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Zucchini Brownies Recipe

It is just a matter of time before you are a part of the zucchini war. Every gardener in America is up to no good right now. Oh, they look sweet; but, their shenanigans include hiding zucchini on door steps, in cars, in mailboxes, and so on. Don’t worry. I’ve got your back. These zucchini brownies will have you missing zucchini season before you know it.

Serves 12-24

Preheat oven to 350F

Zucchini Brownies

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups zucchini, grated
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

Place sugar, oil, egg, and vanilla in mixing bowl and mix well. Add zucchini. Place flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add dry ingredients into mixing bowl and combine. Stir in walnuts.

Prepare 9 X 13 pan with baking spray. Pour batter into pan and bake for about 30 minutes. While brownies back, you can prepare the frosting. When done, a fork poked into the middle should come out clean; and, if you press lightly on the top of the brownies, they will spring back. Allow brownies to cool for about 10 minutes before frosting.

Chocolate Frosting

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons hot water
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in chocolate chips and continue to stir while they melt. Stir in hot water. After they are well-combined and saucy, remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar and salt. Frost brownies then cut into squares.

Then check your back porch for another zucchini and start all over again.

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Homemade Chocolate Brownies Recipe


How about being able to say your bake sale brownies are made from scratch without fibbing? How about PTA moms begging for your recipe? How about the pride when your kids asking for extra brownies in their lunch so they can share with friends?

Just when you thought there was no such thing as a moist, chocolate-y homemade brownie with perfect chewy edges outside of the box, here she is. And she’s easy… easy-to-make, that is.

Homemade Brownie Recipe Made With Real Chocolate


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 8 oz. high quality semi-sweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 t. sea salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 4 oz. flour (about 1/2 cup but it’s best to measure in ounces)
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare 9X13 baking dish by spraying with baking spray.

Place about 1/2 inch of water in a saucepan. Place another saucepan over the water-filled one while making sure not to get any water in the top pan. Turn heat on high. Place chocolate & butter in top pan. Wait for water to boil then turn burner off. Stir until chocolate and butter are melted together.

Place eggs, salt, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla into a medium bowl. Whisk together well. Stir melted chocolate & sugar mixture in well. Stir in flour. Stir in pecans if desired.

Pour batter into 9X13 pan. Bake for about 30 minutes or until somewhat firm and top has a shiny crust. Allow to cool before cutting them for as long as you can muster.

Your life is about to change for the better this school year. Bake on, popular girl. Bake on.

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