Weekly Recipe – Governor Easley’s Budget Crunch Brownies

Executive Mansion Budget Crunch Brownies
Former Governor Mike Easley

The former first family served these brownies during receptions at the North Carolina Governors Mansion.  The recipe was considered to be budget friendly based on the budget shortfall during Easley’s term as Governor.


4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan.  In a saucepan or microwave, melt chocolate and butter.  Blend in sugar, eggs, and vanilla.  Stir in flour, baking powder, salt and nuts.  Pour the mixture into the baking pan.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Cool slightly and cut into bars.

Yield:  24 brownies

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Published by Angie Hedgepeth

Angie Hedgepeth, Government Affairs Director for the Association, attends all the local meetings each month, as well as NAR and NCAR meetings, and keeps members abreast of the multiple issues being addressed in local, state and national government. She prepares reports on the meetings she attends and they are included in the weekly "Government Affairs Update".