Brownies for a Crowd

One of the best parts of being a blogger is all the really nice bloggers you meet along the way.

I attended my very first blogger conference a few years ago and one of the first people I met was Laura from Real Mom Kitchen. She was so friendly and kindly let me hang a bit with her and her sister that day. I love Laura’s blog and have used many of her recipes. When she told me she was coming out with a cookbook I was so excited for her. I was even more excited when she shared with me an “advance” copy.

The cookbook will be available to purchase the first of August but in the meantime you have the opportunity to win one right here on the blog. Just leave a comment below telling me what you are having for dinner tonight and you will be entered to win.

Giveaway is open until Sunday, July 24, midnight PST.

And in the meantime you can drool over these yummy brownies, a recipe I made from Laura’s new cookbook – Brownies for a Crowd.

I know some people prefer a chewy, gooey brownie and others a more cake like brownie. I am right in the middle and these brownies are just that – a little chewy but not too chewy and a little cake like but not too cake like.


The recipe calls for a chocolate frosting but I ran out of time and butter so I just sprinkled them with a little powdered sugar!


In addition to being just the right consistency of brownie this recipe makes a large batch – it totally filled my 12 x 17 jelly roll pan almost to overflowing! I had a couple of different meetings at my house this past week and this big batch of brownies was perfect.

The next time you need a nice big batch of brownies give this recipe a try and be sure and check out Laura’s new cookbook.


Brownies for a Crowd


  • 8 eggs
  • 4 C sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 C butter, melted
  • 3 C flour
  • 1 1/2 C cocoa
  • Frosting:
  • 4 C powdered sugar
  • 1/2 C butter, softened
  • 1/2 C cocoa
  • milk


    To make brownies:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Beat eggs in mixer until blended
  • Add in sugar, salt and vanilla and beat for 1 minute
  • Add in melted butter and blend together well
  • In another bowl mix flour and cocoa and whisk until well blended
  • Add flour/cocoa mixture to wet mixture and mix until well combined
  • Spread into a greased 12 x 17 jelly roll pan
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes
  • Cool for 15 minutes and then frost
  • To make frosting:
  • Mix together powdered sugar, butter, and cocoa along with enough milk to make the frosting a good consistency to spread
  • Spread over brownies after they have cooled for 15 minutes
  • The frosting will melt, making it nice and even with the brownies
  • Allow to cool


  1. 151
    Kelly says:

    We actually ate at a new restaurant tonight! It was delish!!

  2. 152
    Cindy says:

    The Brownies look sooooo good! Thanks for all of the updates on everything. It’s nice to see all of the beautiful parties you have had. Thinking of you as a new emptynester. I know you will keep busy! Thanks again for your great blog.
    You are a true blessing!

  3. 153
    Cathy B says:

    We had fish tacos for dinner tonight. If someone would have told me two years ago that I would be eating fish tacos, I would have told them they were crazy. I now love fish tacos! I use the frozen tilapia from Cosco, defrost and bake. Then I mix up some black beans with some corn and a shallot or two and bring to a boil. I use corn tortillas and soften for 10 seconds – 5 per side in a little canola oil. I had sides of cheese, salsa, chopped fresh tomatoes, lettuce, and cilantro. Yummy! I hope this recipe qualifies for entry for that cookbook. I’d love a new cookbook.

    • 153.1
      Michelle Payne says:

      We are having Fish Tacos on Saturday! I too had never ever thought I would eat Fish Tacos. Last year, I made them, using another bloggers recipe. OMG they are sinfully delicious.

  4. 154
    Valerie C. says:

    We had homemade egg mcmuffins and fruit. A fast dinner anytime!

  5. 155
    Danielle T says:

    Crazy day at our house – ordered take out and had a picnic in front yard with friends.

  6. 156
    Sara f. says:

    We had 40 people over for “Cafe Rio” chicken and pork salads. Delish, and great company too!

  7. 157
    Mandee says:

    We’ll be having homemade country fried steak and potatoes!

  8. 158
    Michelle Payne says:

    We had grilled BBQ Chicken, grilled Corn on the Cob and baked potatoes with all the fixins!

  9. 159

    Grilled Chicken, corn on the cob and couscous stuffed green peppers – garden goodness :)

  10. 160
    Carolyn says:

    It’s Friday – that means pizza!!

  11. 161
    Jodi says:

    Friday night is always pizza night at our house, but it is so hot, I am thinking sandwiches may be better!

  12. 162
    Brandee says:

    We are heading up to the mountain to go camping. So we will be having Chili, Dutchoven Corn Bread, and Dutchoven Monkey Bread. YUM!!

  13. 163
    carolyn says:

    we are having mesquite lime chicken and risotto with oven roasted green beans

  14. 164
    AnnMarie says:

    I am off to work and my hubby is cooking for the kids. So probably cereal or he will take them to Grandma’s house.

  15. 165
    Patti says:

    I think I’m going to get brave and try pizza on the grill! I’m crossing my fingers it will work :)

  16. 166
    Sarah says:

    I love Laura’s recipes, and yours too! My husband and I are going out of town this weekend, so we will probably go out to dinner. I am thinking either steak or pasta :)

  17. 167
    kathy steadman says:

    We had sub sandwitches at the park…it was just so nice out! I love Laura’s glad she’s done a book.

  18. 168
    Laura says:

    Tonight, we are having a dish that my Dutch Grandmother used to make…. Beef Roast with Potatoes and caramelized onions, and a green salad with Oma’s homemade dressing. Along with that, I will be trying Leighanne’s recipe for 7up Biscuits! There’s going to be a party in my mouth this evening!

  19. 169
    Stacey says:

    We are having your chicken fajitas. My whole family loves that recipe!

  20. 170
    Nana Jan says:

    We’re having BBQ Chicken Salad. Too hot to cook during this heat wave!!

  21. 171
    Devon says:

    We’re having a Greek salad, Marinaded London Broil with homemade french fries and some Magelby rolls! I just stumbled across your site in my search for cream cheese muffins and instantly fell in love. My boyfriend saw a picture of the London Broil and instantly was hungry, so we had to go shopping. We’re excited about the rolls—I’ve been on a yeast roll kick lately; I make them about three times every two weeks, but no one complains, so I’ll just keep going! I’m sure they’ll enjoy the variety.

  22. 172
    Jen Crowther says:

    we are having spicygreen cream cheese chicken enchiladas! :)

  23. 173
    Kelly says:

    I hate running out of butter in the middle of a recipe!!! The brownies look yummy.

    We are having sausage, baked zucchini fries, and salad with homeade croutons for supper tonight (unless the hubby decides to spring for pizza:)!

  24. 174
    Kim says:

    It is 8:30 and we are still deciding on dinner. Busy day, kids fed and in probably quick take out. Just found your blog..looking forward to looking around.


  25. 175
    Ginny says:

    Went to a Williams Sonoma techniques class this morning, “Farmers Market. ” So yummy had to cook the same things for dinner tonight – Herb Pesto and Mozzarella Panini and Mexican Street Corn. Next to the taste, the best part was I had everything I needed except the Mozzarella. Perfect summer food.

  26. 176
    Kim Siroky says:

    Tacos! My husband is always requesting tacos…. im not complaining :-) so easy!

  27. 177
    Jodi Clark says:

    We took our son out for a special dinner. His 15th birthday is tomorrow.

  28. 178
    Janelle Belka says:

    We will be having BBQ chicken quesadillas for dinner tonight. So easy and delicious!

  29. 179
    Meli says:

    We are having dinner at my mom and dad’s tonight with the rest of the fam-2 brothers, 1 sister, 1 brother-in-law, 1 niece, and my 2 sons. I’m not sure what mom is making, but I’m bringing s’mores cracker candy for dessert.

  30. 180
    Adah Alvarez says:

    We wil be having pan seared cod seasoned with sea salt, black pepper and a little dill. Green beans and zucchini from my csa box and probably rice pilaf or mashed potatoes.

  31. 181

    Ooooh these look yummy!

    Tonight we are having sandwiches and fresh fruit for dinner. It’s too hot here in Texas to bring any additional heat into the house!

  32. 182
    Margaret Boone Alderdice says:

    I am making a Cabbage Roll Casserole for supper tonight. Taste like cabbage rolls but with less fuss. So easy. We love it so much. Makes a wonderful meal.

  33. 183
    Jody says:

    We are having a Thai Beef Stir Fry. I can’t even think about turning on the oven!

  34. 184
    Casandra says:

    I cooked smothered chicken and rice. Green beans with bacon, candied yams and sweet corn bread. I love living in the south.

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