Taste of Home Brownies

July 12, 2009

I didn’t plan on making brownies so soon after I made these for Tuesdays With Dorie, but I had brownies on my mind and I wanted to bring something to a small gathering over the weekend. These are my “go to” brownies; I’ve been making these for quite a few years. They’re just right for my tastes: dense and moist but not totally solid. Although they’re called cake brownies, I just don’t think of them as a “cakey” brownie. You know the type: you pick up a brownie at a pot luck, bite into it, and it’s like a flat piece of cake. Very disappointing. These are not those brownies! But they are also not ultra-dense fudgey brownies.


If I’ve learned anything from reading a lot of baking blogs, it’s that people are highly opinionated about brownies and chocolate chip cookies. We have our opinions in my household too: I vote for these and my husband votes for my recent Tuesdays With Dorie brownies. But we’re really splitting hairs here – we both like both brownies a lot. Life’s too short to just have one brownie recipe, right?


Moist Cake Brownies

from Taste of Home Annual Recipes 1999

My modifications are in red italics

2/3 cup (10 2/3 Tablespoons) butter (I used unsalted)
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (I used all semisweet chips)
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (I omitted the nuts)

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13″x9″ pan or coat it with cooking spray.

Melt butter in a large saucepan. Whisk in cocoa and oil until smooth. Cook and stir over low heat until cocoa is blended. Remove from heat; stir in sugar. Add eggs one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to cocoa mixture. Stir in chocolate chips (and nuts, if using).

Spread batter in pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack. Cut and serve when brownies are completely cooled. Enjoy!


  1. They look delicious Jill! I’m not real picky about brownies though – I’ll eat just about any kind as long as they’re nice and chocolatey. I’ve had a craving for brownies lately too, even though we just made them for TWD. I guess I can’t get enough!

  2. Um, yeah – I’ll take two, please. Seriously, those look good. And yes, we all have our opinions about brownies, and I intend to try them all!

  3. I love all sorts of brownies. I’m not picky at all. These ones look wonderful!

  4. These look delicious – you can never have too many brownies.

  5. I love fudgey brownies and these look delicious!!

  6. OMG, those look so good…I have some milk and semi sweet chips in the house…hmmmm. (I say that as if it’s a rarity in my house…HA!)

  7. Definitely right, lots of different kinds of brownies–what’s not to love? You’re better than I was–for TWD last week I made the KH Brownies 4 times! (Sharing them, of course!) These look good, too!

  8. While normally I’d call myself a “fudgey brownie girl” these brownies look absolutely ideal to me. I love finding out a good time-tested go to recipe. Thanks!

  9. mmmm those look divine!

  10. I have been looking for a good cakey brownie recipe, as my father hates fudgey brownies but always requests that I make brownies when I visit! Then I make them and he hates them! hahaha! So this just might have won me some brownie points… pardon the pun!

  11. MmM brownies… one of my favorite desserts… I love yours!

  12. I tried these..but Changed things a little!
    I used only one egg, and no butter at all. Just oil. Also I used less Vanilla…not a big vanilla flavor fan.
    It worked very well…if I had more eggs on me at the time I would have follow things exact LOL.
    I made these and added Andys mints. I Love Mint brownies! Yum.

    This is a great simple recipe Jill! Thanks.

    • Thank you for the feedback Jenna! I’m glad to hear that they worked with your changes. Andes Candies sound like a great addition – minty brownies sound great to me.

  13. I collect brownie recipes–this looks delish. I will try it soon. Enjoy your blog.

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