This is the recipe I’ve used for quite a few years.  The icing makes them even better!  If you’re used to brownies from a mix, you’ll find these to be much thinner (as in not so tall) but they’re very, very good!

Ingredients for Brownies:

1/2 c. butter
1 c. white sugar
2 eggs
1tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder

Ingredients for Icing:

3 T. butter, softened
3 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 T. honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. powdered sugar
1 – 2 tsp. milk or cream


Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease and flour an 8″ square baking pan.

In a medium to large saucepan, melt 1/2 c. butter.  Remove from heat.  Stir in sugar, eggs and 1 tsp. vanilla.  Stir in cocoa, flour, salt and baking powder.

Spread in pan.  Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.  Do not overcook!  (I usually test mine after about 16 minutes and rarely let them bake the full 20 minutes.)

To make icing:

Stir together 3 T. butter, 3 T. cocoa powder, honey, vanilla, and powdered sugar.  Add milk if necessary to get to spreading consistency.

Spread over warm brownies.


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    Okay…here’s a dumb question…how do you KNOW if they are ready to take out of the oven. Does a toothpick inserted in center come out totally clean ….or not? Or do you know by touching the top of the brownies? I am never 100% sure with these things…which is why I probably am not a good baker!!! LOL

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    Robin says

    I can vouch for these brownies! I made these the last time you talked about them and they are very good!!

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    Fabulous, Thank you very VERY much…. I have printed the recipe and Mike will be trying them out VERY soon…
    This recipe just sounds too easy for how tasty they are though…. hmmmm, we’ll see eh.