Fudgy Frosted Brownies
Rich and fudgy homemade brownies completely from scratch topped with a decadent chocolate frosting. You’ll never reach for a box mix again!
I found this recipe from my mom in our family cookbook a few years ago when she was compiling it. I was helping her sort the pages into binders for everyone and this particular brownie recipe caught my eye. In the description, my mom had said that it was our family’s favorite recipe that we made every Sunday night.
It stood out to me particularly because I distinctly remember all of our Sunday night brownies– and they came from a box mix…….. (sorry Mom ????).
Here’s the thing. I’m the oldest of six kids. And a lot of things changed when I left the house that I was never a part of.
For instance.. everyone in my family became a dog person my freshman year of college. I came home from my first semester and all of a sudden there was a dog inside the house. On the couches. On the beds. Under the kitchen table. Everywhere we went, the dog went.
To me, it was bizarre. That just wasn’t the way we did pets when I was a kid.
Another boat I missed– my family got all healthy while I was away at school. They may say different (like that they’ve been health conscious all along), but I don’t remember health being a big priority when I was living at home. And now they’re all like runners and conscientious eaters and stuff, and here I am…. with a dessert blog.
Womp womp womp.
I totally got left in the dust on that one.
And the brownies from scratch thing? Yeah, that didn’t happen back in my day. Which brings us full circle back to these apparently famous-in-my-family brownies that we’ve been making for years. And the dessert freak in the bunch, me, didn’t have a clue. ????
I finally sank my teeth into these for the first time about a month ago. The clouds parted and the heavens sang, and I asked my mom, “where can I get this recipe????“
And she said, “it’s the one we always make,” (like it’s the most obvious thing in the world) “it’s the one in the family cookbook.” ????
I may have been the last one in my family in the loop here, but now I can finally share with you my family’s favorite brownie recipe and say with 100% certainty that it is THEE BEST. It’s rich and fudgy, and *omg* that creamy frosting!
Please, please, please– do me a favor and don’t do what I did: don’t sit on this recipe forever and not make it. There’s no reason for you to live one more day without the best brownies you will ever eat. Ever.
From my family cookbook to yours ❤️.
Fudgy Frosted Brownies
Rich and fudgy homemade brownies completely from scratch topped with a decadent chocolate frosting. You'll never reach for a box mix again!
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
For the frosting:
6 tablespoons butter, softened
6 tablespoons cocoa
2 tablespoons corn syrup
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup skim milk
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line and lightly spray a 9x13 baking dish.
Whisk together all of the brownie ingredients until batter forms. Spread the batter in the baking dish. Bake for 18-20 minutes until edges are pulling away from the dish an center looks set.
Make the frosting: whisk together all of the ingredient using an electric mixer until smooth. Spread over baked brownies.
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