Best Ever Brownies with Frosting

Chocolate  |  Published Oct 17, 2019  |  Updated Aug 13, 2020  |  By Tawnie

brownies with buttercream frosting on a marble board

Creating this recipe for chocolate brownies:

These rich and fudge-like brownies are best when slightly under baked and are totally irresistible and mouthwatering. Get ready to have the best brownie of your life!

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Homemade brownies are totally worth the little bit of extra time to make compared to box brownie mix. You most likely will have the ingredients on hand in your pantry and can whip these up in the evening or for a party!

a stack on brownies with frosting on a white plate

Brownies aren’t complete without a homemade buttercream frosting either!

I purchased all of my ingredients for this recipe at my local Sprouts. Sprouts always has a fantastic selection, is affordable and has the natural products I love to shop for.

Ingredients needed to make this recipe for chocolate brownies

  • Cocoa Powder: I recommend using the unsweetened cocoa powder for best results. 
  • Cane Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Salt
  • Espresso Powder (optional)
ingredients to make brownies in bowls

For the frosting you will need:

  • Butter
  • Confectioners sugar 
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Salt
brownie batter in a glass bowl with a wooden mixing spoon

How to make this recipe for chocolate brownies

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray an 8×8 inch baking dish with non stick baking spray and set aside. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate and butter in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted. 
  2. Pour this melted chocolate/butter mixture into a larger bowl and add in the cocoa powder, espresso powder (optional) and salt. Stir. 
  3. Add in both white and brown sugars and stir again.
  4. Whisk in your eggs next, one at a time. Then whisk in vanilla extract and oil.
  5. Fold in the flour and remaining chocolate chips and mix very well. 
  6. Pour into your prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  7. For the frosting: beat the butter, vanilla, and salt on medium speed until creamy. Add in the sugar 1 cup at a time and beat on low speed. Once fully incorporated, beat in the heavy cream on high speed for 2 minutes.
  8. Don’t frost until the brownies have completely cooled. Frost, cut into squares and enjoy!
brownies on a marble board with frosting on top

What kind of chocolate chips should I use?

I use milk chocolate chips but you can use semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips if you prefer! 

Should I use a metal or glass pan?

Well, either. But…clear glass absorbs heat making it ideal for crisp-crusted pies but much less so for brownies, bar cookies, quick breads, and fruit crisps, which can easily become burnt. If you only have a glass pan, reduce your oven temperature by 25°F and bake for the same duration. Aluminum and nonstick pans are generally best for brownies.

Can I add nuts to these brownies?

Of course! I recommend finely chopping them. Walnuts or pecans work, and use 1/2 cup.

brownies on a marble board with frosting on top

These Best Ever Brownies are…

  • Perfectly chewy
  • Best made when slightly under baked
  • So good that you’ll never want to make boxed brownies again
  • Simple to make
  • Double chocolate-y 
brownies with buttercream frosting on a marble board
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Best Ever Brownies with Frosting

These Easy brownies from scratch are fudgy and made with a decadent buttercream frosting! This is the best ever chewy brownie recipe!
4.95 from 17 reviews
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 brownies
Calories: 480kcal

Ingredients

For the brownies:

  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips, divided (1/2 cup gets melted, 3/4 cup gets mixed into the batter with the flour)
  • 12 Tbsp. butter, unsalted ( 1 1/2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 1/2 tsp. espresso powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated cane sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil (or coconut oil)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup flour

For the buttercream frosting

  • 8 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 3-4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray an 8×8 inch baking dish with non stick baking spray and set aside.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate and butter in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted.
  • Pour this melted chocolate/butter mixture into a larger bowl and add in the cocoa powder, espresso powder (optional) and salt. Stir.
  • Add in both white and brown sugars and stir again. Whisk in your eggs next, one at a time. Then whisk in vanilla extract and oil.
  • Fold in the flour and chocolate chips and mix very well. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. (We like to under bake them just a tad for an ooey-gooey fudgy brownie!)
  • Let the brownies cool for 15-30 minutes, if you can wait! Then make the frosting (I make these without frosting all the time too and enjoy with ice cream).

For the frosting:

  • Beat softened butter, vanilla, and salt on medium speed until creamy. Add in the sugar 1 cup at a time and beat on low speed.
  • Once fully incorporated, beat in the heavy cream on high speed for 2 minutes. Frost brownies once they have completely cooled. Cut into squares and enjoy! 

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Notes

  • Calories without frosting: 365
  • Note: This recipe can be doubled for a 9X13-inch pan. Bake for about 5 minutes less than the recipe states and increase as needed while you check for doneness.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 480kcal

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Ansley
3 months ago

These look sooo delicious, can’t wait to try the recipe!

Emily
8 months ago

Can’t wait to try this out? Will it be different if I use light brown sugar?

Janine
1 year ago

Easiest, most delicious from-scratch recipe I ever made! So fudgey! We omitted the instant coffee and didn’t try the icing. Cooked only 30 mins for us – when still warm, too rich to eat without vanilla ice cream or milk (what a great problem to have!). Fully cooled the next day…didn’t need the ice cream/milk —most flavorful, and still fudgey texture brownies I’ve ever had!

Emily Bruno
2 years ago

The frosting though! Sooo good!

Susie
2 years ago

I love fudgy brownies! Can’t wait to make these

2 years ago

My daughter will LOVE making these! I’m adding it to the baking list this week 🙂

Leanne - Crumb Top Baking
2 years ago

Chewy and fudgy homemade brownies are simply the best! I love that you added instant coffee as an option because I love adding that to my brownies to enhance the chocolatey flavour. Also loving that beautiful pink frosting!

Dannii
2 years ago

They look SO fudgey and delicious. I am going to have to try making them this weekend.

Jessica Formicola
2 years ago

These really do look like the best brownies! And that frosting? Yum! I can’t wait to try these!

Emily Hill
2 years ago

Oh my gosh. These brownies are the best!

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