SewThankful Tracy’s Brownie Addiction Recipe

©Tracy L. Chapman May 2009 all rights reserved. To receive notice of future complimentary projects, recipes & ideas be sure to sign up for the FREE eNews at


It seems unbelievable that the Memorial Holiday weekend is already upon us. We are so very thankful for all the men and women in our military who serve our country with honor, valor, dedication and much sacrifice.  Jeff and I will never forget that FREEDOM was not and is not free.

Do you want or need something soft, chocolaty and absolutely delicious to sweeten your Memorial Holiday weekend?

This is based on the recipe my mother used when I was a kid.  It was on a handwritten card in her recipe box which came from a handwritten card in my Gram’s recipe box…you get the picture. They were a favorite at almost every family gathering or group event we attended through my childhood.

I tweaked Mom’s/Gram’s recipe over the years–to the point that these brownies have become an addiction.  I can no longer permit myself to make them more than a couple times a year because once you take a bite you just don’t want to stop.  WARNING: These brownies are NOT low fat nor low sugar. Don’t even think about making them if you are on a diet–they will KILL your diet.  But every once in a while, for a special treat or a group event…they are HEAVEN!  They are pure, soft,  sweet,  melt-in-your-mouth smooth chocolate bliss.

My mother used to put chocolate icing and nuts on top–but I don’t need the extra calories and I like the brownie so much that I don’t think it needs anything added.

Here’s the recipe – or click here for a printable document (PDF) requires a RECENT version of Adobe Acrobat Reader available for FREE at

  • 1 cup REAL butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon REAL vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups All Purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees – oven temperature may vary depending upon your oven, altitude, etc. Adjust as necessary.

Prepare 9″ x 13″ pan by spraying with Pam or use your preferred method.  I like to use a glass baking dish and spray it with Pam cooking spray.

Cream butter & sugar.  Add eggs one at a time and beat well.  Add vanilla–beat until well combined.

Sift flour, baking powder & salt together into a separate medium bowl – make sure all ingredients are well mixed.  Making 3 separate additions pour and mix dry ingredients into butter/egg/sugar/vanilla mixture. Mix completely each addition.  Add cocoa powder and mix well—the color and texture should be even and consistent.

Spread into prepared pan.

Bake approximately 25 minutes.  Do NOT over bake.  Brownies should show signs of crackling across the top (including into the center of the pan) but should still appear moist.  These brownies will rise in the baking process.  In the cooling process, the center area may deflate considerably while the edges & corners remain fairly high — this is normal.

Allow to cool at least one hour before cutting/serving. It’s worth the wait. They will taste amazing.

Serving idea:

I love them plain, but you could make them really decadent by serving with fresh raspberries and a scoop of homemade vanilla icecream.


©Tracy L. Chapman May 2009 all rights reserved.

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19 thoughts on “SewThankful Tracy’s Brownie Addiction Recipe”

  1. Thank you! we lost the hard copy of this from when you first mentioned it and panicked as I went through all the saved newsletters looking for the recipe. Reading so many newsletters in a row made me very thankful for your cheerful and encouraging outlook on life.
    Have a blessed weekend!

  2. Thank you Tracy. My family loves Brownies and the ones from a box contain too many chemicals and other things that are not good for you. How nice to have an uncomplicated recipe where you know what you are eating. Because it was handed down through your family, that makes it extra special.

  3. I love that you share. Isn’t if funny that you sharea a hot air balloon. I went to the Quilt Expo yesterday in Loveland CO and pirchased ther hot sirballoon pantos. and enjoyed all the museum quilts there.

  4. I made your brownies for our Thursday night gathering last week. They were a huge hit with the ladies as well as the grandchildren. I think just plain is the best too. No way would I want to dilute that great chocolate flavor.

  5. Thank you so much for the brownie recipe. I’m in the process of trying to write all of our favorite recipes we have enjoyed through the generations. I’m collecting from everyone, not just family. It’s recipes I don’t want to get lost. I plan to give copies to my family. I hope you don’t mind if I include yours. I give full credit to whomever gives me the recipe. Thank you again.

  6. YUM! I’ll have to try this recipe really soon. Thank you so much for your patterns and newsletter. I look forward to receiving it each week. I just hope that someday I get to visit your area. Your pictures are so inspirational and so are your stories.

    Take care.

  7. Oh, that brownie recipe sounds delicious and special. How I love to bake the things I remember my mom baking. But I always thought what she baked tasted better than mine.
    I enjoy your website so much! You are such an inspiration and your service is great! I have made several of your free patterns and they are easy, useful and my friends and family love them.

  8. Tracy, thanks so much for the brownie recipe-for years I have searched for the “perfect brownie”-maybe this one is it. I so enjoy your weekley newsletter and I to look forward to your free projects. One that I especially enjoy is the one hour tote or gift bag. I have made it so many times in so many sizes. I made 13 for my high school granddaughter’s dance team. They loved them- they were all in the bright colors that girls like. I like to tie some bright colored yarn and ribbon in the little space underneath the ribbon handles. Thanks again and I will keep looking for those great projects-must go- I have some brownies to bake!!! Linda

  9. I am going to try your recipe soon. All of my grown kids love chocolate as does one of my sons-in-law. I have also tried some of your free patterns. They are great. And your service when I order is fantastic! I always have my orders in 3 or 4 days. Of course part of the reason for the speed is AZ is next door to NM, but it is also due to how promptly you ship. Thanks!

  10. I don’t mean this to be sad, but my Aunt Midge is dying. I spoke with her today and she is so accepting and matter of fact. She still feels OK, but the cancer is spreading and there is nothing they can do.
    I was thinking about her and then read your recipe for the brownies.
    My Aunt Midge makes the best oil and vinegar dressing hands down. I call her every time I want the recipe, but mine never tastes likes hers.
    When she dies, I will become the oldest generation. There is such a strong connection between women, especially around food and crafting or sewing.
    My Aunt Midge was the food go to person, and my Aunt Florence was the craft/ sewing person.
    So enjoy those people in your life that make it special and Copy those recipes!

  11. Oh dear, and I was going to start my diet again! I think I will make these today and take them over to the new house of a quilter friend who moved this week. Thanks for the recipe and for your wonderful, motivating messages. I feel like you are a dear friend I just haven’t met yet. Many thanks!

  12. Tracy, I’ve been making these brownies for years too!! All I can say is YUMMY!!! Hope people realize how lucky they are & try the recipe :)They won’t regret it for sure!!!!

  13. Tracie, Thank you for the recipe and the interesting weekly newsletters. Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. Tracy…thank you for sharing such a special family recipe. I can hardly wait to try it!!! Best wishes!

  15. HI there.. I love your newsletters, and especially the lavender changes! This issue was especially great with the totes, napkins and brownie recipe. Thanks so much for all you do for us! Hugs Anita

  16. Thank you for this great recipe.

    Thank you also for your wonderful newsletter, free patterns and your kindness in each newsletter. When I see your name in my Inbox, I go to your newsletter first before reading all the others. I have used several
    of your free patterns which I have enjoyed.

    Keep up the great work you are doing in the quilting world.

  17. Tracy, I have a great idea of what to do with the original recipe card. I have several from my mom written in the earl ’40’s which I had framed. I took 3 and framed each in a similar style frame different colors and different colored mats. They are now hanging in the kitchen. I love seeing them. I will try your brownies!


  18. Thank you Tracy for your recipe, I’ll be sure to try it real soon. I also want to thank you for your free patterns, always a delight & I love your photos from your surroundings. The Yucca pictures are fabulous. I have a yucca in my yard, but here in the east it usually blooms about 4th of July, so I’m anxiously awaiting that.
    Thanks for your kind thoughts that you send in your Weekly News & the promt service for our orders. It’s a pleasure doing business with you!
    Blessing to you & the family.

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