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Continental Brownies Recipe
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Continental Brownies

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"The lunch ladies at Continental High School homemade these great brownies for us in the 80s and 90s. They are super moist."

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen brownies Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr 45 mins


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 11x17 1/2-inch jelly roll pan. Combine white sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.
  2. Place 1/2 cup butter, shortening, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, and coffee in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave for three minutes, stirring after each minute, until well blended. Whisk together the eggs and buttermilk in a bowl. Stir in the flour and cocoa mixtures, mixing until just combined. Pour mixture into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is dry and the edges have started to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 20 minutes.
  4. Heat the remaining 1/2 cup butter, 2 tablespoons cocoa, and milk in a saucepan over medium heat until combined, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the confectioners' sugar and vanilla extract until smooth. Pour the warm frosting over the hot brownies. Allow brownies to cool completely before slicing into bars.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 24, 2011

Moist, cake like brownies. There isn't much flavor, so if there is a next time, I'd have to make extra strong coffee (maybe 3 T instant to a cup of water!). The frosting is smooth and rich. I was surprised when frosting was put it on the hot bars, that the bars didn't absorb it!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 18, 2011

As this recipe's first reviewer I was hoping to offer better than this average, 3-star review. Yes, they're good. Moist, lightly chocolate and more cake-like, just as the submitter describes. Still, I have a few criticisms that wouldn't allow me to rate them higher. First, there are holes in the cake, which in my view is not pretty, whether it affects taste or not. My fault, possibly, but I generally don't have that problem. Second, the preparation requires a little more monkeying around with than it needs to and could easily be simplified. Finally, there is just nothing uniquely special or stand-out about them to distinguish them from other, similar, recipes. Good, but not memorable.


9 Ratings

Jun 20, 2011

This recipe is very much like my Texas Sheet Cake recipe. It is very moist delicious more cake like than the chewy brownies that I have traditionally made. It is very good for a change. I would list it as a cake recipe not a brownie recipe.

Aug 20, 2011

This really is chocolate cake--if you want a chewy brownie, this is not it.

Jul 29, 2015

The brownie part is just so-so. The frosting was over the top sweet and there was WAY too much. A very, very thin layer would have been sufficient.

Jan 24, 2015

Just made these and another brownie recipe. This particular recipe is similar to a recipe I used to make as a kid, with the buttermilk recipe and the powdered sugar icing. I enjoyed the brownies and were very easy to make. I followed the recipe exactly and my family thoroughly enjoyed them as well. I can see I'll definitely be making these again :))

Aug 12, 2014

Best brownies ever! The icing I made didn't set like icing. It was more liquidy. I put a small hole all the way through the middle after it came out of the oven. I poured the icing over the brownies and it set in all through the brownies and made them so moist and gooey. So good!


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  • Calories
  • 302 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 46.1 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 36 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 12.8 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 2.5 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 195 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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