Grandma’s Brownies #SundaySupper

Grandma’s Brownies are my grandma’s recipe for the best brownies – a rich, chocolaty brownie topped with fudgy frosting!

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Tailgating season is upon us, which means finger foods, snack and treats are aplenty. For Sunday Supper this week, we are partnering with Gallo Family Vineyards to celebrate football season by sharing some tasty recipes and wine pairings. This year I was inspired make something chocolaty to pair with Gallo’s Merlot, and my grandma’s to-die-for brownie recipe instantly came to mind.

After devouring Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Cups, hummus with veggies, along with other savory and spicy tailgating fare, our tailgating menu definitely needs something chocolate to balance things out. My grandma’s brownies are the perfect ending to such a delicious party feast!

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The recipe for my Grandma’s Brownies starts with a simple brownie made with chocolate syrup. Most brownie recipes I make do not use chocolate syrup, so I assume that is what makes her recipe so unique, moist and tasty. And while the brownies alone are rich, chocolaty and good, she always topped them with the most amazingly fudgy, delicious frosting. The combination makes them a definite fan favorite among her family and friends, and a definite crowd pleaser for any tailgating celebration (or emergency chocolate fix).

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For wine pairing, the Merlot from Gallo Family Vineyards is always popular. It pairs well with many standard tailgating foods, and is a perfect complement to a chocolate dessert, such as my Grandma’s Brownies. My grandma would have definitely approved! 🙂

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Grandma's Brownies
Yields: 36 bars
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can (1½ cups) chocolate syrup
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 13x9-inch baking pan with baking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream sugar and butter until combined.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition.
  4. Stir in syrup and flour, gently folding until combined. Pour batter into prepared baking pan.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Be careful not to over bake - a toothpick inserted in the center should come out with moist crumbs. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
  6. FROSTING: In a small sauce pan, bring sugar, butter and milk to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Stir until chips are melted and frosting is thick enough to spread.

For our tailgating celebration with Gallo Family Vineyards, the Sunday Supper tastemakers are sharing recipes featuring at least one of the nine varietals of their mini wine bottles (187ml size).

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Merlot is my favorite party wine, closely followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, which also go very well with meats, cheeses and of course…chocolate!  These little bottles are perfect for tailgating. And so are all of these wonderful recipes below. Enjoy!

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  1. Oh my goodness!! I love these brownies! They are just the kind of treat that a grandma would make to spoil you! Just wonderful.

  2. These look so decadent with frosting!

  3. Brownies are perfect for tailgating!

  4. These look luscious! Wish I had some right now…

  5. That frosting layer is over the top!

  6. Wow! My mom used this same recipe, but baked in a sheet pan vs. a 9 x13. I LOVE the thicker version! SO tempting and irresistible!!!

  7. Dear Alida, Grandma truly knows best! These are decadent and tempting brownies! Chocolate syrup???? YUM!!!

  8. I can’t take my eyes off that frosting. I’ll go to any home tailgating party you throw!

  9. I honestly don’t know if there is anything better than red wine and chocolate! Grandma’s brownies look incredible 🙂

  10. Wow, I love that secret ingredient! I bet it makes these so good!

  11. These brownies look incredible! I always have chocolate syrup on hand, I will have to give these a try!

  12. Oh my gosh these look amazing!!!! Fabulous recipe!!

  13. Love that thick layer of fudgy frosting!

  14. I am adding the to my list to try soon! So delicious!

  15. Grandma always makes the best! These look amazing!!

  16. Man, oh, man! I’ll take the whole pan please!

  17. Even with the flu I want these brownies! They look amazing!

  18. I love these brownies Alida. Nothing better than brownies with frosting.

  19. Your frosting to brownie ratio is SPOT ON 🙂 I’m always down for a delicious brownie and a glass of Merlot!

  20. Awww man, now I have a late night brownie craving! These look fantastic!