Wednesdays Unplugged – Fern’s Kirby Puckett Brownies



 "It always seems impossible until it's done." ~ Nelson Mandela



NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It's my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian 'Quote Cup' passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, and sometimes some photos of family fun. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share!

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Our sister-in-law was recently named President of Bemidiji State University and we are so proud… they are lucky to get her! This has been a cold, rainy week… our grandson's baseball season isn't off to a very sunny start, with games called because of rain, only two bonechilling games so far!


When we recently came upon my mother's old cookbooks (the ones that really got used!) we found "Buttermilk – Delicious Brownies – Fern". Our daughter-in-law immediately asked if they were her famous 'Kirby Puckett Brownies' that she used to bring to him at the nearby KNOX radio studio when the Twins came to town ( she is a HUGE Twins fan!)… so I asked! She said yes, it sounded like they were the ones. We finally had a week where everyone was well with no other events… this was the week to make Fern's brownies!  Aren't brownies always a good idea?!


  • 1 stick margarine Kirby Puckett brownies
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup Mazola oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 10 x 15 jelly roll pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix margarine, Mazola oil (I used butter for both), water and cocoa in a saucepan and bring to a boil. 

Mix together buttermilk, eggs, flour, sugar, salt and soda and add to above mixture. Mix about 2 minutes with mixer.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.


  • 1 stick margarine (or butter)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk

Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Mix in 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla (can use mixer). Can frost brownies while still warm.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results - Email - Minneapolis Realtor Who Cooks


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