Five Star Brownies

There's a bit of state's history behind these brownies' name and shape. In 1990, these brownies were entered in the Kansas state fair, Kansas was celebrating the 100th birthday of a famous native son...Dwight Eisenhower. In fact, that occasion was the theme of the fair. So these brownies were renamed, which had won the blue ribbon 4 straight years at our county fair, in honor of the rank he'd achieved as a general and cut them out with a star cookie cutter. They ended up winning another blue ribbon!


3 dozen


3 eggs
2 cups granulated (white) sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup shortening, melted
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup baking cocoa
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 cup chopped nuts, optional


Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a 13 x 9-inch baking pan foil then grease with Pan Release or baking spray with flour.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla until blended. Beat in butter and shortening until smooth. Combine the flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to egg mixture. Stir in nuts if desired. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire cooling rack.

Using foil, lift brownies out of pan. Discard foil. Cut with a star cutter or into bars.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes + cooling

Nutritional Information

1 serving (1 each) equals 108 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 113 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

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