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.”