Easy Brownie Recipe: Oma's or Vegan

Oma Gerhild

by: Gerhild Fulson  /  Cookbook Author, Blogger, German Oma!

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This easy brownie recipe may just become one of your favorites. It's quick and has an easy frosting recipe.

OR are you looking for a vegan brownie recipe?  

You'll find a delicious one here as well. Even non-vegans like it! The German twist in both? Almond flavoring! And that turns them into Schokoladenschnitten

Brownies, both regular and vegan types, made easily, just like Oma.

Why do I add that? Well, I just LOVE marzipan and adding almond extract to these brownies is heavenly! 

Which will you like best? Why not try both and choose. What's the best chocolate brownie recipe? These are both if you want to learn how to make brownies, because they are so easy. Wunderbar!

Tips on Brownies ...

There's only one difficult part in making brownies (and not that difficult) and that's the baking.

They need to be removed from the oven when a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out still moist, but not wet with batter.

If you over-bake them, they'll still taste good.

They just won't have that lovely moist texture. They would make great "dunkers" though if you keep them un-iced. (Dunk into a lovely cup of hot coffee.)

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You may wonder why these recipes are included on my German recipe site because they are not traditional German recipes.

It's because I love these, 'cause they taste so good!

You may just find either of these is among the best chocolate recipes there are!

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1. Oma's Easy Brownie Recipe

This easy brownie recipe may just become one of your favorites. It's quick and has an easy frosting recipe.

The German twist? Almond flavoring! And that turns them into Schokoladenschnitten

Prep Time

15 minutes

Bake Time

30 minutes

Total Time

45 minutes


  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup flour, all-purpose
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1½ tablespoons hot coffee


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease an 8x8-inch pan.
  2. In a small pot, heat butter and cocoa over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth.
  3. In mixing bowl, beat eggs until frothy. Add sugar, flour, walnuts, almond extract (optional), salt, and cocoa mixture. Stir together well.
  4. Spread in prepared pan, smoothing top.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until wooden pick inserted in center comes out moist, not wet, with batter. Do not over-bake.
  6. Cool slightly in pan on rack before icing.
  7. For icing, beat powdered sugar, cocoa, butter, and coffee until smooth, adding more powdered sugar or coffee as needed until proper consistency is reached.
  8. Spread over warm brownies. Cut into squares.


  • Sift cocoa and/or powdered sugar if lumpy
  • Sprinkle chopped walnuts over top of icing, if desired.
  • Using vanilla instead of almond extract will give you a delicious variation on this easy brownie recipe.

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2. Delicious Vegan Brownies

Looking for a vegan brownie recipe? Here's one that even non-vegans like it!

The German twist? Almond flavoring! And that turns them into Vegane Schokoladenschnitten

Prep Time

10 minutes

Bake Time

30 minutes

Total Time

40 minutes


  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cup flour, all-purpose
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (melted)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray or oil a 9x9-inch pan.
  3. Mix everything together in a bowl EXCEPT for the melted chocolate and nuts. Once everything is well mixed, add the chocolate and nuts and mix in well.
  4. Pour batter into pan and smooth top.
  5. Bake about 25 to 30 minutes or until center is firm and not sticky. 
  6. Cool completely before cutting.

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Brownies, both regular and vegan types, made easily, just like Oma.

Easy Brownie Recipe: Oma's or Vegan - made Just like Oma

Easy Brownie Recipe: Oma's or Vegan - made Just like Oma
Want an easy Brownie Recipe? Here are two, one regular and one vegan. Both are absolutely the chocolatiest, most delicious you've ever had!

Ingredients: butter, cocoa, eggs, sugar, all-purpose flour, walnut, almond extract, salt, powdered sugar, butter, coffee,

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