Brownie Frosting

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This decadent brownie frosting is rich, thick and chocolaty with the perfect amount of sweetness. Smooth and creamy, it spreads effortlessly over brownies. Because this topping sets quickly, you can slice and enjoy your brownies sooner.

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👩🏻‍🍳 Why This Recipe’s a Keeper

  • Easy 5-Minute Recipe: It only takes a few minutes to assemble this simple topping.
  • Rich Decadent Flavor: This luxurious frosting enhances the flavor of brownies without overpowering them. It transforms a simple treat into a luxurious dessert that’s ideal for special occasions and to satisfy chocolate cravings.
  • Thick Texture: This thick brownie frosting provides a satisfying mouthfeel which complements the dense and fudgy texture of brownies.
  • Quick Setting Time: This frosting sets quickly, which is so convenient, especially when you’re short on time or need to serve the brownies soon after frosting them.
  • Crowd Pleaser: When you find a brownie frosting recipe that consistently receives rave reviews from family and friends, you know it’s a keeper. It becomes a reliable choice for gatherings, potlucks, or any occasion.
Brownie frosting in a ramekin with spoon, next to squares of brownies ready to be frosted.

🛒 Ingredients

  • Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa: This cocoa powder provides the rich, deep chocolate flavor that’s characteristic of brownie frosting. The dark cocoa adds intensity and complexity to the taste, enhancing the overall decadence of the frosting.
  • Butter: Butter adds richness and creaminess to the frosting. It helps create a smooth texture and contributes to the luscious mouthfeel of the frosting. Additionally, butter adds flavor and helps bind the other ingredients together.
  • Powdered Sugar: Sweetens the frosting and gives it a smooth, velvety texture. It also helps thicken the frosting and provides structure. The fine texture of powdered sugar ensures that the frosting is not grainy.
  • Whole Milk: Adds moisture to the frosting and helps achieve the desired consistency. It also contributes to the creamy texture and richness of the frosting. The milk helps balance the sweetness of the powdered sugar and enhances the overall flavor of the topping.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: Enhances the chocolate flavor of the frosting and gives it a delicious bakery aroma.
  • Kosher Salt: We use just a pinch to enhance and amplify the flavor of chocolate and balance the sweetness.
Ingredients for brownie frosting recipe.

📖 Recipe Steps

  1. Add the butter to a microwave-safe mixing bowl. Melt the butter in the microwave (about 30 to 45 seconds). Make sure it’s fully melted.
A mixture of cocoa and melted butter in a glass mixing bowl.
  1. Add powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt to the bowl. Mix until fully combined (about 2 minutes). The frosting should be velvety smooth, luscious and spreadable (but not too thick, as we don’t want to tear the brownies as we’re spreading the frosting over the top).
Brownie frosting in a glass batter bowl.
  1. The final texture of the frosting is a personal preference. If the frosting is too stiff, add a bit more milk and stir until the desired consistency is achieved. If the frosting is too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar. The thicker the topping is, the quicker it will start to set. But we don’t want it too thick – we want it to spread easily.
Brownie frosting in a bowl and on a spoon next to squares of dark chocolate brownies.

🧑🏼‍🍳 Recipe FAQs

Cocoa powder is preferred for frosting as it provides a smoother texture. Chocolate chips may not melt completely, resulting in a grainy texture. However, if you prefer chocolate chips, melt them slowly and add additional milk to achieve a spreadable consistency.

Make sure the brownies are completely cooled before applying the frosting. Additionally, gradually add the milk to the frosting until you achieve the desired consistency. If the frosting is too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar to thicken the texture.

The frosting will typically set within 15-20 minutes at room temperature. If you’re in a hurry, you can place the brownies in the refrigerator for a quicker setting time. Additionally, the thicker the frosting is the quicker it will set.

Yes, you can make the frosting in advance. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Before using, let it come to room temperature and give it a good stir to soften it up.

Yes, you can freeze brownies with frosting. Ensure they are completely cooled and set before wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

Thick, luscious brownie frosting in a small bowl next to some of the ingredients for making it.

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Brownie Frosting


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Description

This decadent brownie frosting is rich, luxurious and easy to make. When you spread it over brownies it makes every bite a pure indulgence.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup (1 stick butter)
  • 1/3 cup Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, or a bit more if needed
  • 24 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Add the butter to a microwave-safe mixing bowl. Melt the butter in the microwave (about 30 to 45 seconds). Make sure it’s fully melted.
  2. Add powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt to the bowl. Mix until fully combined (about 2 minutes). The frosting should be velvety smooth, luscious and spreadable.
  3. The final texture of the frosting is a personal preference. If the frosting is too stiff, add a bit more milk and stir until the desired consistency is achieved. If the frosting is too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar. 

Notes

Recipe tip: Because this topping sets quickly, wait until your brownies are fully cooled before preparing this brownie frosting.

How to frost brownies: With a spoon, drop dollops of frosting over the slab of brownies. With a spatula, immediately spread the frosting evenly over the surface. Once the frosting is set, the brownies are ready to be cut and served.

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American

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