Anissa is having a recipe swap, so I thought I’d join in the fun and post a recipe for brownies that I remember making with my mom – the reason I like these is because they’re not extremely chocolaty, which I prefer, though they can be made with more/different chocolate to make them more chocolaty which my hubby prefers. 🙂 Princess Nagger and I made these yesterday – she had a blast!

The Recipe:

Mom Swenson’s Brownies


2 Cups sugar
1-1/2 Cups flour
1/4 Cup cocoa
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
1/2 pound oleo or butter (two sticks) melted
1 Cup nuts (optional)

Mix Sugar, Flour and cocoa together in medium bowl. In a small bowl beat eggs with fork then add to the sugar/flour/cocoa mixture, and stir in vanilla. Melt butter in a pan on the stove, or in a glass measuring cup in the microwave. Add melted butter and stir until blended. Pour into un-greased 9×13 cake pan and bake on 350° F 25-30 minutes. After removing from the oven, slide a knife around the edges and cut through the top layer or cut completely into 24 squares while still hot. If you wait until it cools all the way, sometimes the top looks messy and crumbly.

Modifications and notes from my mom:

“I usually melt my butter in a measuring cup and then tip it upside down in the pan to get the last of the butter. The recipe says an ungreased pan but the brownies come out easier if you put a thin layer of butter on the bottom and sides. I also modify the recipe when I make it and use part whole wheat flour (about 1/2 cup or so), I also put in about 1/4 cup of bran flakes and I usually add 1 Cup of nuts – I use pecans.”

Princess Nagger and I pulled our ingredients together (yes, I do make my own Vanilla, hence the mason jar of Vanilla…):
Princess Nagger getting into the groove of taking pictures while I do the same:
Butter is now melted and ready to add:
Princess Nagger carefully adding the melted butter:
Making sure every drop is added:
Stir, stir, stir!
And stir…
Pouring into pan sprayed with non-stick spray with flour:
The finished product – following instructions to cut while hot – still started to get crumbly, but not too bad:
Princess Nagger taking a picture of the finished product, too:

It’s a very simple recipe that turns out delicious – the brownies are sugar-crisp on the outside, nice and gooey-dense on the inside. I use Nesquik because it doesn’t make them extra chocolaty – but you can use any kind of cocoa powder to make it as chocolaty as you want. 🙂


  1. I think you may have inspired me. I have a group of young ladies coming over this evening, I think I will make your brownies. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Great pictures! Thanks for playing along today. Love that recipe — It looks delicious. Your little girl is to cute with her camera — My 9 year old loves to take pictures of everything.

  3. Love the fact that you include the notes your mom added— makes it more like a real recipe that you find in someone's recipe box.

  4. Those look awesome,and I bet they taste the same. Probably even better since they are your mom’s recipe.

  5. That is so cute that she is taking a pic of the brownies!!!! Love it! Like mother like daughter!

    Are the homemade things really worth it? I’ve never tried them.

  6. I wanted to do this today but I didn’t have time this weekend. I’m going to do it next week. I’m using my hubby as my chef.

  7. I don’t have awesome recipes to swap, honestly. So, if you don’t mind, I’m just going to pretend that this post is all about recipe snagging.

  8. I just had to tell you, I made your brownies and the totally rocked! I was a little concerned with how mine came out since the batter seemed thicker than yours, but they were awesome! I will admit, I did add chocolate chips because you can never have too much chocolate.

  9. Those look delicious!

    My husband LOVES brownies. He made some this weekend – but these look much better than anything Betty Crocker whipped up. =)

  10. Listen here, Missy. Did you really have to go and post a picture of BROWNIES while I’m trying to lose weight over here? Man, I just licked my monitor and I swear it tasted like chocolate. Those look good.

  11. I’ve never heard of using Nesquik. They look delicious. I think I almost enjoy the batter more than than the actual brownies. I’m a sucker for batter.

  12. Okay, we’re going to have to talk. Brownies? I’m fat, Stacey! I can’t take a recipe, complete with PICTURES no less! C’mon! :0

  13. They look delicious! I am the worst cook in the world but I will find something suitable somewhere. Lovely photos by the way, your daughter is gorgeous.

  14. Yummo!! This recipe look delish. Awwww and what a cute little helper you have there. 🙂

  15. Mmm yummy I love brownies, um let me clarify, the chocolaty kind not the Girl Scout variety. Thanks for sharing what sound like a very easy and delicious recipe.

    Happy Tuesday!

  16. These look fantastic, I’m tempted to make them, but I’m thinking of my bathing suit…

  17. i love how you had your princess showing us all how to make those yummy treats! great idea 🙂

  18. Great pictures, I stopped making brownies from scratch ages ago because I could never make them as good as the box. i will have to give this recipe a try!

  19. You can make your own vanilla? The thought has never occurred to me! Of course, I don’t do enough baking to make a mason jar of it…it takes me a few years to get through the little bottles you buy at the grocery store!

    And those brownies do look delicious!

  20. Aww-well what a lovely little chef. Those brownies look delicious and I love that camera she has.

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