Texas Brownies

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Highly recommended! You must try them when still hot from the oven. On a side note, these tend to be more cake-like than traditional brownies. This is by far one of my favorite desserts.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20-30 minutes



For 24 brownies:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine (1/2 stick)
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee or water
1/8 cup dark, unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 Tb. dark cocoa
1/8 cup milk
1 3/4 cups unsifted powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and the sugar.
2. In heavy saucepan, combine butter, shortening, coffee or water, and cocoa. Stir and heat until boiling.
3. Pour boiling mixture over the flour and sugar in the bowl. Add the buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and vanilla.
4. Mix well, using a wooden sppon or high speed on electric mixer.
5. Pour into a well buttered pan. (11"x9" or 10"x10").
6. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until brownies test done in the center.
7. While brownies bake, prepare the frosting. In a saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa, and milk. Heat to boiling, stirring.
8. Mix in the powedered sugar and vanilla until frosting is smooth.
9. Pour warm frosting over brownies as soon as you take them out of the oven. Cool.
10. Cut and serve.

If you don't have buttermilk on hand, substitute 1 tsp. vinegar or lemon juice. Mix into 1/4 cup milk. Or use powdered buttermilk. Mix according to package directions.

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