Saturday, December 31, 2016

Charlie Brown's Brownies - These are the Real Deal!

I thought I had lost my 1969 Peanuts Cookbook when I couldn't find it to fulfill a baking request from my brother.  A little over a year later, I found it! And discovered that the problem I'd had with the only recipe I could find online, the measurements were way off for some of the items.

My sincere apologies tot he Schultz family and Universal Features Syndicate, Inc. if I'm treading on a copyright issue, this book has been out of print for a long time and it's not available in my county's library system. Not one single copy.

So, in an attempt to be appropriate, I do not have the copyright to this recipe, the recipe belongs to June Dutton and the Schultz estate (I'm assuming). The Peanuts Cook Book was printed in 1969 by Universal Features Syndicate, Inc., with cartoons by Charles M. Schultz and recipes by Determined Productions, Inc. Both my sister and I were given a copy for Christmas that year.

On page 10 of this book was my all-time favorite brownie recipe. Charlie Brown's Brownies.  This is how it is written on page 10 of the Peanuts Cook Book:

(beginning quote, in case you can't see it)

                                                             1 stick butter (1 cube)
                                                             3 squares unsweetened chocolate
                                                             4 eggs, beaten
                                                             2 teaspoons vanilla
                                                             2 cups sugar
                                                             1 cup flour, sifted
                                                             1 cup chopped nuts

In a large bowl (over a pan of boiling water) melt butter and chocolate. Remove from heat and add beaten eggs, vanilla, sugar, sifted flour, and nuts. Stir well. Pour into greased baking pan. Bake at
325o for about 35 minutes. Center should stay moist. Cool before cutting. If they last an hour, you're lucky.
(end quote)

I tried to get the formatting as close to how it looks in the book as I could. Yes, the title in the book is in all caps.

To clarify "1 stick butter" equates to 1/2 cup of butter and "3 squares unsweetened chocolate" is 3 squares of baking chocolate.

Here's my updated ingredient list in today's terms and more detailed instructions for those that may be making these with kids.

1/2 cup butter, straight from refridgerator
3 squares baking chocolate, unsweetened
4 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups sugar
1 cup flour, sifted
1 cup chopped nuts, optinal (walnuts work best)

So here's you do this without burning the chocolate or butter.

  1. Grease and lightly flour an 8x8 baking pan (typical brownie pan).
  2. Pre-heat oven to 325o.
  3.  Get a big pan (I use a 5-quart pot and a large metal mixing bowl) filled with water and start heating the water to a boil. A very large double boiler is the ideal equipment, but few people I know now have those.
  4. Measure out the sugar into a medium sized bowl.
  5. Sift a cup of flour into the same bowl.
  6. Add the nuts to the bowl with the sugar and sifted flour. This will help with pouring.
  7. In a separate medium bowl, break all 4 eggs in and beat them with a whisk or electric mixer until throughly beaten.
  8. Add the vanilla to the eggs, no need to stir.
  9. Hopefully the water is boiling by now. Using a bowl that fits just inside the pot of boiling water, place the bowl in the water.. Alternatively, if you're really good with melting chocolate in a single pan, you can melt the chocolate and butter in about a 2-quart pot and have enough room for all the ingredients.
  10. Place the butter and chocolate in the bowl to melt. Stir continuously until the chocolate and butter are melted. A silicone spatula is best for this  task.
  11. Remove the bowl or pan from the heat. Dump in the egg/vanilla mix and stir lightly (less than 30 seconds), then add in the dry ingredients. Mix throughly.
  12. Pour the mixture into the greased and floured pan.
  13. Place into the pre-heated over and bake for 32-35 minutes (depending on your oven). The middle should remain moist.

I will try to get a picture to post soon. My brother doesn't like walnuts in his brownies so I make them without chopped nuts.


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  2. This recipe brings back good childhood memories!

    1. They are now my "borrowed" kid's favorite brownies to make. Glad it brings back fond memories!


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