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!

Brownie Recipes are terrific for any occasion, whether for game day, a picnic or a casual dinner. And these simple frosted brownies were a hit!

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
Our yellow lab looking at the camera
Miss Lambeau came to visit me while I was photographing
these brownies.
Chewy Cocoa Brownies

Chewy Cocoa Brownies

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 24 brownies

Chewy frosted brownies adapted from Food Network Magazine



  • 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 butter (1 1/2 sticks), 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 brownie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 147mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g


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