Great Family Recipes: Grandma Roth’s Brownies

April 5, 1956, Wausau Daily Record Herald; Wausau, Wisconsin

From far left: my mom, my aunt, my grandma, and my uncle

I’d like to start a new series in the month of December. I’m going to share a favorite family recipe every Monday. Let’s start with my grandmother. I think Grandma Roth is a great cook, but she doesn’t do it very often. Plain and simple, she doesn’t enjoy cooking. Grandma told me that she finds it annoying when she works over the stove for hours only to see her food to be gone in minutes. She always said that the best thing to have for dinner is reservations. Oddly, when her children were young, she told me only went out to dinner twice per year so there must have been a lot of home cooking at one time. One of the few times she went out for dinner was for her husband’s company’s annual dinner! I’m not sure when the other time was…it might have been for her wedding anniversary, but I can’t be sure because her wedding anniversary falls over Thanksgiving and I can’t imagine her going out for dinner over the holidays. Happy 62nd wedding anniversary, (Great) Grandma!

I don’t know why she was featured in the paper (above), but in that article she shared a recipe for lemon chiffon pudding. I don’t think she ever prepared that for me, but she did make brownies on special occasions. These ARE the best brownies ever. As a family we actually make them very infrequently so I haven’t tried making a gluten free version yet. Years ago I begged Grandma for the recipe. I’m sharing the recipe with you today for you to enjoy. If you want to share it, do please attribute it to her.

Grandma Roth’s Brownie Recipe

3/4 cup butter

3 squares chocolate

4 eggs, well beaten

1 3/4 cups sugar

1 1/4 cups flour

Nutmeats (optional)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Melt together butter and chocolate. Add beaten eggs. Spread batter about 1/2 inch thick in an 8 by 12 or 9 by 13 pan. Bake in a slow oven for about 30-35 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Note: make sure you use a rectangular pan or they won’t turn out right.

Copyright – @Grandma Roth — Don’t mess with Grandma!

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14 Responses to Great Family Recipes: Grandma Roth’s Brownies

  1. Alissa December 5, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    Semi-sweet or unsweetened chocolate?

    • Mrs Q December 5, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

      Shoot, I’m going to have to double check that ingredient. I’m assuming not unsweetened, but I’ll get back to you after I ask my mom.

      • Ashton December 6, 2011 at 12:05 am #

        i would think that the chocolate would be unsweetened. Every brownie recipe I’ve ever made used either unsweetened chocolate squares or unsweetened cocoa powder. Here is a similar recipe that uses unsweetened squares. Every other recipe that I can find using squares uses similar proportions for the other ingredients and unsweetened squares.

  2. Kate December 5, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    I don’t suppose you could print the recipe for the lemon chiffon pudding, could you? That sounds delicious, too!

    • Mrs Q December 5, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

      I’ll try to share the recipe in the future! Thanks!

  3. Free~! December 5, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    The family resemblance is amazing! I thought it was you in the picture because Charlie looks so much like your Mom.

    The brownies sound so good and simple. I agree with Kate, I’d love to see the lemon pudding. I’ve got a weak spot for anything lemon :).

    • Mrs Q December 5, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

      OK, I’ll try to share that recipe in the future! Thanks!

  4. Sara December 5, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    Reading through the recipe, I don’t see when to add the flour and sugar. Probably after the eggs? I know the order of ingredients can make a difference in baked goods – am I not reading that correctly?


    • Mrs Q December 5, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

      Yes, after the eggs. The instructions were very brief.

  5. Anna December 5, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    My paternal grandmother had 10 children. She cooked allllll the time when they were growing up, so by the time her grandkids came to be, she was ready for a break. The thing I remember most about visiting her is that she always wanted to go out to eat 🙂

    • Mrs Q December 5, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

      How true!

  6. Nicole @ saveliveeatlove December 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    mmm… nutmeats? Is that old fashioned for chopped nuts?

    • Mrs Q December 5, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

      Yeah, it refers to nuts. I was a bit confused when I first copied down the recipe — I thought it was a technique! 😛

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