sophie, his wife, was the friend who had given my mother the original recipe for these brownies!


Here’s the recipe for Cocoa Brownies with cooked icing.



1 1/2 cups AP flour

2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup dark cocoa- I used Hershey’s

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup soft butter

4 eggs

2 tsps vanilla

1 cup chopped nuts

12 oz bag of choc chips

Sift together the dry ingredients.  Sift them because the cocoa will have some compacted balls and REALLY need

to be sifted.  Set aside.

Beat the butter , eggs and vanilla together and add the dry ingredients  about a cup at a time. Mix well, add nuts by hand

and spread in a greased jelly roll of cookie pan with sides.  Bake at 350 degrees F for about 22 minutes- do not overbake,

these burn easily since they are so thin.  pour 1/2 cup choc chips on to hot top and let melt.  Skim the chocolate over the top

and allow to cool completely.

Now to make the cooked icing.

I was going to take pictures of each step- but this goes pretty fast and needs to be tended- so no pictures, sorry,Sad smile .

Put one cup of milk in medium cook pan and stir in 4 rounded Tablespoons of flour and stir for about 10 minutes over

medium heat until the mixture is the consistency of mashed potatoes. Stiff mashed potatoes.

Take off heat and stir in 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup sugar.  Beat until creamy and ice cooled brownies in tray.

Melt 3/4 cup of chocolate chips in microwave and drizzle on top of icing.   Using a sharp knife cut the brownies into about 32



These are soft and chocolatey- it is hard to eat just one!

7 thoughts on “Recipe cards and passed down memories

  1. Thank you for sharing. They were very good, even our friends at the Post House liked them. I was happy we shared them. You are a wonderful Baker and Chef.

  2. My mouth is totally watering, and if it weren’t 10:34 PM, I’d be on my way to your house to snag a few! I love all the recipe cards I have in my mom’s writing. I’m planning to scan then in someday and make an album. 207 calories, huh? Totally worth it!

    • Come and get some!
      You know these go really fast!
      I’d be interested in such an album- you couldn’t do that with Gramma’s recipes- half of them are written on brown paper towels and the back of envelopes. 🙂

  3. Wow, I remember these too! I can’t wait to make them. I love the history and the pictures and the original recipes. Dare I ask for more of all three? 🙂 (I’d even like to see the pictures of the envelopes and paper towels!)

    • Elizabeth,
      I will try to make up some more for posts. I’m going to make Gramma’s crumble pie bars, next. Sadly no recipe exists for it. She made these up to the year before she died, but never wrote down the recipe.
      I made the cocoa brownies for the last Christmas cookie hamper Cynthia and I gave a couple of years ago. 🙂

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