World's Best Brownies

I've been searching for the best brownie recipe for quite some time. If you are going to do boxed brownies, you get Ghirardelli, or anything called triple fudge...always. But if you feel like making them from scratch, these are the way to go. They are like the dense, fudgey brownies you pay too much for at the cute but over-priced bakery. They also have a thin layer of frosting on top that is almost a ganache-consistency that adds another level of flavor and helps keeps the brownies moist. And besides that extra complexity of making the frosting, these brownies are really simple. You won't regret trying these. And you won't miss the box. 


  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Frosting Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened, bordering melted
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch square pan.
2. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a large sauce pan.
3. Transfer melted butter to a large bowl and stir in the 1 c. sugar, 2 eggs, and 1 tsp vanilla. 
4. Next, beat in 1/3 c. cocoa powder, 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 cup baking powder. 
5. Fold in the chocolate chips, and spread into prepared pan. 
6. Bake in oven for 30-40 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Do not over-bake. 
7. While the brownies cook, make the frosting. Combine all the ingredients and stir until smooth. Frost the brownies 5 minutes after they come out of the oven.