Rich and fudgy Refrigerator Brownies will thrill the chocolate lovers you know! The trifecta of chocolate, chocolate chips and frosting is swoon-worthy!

These Frosted Chocolate Chocolate Chip Brownies were a hit with my family and friends, and I’m certain you’ll love them, too! Loads of chocolate in every delicious bite!

Refrigerator Brownies in a martini glass with peonies surrounding them

Refrigerator Brownies

Another brownie recipe, you say? I wasn’t going to share this one until the hubby mentioned I could bake these again. I make SO many different brownies that my head spins when I’m asked for a favorite. But the chocolate connoisseurs in the house felt Refrigerator Brownies were worthy.

A nearly empty platter of Refrigerator Brownies with some pink peonies

How to Slice Brownies

You may wonder why I chose this post to share my tried and true slicing technique. This wasn’t my best effort, obviously. I whipped these up one afternoon to take to the impromptu wrap up party after the show house closed (a volunteer gig which monopolized my time I’d been involved with earlier this month). So I had to hurry along the process resulting in less than perfectly sliced brownies. The main pitfall was not having enough time to chill them completely. But I know my standards are way stricter than 99% of those I feed!

To get PERFECT slices, I recommend these steps:

  • Thoroughly chill your brownies or bar cookies.
  • Use parchment or non-stick foil with overhangs to line your pan for easy removal
  • Use a long, sharp knife for cutting
  • If eye-balling even sized bars isn’t your forte, use a ruler to make hash marks along your vertical and horizontal edges at appropriate intervals
  • Dip your knife into very hot water, then dry it off. Make one slice, wipe the knife clean, reheat, then repeat.

That’s it…mainly chilling the bars, then slicing with a hot, dry knife. Here are some better photos of some well-cut baked goods:

Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars on a white tray

Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Bars Stacked on a square white plate

Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Bars

Two turtle brownies on a square white plate on a red and white checked napkin

Turtle Brownies

Four brownies in a glass with peonies

Refrigerator Brownies

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 25 brownies

Rich frosted refrigerator brownies!


For the brownies:

  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate (chopped)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

For icing:

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick foil (or regular foil sprayed with non-stick cooking spray)and set aside.
  2. Add butter and unsweetened chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl and zap and stir at 30-second increments till melted and smooth.
  3. Whisk in the brown and granulated sugar and let cool for a couple of minutes (so the egg doesn't cook when you add it to the batter). Whisk in the egg, yolk, and vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and fold into the chocolate mixture with a spatula until well incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top with an offset spatula, and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Remove from the oven and cool completely before frosting.
  5. To prepare the frosting, place chocolate chips and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between until melted.
  6. Whisk in the vanilla, then stir in the powdered sugar.
  7. Add a tablespoon of milk, whisking briskly to incorporate. Add up to a tablespoon more milk to reach desired consistency. Whisk till the frosting is smooth and shiny.
  8. Spread immediately on the cooled brownies.
  9. Refrigerate until the frosting is set and you are ready to serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 115mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g occasionally offers nutritional information for recipes contained on this site. This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased can change the nutritional information in any given recipe. Also, many recipes on recommend toppings, which may or may not be listed as optional and nutritional information for these added toppings is not listed. Other factors may change the nutritional information such as when the salt amount is listed “to taste,” it is not calculated into the recipe as the amount will vary. Also, different online calculators can provide different results. To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in any given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information obtained is accurate.


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