Cohousing Recipes: Best Fudgy Brownies

More sweet stuff, in this last recipe of the series. As part of Joanne’s role as community meal prepper last week, she wanted to prepare items that reflected the diversity of food values and choices within the community. Being a self-described “meatatarian”, she is somewhat unaccustomed to preparing non-omnivore meals but she wanted to be respectful of her friends’ personal values and dietary requirements. The series is meant to showcase the respect and love we can show one another, simply by caring about what people can, and choose to eat in community.

Joanne says: Erik, my son, doesn’t like nuts, so he was a little upset when I only made Gluten-Free Black Bean brownies. Being respectful of his tastes, I made a 9 x 13 pan of fudgy brownies. Erik is 16 years old. I mention this because I had to explain that the pan was for sharing. With no guidance, I`m sure he would have eaten the whole pan that day.

This is a super simple recipe from the Taste of Home website.

Best Fudgy Brownies

Photo courtesy of hyoin min on Flickr


  • 1-1/3 cups butter, softened
  • 2-2/3 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners’ sugar, optional


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
  2. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. (It was thick enough that it was difficult to spread in the pan. I just plopped it in, put it in the oven for a couple minutes, and then pulled it out to smooth it before putting it back in.) Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until the top is dry and the center is set. Cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar if desired. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.