Prep 25 mins
Cook 25 mins
I made these incredible brownies as my brother's birthday cake (11/2005)--friends still remember the taste and ask for the recipe! Taken from BH&G "New Cook Book", 1989.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup margarine or 1 cup butter
- 1 cup water
- 1⁄3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 eggs
- 1⁄2 cup buttermilk
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1⁄4 cup butter or 1⁄4 cup margarine
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons buttermilk
- 2 1⁄4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
- 3⁄4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped (optional)
- In mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In medium saucepan, combine 1 cup butter, 1 cup water, and 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa.
- Bring mixture just to boiling, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat.
- Add chocolate mixture to dry ingredients and beat until thoroughly combined.
- Add eggs, the 1/2 cup buttermilk, and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Beat for 1 minute (batter will be thin).
- Pour batter into greased and floured 15x10x1 baking pan. Bake at 350F for about 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- In medium saucepan, combine 1/4 cup butter, 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, and 3 tablespoons buttermilk. Bring to boiling; remove from heat. Add powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Beat til smooth. Pour warm frosting over warm brownies, spreading evenly. Cool in pan on wire rack, then cut into bars.
Made the brownies today and they are similar to the Texas Sheet cake recipe. The recipe was easy to prepare and tasty. Next time I will increase the amount of frosting as it was a bit skimpy. Also, the frosting was a bit dry and I had to add some extra buttermilk to smooth it out. I made half a batch, so perhaps that was the problem.
Super Yum! I could not stop eating these brownies once they were made. Rich and cakelike, the chocolate of the brownie and the chocolate of the icing were the perfect combination. I did not add pecans, as my 17 year old does not like them, but that could have only added to the delish factor. Don't be surprised by the thinner cake-like batter. Very simple to make. This will be a well-used recipe at my house.
Moist and cakelike. They remind me a Texas Sheet Cake. The flavor is INCREDIBLE. A new family favorite. Thanks!