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The Practical Baker
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 • Posted February 2, 2011

One Bowl Brownies

Courtesy Geraldine Lang

Mrs. Lang shared this recipe with me. She got it from her daughter-in-law, who in turn got it from her mother. While it is called a "one bowl" recipe, I found that premixing the flour, salt and baking powder in a separate, small bowl worked better for me. Also, I tried adding a teaspoon of instant coffee to the original recipe and sort of liked the taste that the coffee imparted to the final product. This is a "tried and true" recipe that I think you’ll enjoy!


1 cup oil

4 tablespoons cocoa

4 eggs

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons Karo syrup

1 teaspoon instant coffee granules (optional, not part of the original recipe!)

1 ½ cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup chopped nuts


In a mixing bowl add the oil and cocoa, (and instant coffee if you decide to add it), then, mixing lightly, add the eggs, one at a time. Stir in sugar, vanilla and Karo.

In a small bowl, blend the flour, salt, and baking powder; add this to the above mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Add the chopped nuts.

Pour mixture into a well-greased 9 X 13 inch baking pan; cook at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake! We kinda "sneak up" on it the last 10 minutes or so, to make sure it’s done correctly.

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