Liza's Homemade Brownies

A few weeks ago I participated in the 2nd Annual Ultimate Blog Swap. I shared a recipe for homemade brownies on another blogger's site. I wanted to post the recipe here for all of you to see too.

When Anthony and I were in New York City we met David & Liza and their kids. They are family friends my cousins met while they lived in Brazil. David & Liza opened their home to us and Liza served the most delicious brownies. She said they were really easy and generously gave me the recipe.

Liza's original recipe called for a doctored-up brownie mix. I decided to use her fancy extras for a batch of brownies made from scratch. It took me four tries to perfect the brownies (hopefully our waistlines won't suffer)! They really are easy once you have a recipe to follow.

Liza's Homemade Brownies

(adapted from Suzanne's Best Brownies)


  • 10 tbsp. Butter, unsalted (1 1/4 sticks)

  • 1 1/4 cups Granulated Sugar

  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. unsweetened Cocoa Powder

  • 1/4 tsp. Salt

  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

  • 2 large Eggs and 1 Egg Yolk

  • 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour

  • 1 (10-12 oz.) bag Chocolate Chips (I used semisweet, use whatever you'd like)

  • 1 cup Pecans, chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 x 8 baking pan with cooking spray. You'll also need a 9 x 13 pan for a water bath.

Combine the butter, cocoa, sugar, and salt in a heat proof bowl or double-boiler pan. Melt over simmering hot water, stirring occasionally. Be careful not to let the water boil or the chocolate might burn. When the butter is melted and the chocolate is smooth, remove from heat. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

If you used a double-boiler, pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl.

Using a wooden spoon, add the vanilla extract to the chocolate mixture. Add the eggs, one at a time, stirring in between each addition.

Once the batter is shiny, add the flour and mix just until combined. Stir the entire mixture for about a minute with the wooden spoon. Add the chocolate chips and pecans. Pour the mixture into the 8 x 8 pan.

Place the 8 x 8 pan in the 9 x 13 pan. Add hot water to the larger pan, enough that it covers most of the smaller pan. Be very careful transferring the pans to and from the oven.

Bake for 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove the brownie pan from the water bath and set on a wire rack to cool. The top of the brownies will be crisp and the inside will be moist. A perfect combination. Liza recommends freezing the brownies and serving with ice cream. We prefer to eat them right out of the pan.