My Kids Favorite Brownies

Favorite Brownies

These are my kids favorite brownies! It’s such a simple brownie recipe guaranteed to be a hit!

So this recipe is a family classic…

One of those things that my mom made for me growing up.


When she passed away a few years ago I never really thought about them again, honestly.  I mean, I do have a few brownie recipes of my own 🙂


Anyhow, I was on Pinterest a while back and saw a photo of a brownie that looked like the brownies I remembered eating as a kid…a crusty frosted brownie that was dense and chewy!

Luckily I have all my mom’s recipe boxes and was able to find the recipe card!  It looks like she got the recipe from a church friend…it’s one of those recipes that I am sure was passed around a lot in the 80s.


I made these for my kids and they quickly declared them their favorite…I think it’s because of their mild chocolate flavor, no coffee or espresso…with a frosting that’s not too thick.

You see, you frost the brownies while they are still warm so the frosting half absorbs into the top of the brownie…it’s awesome!


I prefer a brownie with a little more chocolate-umph now, but as a kid I thought these were just THE best.  You could easily amp them up using a dark chocolate cocoa powder… but I think these are absolutely perfect for what they are: a delicious, everyday brownie that everyone will love!

Favorite Brownies

The consistency is chewy, and thick…and with the frosting on the top they are perfectly sweet.

I normally use melted chocolate in my brownies (again for more “chocolate flavor”) but these are great because they are a one pot brownie recipe, using cocoa powder.  It’s always great to be able to whip up a scratch brownie just as easily as you would a box mix!Favorite Brownies

When you mix the melted butter, cocoa powder, eggs and vanilla together it will begin to thicken up looking this this…Favorite Brownies

Then add your sugar and then flour…Favorite Brownies

Spread it into your pan…Favorite Brownies

And bake them up.  These bake really evenly, which is nice!

While they’re baking make your frosting.  And then spread that all over the top while the brownies are still warm.Favorite BrowniesThis makes some of the frosting melt right into the top of the brownies.  Seriously.

Favorite Brownies

When they are cooled you can pull them out of the pan…Favorite BrowniesI mean how perfect are these??

Favorite BrowniesThey are the perfect little sweet snack, that my kid told me were “even better than Cosmic Brownies” which basically translates into BEST EVER!

Favorite BrowniesAlso, I want to let you guys know I started a new facebook page where I, along with a group of cool girls, share out favorite recipes from around the internets! Totally check it out it’s called Everyday Food and Recipes!


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My Kids Favorite Brownies
makes 30 brownies
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1½ Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ cup butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In bowl of stand mixer combine melted butter and cocoa powder. Mix on medium speed until all lumps are gone.
  4. Add in eggs and vanilla and beat until thickened and smooth, about 1 minute.
  5. Add in sugar and beat until incorporated and finally add in flour and mix until combined.
  6. Spread in prepared pan and bake 15-20 minutes until center is just set.
  7. While the bronwies are baking prepare your frosting my beating the butter and cocoa powder together. Add in milk and powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  8. Allow the brownies to cool for about 10-15 minutes and then spread on frosting. The brownies will still be warm, this is what you want.
  9. Allow brownies to cool completely before cutting into squares,


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56 Comments on "My Kids Favorite Brownies"

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Averie @ Averie Cooks

a delicious, everyday brownie that everyone will love! <– You got that right! They look like something you'd want to serve at a kid's bday party (or graduation, shower, backyard bbq) and everyone would be standing around the pan, evening the rows, if you know what I mean!

Jeannine Baker

These remind me of the brownies my Mom used to make (they had walnuts in them). She got the recipe from our Great Aunt Ina (who always wore Shalimar perfume). Mom swore us to secrecy with the recipe…they are delicious!! 🙂

Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen

I love how many varieties of brownies there are in the world! It’s a great excuse to try every one! These look great, I love a frosted brownie.

Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent

These look great! They remind me of the brownies I had as a kid at a friends house 🙂

Liz @ Tip Top Shape

Sometimes simple recipes are just what you need! These look delicious!!


My mama always made frosted brownies that look similar to these when we were kids, too. Her frosting gets cooked on the stove though. I’ve been known to make the frosting and eat it with a spoon. 😉

These look awesome! Love the way the frosting melts into the brownies.


These look great! Like you I love some real melted chocolate and maybe even some coffee in them, but these just sound and look all around good. Perfect for everything!

Cookbook Queen

LOVE brownies like these!! They look PERFECT!!

Mimi @ Culinary Couture

I love me a classic recipe! Bookmarking this recipe STAT!

Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

Can I be your kid for the day, so I can get a brownie! 🙂 Just kidding, but they do look fabulous!

Maegan @ The BakerMama
Maegan @ The BakerMama

These look delicious! Love how simple and special they are!

Becca @ Crumbs

Believe it or not I have never had a frosted brownie! Maybe this recipe could be my first one?

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

I can definitely see why these are a fav. YUM!

sharon k.

reminds me of the ones my granny used to make- except at the end of baking, she’d put little marshmallows on top (roughly one per brownie), toast it briefly in the oven, then put the icing on top. Yum!

Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

I remember eating these growing up too!!! That frosting melted into the brownies was always my favorite! Yum!!!

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

These could easily become my favorite, too! I love how simple they are!


You know they must be good if your kids say they are better than cosmic brownies! 😉

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist

My mom used to make something very similar to these! Omg they sound SO good right now!

Rebecca Ednie

If you add a bit more cocoa powder and reduce the flour, this is my moms brownie recipe. Less flour equals more fudgey! Yum!

Tracy | Pale Yellow

My mom always says church lady recipes are the best! I have so many jacked-up brownies recipes, it’s nice to have a simple one laying around for a rainy day!

Shashi @

Oh my – these look so tantalizingly delectable!
Love the frosting on them – love how it seems to harden! YUM YUM YUM!


My friend just told me about your blog. It looks great. I’m a big follower of “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook, which is also a blog. I now have the two of you to check out.

Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector)

I love old recipes! They are truly some of the best! Kids are brutally honest, so I’m quite sure they are fabulous! I will be trying them!


I bet my kids would love these too! They look so simple and easy!

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

Homemade brownies are the BEST! Yours look wonderful, Shelly! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

Kris from So Cute Cookies

OMG ! I just made a pan of these and cut into them… WOW, best brownie ever. I love the flavor and the texture…. I knew they would be great when I sampled a taste of the brownie batter and the frosting… Delish! Every recipe that you post I cannot wait to make and these were outstanding. Thank you for sharing all your great recipes with us…

Sophie Harding

Hi. I was just wondering what type of sugar and flour should be used for this recipe? (granulated/caster sugar, plain flour?)! Thank you for your help and this recipe looks great!


It was so perfect…. my daughtie enjoyed …!!1


I always down for brownies when the recipe is good. I know lots of kiddies who would LOVE these then!! 🙂


Thank you so much for posting this recipe! Made them yesterday for the bake sale at my daughter’s school — big hit. Never mind “kids favourite brownies” I am pretty sure these are mine!


I just took these out of the oven after 18 minutes. They are still pretty runny…will try them again for another few minutes. Anyone else notice this?

Sophie Harding

Hi! What flour is used for the brownies? All-Purpose?

Laura Jeanne

Thank you for posting this recipe! I made it yesterday and my whole family loved it. My husband pointed out that it would be great with walnuts, as the flavour is very similar to the chocolate walnut doughnuts you can get. I think this is my new brownie recipe. 🙂


OMG … that wass foodgasm at its best. Thank you so much for sharing.
I translated it into German and put it onto my blog as well

Anu Ratha

Hi, there
Can I add some crashed almond or nuts before I bake it? I’m planning to try this recipe 🙂


1 1/2 tablespoons seems like a lot of vanilla. Is that right?


My boys wanted brownies. I wanted simple. These were perfect! I used dark cocoa powder for the brownie and regular cocoa powder for the frosting. Very easy to make and yummy. It’s a keeper!!


Seriously made these brownies the same day I printed the recipe! These taste AMAZING! Definitely a HUGE step above the boxed brownies that just don’t have thAT fudgy chocolately goodness! My son LOVED them especially once we put rainbow sprinkles on top. Can’t wait to try your other brownie recipes as well. Yum! And Thanks, this recipe is going in the recipe books for sure!


Do you use dutch-processed cocoa powder for the brownies and the frosting?



Can Dutch cocoa be used? and would it change the taste?


Made these for my daughter’s 7th birthday, instead of cake! They were awesome! Great recipe!!


Hi just curious if you use salted or unsalted butter. Thanks!


The type of flour was never clarified in the comments nor the recipe so I used APF. I also had a bit of trouble with baking time. Mine took closer to 28 minutes to cook. I followed ingredients exactly. Anyhow. I think it will a big hit with my 3rd grader’s classmates. Thanks for the great recipe!


Way too much sugar!!!! The sugar completely overpowers the great brownie flavor. I cut back to 1.5 cups of sugar


Made this for 72 2nd grade kids (with their teachers) and they all loved it. Crisp on the outside but chewy on the inside, it is perfect for me. Although i added baking soda and salt because i wanted it to rise just a little bit. Also, I skipped the frosting ‘cos i was worried it will turn out too sweet.

hockey mom kim

These are my go-to hockey team brownies. The coaches request them! 🙂


Is the cocoa unsweetened?