Texas Sheet Cake Brownies

The good thing about these brownies: they make a ton!! The bad thing about these brownies: they make a ton (and I end up eating about half of them)!! :D My sweet Grandma makes the best Texas Sheet Cake Brownies . . . I am so happy that she shared the recipe with me!
I have also heard these called "Buttermilk brownies". They are so moist and yummy . . .

Texas Sheet Cake Brownies

For one 17 1/2 x 11" baking pan (48 brownies), you well need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup dark, unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk*
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and the sugar.
  2. In heavy saucepan, combine butter, shortening, water, and cocoa. Stir and heat to 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 spoon or high speed on an electric mixer.
  5. Pour into a well greased 17 1/2x11" pan (like a cookie sheet).
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until brownies test done in 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 powdered sugar and vanilla until frosting is smooth (you may have to whisk it).
  9. Pour warm frosting over brownies as soon as you take them out of the oven. Let cool. Cut into 48 bars.

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