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. Hi, Im from Malaysia. I’m still hunting for a delicious brownies recipe. Cant wait to try yours!Thanks for the great recipe :)

  2. I love a good classic brownie.

  3. Ang Madsen-Gilchrist says:

    Your brownie recipe looks amazing.

  4. I’d make a huge amount of cupcakes, head to my local VA and give them away to our veterans!

  5. kathy pilato says:

    those brownies look awesome!

  6. Katie Johnson says:

    Those brownies, they look sooo good!

  7. Brownies are my guilty pleasure! I’m always on a quest to find a new recipe! I can’t wait to try yours!

  8. Jehmie Durham says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. There’s nothing like a good ole brownie. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  10. Sweet recipe and thanks for letting me join in the giveaway this is awesome

  11. The brownies look perfect!

  12. Sweet, sweet brownies

  13. Those look so delicious! Happy to participating in this blog party giveaway with you!

    Cheers, Carrie

  14. I love your gift tags in the brownie picture

  15. I’d love to win!

  16. I would try to make mine gluten free.

  17. Myra Kimball says:

    This is so cool.

  18. This brownie recipe sounds soo delish! Can’t wait to try!:))

  19. Yum, these brownies look simply delicious :)


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