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Stone Bay Brownies

Our friend KaLea Lehman shared this recipe for her great-grandmother’s brownies, a family favorite that she says “isn’t gooey or fudgy like boxed brownies. You can ice it with chocolate icing, marshmallow icing, or powdered sugar, and still eat the whole pan easily!” The recipe — with its new “Stone Bay” name — appears in the Military Special Operations Family Collaborative’s book The Warrior’s Table.


Makes 16 servings

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 1 cup flour, plus extra to coat pan
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup walnuts or pecans chopped (optional)
  • Cooking oil spray


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Spray square pan with cooking oil spray and lightly coat with flour.
  4. Bake brownies until they pull away from the sides of the pan or until a toothpick comes out clean, about 30-45 minutes.
  5. Cool completely before slicing.