They have been one of Akron's official foods for more than 30 years, and now the secret recipe is out, printed in the West Point Market Cookbook in 2008. They do require some effort, however, so if you are short on time this holiday season, there's always a supply ready at 1711 W. Market St.

WEST POINT MARKET'S
 ORIGINAL KILLER BROWNIES

1/4 lb. (1 stick) plus 5 tbsp. butter

1 (18 1/4-oz.) package chocolate brownie or chocolate cake mix

2/3 cup evaporated milk

1 tbsp. water

3/4 cup walnut pieces

1 cup caramel ice cream topping

2/3 cup chocolate chips

Confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease the bottom and sides of a 9-by-9-inch baking pan.

Whip 1/4 pound plus 4 tablespoons of the butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Blend the cake mix, evaporated milk, water and 1/2 cup of the walnut pieces with the whipped butter to make a smooth, thick batter.

Spoon half the batter into the baking pan. Bake until the top appears dry and firm, 25 to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, cover the remaining batter and set it aside in the refrigerator.

Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool to room temperature.

Spread 3/4 cup of the caramel topping evenly over the brownies. Sprinkle 1/3 cup of the chocolate chips evenly over the caramel. Cover the baking pan with foil and put it in the freezer until the caramel becomes firm.

Reheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the remaining brownie batter from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature.

Remove the baking pan from the freezer and spoon the remaining brownie batter evenly over the caramel. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of the walnut pieces evenly over the batter.

Return the brownie pan to the oven and bake it until the top appears dry and firm, an additional 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let the brownies cool.

Melt the remaining 1/3 cup of chocolate chips in a saucepan. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter until smooth. Drizzle the chocolate over the cooled brownies. Heat the remaining 1/4 cup of caramel topping in the microwave until it can be easily poured, about 20 seconds. Drizzle it over the brownies. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Dust the brownies generously with confectioners' sugar. To serve, cut into pieces and remove from the pan.

Makes 9 or 16 brownies.