Grub Americana

Fannie Farmer Brownies

Fanny Farmer

This recipe appears in Chapter 30 (Gingerbreads, Cookies, and Wafers), page 48, of The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, 1918 Edition, later known as Fannie Farmer Cook Book. Although written is a style many of today's cooks are not use to, this recipe, if followed, with produce a good product.

Whatcha Need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg, unbeaten
  • 2 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup walnut meats, cut in pieces

Whatcha Do:

Mix ingredients in order given. Line a seven-inch square pan with paraffine [wax or parchment] paper. Spread mixture evenly in pan and bake in a slow oven [325°F]. As soon as taken from oven turn from pan, remove paper, and cut cake in strips, using a sharp knife. If these directions are not followed paper will cling to cake, and it will be impossible to cut it in shapely pieces.


  • Clarification of some of Miss Farmer's directions appear in brackets.