Margot's Underdone Brownies

My Grandmother’s Quick and Easy Brownies (sort of)

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Quick and easy one bowl brownies. Perfect for a quick dessert or to bake with the kids!

The very first thing I learned to bake by myself as a child were my grandmother’s “Underdone Brownies.” The recipe was quick and easy enough for a 10 year old to do on her own. The recipe involved creaming butter and shortening together with sugar then adding eggs, flour and cocoa. They were called underdone because you baked them until just set so that they were fudgey in the middle. They were easy, delicious and quick to make, so they remained a staple in my baking.

Once, after having kids, I was craving brownies after dinner and wanted to make them a bit quicker. I decided to melt the butter and use oil instead of shortening. Not only did this save time, but they were just as good! Now I bake these brownies for the kids to bring to school for potlucks and often bring them to meetings when treats are being shared. They go together in one bowl and I can put the batter together before the oven even heats up! What could be better?

Margot's Underdone Brownies
Yields: 16 Servings Difficulty: Easy
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Quick and Easy One Bowl Brownies

Easy brownies that come together in minutes. Great for a quick dessert or to bring to potlucks and school functions!


0/7 Ingredients
Adjust Servings


0/6 Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Mix together oil, butter, sugar and eggs.
  • Stir in flour, cocoa and salt.
  • Pour into prepared tin.
  • Bake for 20 minutes (Do not overbake!)
  • Cool for 5 minutes before slicing into squares.


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  1. Hi Margot
    I tried your quick brownie recipe. They were delicious! I guess my oven is not as hot as yours. 20 minutes was not enough time. They were still very soft and gooey after an hour out of the oven. But we microwaved them a short time and they were fine.

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