My Kids Favorite Brownies

My kid's favorite brownie recipe ever@

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

So this homemade brownie recipe is a family classic…One of those things that my mom made for me growing up. And when she passed away a few years ago I never really thought about them again, honestly.  I mean, I do have an amazing brownie recipe 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 brownie 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 brownies 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! The consistency is chewy, and thick…and with the frosting on the top they are perfectly sweet.

These are a fantastic and easy Homemade Brownie Recipe!

Chocolate Frosted Homemade Brownies

How do you make my Kid’s Favorite Brownies?

  • Mix the melted butter, cocoa powder, eggs and vanilla together it will begin to thicken up, so make sure you mix it enough!
  • Then add sugar and flour, and spread it into a prepared pan.
  • These bake up very evenly, which is so great!
  • While they’re baking make your frosting.  And then spread that all over the top while the brownies are still warm.This makes some of the frosting melt right into the top of the brownies. YES!

How to make easy chocolate brownies

When they are cooled you can pull them out of the pan…I mean how perfect are these?? They bake perfectly even!

Easy Homemade Brownie Recipe topped with chocolate frosting

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

BUT I do have a pretty epic Rainbow Chip Brownie Recipe on my site too…aka Homemade Cosmic Brownies!

A classic and easy homemade brownie recipe topped with chocolate frosting

Looking for more Homemade Brownie Recipes? Here are a few I love!

My kid's favorite brownie recipe ever@

My Kids Favorite Brownies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 30 Brownies 1x
  • Category: Brownies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert


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



  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour


  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350Β°F. Line a 9×13 pan with foil and coat with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In bowl of stand mixer combine melted butter and cocoa powder. Mix on medium speed until all lumps are gone.
  3. Add in eggs and vanilla and beat until thickened and smooth, about 1 minute.
  4. Add in the sugar and mix until incorporated and finally add in flour and mix until combined.
  5. Spread in prepared pan and bake 20-25 minutes until center is just set.
  6. While the brownies are baking, prepare your frosting by mixing the butter and cocoa powder together. Add in the milk and powdered sugar and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  7. Allow the brownies to cool for 15 minutes and then spread on the frosting. The brownies will still be warm, which is fine. The frosting will melt into the brownies.
  8. Allow brownies to cool completely before cutting into squares,


store airtight for up to 3 days

Keywords: brownies, recipe, cookies and cups, easy


77 Responses

  1. 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!

  2. 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!! πŸ™‚

  3. 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. πŸ˜‰

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. Ann

    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.

  7. 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…

  8. Anne

    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!

  9. laurie

    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?

  10. 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. πŸ™‚

  11. Linda

    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!!

  12. Robin

    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!

  13. cajunsmoke

    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!

  14. Daniel

    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.

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  18. Pamela

    New to following you. I make Hersheys syrup brownies from scratch. Frost with Hersheys Cocoa powder frosting.
    Very old from early 1980s or late 1970s Hersheys cookbook…
    They are moist chewy thick cake like. Freeze well. I make 2pans at a time. My guys love them. Next time I may put Hersheys choco chips on top.


    Let me first say, I have loved everything I have tried on your website; however, something went terribly wrong with these. After 25 minutes I pulled them from the oven and they were no where near done. I put them in another 15 and thought they were done but nope…..I will say I love the flavor so any hints would be nice as to what I did wrong. My oven is only a year old so I know that wasn’t the issue. By any chance would the foil have impacted the cooking time?

    1. Shelly

      That’s SUPER strange! I bake mine with foil every time and have never had an issue at all…I would totally buy a small oven thermometer and place it in your oven and just make sure it’s holding temperature. I have one that I picked up on amazon for like $5 that I check my oven from time to time to make sure it’s accurate.

      1. ANNETTE

        Thank you Shelly for the quick response. I am totally going to make these again today. Just love your website and great receipes.

  20. Sarah

    LOVE these brownies! I added chocolate chips to the batter becuase why not! I did increase the baking time by 10+ minutes becuase the middle wouldn’t set. When I frosted them I realized they were still pretty gooey so I refrigerated for a bit and that did the trick. They were so delicous…like if brownies and fudge had a baby. Perfect superbowl party treat!

  21. Shelly,
    If I could give this recipe more than 5 stars…..I surely would. This is one of the simplest, most delicious brownie recipes I have ever made. We had company for five days and I was looking for a quick dessert that would please everyone. Well…..this certainly did. Does fighting over whose brownie was bigger or how many somebody already had count as a keeper recipe? I sure think so. Simply amazing recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Kellyjo

    Made these yesterday because I actually had all the ingredients on hand!! They are so delicious!! My son raved about them and declared them the best brownies ever! Very rich and fudgy. I like how it makes a lot of servings, so great for a party! Keeper recipe….thank you!!

  23. Dena

    Love these brownies! I followed the recipe exactly, but cooked for about 5 additional minutes (I usually have to do this with my oven) and they came out perfect. Planning on making another batch this afternoon to bring to my daughter’s office tomorrow and again next week for a party. So easy and delicious!

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  26. Blair

    Love this recipe and I’ve made it so many times since it’s been posted. It always turns out and we use 3/4 cup of butter instead of the 1 cup. I’ve also made it with alternative flours, egg replacement, and coconut oil. It still turns out well.

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