on brownies

look what I got in the mail …

can you believe it? all tied up in a BIG YELLOW ribbon — that and the Making Memories box gave the sender away (thanks Margie.)

love this (from the book)

"Brownies are both unpretentious and decadent. They are quick and easy to put together, yet immensely rich and satisfying. So what makes a chocolate brownie different from cake? The texture is crucial. A good brownie should be soft, with a close, moist, fudgy quality completely unlike the crumbly, open, and light texture of a pound cake."

ahhhh, it's killing me, and now I totally have brownies are on my mind (what's new?) and here's what I'm thinking …

1. The banner on my blog is going away soon (I can't wait to show you) and I've had LOTS of questions about that particular brownie and whether or not I have the recipe. I took that photo a year or more ago in Birmingham, Alabama. It was an excellent brownie, but I do NOT have the recipe.

2. I do have a favorite brownie recipe (lower in fat even) that I make when I have time. I often give out this recipe to students at live events. Otherwise, I'm a big Costco brownie mix girl and Chase can whip up a double batch in less than an hour (including baking time.) 

3. I am going to make the first recipe  "Classic Fudge Brownies" in my new book, tonight and document the experience. I will report back.

4. Also more than a year ago, I received some amazing brownies in the mail. I can't remember if I blogged about them or not — so, if you need a really cool mail-order brownie, visit simplydivinebrownies.com


this is their fruit and nut filled breakfast brownie. Yes, I could totally do that — maybe not every morning, but often. There are some that can do cold pizza (not me) but a brownie, bring it on.

life is good. So, find or make a brownie today and celebrate the fact that you've made it half way through another week in your good life.


  1. I do love brownies too — infact, I do not think I have ever met one that I did not like! Did I read somewhere that you were creating a brownie journal? How is that coming? Will we ever see snippits of it here on the blog?

  2. Betty Weaver says:

    can’t wait to see the new banner but will miss my daily dose of ‘brownie’ :)
    Looking forward to hearing how the new recipe turns out

  3. {grin.}
    I needed a Stacy post today!
    This Presidential race exhausted me.
    Thanks for the reminder to stop and smell the brownies. Off to make some for dessert tonight.
    I’ll be thinking of you as I add additional fat to my already large tookus. LOVE YA!

  4. Brownies are probably my absolute favorite dessert. I use a Cupcake Doctor recipe that is da bomb AND uses a box (Ghiradelli is the best- although I haven’t tried Kirkland’s).
    Here’s what you do…
    To a boxed mix (20 oz), add 1/3 cup water, 5 Tbs melted butter, 1 large egg, 1 tsp pure vanilla and 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.
    stir, pour and bake according to pkg instructions.
    we LOVE these little beauties. Hope you do to!

  5. Great, happy post!!

  6. Ummm, thanks for the nudge to make a little fudge (brownies that is!) ;o)

  7. aw man stacy- kill me now (HA HA) :) i have been working with a trainer for 4 weeks now and i am DYING for a brownie- my fave besides cheesecake! LOL

  8. i just got that low fat recipie you mentioned at the Come Play Eugene/Cocoa Dasiy event last weekend and can’t wait to try it this weekend. Thanks

  9. i just got that low fat recipie you mentioned at the Come Play Eugene/Cocoa Dasiy event last weekend and can’t wait to try it this weekend. Thanks

  10. Oh, how we do love brownies in our house! My current favorite recipe is from “Baked” in Brooklyn, New York. They are A-W-E-S-O-M-E!
    That said, I am an equal-opportunity taster and would be more than willing to keep an open mind as to the possibility of an even better brownie recipe! lol. I can’t wait to read your review!

  11. how cool that your brownie picture is from b-ham, al. I live about an hour away from there! Do you remember the name of the store ?

  12. This is the 2nd time in two days I have seen that easel! Where did you get it?

  13. Adele from SA here…my daughter has blood sugar issues (and I have weight issues, but let’s not dwell on that) and she was three on sunday and I made her Lo GI Brownies as her cake. Made with liquidised butter beans(I kid not)and pie apples and they were delicious…”virtually fat free” to boot.

  14. Jeannette P says:

    We make brownies for my husbands birthday every year. He told someone recently that he could live with a pan of brownies in the house once a week. I would love to do that for him but the problem is I would eat to much & be a blimp so they will be a little more sparce for now. He also says that they should be a little fudgelike so not to be like cake b/c if he wanted cake, he’d have asked or made a cake himself. LOL

  15. Christina #4635 says:

    You know, brownies are just what the doctor ordered for today!! A rainy East Coast day and the kids are home from school – thanks for the excellent suggestion for an afternoon activity.

  16. Helen Carter says:

    Hi Stacy, I have a “non-brownie question—-where do/did you get the flowers shown in your collecton of supplies for the photo album scrapbook you showed in yesterdays blog? I can’t seem to find them in my area…don’t get me wrong I LOVE a good brownie as much as the rest , but would like some of these flower embellishments too!

  17. I’ve NEVER made brownies – but you know what my daughter and i are going to make them this weekend – another photo op i think lol

  18. I have a seriously good brownie recipe (Weight Watchers) that calls for a brownie mix, BLACK BEANS…yes I said black beans…and water. That’s it.
    Let me know if you want the recipe…so moist and good. I never tell my son and husband what’s in them!

  19. I recently had the priviledge to try Chocolate Volcano Cake–which is not quite cake and not quite brownie–something in the middle. But it has orange flavored cream on top–heavenly!!

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