1990s blog: York Sensational Brownie Recipe

This recipe introduced me to the convenience of online access. Online access to recipes, my own recipes. I was at work, thinking of which cookie recipes to make for an upcoming TA meeting. I thought: “I want to make those brownies with York Peppermint Patties. Oh, but I don’t have any peppermint patties at home, how many do I need to buy?” And I remembered that I had uploaded that recipe to my cookie web page (my “1990s blog”). Yay! How convenient to have my recipes online.

And perhaps, just perhaps, that is what this whole cooking blog is about. A way to access my own recipes. (Although right now, I also use Dropbox and Pages to access my recipes on my devices, but I digress…)

These rich brownies are really good, and a little unusual. They were always a hit at TA meetings, and with any coworkers who happened by.

York Sensational Brownie Recipe

  • 1 1/2 cups margarine, melted
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 24 small (1 1/2″) York Peppermint Patties®, unwrapped

Mix butter, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs until well blended; add vanilla. Stir together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt, then add to the butter-sugar-egg mixture and blend well. (Note that these are made with melted butter. I think I usually just melted the butter in a largish sauce pan, then added the rest of the ingredients and stirred by hand. No need to get out the stand mixer for this recipe.)

Grease a 13x9x2″ pan. Turn oven to 350˚.

Reserve 2 cups of the batter; set aside. Spread the remaining batter in prepared pan. Arrange peppermint patties in a single layer over batter, about 1/2″ apart. Spread reserved 2 cups batter over patties.

Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. (Do not overcook.) Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

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Please refer to my Cookie Recipe Basics to make sure your cookies turn out!
Read the introduction to my 1990s cooking blog for background information.

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