Classic Brownies – and a KitchenAid Christmas Favorites Giveaway!

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Today is double awesome! I have teamed up with 19 other bloggers, hosted by Karyn of Dieter’s Downfall and Pint Sized Baker, and we are hosting a HUGE holiday favorites giveaway. There’s like a billion prizes to be one (ok, 20, including the grand prize) but that’s still kind of crazy, right?!

Let’s kick things off with some holiday brownies. A classic recipe. Nothing fancy, no layers, no stuffing, no hidden candy surprises. Just a classic down home brownie. Because sometimes that’s all you need.

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Classic Brownies

Classic Brownies


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 6 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbs unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teas vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teas baking powder
  • 1/2 teas salt
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 4 tbs unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 tbs milk
  • 2 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teas vanilla


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8? baking dish with parchment paper and grease.

For the brownies, melt the shortening and butter in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat. Whisk in the cocoa. Set aside to cool.

In the bowl of your mixer, beat the eggs until pale yellow. Add the sugar and mix well. Add the cooled chocolate mix and vanilla. Mix until combined, scraping down sides as needed.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Pour into the egg chocolate mixture in three batches, mixing to combine. Scrape down the sides as needed and stir nonce more. Fold in the pecans. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until a fork inserted into the center comes out clean.

Allow to cool.

For the frosting, whisk the cocoa into the melted butter. Add the confectioners’ sugar in small batches and whisk to combine. Add the vanilla and add more confectioners’s sugar as needed. Spread over brownies and let set before cutting into squares and serving.

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Brownie Baking Essentials Giveaway!



Winner for the essential brownie kit will be chosen at random from the comments section! Mainly because I’m not sure if there was supposed to be a button for this part of the giveaway ;D

Not only are we all giving away our favorites, but check out this sweet mother of all grand prizes.  Enter the giveaway by visiting all the blogs listed and decoding the Secret Holiday Message!



My secret word is I’M… Record this word I’M and head on over to Hoopla Palooza for the next word in the scavenger hunt! When you visit all 19 blogs, you’ll have to put the words in order to decode the Secret Holiday Message and enter to WIN this KitchenAid Professional Mixer!


Giveaway entries run now through December 15th 2013. Make sure to hunt out all of the words in the scavenger hunt to enter to win as much as possible!
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  1. I’ve been wanting to make brownies from scratch for a while – thanks for the great recipe!

  2. Thanks for the giveaways! <3

  3. I’m excited to get great new recipes on each blog! So much fun making treats for the holidays. :-)

  4. Can’t wait to give these a try! Yummy!!

  5. With the kitchen aid I would continue to make moist and tasteful cupcakes and cakes :)

  6. Mmm! I haven’t found a brownie recipe as good as the brownies from a box, so I’ll have to try your recipe! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Everyone loves brownies. Yummy!

  8. Christmas cookies!

  9. With the Kitchen Aide Pro mixer it would elevate and take my cupcakes to a whole other level… I would be able to make the lightest fluffiest cupcakes, sweetest and crispiest Macarons, and of course sweet treats with my daughters when we have mother daughter baking days.

  10. Looks just right
    A classic down home brownie. Because sometimes that’s all you need.

  11. Those brownies look soooo good… I never thought of “classic” brownies as having a separate frosting layer before, but I could see how your recipe could easily become a classic tradition around my house!

    I also love your photography– so dark and yet so appealing.

  12. I would make a poundcake

  13. Brownies – yum!

  14. Those brownies look delicious. Perhaps they would be the first thing I would make with my new mixer.

  15. Jane Downes says:


  16. Patti Brown says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe, and for both giveaways!

  17. thanks for the giveaways and for this brownie recipe

  18. I hope I win! Thanks for all your great ideas.

  19. Suranna Michael says:

    mmmmmm. Brownies. These look wonderful.

  20. Those brownies look so much better than boxed ones! I have to make these!

  21. I’d make my husband’s favorite cake – Devil’s food cake with dark chocolate ganache.

  22. I would make chocolate chip cookies!

  23. I very rarely make brownies from scratch (I’m too lazy) but yours look delicious!

  24. Delicious Brownie Recipe

  25. I would make cookies!

  26. Heather Esposito says:

    Your brownies look delicious!!

  27. I absolutely LOVE brownies!! I’m still searching for that one recipe that knocks my socks off. This could be it!

  28. After I finish typing this comment I am going to run to the nearest supermarket and myself some brownies. All the images for my tummy growling. Also will be a nice little treat while I catch up with Sons of Anarchy!

  29. Too bad you’re not my secret santa, because these little brownie bites are calling my name. What an awesome giveaway!

  30. Cindi Jones says:

    Drooling over those brownies!

  31. The brownies look amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Yum! I love trying new brownie recipes!

  33. awesome recipe thank you

  34. margaret gerland says:

    I would love a kitchen aid mixer, I would make everything I possibly could!

  35. JODI STEWART says:

    I am so happy to have found all of these blogs through this giveaway! I can’t wait to try the brownies! :)

  36. Michele Rodocker says:

    I love a good giveaway and a good brownie! Yummmm! Fingers Crossed. Thanks!

  37. Ashley Outland says:

    Thank you for the amazing giveaway!!!! :)

  38. I would make a hummingbird cake!

  39. Thank you so much for this recipe! I’m going to make these for a friend’s birthday this week :)

  40. Oh my! These brownies look AMAZING! I love brownies! I hope I win!

  41. I would make cookies & brownies for the holiday season.

  42. I’d make some great whole-grain bread!

  43. Katrina Sedillo says:

    If were blessed to win this giveaway, the very first thing i’d like to make with my dream appliance would have to be homemade macaroon cookies. I’ve yet to attempt baking macaroons but now i feel inspired and how cool would that be to try something bew in a brand new appliance! thank you :)

  44. I would love to try the fairytale brownies!

  45. Thank you for the chance to win and Merry Christmas!

  46. christina p says:

    MMM..brownies! Thanks for the giveaway!

  47. These look yummy, I will have to try it! Thanks for the giveaway too!

  48. I really need to try and make me some brownies

  49. Yummy!!!! Brownies, what could be better, nothing.

  50. I love brownies!!!


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