Treadmill Worthy Brownies

Gail Welch Recipe

By Gail Welch sugarshack

25 Min
30 Min

I got this recipe from a Southern Living cookbook when I was a teenager. It was called "Virginia Brownies" and is super easy to make. When I changed the frosting and made it out of powdered sugar my co-workers dubbed them "Treadmill Worthy Brownies."

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
These brownies have some seriously good chocolate flavor. Definitely worth a spin on the treadmill!


1 1/2 c
2 c
10 Tbsp
1 c
shortening or 1 stick margarine & 1/2 cup shortening
4 large
eggs, beaten
1 tsp
1 c
nuts, chopped ( pecans or walnuts)

Directions Step-By-Step

Combine ALL ingredients: Stir until smooth. (Batter will be stiff) Spread dough into a greased 9x 13 in. pan Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Note: 2 cups of sugar is for the brownie batter. The fudge frosting recipe below has 1 cup of sugar as well.
Fudge Frosting:
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup Cocoa
1/4 cup Milk
1 1/2 Tbs Butter
Combine all ingredients in saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil. Stir constantly and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Beat until mixture JUST starts to thicken. Pour over brownies while still warm. This is like a thin layer of fudge.
Treadmill Worthy Brownies:
Bake brownies as above and top with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting: (instead of the Fudge Frosting)
1 Box Powdered Sugar or 3 1/2 cups
4 tbsp Cocoa
1 stick Butter or margarine (softened)
3-4 Tablespoons Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
In a large bowl with mixer on low speed Combine powdered sugar, cocoa, butter, milk and vanilla. Beat at medium speed 1-2 minutes until creamy.
Spread on brownies.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate, Other Desserts
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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penny jordan PennyLJ55
Mar 27, 2012
They sound good...I love brownies!
Debbi Haft chocomom1506
Jan 29, 2013
looks like an awesome recipe! I think I will try it for the superbowl this weekend along with my oreo football cookies and the main course my baked spaghetti recipe which i posted which is over 70 years old "grandma's baked spaghetti". Only problem is all of the food is super heavy, but sounds amazingly delish!! thanks for sharing your recipe! Was originally goiing to do a cheesecake brownie, but after seeing your recipe, think I'm going to switch to that!!! maybe I should also make something of lighter fare. Any suggestions for a lt dessert?
Kathleen Doolittle kathleendoolittle
Mar 2, 2014
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!