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Chocolate Texas brownie on a small white plate on a yellow plaid napkin

Texas Brownies

A cross between a Texas Sheet cake and brownies this chocolate dessert recipe with icing will hit the spot when you have a chocolate craving!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Texas Brownies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 36 bars
Calories 193kcal
Author Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee or water
  • 1/4 cup dark, unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 1/2 cup unsifted powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla



  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and sugar.
  • In a heavy saucepan, combine butter, shortening, coffee OR water and cocoa. Stir and heat to boiling.
  • Pour boiling mixture over the flour and sugar in the bowl. Add the buttermilk, eggs, baking soda and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Pour into a well-greased 15" jelly roll pan.
  • Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes or until brownies test done in the center.


  • While brownies bake prepare the frosting.
  • In a saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa and milk. Heat to boiling and stir often.
  • Mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla until frosting is smooth.
  • Pour warm frosting over brownies as soon as you take them out of the oven. Spread frosting to edges right away with a butter knife if necessary. The frosting sets up quickly. Cool and enjoy!


  • Can use coffee or water depending on your flavor preference.
  • I think buttermilk really makes a big difference in the richness of this recipe.
  • If you cannot get buttermilk you can make it by blending 2 teaspoons of vinegar or lemon juice together with 1/2 cup milk. Powdered buttermilk can also be used by mixing according to package directions.
  • Be sure you have all of the frosting ingredients before baking the cake.
  • The frosting needs to be melted, mixed up and poured on a warm cake for best results.
  • The frosting will need to be stirred for quite a while on low heat to get rid of all of the lumps of powdered sugar.


Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 179IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg