May 26, 2016

Our Family Brownie Recipe

The Family Brownie Recipe

Beware: Not healthy, but so good! 

Featured on Rattlebridge Farm a Foodie Friday. 

Here is a recipe that has been a favorite in our family since the early in back in the mid seventies. 

My mother-in-law first made these, and since then have been a family favorite. They have been birthday cake requests. They have been Christmas buffet regulars.  

I shared this recipe with a cousin...and then the it branched out to her nieces and probably her daughter by now. 

My daughter has always loved to cook since she was a young girl...and she soon took up making these brownies too. 

In my opinion the only tricky thing is making the icing. Any time you work with chocolate and sugar you have to be careful not to have crystals on the side of the pan infect the chocolate and make it grainy.

This recipe makes very moist chocolate brownies. And be careful...don't make yourself sick by eating all of them in one session, even if you want to.

Also, I have no idea why these are called Iowa Brownies. I guess there is a story and if anyone knows please let us know.



½ Cup Soft Margarine
1 Cup of Sugar
1 (one) 20 oz. Can of Chocolate Syrup
4 Eggs
1 Cup of Flour
(1 cup of Crushed nuts for icing,  optional)

Cream margarine and sugar.
Slowly stir in chocolate syrup.
Add eggs one at a time, beating after each egg.
Mix in flour.
Pour into a buttered 9 x 13 cake pan.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Bake for 25 minutes.

¾ stick margarine
1 ½ cups of sugar
1/3 cup of evaporated milk
½ cup of chocolate chips.

Combine first three ingredients in a sauce pan
and slowly bring to a boil. Boil for one minute.
Remove from the heat and stir until dissolved.
Quickly spread onto brownies.


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  1. These brownies sound so good. I love brownies. I will give your recipe a try sometime. :)
    I too have a brownie recipe on my blog today!
    Enjoy the holiday weekend.

    1. Just saw your slutty brownie recipe. ha ha ah.

  2. These sound yummy! Thanks and Happy Memorial Day weekend.

  3. Yum! These brownies look so delicious and easy to make. Definitely something to be taken to a picnic without needing refrigeration.

  4. i know i would love these!

  5. Our family has overdosed on these brownies for years. You just keep going back for one more. ha.

  6. Sheila, I've got to try making your recipe sometime this summer or fall. I only make brownies from scratch and I've made the same one for years. These look very delicious with the icing!

  7. I love brownies and his one is truly one to make as my dad was a born and raised Iowa farm boy! the Iowa brownies are special!!!

  8.! Those look sooo yummy! Have a good weekend! xoxo

  9. I have Mr. Sweet's mother's recipe that I've used for so many years...your recipe sounds great and I will give it a try, even tho, I am SUCH a cho lover, but don't care for chocolate syrup...:) gonna try it, tho.

  10. Wow my taste buds are pulsating! LOL
    This sounds super delicious. I will copy and try!

  11. Yummy. This looks like a grand recipe!

  12. Sounds delicious!! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Have a great weekend, Sheila!

  13. I always enjoy a good brownie. Thanks for sharing a family recipe. When we are done dieting, I shall make some.

  14. Thank you for continuing to share your awesome content st #OverTheMoon!

  15. Love iced brownies! This sounds delish!

  16. Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings! Pinned and tweeted.

  17. I totally Pinned this...sounds amazing! :)

    I’d love for you to share it with my Recipe and Crafts Facebook Group:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  18. My mouth is watering.
    These almost look like another favorite of our family's- a chocolate sheet cake.

  19. You are so funny...about eating them all in one sitting! I know someone in my house might try that! These look really yummy and rich, like maybe a little scoop of vanilla ice cream would make a perfect accompaniment. Thanks for always stopping by Celebrate and Decorate to join our little party!

  20. Yum!

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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