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“This chocoholic's favorite brownie. The recipe was shared with me by an ex-MIL over 25 years ago. Good recipes, unlike marriages, never die.”
1 11x17 pan of brownies

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brownie: Preheat oven to 400°; grease an 11" x 17" jelly roll pan.
  2. Mix sugar and flour in a bowl; in a saucepan bring to boil the butter, shortening, water, cocoa and salt; pour cocoa mixture over flour mixture and stir until combined.
  3. Beat in buttermilk, baking soda, eggs and vanilla; pour into baking pan and bake for 15 minutes, until center is barely set; DO NOT OVERBAKE; the center of the brownie will be slightly puffed but, if not overbaked, will fall when cool.
  4. Frosting: Prepare the frosting while the brownie bakes; in same saucepan, bring to boil the butter, milk and cocoa; remove from heat and stir in confectioners' sugar and vanilla; stir until smooth.
  5. Pour and spread over the brownie immediately after removing it from the oven; cool and refrigerate.

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