And now, for something completely different…


Today I’m taking a break from the more serious side of this blog to post a recipe, something I promised I would do from time to time.

Yesterday I pulled out a very, very old recipe in my family’s history and decided to see if it is still a hit.  Emma and I were having so much fun making these, and after sending pictures to a few people, I had requests for the recipe.

A few notes: my recipe card states this recipe came from Mama Beadle.  I barely remember the Beadles, but I believe Mr. Beadle was a traveling evangelist.  In my memory, they were quite old, but I was quite young, and I’m starting to find out my idea of “old” as a child was really messed up.  In fact, I just discovered that the Golden Girls were in their 50’s…gasp!

Anyway, I think it’s safe to say this recipe goes back to at least the 1950’s.  Mama Beadle had a reputation as an excellent cook, and that means the recipe comes without much in the way of instructions.  I’ll note what we did, and hopefully that will help you out.



1 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. shortening (if using cocoa, add 3 T. shortening)

2 eggs

2 squares unsweetened chocolate or 1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 c. milk

1 1/2 c. flour

1t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

1 t. vanilla

Mix thoroughly.  Drop about 1 T. of mixture on each section of a preheated waffle iron and bake about 2 minutes.  Cool, then cover with frosting.


We didn’t have shortening, so we substituted butter and added an extra tablespoon.  We softened the butter, then mixed it with the brown sugar.  Then we added the eggs, milk, and vanilla, followed by the dry ingredients.

I dropped more than a tablespoon of batter on each section.  I guess it depends on what size you want the brownies to be.  I used more like 3 tablespoons to get the size you see in the picture.  We got 20 brownies out of one batch.

I have a really old waffle iron that only works on one setting (high), so that’s what we used.  I also relied on the light on the iron to tell me when they were done instead of just guessing on the time.

Even though my memory of these from childhood came with homemade frosting, I was too lazy to make it, so we used canned.  Some vanilla, and some chocolate.

We’ll be serving these to our guests for Easter.  I suspect this might become a new Easter tradition in our family!



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