Yield: 24 brownies

Frosted Brownies Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes

Rich and fudgy Frosted Brownies are a chocolate lovers' dream come true. Made-from-scratch brownies topped with a layer of our favorite chocolate buttercream frosting is the perfect dessert.


For the brownies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

For the frosting

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9 baking dish with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. In a medium sized saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Remove from heat and add in the chocolate chips and sugar.
  3. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add in eggs one at a time, stirring completely after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract.
  4. Add the cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder. Using big strokes, stir just until mixed and can no longer see the dry ingredients. Do not beeat or over stir.
  5. Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Bake for 22-24 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
  6. For the frosting, beat butter for 2-3 minutes. Add in powdered sugar, cocoa powder, milk, and almond extract. Beat for 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Frosting will be light and fluffy.
  7. Spread over cooled brownies. Lift frosted brownies out of the pan using the parchment paper. Cut into squares with a plastic knife. Serve and enjoy. (add sprinkles if desired)


  • Do not over mix. For best brownie texture, mix the flour into the wet ingredients using as few strokes as possible. Stop mixing when the dry mixture is no longer visible. Overmixing activates the proteins in the flour and incorporates more air, creating cakey brownies.
  • Use parchment paper. When the brownies are done cooling, you can lift them right out of the pan by holding the sides of the parchment paper. Easier cutting and no mess!
  • Use a plastic knife. Plastic knives help cut brownies without pulling, creating clean cuts.
  • Add sprinkles. For a fun and festive twist, add your favorite sprinkles to the frosted brownies before serving.
  • Add nuts. A handful of chopped walnuts or pecans are another delicious topping option for frosted brownies. (You'll also love my Walnut Brownies recipe if you love nuts in your brownies!)
  • Try different frosting flavors. Use our vanilla frosting for a classic touch. Or our chocolate sour cream frosting for a more tangy, less sweet topping.
  • Want thicker brownies? Using our classic brownie recipe, I made these to fit a 13x9 dish. With the frosting these are very rich. However, if you love thick brownies, feel free to use a 9-inch square dish and bake for about 35 minutes.
  • Storage. Store brownies in airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. Or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:

    1 brownie

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 52mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 3g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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