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Chewy Fudgy Frosted Brownies – Sally’s Baking Dependancy


These are chewy, fudgy, and ultra-rich frosted brownies coated in a beneficiant layer of creamy chocolate buttercream. The recipe begins with a combo of melted butter and high quality chocolate, which offers a clean and velvety base for these dense fudge-like treats. Bake these in a 9-inch sq. pan, then cool for about 1 to 2 hours earlier than frosting.

I initially printed this recipe for frosted brownies in 2014.

plate of chocolate frosted brownies cut into squares.

There’s nothing like indulging in a from-scratch brownie.

However in the event you cowl that brownie in creamy chocolate buttercream, you’re coming into one other dessert dimension. A moist and dense brownie beneath a blanket of candy and clean frosting is pure chocolate luxurious.

In the event you’ve tasted these frosted brownies earlier than, you realize I’m not exaggerating.

These are R-I-C-H!

2 frosted brownies stacked.
overhead photo of chocolate frosted brownies with one on its side to show the texture.

Chewy & Fudgy Frosted Brownies

Right here’s what you may anticipate from this recipe:

  • Contemporary home made taste
  • 1 bowl brownie batter + 1 bowl chocolate frosting
  • Yields a 9-inch sq. pan of brownies (about 16)
  • Intensely chocolatey
  • Crackly, shiny floor earlier than frosting
  • Dense and moist, but nonetheless a bit chewy

5 Key Substances in These Chewy Brownies

Earlier than you start, it’s useful to know the significance of the components you’re utilizing. Particularly because you’re taking the time to make a deal with from scratch, that might simply be constituted of a field as an alternative. I wasn’t capable of develop this frosted brownie recipe with no little observe and studying. There are 5 essential components in your brownie batter—various the quantities of those components will have an effect on the feel and taste of the completed product, so I don’t advocate changes.

  1. Butter: Melted butter provides taste and helps develop a chewy texture.
  2. Chocolate: Selfmade brownie recipes name for cocoa powder and/or stable chocolate. If utilizing all cocoa powder, you want extra fats within the brownie batter as a result of cocoa powder doesn’t comprise cocoa butter. My brownie recipe makes use of principally stable chocolate with a bit of cocoa powder. Double the chocolate goodness! Semi-sweet chocolate is greatest right here; I don’t counsel utilizing unsweetened or bittersweet chocolate. I want Baker’s or Ghirardelli model chocolate. You want 2 4-ounce bars.
  3. Flour: I exploit as little flour as potential to supply a fudge-like brownie that also has some good construction. Extra flour = a lighter, extra cake-like brownie.
  4. Sugar: These home made brownies use 3/4 cup of granulated sugar. I additionally add 1/4 cup of brown sugar, which provides a little bit of moisture.
  5. Eggs: Eggs carry out many capabilities in baking together with binding, including richness, tenderizing, offering construction, including raise, and so forth. This recipe makes use of 3 eggs, which give the brownies a decent crumb and melt-in-your-mouth texture.

You additionally want cocoa powder for each the brownie batter and the frosting. For superior taste, I like to recommend dutch-process cocoa powder over pure cocoa powder.

And at last, vanilla, salt, and chocolate chips are the remaining few components. Every add some taste.

ingredients on counter including butter, eggs, chocolate, flour, and cocoa powder.

Melted Butter + Chocolate

Soften the butter and chopped chocolate collectively first. It’s useful to chop the butter into items so it melts rapidly and evenly. You should utilize a microwave or the range for this step.

Once more, this offers unbeatable chocolate taste and a clean start line on your good brownies.

chocolate and butter in glass bowl and shown again after melting together.

Use a bowl or pot that’s on the bigger aspect, as a result of ultimately, the entire remaining components will be part of.

Count on a Semi-Thick Batter

Give the batter a great whisk to make sure there aren’t any remaining pockets of cocoa powder and flour, after which fold within the chocolate chips. Count on a semi-thick batter:

chocolate batter with chocolate chips in glass bowl with red spatula.chocolate batter with chocolate chips in glass bowl with red spatula.

Unfold the batter right into a parchment paper-lined 9-inch sq. pan. In the event you’re searching for a suggestion, I exploit and love this USA Pan 9-inch sq. baking pan.

batter in square pan before and after baking.batter in square pan before and after baking.

Chocolate Brownie Frosting

There are various other ways to decorate up your brownies, and I’m no stranger to the various choices together with cookies & cream brownies, Guinness brownies, and mint chocolate brownies.

You can too frost brownies with a cooked fudge-like frosting, or a chocolate ganache. I discover each to be significantly wealthy for these, and too much like the brownie layer in each texture and style. So, as an alternative, I at all times go for chocolate buttercream. It’s lighter, a tad sweeter, and extremely creamy. For the buttercream, I exploit a variation of my common chocolate buttercream, a favourite selection for cupcakes and muffins. Many of the components are repeats from the brownie batter, excluding confectioners’ sugar and milk.

Success tip for the milk: As a substitute of milk, you need to use heavy cream. No matter which you employ, heat it up for a couple of seconds within the microwave or in a small pot on the range. Including barely heat liquid to the frosting helps to skinny it out and creates a smoother, extra satiny end.

The satiny frosting glides onto the cooled brownies seamlessly:

frosting in glass bowl and shown again on baked brownies.frosting in glass bowl and shown again on baked brownies.
chocolate frosting on brownies.chocolate frosting on brownies.
Can I pass over the chocolate chips?

You may, however I don’t advocate it. I discover the added sugar helps to develop the brownie’s shiny, crackly crust. In actual fact, that is an experiment many bakers have tried, together with the crew over at King Arthur Baking. How fascinating! And, as at all times, be sure you whisk the sugar into the nice and cozy melted butter and chocolate, as that additionally helps develop a crisp crackly high.

overhead photo of chocolate frosted brownies cut into squares.overhead photo of chocolate frosted brownies cut into squares.

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