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December 22, 2014

How to Bake a Better Brownie

If you need to whip up a fabulous but fast dessert for a last minute party or potluck, I have just the recipe!  I rarely post recipes so, when I do, you know it's really good.  This brownie is amazing: chocolatey and rich but not too sweet, with a delicious frosting.  Maybe the decadent frosting makes it seem more special, but for some reason this simple recipe is a real crowd-pleaser.  My little niece and my even littler nephew almost got in a fisticuff over one of these, so they're kid-approved too (I thought the kids might find them too rich and not sugary enough, so I baked cookies too.  I'm sure they were flying by the time they got home). 

Ingredients for the brownie:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Ingredients for the frosting:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8" square pan.
Melt the 1/2 cup of butter in a saucepan on low heat.  Once melted, transfer to a heat resistant mixing bowl and stir in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla.  Beat in the cocoa, flour, salt, and baking powder.  Spread the batter into the greased pan and bake 25-30 minutes (oven temperatures can vary, so check it at 25).

While the brownie bakes, melt the frosting ingredients on very low heat in the saucepan and stir often until smooth.  If you find the frosting is too dry, you can add some more butter or honey - it's impossible to make a mistake!  Shortly after the brownie is done - while it's still warm - apply the frosting with a spatula.  Let cool and serve.

This recipe bakes just as nicely if you double it.  I recently made a double batch in a larger pan and set the timer for 35 minutes, did the knife test, and baked it for another 5 or so.  Store in an airtight container  - storing it in the fridge will keep it even fresher.

Edit: I'm not certain where I found this recipe because it's hand-written in my recipe binder and I've been using it for over a year, but a friend on Instagram says she's had a great experience with the same recipe and she found it on  Maybe I did too?  Pinterest has become my go-to and you know what it's like falling down that rabbit hole!  Anyway, it's great to know that someone else has come to love this fabulous brownie recipe.  It's a keeper.



  1. It looks delicious! Bytheway I watched the movie "The Help" last night and there was an aqua kitchen in it!AriadnefromGreece!

    1. That's a fabulous movie and the aqua kitchen is a fun bonus :)

  2. Oh my godness that looks so deliciously moist and chocolatey! Yummo!! Have a wonderful Xmas xx

    1. Thanks, Michelle, you too! Hope the season brings you lots of joy (and relaxation!)

  3. I got excited about a new brownie recipe but this is basically the one I already make haha. Just mixing in a different order and probably different measurements. But it is sooooo good. It's the first and only brownie recipe I've bothered with haha.

    1. Darn! Sorry I couldn't help find you a new one! Before this recipe, the one I leaned on didn't have the frosting and it ended up a bit drier - I certainly never melted the butter before. This is now my go-to. I'm happy to hear this works for you too - it's always nice to know a recipe works in different kitchens. Ordinarily, I'm a bit leery of internet recipes, having pinned a few duds myself, so I'm so pleased to hear others have experienced nothing but yumminess with this version :)

  4. Hi Tanya, I know this is rather late and that you've moved on to healthier eating, but I've used this recipe about 4 times now and dear lord those brownies are just delicious! I never get the icing right, though, sadly, but that may be too much of a good thing haha. So, I just wanted to say thank you for finding/posting/vetting this recipe!

    - T

    1. Oooo, now I've really got a hankering for these! Even thought I try to eat healthy and reduce sugar, ever now and then I bake a batch of some kind of really indulgent treat. Life is short, lol. So happy you like this recipe! I was so impressed with it that I wanted to share, and it's nice to hear you've enjoyed it too. Sorry the icing isn't turning out for you, though. My only trouble shooting tip would be the quality of the butter. I find that the better quality/higher butter fat butter I use, the better things turn out.

    2. Haha, oh yes, I come from a diabetic family and "life is short" is our way of dealing with it too! Thanks for the tip, I'll try the icing with some better butter next time!


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