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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:15 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 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
  • 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 serving (1 each) equals 466 calories, 19 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 78 mg cholesterol, 380 mg sodium, 72 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  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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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."

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!"

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!!!!"

Reviewed Mar. 19, 2013

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

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2012

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

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