How to Make Fannie Farmer's 1896 Brownies

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Mar. 06, 2014

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


Butter 1/3 Cup (5.33 tbs) (75 ml at room temperature)
Powdered icing sugar 1/3 Cup (5.33 tbs) (75 ml)
Fancy molasses 1/3 Cup (5.33 tbs) (or cooking)
Eggs 1
Bread flour 240 Milliliter (7/8 cup)
Chopped pecans 1 Cup (16 tbs) (250 ml)



1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F or 180 degree C.


2. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar.

3. Add molasses, egg, and flour. Beat after each addition.

4. Fold in pecans and transfer the mixture into small shallow tart tins.

5. Garnish the top with pecan half.

6. Pop the tins in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on rack before serving.


7. Serve and enjoy!


You can substitute darker molasses or maple syrup for the fancy molasses if you wish.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 712Calories from Fat 325

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 38 g58.5%

Saturated Fat 11 g55%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 31 mg1.29%

Total Carbohydrates 85 g28.3%

Dietary Fiber 4 g16%

Sugars 33 g

Protein 12 g24%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet