Chocolate Brownies with Chocolate Buttercream Icing

Recipes for Young Adults is a small cookbook published by the Manitoba Sugar Company in 1959. It was reprinted many times. The 17th printing of the book in 1980 was a metric edition. This is the one I have.

I’m not sure where I picked up this little gem. The cookbook contains recipes for favourite dishes like rice pudding, biscuits, meatloaf…..and the following recipe for brownies and chocolate icing.

I’ve tweaked the directions a little and added imperial measurements.

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Chocolate Brownies with Chocolate Buttercream Icing
(Makes an 8-inch/2 L pan of brownies)

Sifting the cocoa powder through a fine sieve before mixing it with margarine or butter (to make the brownies or the icing) will help to remove any clumps and make for a smoother mixture.

1/4 cup (60 mL) cocoa powder
1/2 cup (125 mL) margarine or butter, melted
2 eggs
1 cup (250 mL) brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) vanilla
1/2 cup (125 mL) cake and pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) baking powder
1/8 teaspoon (.5 mL) salt
1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped walnuts

In a large bowl, whisk cocoa powder and margarine. With electric mixer, beat in eggs, then brown sugar; beat until mixture is well blended. Stir in vanilla.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the first mixture; stir well to combine. Stir in nuts.

Spread in a lightly greased or foil- or baking paper-lined 8″ square (2 L) baking pan. Bake in a preheated 350F (180C) oven until firm around the edges but slightly soft in the centre, 20 to 25 minutes.

Let cool. Then frost with Chocolate Buttercream Icing. Cut in squares or bars to serve.

Chocolate Buttercream Icing
(Makes enough to frost an 8″ square/2 L cake)

2 tablespoons (30 mL) softened butter
2 tablespoons (30 mL) cocoa powder
1 cup (250 mL) icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) vanilla
2 tablespoons (30 mL) milk

With electric mixer, beat butter until fluffy. Add cocoa powder and icing sugar; beat until blended. Add vanilla and milk; beat until blended.

Recipe Source: Adapted from Recipes for Young Adults published by Manitoba Sugar Company, 1980

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2 Responses to “Chocolate Brownies with Chocolate Buttercream Icing”


  1. 1 Sharon March 26, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    The Recipes for Young Adult cookbooks were what we used when I was in Home-Ec in the mid-80s in Brandon. I have the imperial and metric editions. There are some awesome recipes in these books.


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