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Chocolate Buttermilk Brownies

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 brownies


  • 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 large 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


  • 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.
  • Add buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, and food coloring if desired. Mix until well combined. Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
  • 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.

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  • AdieZ
    Dec 19, 2018

    Have made these brownies since I was a little girl ... and that's a long time. They are excellent. I did only use 2.75 cups of confectioners sugar on the icing and could just pour it over the brownie. And added walnuts, too! So so good!

  • Erin
    Dec 31, 2017

    Absolutely delicious!

  • bwilkin
    May 2, 2017

    Very little flavor in the brownie and the icing it so rich you can barely eat it. Followed recipe exactly, made no changes to it. Waste of time and ingredients. Won't be making it again.

  • amsm
    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.

  • virginiacoy
    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!

  • thecreativebaker
    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!!!!

  • Nancy__Az
    Jun 10, 2013

    No comment left

  • Keysola
    Mar 19, 2013

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

  • anneshirley
    Nov 27, 2012

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

  • lurky27
    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