Frosted chocolate brownies this good must be frozen so you don’t end up eating too much. Some readers have called this a Texas Sheet Cake, which I’ve never tried until now. And I’ve been missing out. Here’s a modified, slightly healthier version for your lunch box treats.
- 1 cup cold water
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1/2 stick butter
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 cups flour (I used white whole wheat flour)
- 4 Tbsp cocoa
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp soda
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 3 Tablespoons stick butter
- 2 Tbsp cocoa
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Grease a large jelly roll pan (or cookie sheet with rim). In a saucepan, boil cold water, oil, and butter.
- In a medium bowl, combine sugar, flour and cocoa. Add the boiled mixture to bowl and mix completely.
- Add buttermilk and soda to the mixture.
- Mix in the beaten eggs.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Cool.
- While the brownie is baking, prepare frosting.
- In the same saucepan, boil buttermilk, butter and cocoa.
- Remove from heat and use the same batter bowl, add powdered sugar, and vanilla. Blend until smooth.
- When brownies are cool, pour frosting over top, spreading evenly with a spatula to the edges. The frosting will seem very runny, but it sets up as it cools.
- Freezing Directions:
- Cool completely. Cut into 24 equal sized brownies. Flash freeze in a plastic box with wax paper between.
- Transfer to gallon freezer bag and freeze up to 3 months.
- TO SERVE: Thaw on counter or lunch box.
Once the brownies are frosted, I cut them into squares to prepare for freezing. Isn’t this much better than dazing at chocolate all day or worse throwing out food after a few days? It’s called portion control;)
Here’s where I use my handy dandy plastic shoe box for flash freezing individual servings. I use a 6-quart box for thawing and freezing, it’s a must for freezer cooking. I’ve separated the squares and placed them 1/2 inch a part between sheets of wax paper.
They stack nicely inside this box and freeze for a few hours. Once they’re solid, you can transfer to a gallon size bag with the air squeezed out for longer term storage, up to three months. However, if you’re like us and you love these brownies and want a daily treat in your lunch box. They can go straight into the lunch box frozen and thaw by noon. They are gone within a week so what’s to freezer burn? The container’s empty…