Chocolate Buttermilk Squares Recipe
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Chocolate Buttermilk Squares Recipe

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Every time I take a pan of these to a picnic, it comes back clean! At home, they disappear as fast as I can stir them. My husband and I are farmers. we have five grown children (youngest was just married) and three grandchildren.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure 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 McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Dash salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped almonds, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) 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.

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, bring butter, cocoa and water just to a boil. Cool.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Add cocoa mixture and buttermilk; mix well. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and food coloring if desired. Pour into a greased and 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
  3. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. For frosting, melt butter with cocoa and buttermilk. Stir in the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and salt. Spread over warm cake. Garnish with nuts if desired. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Buttermilk Squares in Country Woman November/December 1991, p29

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) 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.

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Reviewed Aug. 1, 2013

"I'd like to find one like it but not as sweet. It's overpowering! However, it's super easy and great for learning to cook."

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Reviewed Mar. 16, 2013

"I reviewed before...Here's how to make this recipe perfect: Use heaping tablespoons of cocoa where called for. And for the frosting, use 6T buttermilk and only 3-1/2 cups powdered sugar. Then it will pour on nicely instead of having to be spread an maybe not looking as nice. You know, I also reduced the butter in the cake by 1/3 once and it seemed just fine."

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Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"These are incredibly moist. The combination of chocolate and buttermilk is just right. I fixed these for a potluck at church and came home with an empty serving platter!"

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Reviewed Sep. 18, 2011

"Turned out great - made for a birthday and all was gobbled up. I would try 1 more T of buttermilk in frosting as I had to sort of spread it/pat it around."

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Reviewed Jul. 20, 2010

"This is always a winner! I have taken this to work and the pan was empty in no time!"

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