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Tri-Level Brownies Recipe

Tri-Level Brownies

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"A delightfully rich chocolate brownie with a tasty cookie crust. A great dessert with coffee."

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Original recipe makes 16 Brownies Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F(175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 11 x 7 1/2 inch baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together quick cooking oats, 1/2 cup flour, brown sugar, and baking soda. Stir melted butter into dry ingredients.
  3. Pat evenly into the bottom of baking pan and bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  4. For the middle layer, cream together white sugar, butter, and 1 ounce of melted unsweetened chocolate. Add the egg to this mixture and cream well.
  5. In a medium bowl, stir together 2/3 cup of flour, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to chocolate mixture alternately with a mixture of the milk and vanilla. Mix after each addition. Fold in the walnuts and spread evenly over baked layer.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes more at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C ) then cool.
  7. For frosting, melt together 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 ounce of unsweetened chocolate over medium heat. Remove from heat, and stir in 1 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar. Add vanilla last. Stir until frosting is smooth and pourable. Drizzle over the tops of the brownies for an elegant finish.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 12, 2003

Really good and liked the oatmeal "cookie" bottom. A new twist on the traditional brownie. Perhaps I was doing something wrong with frosting, however. Was not able to "drizzle" it as the recipe suggests. In fact, it was so dry and crumbly I had to add milk, then just spread it on with a spatula. Still quite good and will make again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 26, 2004

Okay, I only made the bottom layer and put regular brownie mix on top, but the bottom layer itself was too bland for my taste. The butter flavor overpowered the oatmeal, and it tasted like, well, buttery oatmeal, instead of that nice caramel-y oatmeal cookie flavor I look for. I would add some cinnamon, or carmelize the brown sugar with the butter before mixing with the dry ingredients.


14 Ratings

Aug 18, 2008

There is one thing missing from the icing recipe and that is to add enough hot water (I boil some) to make a spreading consistency. My family love them and I take them everywhere I am asked to bring a dessert.

Jun 12, 2003

Great variation on the basic brownie. However I agree with the last reviewer that the glaze is not a true glaze as it's hard and crumbly. I added 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until I got a runnier consistency.

Oct 13, 2005

When I think of brownies, I think soft choclate. These were not either. Not completly bad though.

Oct 27, 2003

These were pretty good. Again, the frosting is not frosting at all, but they are still good without it. I'd add some chocolate chips or something though, I need more in my chocolate fix :)

Oct 17, 2008

What happened to the icing? It turned out a crumbly mess. I ended up adding more melted butter and part of a hershey's bar to thin it out. Even then, it was more of a chocolate spread. This was ok though, it satisfied my need for chocolate.

Jun 17, 2003

They were ok. The topping needs work.


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  • Calories
  • 284 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39.5 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 35 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 13.7 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 1.6 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 3.2 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 98 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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