Kentucky Brownies

In honor of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, I made a batch of my favorite brownies from one of my favorite cookbooks, What’s Cooking in Kentucky.  I have several good brownie recipes but I seem to go back to this one most often for the ease of preparation and great results.


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate or 3 Tblsp. cocoa
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour an 8″ baking pan.

In a medium saucepan over medium low heat, melt the butter and add the chocolate or cocoa, stirring occasionally until the chocolate has dissolved.  Remove from heat.

In the same pan, stir in the granulated sugar and eggs, mixing well.

Stir in the flour and salt, beat well.  Stir in the vanilla and nuts.

Pour into a greased and floured 8″ baking pan.  Bake for approximately 25 minutes @ 350 degrees F.  Cool in the pan on a wire rack.  While still warm, cut brownies into 16 small or 12 large pieces.  

I have a note in my recipe binder:  “First made March 24, 1985 – Excellent.”

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

6 thoughts on “Kentucky Brownies”

  1. I think I’m going to try to make these today! I just love looking at your kitchen ware. All the beautiful colors I like. Is that granite ware container on your stove for bacon grease? It’s very cool!

    1. Thanks for your comments – my mother always had a container for bacon grease on the stove, but my generation got away from that (I see from a lot of blogs that the custom is coming back). Actually, I use the container in the picture for other supplies. I do have a small jar of bacon grease in the refrigerator from when I fix bacon and eggs for my son.

    1. I usually don’t frost brownies because they’re already so calorie and fat-laden but it sure does make them delicious.

      How is everything going this week? Lillian

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