Mamaw’s Iced Brownies

thelifeofasoutherngirl@gmail.comMarch 14, 2020

Growing up in the South means that at a young age you spend your time in the kitchen. I feel like meals were easier back then. No one was counting their carbs or concerned about the lard jar in the fridge behind the margarine. When my mamaw (Dad’s mom) passed away I was given her recipe box. A box that my mom gave her while she was dating my dad over forty years ago. While this blog is about many things I will from time to time pull out some of Mamaw’s recipes and share them. Making them exactly as she says. For the first recipe of her’s I chose to make the one thing I’d choose for her to make me again.

My mamaw’s brownies are hands down my favorite dessert she would make for me. Every time I bake them my kitchen smells just like my mamaw’s did. I can still taste the brownie batter she’d let me lick off of the mixer. These brownies are quick and simple to make. Plate them up or serve them out of the pan.

Mamaw’s Iced Brownies

These delicious brownies take me back to my childhood every time.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Resting Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brownies, Chocolate, Dessert


Brownie Batter

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup Crisco solid
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Pet milk do not throw out the rest of the can
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup self rising flour


  • 1 pound confectioners sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 3/4 stick margarine melted
  • Pet milk use what's left from the batter
  • 1 cup nuts optional



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a mixing bowl and handheld mixer) cream sugar, cocoa, Crisco and salt.
  • Add remaining batter ingredients and mix well.
  • Bake in a greased and floured 13" x 9" pan for 25 minutes.


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a mixing bowl and handheld mixer) mix confectioners sugar, salt, cocoa powder and margarine.
  • Add enough Pet milk to make icing spreading consistency.
  • Sprinkle nuts on top of icing (optional).
  • Once brownies are done, remove from oven.
  • Let brownies cool slightly and then spread icing on warm brownies.
  • Let set until icing hardens (about 2 hours).
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Comments (11)

  • Nil

    April 29, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    This is more than a cake! Thank you for sharing the story and this taste! I will try tomorrow. 🙂

  • Karletta

    April 29, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    5 stars
    oh yum! Looking forward to digging into these. Thank you.

  • Cristina Petrini

    April 29, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    5 stars
    When a nice dessert is so well made and intriguing that it makes you want to be eaten it is a success. I don’t know if I will be able to replicate it in the same way!

  • Alabi Victoria

    April 29, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Oh my! Yummilicious delicious brownies. I just wish I can have a bite.

  • Kimberly

    April 30, 2020 at 2:39 am

    Those look and sound absolutely delicious! It’s been awhile since I had a really amazing, homemade brownie.

  • Ina

    April 30, 2020 at 9:06 am

    Oh that so yummy. I’m trying the recepie right now!!!

  • Charlotte Jessop

    April 30, 2020 at 9:53 am

    5 stars
    Yep! This is what I am doing today. They look like I might have to run around the block a few times afterwards though. Same with all good food though.

  • Tracy @ Cleland Clan

    April 30, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    My mom made brownies like these, but she called them Texas Sheet Cake. They were so rich, absolutely divine.


    April 30, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    5 stars
    Now you know any recipe that starts with Mamaw is going to be good! I always loved iced brownies so i gotta give this one a try.

  • MnK

    May 3, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Oh gosh these look sooo yummy and beautiful

  • Nadine

    May 4, 2020 at 2:31 am

    I love the story behind these brownies. A much simpler time indeed. Thanks for sharing, gonna whip these up with the kids.

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