My husband lost one of his dear uncles the other day. Our family shared some wonderful times and accumulated many great memories with this great man and his wife at their lake home, at Christmas Cove, over the years. When our kids were young, we would travel down a long, dirt road to arrive at their lake house where we were greeted with smiles, great food and the best hospitality you could find. My kids will tell you they remember Aunt Barbara’s Oreo Cookie dessert, aka Dirt Pudding. My husband will tell you his favorite was Aunt Barbara’s delicious brownies. Ask my daughter about a memory at the lake house and she will tell you she remembers the long walks Aunt Barbara and her, along with me, took around the circle while the guys were out fishing on the lake. I have fond memories of sitting on the swing, by the lake house, overlooking the beautiful waters of the Lake of the Ozarks. Our times at the lake happened many years ago and time together decreased over the years due to our busy lifestyles, but Steve and his uncle remained close. Steve’s aunt and uncle often stopped by my husband’s workplace to see him, share a story, ask about all of us and/or share goodies (brownies included). When many people stopped sending Christmas cards, Steve and I could always count on receiving one from Uncle Lowell and Aunt Barbara…many times their card was the first to arrive each year. The card didn’t have their names alone, but a sweet, loving note and an invite to stop by and see them anytime we were in town. I hope you enjoy Aunt Barbara’s delicious brownies as much as my husband and all of us do! She always made hers without frosting, but on this particular day I was in the mood for my chocolate sheet cake frosting on top of warm brownies, so here you go!
Aunt Barbara’s Brownies
Missouri Farm Chick notes… Oleo is the same thing as margarine. These brownies are great with or without frosting. Store brownies in a air-tight container. When preparing frosting, you may need more or less powdered sugar. You want a nice, easy-to-pour frosting. It’s your call!