Fannie Farmer's 1896 Brownies

Fannie Farmer's 1896 Brownies

This is a slightly modified version of the 1896 brownie recipe in Fannie Farmers cookbook.
- sadly there is no chocolate...

This is an instance where we can see how recipes evolve over time. Today these would be called 'Blondies', because Brownies always contain chocolate.


1/3 cup (75 mL) butter at room temp
1/3 cup (75 mL) powdered icing sugar
1/3 cup (75 mL) cooking or fancy molasses
1 egg
7/8 cup (240 mL) bread flour
1 cup (250 mL) chopped pecans


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Makes: 4


Pre heat oven to 350ºF (180ºC)
Mix ingredients in order, then bake 15-20 minutes in small shallow tart tins.
Makes about 4.
Let cool on rack before serving.
You can easily sub darker molasses or Maple syrup for the fancy molasses if you wish.


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