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Chocolate Buttermilk Brownies Recipe

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I've made these frosted brownies for so many years, I don't need a recipe card to follow. When our three grandchildren visit the farm, they're delighted when I serve these-plain or with ice cream.
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 drops red food coloring, optional
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped almonds, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 466 calories, 19g fat (12g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 380mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (55g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, bring butter, cocoa and water just to a boil. Cool. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour and baking soda and salt. Pour over dry ingredients; mix well.
  2. Add buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, and food coloring if desired. Mix until well combined. Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
  3. For frosting, melt butter, cocoa and buttermilk in a saucepan. Stir in the sugar, vanilla and salt. Spread over warm cake. Top with nuts if desired. Yield: 15 brownies.
Originally published as Chocolate Buttermilk Brownies in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p48


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amsm User ID: 8302234 246862
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2016

"These brownies are wonderful! My four year old says that these are "yummy in my tummy!" They have a great chocolate flavor and a cake-like texture. I do think that you could get by with only 3 cups of powdered sugar in the frosting, and be sure to spread it fast! I will definitely make these again."

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virginiacoy User ID: 4444560 244892
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2016

"This is my new favorite brownie recipe. I made these for a restaurant home owner and his wife who is a baker. He said everyone agreed they were the best brownies they ever ate! I am making more right now!"

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thecreativebaker User ID: 7200207 47566
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"I am a volunteer TOH field editor and have made these many times!! Definitely more of a cake type of brownie than a dense brownie. But is still very moist and very tasty!!!!"

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Keysola User ID: 4591371 44956
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2013

"These are wonderful.One of my favorite brownie recipes.When I'm in the mood for a cakey type."

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anneshirley User ID: 1368698 41326
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2012

"Very easy to make, and quick to bake and frost."

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lurky27 User ID: 1251896 45472
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2012

"Good recipe...with the following caveats. Works fine in a 13x9 pan, and definitely is a cake. Used regular milk in the frosting, and that worked fine. Just don't make these expecting brownies. Expect a yummy chocolate cake.

~ Theresa"

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Keysola User ID: 4591371 19170
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2009

"This is one of my favorite brownie recipes,and I usually prefer fudgy not cakey brownies.These also freeze very well,even frosted."

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lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 41325
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2008

"These are just delicious and a favorite with everyone. I have found that using regular buttermilk produces better results than "gourmet" buttermilk."

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