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Sunday, December 8, 2013

It's National Brownie Day!

I'm so excited to be celebrating National Brownie Day with you today. Not only because I absolutely adore brownies, but also because I get to share some rather tasty brownie recipes from "days of yore." Many of these treasures are tucked inside miniature recipe booklets, of sorts:)

First up we have Van Houten's Cocoa Recipes: The World's Best published around 1915. Van Houten who, you might ask?

Measuring about 2.5"X5", this little recipe booklet is packed with cocoa recipes:)

Here's one for Van Houten's Nut Brownies.

Next up we have a Ghirardelli New Edition "Sweet Sixteen" Recipe Packet

In 1849, when Domingo Ghirardelli immigrated to the United States from Italy, he had dreams of striking it rich in the California Gold Rush. After trying his hand and failing at mining, he settled on opening a tent-store in nearby Stockton, CA, selling various supplies and confections to fellow miners. With his new business proving successful, Domingo decided to open a store and hotel in San Francisco. After a major fire in 1851 destroys his businesses, he begins to rebuild. In 1852, he formed a new confectionery company that is to become the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. Ghirardelli's Heritage

Inside this 3"X 5" packet, I found "thee" recipe for Ghirardelli Chocolate Brownies! BTW, this recipe packet was printed in the 1950s.

For some, it just wouldn't be National Brownie Day without a recipe from "Chocolate Town" USA! Or, Chocolate Town Classics Made With Hershey's Baking Chocolate circa 1963.

What do you think of this recipe for Cinnamon Brownie Bars? I find it deliciously curious:)

This might just be the most festive brownie recipe we have tis the season:)

It's Brownie Alaska courtesy of Baker's Book of Chocolate Riches published in 1985.

It takes a few extra steps which looks to me like they just may be worth it!

Marion thanks you for all your kind words and prayers. She is feeling 100% better and wants to go food shopping again this week!!! Have a wonderful Brownie Day and thanks for sharing it with me. Louise:)

58 comments:

  1. Brownies might be my favorite sweet category. What a great collection, and you know I adore food history!

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    1. Who can resist a brownie, Channon. Even if it is freezing outside I'll take mine al la mode!

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  2. Oh, I love Brownies, too.. and I see several 'new' recipes to try. I've posted 60+ links to brownie recipes from Dying for Chocolate in honor of the 'holiday'. .http://dyingforchocolate.blogspot.com/2013/12/brownie-recipe-round-up-60-recipes-for.html I will have to add more next year after reading your post!
    I remember Van Heuten cocoa.. memories of childhood.

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    1. Thanks for that yummy brownie list and that link Janet!

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  3. This is a perfect excuse to get baking today! The cinnamon brownies sound delicious.

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    1. I thought those Cinnamon Brownies were quite intriguing Lisa. No excuse necessary:)

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  4. How lovely day dear Louise I love brownies and love your récipes you post today:))

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    1. I love brownies too, Gloria. I also LOVE today's recipe for Sticky Toffee Bundt Cake at your blog!

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  5. Dear Louise, Happy Brownie Day!!! This is so funny, I was just talking to my mom last night, and we were talking about brownies. I was telling her that she can take Christmas cookie cutters and cut out brownie shapes for company that she is having on Tuesday. I love brownies, for that matter anything with chocolate will due. This is a great post, love the older recipes. My favorite is the Brownie Alaska, and the Cinnamon Brownie Bars. Have to try them for sure. Thank you for sharing a delicious and decedent post! Blessings, Dottie :)

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    1. That's a great idea, Dottie to use cookie cutters to form whimsical brownies. I want to try both those recipes too. You do one and I'll do the other!!!

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  6. ooey, gooey, soft, and delicious fudge brownies yes... with a scoop of ice cream.

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    1. You took the words right out of my mouth Candy!

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  7. Hi Louise, I am sorry to hear Marion has been ill. I am so glad she is feeling better. I will have to read some past posts, I believe I missed that. I haven't been on the computer for almost two weeks and I just enjoy visiting family and don't do much else during that time. We just got home Thursday night. We left our daughter's home in southern Illinois just hours ahead of the storm. We had planned to stay til Saturday. Thursday night and Friday she got 15 inches of snow. It has been in the low 80s here and expecting the same tomorrow.
    I read each recipe with great joy, being a chocoholic.I have never made Baked Alaska…intimidated but with brownies, maybe I should try. I am pinning some of the recipes.
    Thought you would get a kick out of this: My daughter and I visited The Greenbrier, in W. Virginia for several days. We bought a wee bit of chocolate fudge for Bob and my grandson. It was $55.00 a pound!!!! The pieces were about the size of a large postage stamp but a little thick. We got ten pieces for $20.00. I didn't intend to tell Bob the price but when he popped the first piece and proceeded to gulp it I said "wait, at the price of that candy, you better take teeny bites and savor it" I think I frightened him, he hasn't had a piece since. I am still chuckling.
    Have a blessed day, I will be trying to catch up and will be back by soon, Ginger

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    1. Hi Ginger!

      Marion is back to her "old" spiffy self, thank goodness:) Not to worry about catching up. I've missed your posts but I assumed you were visiting. Good thing you missed that storm. I here the mid west really did get a ton of snow!

      WOW! That is some pricey fudge. I'm sure Bob will relish it much more slowly after learning of the price, lol..."See" you when you return!

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  8. Im happy Marion really sounds better!! shopping??lol
    hugs to you and her:)
    xo

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  9. Hi Louise , love this post , it's a chocolate-holic's dream , what a great post , never had the baked Alaska , but I will have to try it , so much information and it's good to know where they foods you love so much come from . Give Marion (((HUH))) and tell her to stay warm and that goes for you too , dear Louise . Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Every once in a while I go on a Brownie kick Nee. This post may have me off and running once again. A girl just needs a Brownie every once in a while, lol...Marion says, thanks for all the hugs:)

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  10. So many delectable offerings here, Louise! A chocoholics dream.
    Hope you are well and the cold weather isn't a huge inconvenience. We have it unseasonably warm at present.

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    1. I'm tucked in the house nice and warm, Tina. But, I sure wish I could open the windows without freezing!!!

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  11. You know that I'm required to make brownies every Tuesday, right? It's because, inspired by a Howard Johnson's brownie sundae years ago, I topped brownies with vanilla pudding, whipped cream and sprinkles and dubbed it a Brownie Tuesday. Rarely do the sprinkles appear nowadays, but Brownie Tuesdays are a requirement every single Tuesday, without excuse. I'm thinking red and green sprinkles for Christmas Eve, because you know I won't even get a reprieve from Brownie Tuesdays on Christmas Eve.

    And I might just have to try that first brownie recipe, although my hungry hordes are just as happy with Betty Crocker. True story.

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    1. I remember something about you making Brownies on Tuesday Marjie but I didn't realize it was EVERY Tuesday. I must remember when I visit, lol...Red & Green sprinkles sound so festive, I'd happily take one of those:)

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  12. OK, well I wouldn't turn down that Brownie Alaska! I used to make a brownie with cocoa that I really liked - it has quite a delicate flavor, versus some of the richer chocolate options. Thanks for the brownie fest, Louise!

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    1. oooooooo a Brownie with cocoa sounds oh so good! I'll add it to my list of things I want T.W. to make when I visit Long Island, someday...

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  13. Oh my gosh, this post has my mouth watering and - and...and... - I'm snowed in, and can't go get ingredients to make brownies!

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    1. Oh No, Geojour, that's just not fair!!! Thank you so much for visiting my blog...sending you a virtual brownie for now:)

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  14. Dear Louise, I want to try each and every recipe!! I love chocolate and these recipes sound wonderful. They do not skimp on anything. I did not know about this day being Nat'l Brownie Day. I will have to do a belated one. lol Blessings dear and a hug, Catherine xo

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    1. Brownie Day should be everyday if you ask me, Catherine. Please let us know when you bake up dome brownies!!!

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  15. Louise, I've learnt a lot about so many types of National Days from your posts. Boy, have I been living up in the mountains or what? Hahaha! Lovely shares!

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    1. Thanks Shirley. I'm so glad you share such enthusiasm for food days!

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  16. that brownie alaska looks brilliant - wish I had the energy and the bravery to try it - I never grew up eating brownies so they are a constant delight when rich and gooey but there are too many dried and washed out brownies as well - sadly not all mine have been brilliant but when they work they are the very very best. Glad to hear marion is doing so well too.

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    1. Oh Johanna, I'm sure you could put that Brownie Alaska together. I bet Sylvia would LOVE it!

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  17. I can't believe I missed Brownie day!!! One of my most favorite foods!

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    1. It's never too late for Brownies Pam!

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  18. I love Brownies! They are totally irresistible.

    That Brownie Alaska looks terrific!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. You are so right, Rosa. I think the reason why I don't make them often is because I may just eat them all...at once!

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  19. Although all of the recipes look really good and are making my mouth water, I think the brownie Alaska looks best. It just looks like a fun one to make and a better one to eat.

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  20. Hi Louise,
    This post is looking so beautiful.Thanks for sharing awesome posts and updates of national days. Brownie is our big FAV... !
    I cant wait to try my hands on it. It is looking so good with all the lovely pictures and write up as well. I have been here after a while but enjoyed browsing through your rest of the wonderful recipes. It was a real delight to see and learn so much from your each and every post. Hope to see more of your creative endeavors in the New Year. Wish you and your family a very Happy and Blessed New Year!!!

    Have a wonderful Holiday Season and stay Warm !
    Best Regards, Sonia

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    1. Hi Sonia, it's so nice to "see" you again. Congratulations on your new home! Thank you so much for your holiday wishes. Wishing you a Happy New Year in your new home!!!

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  21. I remember making brownies in 7th grade Home Ec. It was love at first bite. I've been making them on and off ever since. Brownies Alaska sounds totally over-the-top. I wonder if people now do it with one of those blowtorches like they do creme brulee?

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    1. I would imagine there are those who use blow torches, Mae. I am not one of them, lol...

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  22. I am so ready for a brownie. Someone PLEASE make me some brownies...or cookies...or cake...or dinner. Please!

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    1. Come on over Pattie, dinner is served!

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  23. I confess I didn't know brownies before I went to live in the UK. They are one of the most addictive cakes ever and so popular even in Italy now.
    I love your post about the original brownies recipes! It makes me want to bake again (I have just finished and done the washing up...I could bake forever!).
    CIAO!

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    1. Brownies in Italy??? I love it Alida!

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  24. i'm so glad brownies exist. :)

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  25. Wow…I’ve never met a brownie I didn’t love! And so many to choose from! Great post…so interesting to see all those old booklets.
    Louise, Did you work for A&S or Newsday? I lived in St. James before we moved to NJ. Newsday was my favorite newspaper. I even had it sent to me when I first left LI. Now it has too many ads. A sign of the times!
    Have a great day!

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    1. I don't think I have ever met a brownie I didn't love either, Kathy. If I come across one that's a bit to dry, I just top it with ice cream, lol...Newsday was a wonderful place to work! I haven't read it in a long time though. I kinda miss it but I'm sure it has changed.

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  26. Wow -- a Brownie Alaska--that's certainly over the top. Since eating a Baked Alaska is on my "bucket list" I may have to consider making this version!

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    1. A Bucket List that includes Baked Alaska, now, that's what I'm talking about, Inger! Mine includes, foie gras:)

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  27. How fun. Well I think everyday should be national chocolate day. Just a different version each day, so brownie day sounds fab to me ;-) Clarice

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  28. Louise , I just made some brownies , not for personal consumption though *sigh* Okay , okay , I've eaten few pieces lol That brownie Alaska looks sinful - 3 of my fave ice cream with brownies , my stomach's grumbling :D

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  29. Fun post! And I love that brownie Alaska. All these old recipes and photos are great, Louise.

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  30. Hi Louise,
    Brownies never fails to bring a smile! There's something about brownie that brings a delight! Must be something to do with the chocolate! LOL!
    I have made some brownies too a couple of weeks ago, and never got round to post that in my blog yet!
    The Brownie Alaska sounds delicious, with three different ice creams! Yum, yum, yum!
    Thanks for sharing Louise!

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  31. i would love to see someone making a brownie Alaska on the next picnic game! LOL! glad to hear that marion is doing very well, must be excited to do some christmas shopping at this time of the year!

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