Swap a sweet family favourite this holiday season

Photos by Steve Smith, VisionFire Studios

It’s that time of year to swap treats with family and friends. Ever wondered how to improve on a brownie? Well, with layers of course. This two-layered brownie was always a treat at my gramma’s house. In fact, it was the first recipe that my mum learned to make when she was a little girl. Making these brownies brought me right back to my gramma’s kitchen and her pantry where she always had tins of treats. This holiday season, why not bring out an old family favourite and share your own sweet story.

Gramma’s Two-Layered Brownies


½ cup of shortening or margarine (I use butter)
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
½ cup of milk with 1 tbsp of white vinegar
1 cup of white flour (if you use GF flour, make sure it contains xantham gum)
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Beat butter and sugar, add eggs and mix well. Add dry ingredients and milk. Mix well.
  2. Divide mixture in half. In one half stir in 3 tbsp of cocoa powder.
    Add ½ cup of chopped walnuts if desired.
  3. Pour chocolate batter into a prepared 8×8 pan. Top with white batter.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 °F
  5. Let cool and ice with your favourite frosting.