Friday, November 20, 2009

Best Chocolate Chip Brownies

This recipe for brownies was given to me many years ago. It's my favorite brownie recipe that makes up very quick; perfect for a last minute dessert after dinner. The pan is polish pottery and a dream for baking and clean up! While living overseas I bought quite a few pieces on my visit to Poland.

Chocolate Chip Brownies
2 eggs
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. margerine, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
2/3 c. flour
6 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. chocolate chips
nuts (opt)
Heat oven to 350. Grease square 8x8 pan. To the melted margerine add each ingredient and stir after each addition. Pour into pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes.

And because this is a quilt blog I will show a small quilt that a dear friend made me a few years ago. It is the perfect time of year to share this one.

If you only knew what I've been working on upstairs....OMG.....gorgeous!! But I'm sworn to secrecy and cannot show it so I scramble to find something to post about! Sorry, I just don't want you to forget me over here at the hollow.

Remember the tuffet made from Jo fabrics that I posted a few back? Well, I got a call from the quilt shop and I should have the pattern soon! I'll post a photo and details of the pattern if your interested.

I've got pincushion woes! Mine is shot, done for, can't take being needled anymore! I'm in serious need of a really good one. I hear alot about crushed walnut shells. How many people are using their homemade pincushions that have these shells? I mean really using the cushions? I guess what I am saying is that I can make one; it will be use heavily so I need it to hold up and not ruin pins. Suggestions on your favorites please!!

44 comments:

Wendy said...

I have several pincushions and I use them all, the wool ones are the best. I've never used walnut shells, mine are crushed fine glass which is good for the pins. Yum the recipe looks good. How big is the tuffet, it's hard to tell from the picture.

Serena said...

Brownies look delicious!! I have a brownie recipe that puts a cheesecake layer on top. Very yummy.

I've never really used pincushions. Wish I had some advice here but I don't. I'll be back to read the comments though to see what others say.

Take Care!

Pat said...

I, too, will be interested in the commments you get about the pincushions. The brownies are making me hungry!!! What a NICE wall-hanging for Thanksgiving.

Terry said...

Love the wall hanging! And the brownies are making me hungry! Must make a batch tomorrow! I've heard of the walnut shells but have not used them yet. I just made a new pincushion today! It was so nice to sew again! :0)

Darlene said...

I made a ton of pin cushions for bloggy friends a couple of years ago and used crushed walnuts shells (Wendy has one) and they worked wonderfully. I have one that Carrie from Miss Rosie made for me - use it at my sewing machine (it's filled with crushed walnuts shells).

Karen said...

I like the "Give Thanks" wall hanging your friend gave you. I like that it is a wreath shape and the fabric colors.

onlymehere said...

I use a magnetic pin collector so I'm of no help here. The brownies sound delicious. I'm going to print out the recipe!

WoolenSails said...

I make nice pin cushions for my friends and i use a little simple pillow one. Wonderful quilt for the coming week.

Debbie

Gypsy Quilter said...

I fill most of my pincushions with wool that I get from a local lady. I've heard it's good for keeping the rust out of pins too.

Needled Mom said...

I use a very strange pincushion I made it and filled it with crushed bar soap. It keeps the pins super sharp. Its heavy enough to stay in place too. I learned it from the pincushion that I used for my kids diapers when we used cloth diapers. Weird....I know!

Suzanne said...

First things first -- the brownies look delish. Love the little quiltette. I use a magnetic "pincushion". When you've spilled pins as much as I have, that's the only way to go. Can't wait to see what you're working on!

Mimi said...

Love your polish pottery. I was given a small piece a couple of years ago as a gift and I love it. I am going to have to try your brownies. Who doesn't love chocolate anything?!!!

Joyful Quilter said...

MMmmmmm, I love the smell of fresh baked brownies, unfortunately I am gluten intolerant - I've found a good rice flour based recipe, but they are not soft and gooey. Love your pan, beautiful blue. I'm trying to talk myself out of ordering the tuffet pattern, I'd be very interested in knowing how the pattern is.

QuiltSue said...

I've read so many good things about the crushed walnut shells that when I was making a pincushion recently I tried to get some. Huh, should have known better, I could not find any in the UK, so I used toy stuffing instead.
The brownies look wonderful and I can't wait to see your secret project.

Stina said...

One piece of Brownie for me ..thanks.. lol...
I got a pincushion from a friend and it contains walnut shells and it works super duper.. and have used it for some that I have made.. and I havent heard anything negative from the ones that received them...:o)

Barb said...

I am going to have to print the receipe...sounds good....

Jan said...

Marilyn one of the owners at the Attic Window (http://atticwindowquiltshoppe.blogspot.com/) where I work just made a huge pincushion and filled it with crushed walnut shells. She used a Moda Bake Shop package filled with 2 lines of fabric cut in 2" squares. The pincushion is made using English paper piecing. She likes the way it works and the heavy weight of it.
QuiltSue in the UK, check the pet stores - that is where Marilyn bought her walnut shells.
Mary, the recipe sounds great. I just made Blondies this last week where you start with melted butter and add the other ingredients - no mixer needed. Love it.

Heidi said...

Brownies are my favorite! I have never used crushed walnut shells and would think it would mess up the pin tips but don't really know.

Stop by my blog as soon as you can...

Hugs ~
Heidi

Irishgirlsews said...

I will try your brownie recipe later this week, looks wonderful. I have made many pin cushions over the years, they do make the best gifts for my quilt friends, I make all wool pincushions stuffed with wool roving and always like a heavy metal washer in the bottom so that they are waited.Wool is a natural inhibitor of rust. I will try and post some pics of my pinscushions on my site.
Wendy

Irishgirlsews said...

I do know how to spell "WEIGHTED" Sorry, you know its 5:44AM and I haven't had my coffee yet.......LOL.

Carol said...

YUMMY! I'm on my way to your house for brownies! LOL! I have several pin cushions and love them all. Most are filled with crushed walnuts and I love them...they're a bit heavy so they don't fall easily...they are flexible so when I have on on the arm of the couch it conforms to the shape of the couch.

Stephanie said...

I am the world's worst brownie maker...the only ones that turn out moist for me are the box variety. Perhaps I shall try your recipe! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see your secret project. As for pincushion stuffing...I have not tried walnut shells yet. I use poly fiberfill. I did put rice in some larger pincushions to give them a bit of weight but don't like the thought of using food in them.

Stephanie said...

P.S. A recently received a darling pincushion from a German blog friend and she used sheeps wool...said it helps keep the pins sharp. LOVE your polish pottery.

Kaaren said...

I just love your baking dish, Mary and your recipe sounds delicious.

When I first started making pincushions, I used florists sand and found that it kept the pins very sharp. Then I switched to crushed walnut shells after I read about them on different blogs and I like them every bit as well. I guess it all comes down to personal preference, huh. And remember...you can never have too many pincushions!

Tins and Treasures said...

Line absolutely loves brownies...I'm going to have to make these for her.
...and I have no advice when it comes to pin cushions...mine makes me crazy too...

Happy weekend. ~Natalie

Anonymous said...

I'm going to have to make your brownies. They sound great! Love your Polish Pottery. I started collecting it a few years ago.

Nancy E

Tam said...

Yummy brownies, thanks for sharing!
Love the wall-hanging!
I like wool pincushions or wool in my pincushions.
Happy Weekend!

Quilt Rat said...

What a stunning little quilt, I think I'd hate to have to put it away.
Those brownies look sooooooooo good.
I just don't burn enough calories while quilting.
Mishka is looking for recipes over at www.quiltinggallery.com
maybe you'd like to contribute this one.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Thanks for the recipe - I'll be trying it.
Secrets in the works - how fun is that?

miniaturequilter said...

That mini is gorgeous!!!
I've made pincushions from fabric and don't use them. I have one sent to be made from (I think crafting felt) it has held up through heavy use-it is all i use now and still looks good.

Millie said...

Mary, thanks for the brownie recipie. It looks delicious and if it fast to make it is even better. And the quilt is gorgeous too. You know I love everything you do.

Carrie P. said...

Yummy brownies I am sure.
Cute little quilt too.
I like my big wool pincushion the best.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Now why would you tease me with a picture of brownies! What were you thinking? Ha!

I can't wait until you're able to share your "upstairs project!" I'm so excited about it!

I love your friendship quilt. It really is perfect for this time of year.

Do let us know about the tuffet pattern when you get the information. I'll need to make four! :)

call me crazy said...

Oh yum! You are making me hungry! :-) I have 2 favorite pincushions and both are weighted with a small tile. One is stuffed with wool and the other has cotton batting with a little emery in it. The emery was put in a little cotton pouch before being put in the cushion. Both were gifts so I had to ask what was in them. LOL :-)

Quilter Going Bananas said...

Brownies, yummy! Can't go wrong with chocolate! Love the Thanksgiving wallhanging, nice colours used in it. As for the walnut shells, I haven't tried them yet but would like to when I make my wool pincushions...

Kim said...

Ooh, yum! Wish I could have a brownie square! The quilt is even yummier looking and from a treasured friend making it all the more special.

Deborah said...

What a great idea! I own one Polish pan and never thought about making brownies in it.

Karen said...

I just love the pan your brownies are in. Very pretty. Might just have to give that recipe a try too!! LOL. I think I have a guess at whose quilts your working on. :0) But I won't say!! I know you are bursting at the seams!!

Shakerwood Primitives said...

Doctor's orders last week......no more brownies....so I won't even comment on that. I have the pincushion I blogged about Thursday from Lynda but I think it is just stuffing. I would love to try the walnut shells since just about everyone is crazy about them.

Linda said...

The brownies look delightfully delicious and I love the beautiful dish you made them in.
Big thanks also for showing my Winter Giveaway on your blog.

MARCIE said...

Great looking brownies! My pincushion is stuffed with cat litter. No lie. But you would have to make a lot of pincushions to use up that bag! (since you don't have a cat)

keepitthimble said...

Thanks for posting the recipe! For my pincushions, I use a combination of sawdust and sand (about 1 part sand to 2 parts sawdust).

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