These are The Best Brownies! They have “the stuff”!

Best Brownies with Stuff
These are the best brownies according to Manservant. Loaded with everything I can find in my pantry, I think you just might agree that these chocolate brownies with a fudgy interior, laced with nuts , raisins, coconut and a lot of chocolate chips have “the stuff”. 

Chocolate Brownies with Stuff

I don’t take this best brownies thing lightly. In my mind any brownie I happen to be eating is the best brownie. However I must admit I’ve had some bad brownies. This best brownie recipe is one I’ve been baking since college. Time tested and always the one that Manservant requests, this loaded brownie can be made from scratch or your favorite boxed mix. Many years ago someone at a summer college picnic told me her secret to making brownies good and It’s high time I share it with you!

If you choose to go with a boxed mix my preference is Duncan Hines or Ghirardelli. When the kids were still living at home I always kept the Ghirardelli box in my pantry since I could easily buy them at Costco.  Secrets to making a boxed mix taste like homemade? Always add a few tablespoons of cocoa and at least 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Don’t forget a dash of salt either. And please be sure to follow the recipe for making fudgy brownies. Forget the cake version. In my opinion those are not brownies. Do not overstir or overbake and I promise you will have a great brownie.

However if you are going to the trouble to make brownies I heartily recommend the traditional recipe on the back of the Baker’s chocolate box. These are a classic best brownie recipe in my opinion. Nestle’s also has a great one. There are no shortages of best brownie recipes and I’d be happy to sample them all. The key to this best brownie depends on the basic recipe, but it is  “the stuff ” added that Manservant loves. And “the stuff” is also what is the secret to this brownie. “The stuff” is the reason that a boxed mix tastes like it was made from scratch, and “the stuff” is what makes this different than a traditional brownie.

best brownies with stuff

So you ask? What’s “the stuff?” In this brownie’s case it’s the handfuls of coconut and raisins that make this almost like a chocolate chunky bar but really these are WAY better. Then it’s a matter of adding handfuls of your favorite kind of chocolate chip and don’t forget the white chips either. And please!!!! Nuts. You must add nuts. Pecans or walnuts, please. And if you are allergic to nuts…I am so sorry! And feel free to add more stuff because “the stuff” is the secret to this brownie’s success!

So there you have it. A perfect brownie with “the stuff”. Remember I don’t take this stuff lightly.

And now to the other half of the story. I also don’t take lightly that I disappeared quite rudely from the daily stuff of my life. This blog stuff I take quite seriously because it keeps me focused and I need a touch of order to my life. So to say I’ve missed the last month with you, well, it really is the truth. And though the last month began quite splendidly it changed quite unexpectedly. The beginning of May found Manservant and I flying to Phoenix to celebrate my brother’s wedding. Alex and Zoe flew in and so did the rest of our family for what became a very short family reunion.

Alex and Zoe

Zoe and Evan

Alex at Grand Canyon

We celebrated quite well. Alex, Manservant and I ended the short weekend at the Grand Canyon. One day of touring and then back to Phoenix where we spent the day with my parents. Flew back to Denver Tuesday night, spent a day with Alex and then Thursday morning I got a call from my brother. You already almost know, don’t you? He had just gotten back to work and received a frantic call from my mother that my dad had had a stroke. He rushed to take her to Mayo’s while the ambulance rushed my father there. Life is short, but when it is measured in minutes it often seems to take forever.

My parents and brother

My 87 year old dad survived. But survival is measured by each differently. I flew down there a week later to relieve my brother and hold my mother’s hand. Yes, my dad is still with us. But with three past strokes under his belt and two open heart surgeries we aren’t sure that the prognosis is so good. We are taking it day to day. We are counting each day. We are singing and eating and staying alive. Because that’s what life is all about. And my dad would be the first to say that he’s had a good life. A joyous life. A very fulfilled life. And he would make each one of us feel important about whatever it is we do, because that is what my dad is good at.

It is Father’s Day. I have a good one. I am blessed. My short, sweet dad taught me that each person is important. From the cab driver to  the executive. From the mailman to the doctor. My dad had a smile and a quite firm handshake for everyone he met. They all love him. And they are all coming to visit him and give him their best. He may not be able to use his right side, but his personality glows from both.  He may not be able to stand or talk or eat very well, but he still smiles and stares you in the eyes and wishes you to believe that he will be ok.

Truth is, he is ok. He’s been ok for as long as I’ve known him. Mostly better than ok. And though I am not sure how I feel about this stroke stuff, I do know how I feel about my dad. I love you, Dad.

(Blogging may continue to be a bit spotty for the next few months, but I’ll do my best to provide you with some good eats!)

Best Brownies with Stuff

Need some great bars? Check out these s’mores bars from my friend Liz at That Skinny Chick Can Bake and these lemon bars from Tricia at Saving Room for Dessert are awesome too!

In case you are in need of more brownies, I’ve got a few for you!

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These fudgy chocolate rosewater brownies with white chocolate frosting are made from a classic recipe. The addition of rosewater makes them unique and addicting. #rosewater #brownies #baking #cookies #dessert See more at This is How I Cook.

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Best Brownies with Stuff

Best Brownies with Stuff

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 50 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 13 x 9 pan 1x
  • Category: Cookies/Bars
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These are the best brownies according to Manservant. Loaded with everything I can find in my pantry, I think you just might agree that these chocolate brownies with a fudgy interior, laced with nuts , raisins, coconut and a lot of chocolate chips have “the stuff”. 


Ingredients

Scale

4 oz unsweetened chocolate

3/4 c butter

2 c sugar

3 eggs

1 t vanilla

1 c flour

1/2 t salt

1 c semisweet chocolate chips

3/4 c white chocolate chips

3/4 c shredded coconut

3/4 c raisins

1 c toasted pecans or walnuts


Instructions

Preheat oven to 350. Line a 13 x 9 pan with parchment paper or foil extending over sides. Spray with cooking spray.

Microwave chocolate and butter for 1 minute on medium high power. Stir and repeat until mixture is melted. Whisk butter and chocolate together.

Stir in sugar. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and salt and mix together. Do not overmix.

Stir in all of the stuff!

Pour or scrape into prepared pan. Bake 30 minutes or until the top is shiny and a toothpick inserted comes out with a few fudgy crumbs. Do not overbake. Cool and chill if desired. They taste great at room temperature and also chilled from the fridge.


Keywords: best brownies, best brownie recipe, best brownies mix, best brownie mix, loaded brownies

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  • Merryn
    August 15, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Love your brownies, I hope your father is okay, it’s tough watching their health deteriorate as they grow older.

  • sherry
    August 8, 2019 at 6:39 am

    i know this was a couple of months ago but i do hope your dad is ok. love the brownies! cheers sherry

  • Jeff the Chef
    August 1, 2019 at 6:06 am

    So sorry to read about your father.

  • Easyfoodsmith
    June 24, 2019 at 12:16 am

    These brownies sound fantastic. Pinning them to try sometime soon.
    Wishes for your dad’s recovery.

  • Juliana
    June 19, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Oh Abbe, I am so sorry about your dad…it is so nice that you all had a great family time together and the photos are the witness of the happy time.
    Your brownies look so enticing…loaded with lots of chocolate…thanks for the recipe. My thoughts are with you…

  • Pam
    June 17, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Sorry to hear about your father, Abbe! Good that your family was all together. Great photos of you all. The brownies look pretty good too. Here’s wishing the best for your father. Take care

  • Natalie
    June 15, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    These brownies look amazing! So chocolatey!

  • Susan
    June 15, 2019 at 9:56 am

    First of all, what wonderful photos of you and your family, Abbe! The photo of your mother and father is priceless now that he has suffered another stroke. My very best wishes and thoughts go out to you and your dad. I’ll bet he’d love one of those brownies too 🙂

  • Eha
    June 14, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Many times in life one simply has to live hour by hour and day by day to make most of the given. Somehow one simply has to ‘eliminate the negative, accentuate the positive’ as your beloved dad seems to be doing . . . all the very best for the days to come . . .

  • Karen (Back Road Journal)
    June 14, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    So sorry to hear about your father Abbe. It was so nice that your family got to spent quality time together at the wedding. I have two girlfriends that have both had strokes recently and are making a remarkable recovery. I’m praying that your father will as well. Your brownies with all the stuff sound irresistibly good.

  • Tricia / Saving Room for Dessert
    June 14, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Abbe I am so sorry. I was just thinking you had disappeared. We traveled for a couple of weeks and it took two more to recover. But that’s nothing compared to what you are going through. So glad you’ve had so many good years with your dad. Mines been gone for 30 years and I still miss him so. Praying for you and your family – call if you need to chat!

  • Liz
    June 14, 2019 at 3:29 am

    I am so sorry, Abbe, but glad you have some time to be with both your parents. Your dad sounds like a terrific man—but that does not surprise me one bit. I’ll be keeping your family in my prayers!
    P.S. Bill likes his brownies without any “funny stuff” as he would call nuts and raisins, but I love loaded desserts and these look amazing! xoxo

  • angiesrecipes
    June 14, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Really sorry to hear about your dad, Abbe. I love his optimistic attitude. Like what you said, he is okay now and that’s something worth to celebrate.
    These brownies do look like the BEST! I love that gooey texture.

  • John / Kitchen Riffs
    June 13, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Oh, Abbe, SO sorry to hear about your dad. Hope he pulls through OK. Strokes are always dangerous, but especially at his age. I know you (and your mom and your whole family) are frantic with worry — hang in there and stay strong. Or at least keep calm and eat these brownies. 🙂 The brownies do look great — will be thinking of you.