Watkins Brownies

Watkins Brownies have been a part of my life since I married my husband.  My mother-in-law wrote up the recipe and put it in my special recipe box given to me at my bridal shower.
These brownies are unlike any other I have had.  They are fudgey and have a sweet and saltiness to them that is out of this world. My MIL wrote on the recipe card that these were my husband's favorites and that the recipe was from the 1926 Watkins Cookbook.
When she passed away, I was blessed to get some of her cookbooks and family recipes.  Tucked into her Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook was the well-loved Watkins Cookbook..the very one she referenced on the recipe card she had written for me all those years ago.  I love recipes that have longevity!

Here's what you'll need:
brown sugar, eggs, melted butter, oil, vanilla, flour, cocoa, salt

Watkins Brownies

2 cups brown sugar (not packed)
2 eggs
1/2 cup melted butter
2 Tbsp. oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour (not level)
4 Tbsp. cocoa
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix ingredients together and spread with a knife in 9x13 pan that's been buttered and floured (or sprayed with baking spray). Bake for 20 minutes.  Cool and cut. I like to sprinkle some powdered sugar over them in the pan too.
What I love about these brownies is that I can make them just about anytime we are needing a chocolate fix.  I almost always have the ingredients ready and waiting.  This week was my husband's birthday. The kids and I made these for him. Well, I made them and the kids fought over who got to lick the bowl and who got the spatula. ;-) He was one happy hubby!

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  1. I remember Watkins vanilla. I guess the company is still around. Your brownies look scrumptious. Who doesn't love a good brownie? I certainly do!

  2. This looks great! Thank you so much for visiting my blog. What a precious gift from your mother-in-law! Love the memories and family the recipe represents for you. Have a blessed day!

  3. Yum! These looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend! XO

  4. I love the history and the saltiness of these brownies. Thanks for sharing them on foodie friday.

  5. What amazing looking brownies and an awesome story/memory to go with them.

    I would love for you to share these with my readers at Mealtime Monday!


  6. Oh yum! We will be making these very soon!!!

  7. Yum! These do look so delicious & fudgy! I've never made brownies from scratch & the box brownies have been tasting funny to me the last couple years. I'm going to try these. I love vintage recipes - they are usually gems! Pinning & following :)

  8. his looks so yummy! Definitely giving it a try!

  9. These look delicious, but what a great story behind them. Watkins products have quite a history, but I never realized they put out little cookbooks. Thanks for sharing this recipe and story. Gail (BibleLoveNotes.com)

  10. I am so happy to have found this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing. I hope this is the one I have been looking for - pretty sure it is. Watkins recipes are awesome!

  11. Brownies are my weakness. I will certainly try this recipe out. Thank you for sharing your recipe and the story behind it at my Our Favorite Things Link Party. Have a great week.

  12. I am not sure if there is anything as good as a brownie. Seriously. These look so tasty and chewy just the way I like them. Thanks for sharing, there is a great chance the hubs will come home to a delicious treat tonight ;)


  13. Fantastic looking brownies :)
    We all love brownies and I like to try new recipes every now and then.
    Thanks for sharing this :)

  14. Watkins has been around for a long time and a very trusted brand!! Your brownies look delicious! Thanks for linking up to our Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We loved having you and hope you will come back soon! -The Sisters

  15. I love your recipe! Would you come over to Cast Party Wednesday at Lady Behind The Curtain and share it with us?
    Thanks, I hope to see you there! ~Sheryl~ http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/?p=33671

  16. Ok.. Those lok worth trying. I pinned it for later when I go get the ingredients :)

  17. Love recipes that can be prepared from my pantry. Thank you. Visiting from 2805, Olive

  18. Oh, yummy! Thank you for sharing this at Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  19. Great story with your yummy brownies! Come back again!

  20. Oh my ... brownies!
    Brownies are my weakness...looks yuThanks for linking up this week at the Creative Inspirations Party at Embracing Change!

  21. My mom just got me an old Watkins cookbook from a garage sale. Can't wait to look through it. Old recipes are the greatest!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight. www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

  22. Hi Nici,
    These look so good. Just got back from dinner, and could use these for dessert. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/08/free-bee-sweet-hat-pattern-crocheted.html
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  23. A recipe box is such a great and special gift. And those brownies look so good!!! *drool* I wonder how these would turn out at my altitude, it likes to give me baking trouble. But they look too good not to try! Thanks so much for sharing such a special recipe :) Pinning!

  24. I love Watkins recipes and the Watkins products are awesome! =)
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories and this recipe.


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