Gail Welch Recipe

Treadmill Worthy Brownies

By Gail Welch sugarshack

Recipe Rating:
 14 Ratings
Prep Time:
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Gail's Story

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."

Blue Ribbon Recipe

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

  • Comments

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    Debbie wright debbie110772 - Apr 3, 2011
    I have these in the oven right now..i will post a pic later =)
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    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!
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    Gail Welch sugarshack - Apr 3, 2011
    Thanks for trying my recipe.
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    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!!
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    Debbie wright debbie110772 - Apr 4, 2011
    I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!