Treadmill Worthy Brownies

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

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Gail Welch Recipe
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Carthage, TX (pop. 6,779)
Member Since Nov 2010
Gail's notes for this recipe:
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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These brownies have some seriously good chocolate flavor. Definitely worth a spin on the treadmill!


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.

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user Debbie wright debbie110772 - Apr 3, 2011
I have these in the oven right now..i will post a pic later =)
user Teresa Rotering csgal - Apr 3, 2011
Next time, I will add the other cup of sugar needed! oops! No matter, because 1/2 is gone; Peanut Butter & Ice Cream make it very delectable!
user Gail Welch sugarshack - Apr 3, 2011
Thanks for trying my recipe.
user Debbie wright debbie110772 - Apr 4, 2011
They were good...i did the fudge icing. If you dont put the frosting you might need the extra sugar like teresa said..they are super moist and yummy...we did serve it with vanilla ice cream...yummmmm..I have pics i will post later!!
user Debbie wright debbie110772 - Apr 4, 2011
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!

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