Buttermilk brownies are sure to be a big hit for the Fourth of July

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- July 4th is right around the corner. Lisa Farmer says in her family the Fourth of July holiday ranks right up there with Christmas. Lisa says it is always filled with family, food and fireworks. One of Lisa's favorite recipes to make for the holiday are buttermilk brownies.


Softened butter for the pan
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup vegetable oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
2 cups granulated sugar
2 lg. eggs
¼ cup buttermilk
¼ tsp. vanilla extract



½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
½ cup buttermilk
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 (1 pound) box powdered sugar (4 ¾ cups)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch salt


1. For the brownies, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a 9 X13-inch baking pan with softened butter; set the pan aside.
2. Heat the butter, cocoa powder, vegetable oil, and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool just until warm; set aside.
3. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside.
4. Combine the granulated sugar, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the cooled cocoa mixture.
5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
6. For the frosting, combine the butter, buttermilk, and cocoa powder in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat.
7. Combine the powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the sugar mixture, beating with an electric mixer on medium speed. Continue beating until smooth and creamy. Allow to cool completely.
8. After the brownies have cooled, spread the frosting evenly over the top.


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