treadmill worthy brownies

★★★★☆ 32 Reviews
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By Gail Welch
from Carthage, TX

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." Great with either frosting - buttercream or fudge.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

These brownies have some seriously good chocolate flavor. Definitely worth a spin on the treadmill! They are sweet and decadent but too rich that you can finish a square. The tender and fudge-like brownie is held together by the yummy chocolaty topping. These homemade brownies would be just as good without the topping... but it does make them even better. We opted for the fudge frosting, but the buttercream would be delish too.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★☆ 32 Reviews
serves 12
prep time 25 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For treadmill worthy brownies

  • BROWNIES
  • 1 1/2 c
    flour
  • 2 c
    sugar
  • 10 Tbsp
    cocoa
  • 1 c
    soft shortening or 1 stick oleo & 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 lg
    eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla
  • 1 c
    nuts, chopped ( pecans or walnuts)
  • CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
  • 1 box
    powdered sugar
  • 4 Tbsp
    cocoa
  • 1 stick
    butter or margarine, softened (softened)
  • 3-4 Tbsp
    milk
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla
  • FUDGE FROSTING
  • 1 c
    sugar
  • 1/4 c
    cocoa
  • 1/4 c
    milk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    butter

How To Make treadmill worthy brownies

  • Brownie ingredients combined in a bowl.
    1
    Combine all brownie ingredients. Stir until smooth. Batter will be stiff.
  • Batter spread into a baking dish.
    2
    Spread dough into a greased 9x13 pan.
  • Brownies baking in the oven.
    3
    Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • Preparing fudge frosting in a saucepan.
    4
    Buttercream Frosting: In a large bowl with a mixer on low speed combine powdered sugar, cocoa, butter, milk, and vanilla. Beat at medium speed 1-2 minutes until creamy. For Fudge Frosting: Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil. Stir constantly and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Beat until mixture just starts to thicken.
  • Frosting poured over the brownies.
    5
    Spread buttercream frosting over brownies or pour fudge frosting over brownies.
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