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Guest Blogger: Carrie of OJO Bakes Old-Fashioned Organic Brownies

September 4, 2009

Carrie of Organic Journey Online and I have been corresponding via internet for quite some time now.  I don’t remember exactly how I stumbled upon her blog (I think I was researching rain barrels?), but I’m glad I did!  Her blog is a wonderful resource for anyone looking to live an organic lifestyle or even just go a little more green.  She has wonderful recipes too!
Today, Carrie brings us some Old-Fashioned Organic Brownies just in time for your labor day picnic!

Old Fashioned Organic Brownies

By Carrie Boyko

It’s almost Labor Day, and many a cook is planning a picnic or cookout at this time of year. When dealing with kitchen work and a grill, you’ll need to prepare by having a make-ahead dessert that will suit everyone’s tastes. My solution is the hands-down favorite:  Brownies!

You may be saying to yourself, I can make packaged brownies or get a recipe for brownies just about anywhere. And you’re right. But can you say, for certain, those brownies are organic and award-winning? Gotcha!

This recipe won me the coveted Third Place Award at the Florida State Girl Scouts—whoa—what was that called? Hmmm? Well, anyway, it was some sort of contest, for lack of a better word, where girl scouts entered an item they made from scratch. This particular year, my entry was this Brownie recipe. The judges loved it. I hope you do too. Most importantly, though, your guests are sure to enjoy them, so make a double batch.

Old-Fashioned Organic Brownies


  • ½ Cup Organic Butter, softened
  • 1 Organic Egg
  • 1 Cup Organic Chocolate Syrup (yes, it can be found, but when all else fails, try for a brand that is not processed with alkali)
  • 1 Cup Organic Flour
  • ½ Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • ½ Cup Organic Sugar
  • ½ Cup chopped Nuts, if desired


  1. Spray an 8 or 9-inch pan with Organic Cooking Spray.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Mix the egg, chocolate syrup and butter in a bowl.
  4. Mix well for at least 2 minutes.
  5. In another bowl, sift flour, sugar and salt.
  6. Stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture and add nuts, if desired.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Test with a toothpick for dryness at the center, but be careful not to overcook. I like to take them out when the edges separate from the pan and start to curl inward, or a crack appears in the center.
    10.Cool completely before cutting.

These brownies have an impeccable texture when cooled completely. Hint: They tend to go in threes, so set one aside for yourself or you may not get one at the party. Happy Labor Day!carrieeatingapplesmall

For more information and recipes for organic cooking, visit Organic Journey Online, where Carrie Boyko seeks to empower her readers to eat more healthy and live greener every day.

A big thanks to Carrie for her guest-post.  Go visit Organic Journey Online today!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. kissmyspatula permalink
    September 5, 2009 12:34 pm

    can’t be a more perfect labor day treat! :)

  2. September 7, 2009 3:58 pm

    Yum. I want me some brownies!


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