I got into a discussion the other day about how there are three different kinds of brownies. The person I was talking to had never heard of the third kind of brownie.
The kind you eat. Chocolaty good, yum.
Photo from My Home Cooking
Ingredients are simple: cocoa, butter, sugar, vanilla, salt, flour, and eggs. Melt the butter, mix it all up, put it in a greased dish and bake it at 325F for 35-40 minutes.
Before they become Girl Scouts, girls 6-8 can be Brownies. They're part of the Girl Scouts enterprise, though they're not officially Girl Scouts yet. Activities that Brownies might do together include going to a zoo and learning about caring for animals, planning an overnight birthday celebration, camping and making s'mores, learning to swim, and deciding how many cookies to sell to earn money for trips.
They get to wear the Brownie Girl Scout Pin and the World Trefoil Pin, to show they're "part of a worldwide movement."
These girls are modeling the official Brownie gear. In real life, most brownies wear the vest and the rest of their outfit is regular clothes.
Photo from Girl Scout Council of Greater Minneapolis
In the realm of the little people (fairies, goblins, gnomes, leprechauns, etc.), brownies are benevolent creatures. While leprechauns are associated with the Irish, brownies are associated with the Scottish.
Some people say they're invisible, and some say they're little men with brown skin and brown clothes. They come inside your house or barn and do things that are helpful. While you sleep, they'll do household chores, sweep the floors, secretly fix something that's broken, or other little do-gooding deeds like that. People say to be sure to treat a brownie well; reportedly, they like a little dish of cream left out for them, and maybe some cake. Or perhaps a brownie!
Drawing from Wellesley's Guide to Little People
My Home Cooking's favorite brownie recipe
Girl Scouts Central, Brownie Girl Scouts: Going Places, Making Friends
Girl Scouts Heart of Texas Council
Factmonster, Word Wise guide on Fairies
Evilscience.net, manual on Fairies
A Guide to Little People, Brownies
Wellesley's Guide to Little People