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Chewy Cocoa Brownies with an extra thick layer of chocolate buttercream!

Chewy Cocoa Brownies

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One of my family’s mottos is “there’s no such thing as too much frosting.” So when I made these fabulous Chewy Cocoa Brownies, I made 1 1/2 times the icing!Chewy Cocoa Brownies with an extra thick layer of chocolate buttercream!

Chewy Cocoa Brownies

My sweet fellow blogger and foodie friend, Danielle, has done lots of bake alongs via her facebook page. Most of you realize my family has a special place in their heart for brownies; so when Danielle posted her “Best Frosted Brownies,” I knew I’d have to make them.

There were years and years when my kids preferred Betty Crocker’s frosted brownies to anything I could ever make.  It was the frosting that kept them addicted as it certainly couldn’t be the less than stellar brownie beneath.

I took these on a weekend road trip with our neighbors who gave them rave reviews.  The kids felt the same. If unfrosted brownies are more your style check out these Fudgy Cocoa Brownies.Chewy Cocoa Brownies with an extra thick layer of chocolate buttercream!

Hugs & Cookies XOXO

I hope you’ll visit Danielle at her delicious blog, Hugs & Cookies XOXO.  She was the inspiration for many of my recipes like White Chocolate Brownies, Better than Twix Bars and Rolo Cookies.Chewy Cocoa Brownies with an extra thick layer of chocolate buttercream!


With my fabulous friends at the West
Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick, Indiana
Neighbors at French Link
Miss Lambeau came to visit me while I was photographing
these brownies.

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Chewy Cocoa Brownies

Chewy frosted brownies adapted from Food Network Magazine

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 24 brownies



  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Combine sugar, butter, and water in large bowl. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt into egg mixture. Stir until combined. Spread into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 18-23 minutes (mine took 20 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted into the center of brownies comes out slightly sticky. Cool on wire rack while making the frosting.
  4. To make the frosting, place butter into a medium bowl. Sift cocoa and powdered sugar into the bowl. Add milk and vanilla. Using a hand mixer, beat till well combined. Spread on cooled brownies.

Chewy Cocoa Brownies with an extra thick layer of chocolate buttercream!

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73 comments on “Chewy Cocoa Brownies”

  1. Still waiting for you to start a mail order business! These look addicting.

  2. Beautiful porch! That brownie looks awesome – I understand that look wholeheartedly.

  3. I am really tempted to make your terrific-looking brownies, but I will resist! (I must after my recent caramel tart…). The word “chewy” will stay on my mind for hours!

  4. These would go over like a million dollar bill at our house!


  5. Brownies and frosting looks smooth and Yummy 🙂

  6. This looks like something I would eat a lot of…

  7. I’m a total sucker for frosted brownies! These look perfect.

  8. I think that Miss Lambeau wants brownies!! 🙂 They look delicious!!

  9. Love your brownies lizzy!!and love your dog dear!!

  10. The frosting on top is amazing Lizzy and nice bc you can see the two different layers.

    Say hi to your doggie!!!

  11. These brownies are gorgeous – betty crocker who?
    Another delicious post which will have people breaking down your doors 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  12. Stunning, Liz. The brownies are almost as adorable as that beautiful dog of yours! As usual, great recipe and post.

  13. Those brownies look so inviting…:)

  14. Brownies with icing, yum! The porch is gorgeous, nice backdrop for your photo;-)

  15. I think I’m in love with that fudgy frosting!

  16. they look wonderful but I did not know that dogs do like it:)

    Life and travelling

  17. These days I have been seeing too many brownies online and offline, but honestly I d love a bite of yours. It looks so perfect, light and full of pure flavoures!

  18. These look like they would be very dangerous in my household! 🙂

  19. Your brownies always look so amazing & perfect! I’ve never tried a frosted brownie but I’ve seen a couple recipes now that look great with it. Maybe next time I’ll try it out, hard to resist with your delicious photos! Yum!

  20. Well still not getting your posts sent to me so I will just have to remember to pop over.

    Your brownies look wonderful and chocolaty. When I was a little girl we went to French Lick Indiana. I can’t remember the resort we stayed at but will never forget the Pluto water – did it ever smell bad.

  21. Your brownies look incredible as always, and I love that thick layer of rich frosting, Yum. I’m sure that Lambeau would love it, too.

  22. When we are tempted to eat these brownies then why not our dogs? My dog keeps looking toward the kitchen when I bake something with chocolate and cheese. he get some cheese but not chocolate.its deadly for canines.

  23. I am a brownie fan, and frosted too! I can’t resist…will have to bake some soon!:)

  24. I love brownies, but think I love Lambeau more. 🙂

  25. The brownies look absolutely perfect. Congratulations on being featured among the top 9 at FoodBuzz yesterday, Liz. 🙂

  26. Ha-we are on a chocolate train today! I am enjoying the ride though-especially looking at these tasty brownies. Another delicious post Liz, but I have to warn you your friends are now on a road trip to your house, wondering what goodies you have there!

  27. Mmm I love the frosting on top of these brownies… but I love Lambeau even more! Too cute!

  28. Yum. Now I am officially craving brownies. Thank you. Maybe I will just have to try this recipe….

  29. Yum. Now I am officially craving brownies. Thank you. Maybe I will just have to try this recipe….

  30. I do so love brownies…especially with a nice fudgy frosting on top!

  31. Love these brownies & the frosting is so tempting! Looks gorgeous ! YUM!

  32. Perfect looking brownies! I would love some. I guess that’s what Lambeau was thinking too!

  33. Brownies and froasting looks yummy and perfectly done Lizzy

  34. mmm, i just want to eat one of these right now!

  35. These do look delicious, but I have to admit I’m not a frosting fan on brownies – I don’t quite know why as I love frosting in general and will eat it right out of the bowl, but somehow on brownies something changes. Anyway, appreciate the link to Hugs & Cookies =)

  36. These look amazing! I would probably eat them without frosting, but oh, they make me swoon 😉

  37. It must be fate because lately Brian has been hinting (I’m being kind) that he’d like some brownies 🙂 You’ll have to make a non-chocolate version for the doggy 🙂

  38. I have such a weakness around brownies. Especially ones with frosting!!

  39. I’ve got a major brownie craving going on, thanks a lot. 🙂 These look so good and I can’t wait to try them. I’ve always gone bare bones brownies but now maybe I’ve been wrong all these years. Frosting it is!

  40. I think curious Miss Lambeau can smell the delicious brownies…

    She is cute with her expression “Can I have some, please?”…these brownies must be smelling really good.

  41. Lizzy, Miss Lambeau is just precious! These frosted brownies are wonderful and I can just feel myself sink my teeth into them and see the “toothprint” they make in the frosting. Okay.. now I’m really wishing I had one to eat. 🙂

  42. Recently you left me a comment telling me I was the caramel king, I appreciate the kindness, I do but youuuuuu are the brownie queen!! And your dog is precious 🙂
    Take care..:)

  43. That brownie is pure perfection! Love the frosting!

  44. Miss L : Chocolate again ? tsk !Sadly it’s not my cup of tea ! hahaha

    Love that fab brownies ! And the placemat , too ;D

  45. Love these fudge brownies you just have one hit after another!

  46. I love that thick layer of frosting. Yum! And Miss Lambeau is adorable!

  47. I hope there was an “oops” for Lambeau! And I wouldn’t mind an “oops” either – all that chocolate goodness. The photos are charming – and everyone just looks so relaxed and happy to be there.

  48. Stunning, as always, Liz! I can’t get over what amazing concoctions you come up with every day. I noticed someone mentioned a mail order business…have you thought of that? I would place an order!

  49. Brownies, frosting, and friends = a perfect weekend. Delicious!

  50. The brownies look perfect. I love a good brownie with frosting.

  51. Nothing beat a good chewy brownie, especially when it’s generously topped with chocolate frosting!

  52. the brownie looks so inviting with the chocolate frosting! It must be smelling supernice that Miss Lambeau came to check it out 🙂

  53. You are the queen of brownies , that looks super delish!!! Have a great weekend Lizzy :).

  54. I usually like my brownies gooey but this looks really spectacular. Bookmarking your recipe.

  55. Those brownies look amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever had a brownie with frosting before. I will have to try that.

  56. Your brownies look perfect!! Miss Lambeau is so cute!

  57. I didn’t realize that brownies could be improved by being topped with frosting until I tried truffle brownies last year. Boy, did that take brownies to another level. I know I’d like your version here. Love it!

    BTW, that hotel is beautiful!

  58. The brownies look addictive !!

  59. These look heavenly!

  60. Okay, I am kinda in love with Miss Lambeau, what a gorgeous face!!! Your brownies are what I need right about now! Hugs, Terra

  61. I love frosted brownies, but you don’t see them much anymore. These look wonderful!

  62. Brownies make me happy!

  63. Brownies make me happy!

  64. Hmmm, brownies and friends, sound wonderful 🙂

  65. Those look absolutely perfect! Wonderful, thick frosting, perfectly square, lovely ripples on the frosting – beautiful!

  66. love the frosting!

  67. Looks like you are having so much fun with your friends. Those brownies are just beautiful, I can almost taste them with all that wonderful frosting. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  68. Oh I wish I saw this recipe yesterday. I baked some brownies last evening but bookmarked for next time.

  69. Mmm those look amazing, and love the dog! What a doll!!!!

  70. What gorgeous photos of those brownies, Lizzy. And of your very cute dog too (I have such a soft spot in my heart for dogs).

  71. You cut your brownies so neatly! The layers are so even! Simply gorgeous!

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