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Frosted Chocolate Brownies: Decadent Brownie Recipe

Chocolate lovers: you cannot find a much richer recipe than Frosted Chocolate Brownies.

This decadent chocolate bar concoction has a brownie base topped with fudgy, dense frosting. The end result is a thick, layered brownie.

Just because they’re baked in a square pan, don’t be fooled into thinking the recipe won’t yield many cookies. The brownies are so thick that you may find it best to cut them in 1” by 1” bars.

And they're not complicated, despite what looks like a long set of directions. Just indulgent.

Frosted Chocolate Brownies from The Cookie Elf

Prep time: 20 minutes

Bake time: 32-38 minutes, divided

Makes 16 brownies (2” x 2” x 2”) or 64 brownies (1” x 1” x 2”)



1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate

2 cups granulated sugar

4 eggs

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon baking powder



½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate

¼ cup milk

2 tablespoons cream

3 ¾ cups powdered sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 325º F. Lightly grease a 9 x 9 baking pan.

  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Set aside.

  • In a small saucepan on low heat, melt 1 cup butter or margarine together with 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate. Allow mixture to cool.

  • In a separate mixing bowl using a whisk, beat eggs for 1 minute until well mixed. Add in sugar and whisk for 1 minute until combined. Pour in chocolate mixture and vanilla. Whisk until batter is smooth. Whisk in dry ingredients (or use a wooden spoon if mixture gets too thick to whisk), a bit at a time, mixing until all particles of flour are absorbed into the batter.

  • Pour mixture into prepared pan and spread it evenly with an offset spatula until the surface is smooth.

  • Bake for 32-38 minutes or until just set. A toothpick or tester need not come out clean. Do not over bake.

  • Meanwhile, prepare frosting so that it is ready as soon as the brownie layer is baked. In a medium bowl, combine powdered sugar and salt. Set aside.

  • In a medium saucepan on low heat, melt 1 stick butter or margarine and 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate. Stir until smooth. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow it to cool.

  • Using an electric mixer on low speed, combine powdered sugar mixture and chocolate mixture together. Add milk, cream, and vanilla extract. Beat slowly, scraping sides of bowl continually, until frosting is creamy and well mixed.

  • Remove the brownies from oven. Immediately place large dollops of frosting on the hot brownie base. Spread the frosting carefully, using an offset spatula, keeping the brownie layer intact.

  • Allow brownies to cool completely on a wire rack, about 3-4 hours.

  • Use a small, sharp knife to cut brownies into bars. Cut the cake into four quarters; then cut each quarter into four squares or even 16 wafers, since brownies are quite thick.

  • Store Frosted Chocolate Brownies loosely covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

Special Baking Tips from The Elf

  • As you prepare Frosted Chocolate Brownies, you may choose to melt the butter and chocolate for the brownie layer in the microwave, rather than on the stove top. To do so, set the butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe dish. Cook for 20-30 seconds on high. Stir the mixture. Repeat the process until the butter and chocolate have melted and are thoroughly mixed together. Do not overcook.

  • Do not beat the frosting on high speed or it will become airy and fluffy, rather than creamy and dense.

  • Use as deep a pan as possible, preferably 2” or deeper.

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