Best Brownies


This brownie recipe makes rich, fudgy brownies that always turn out well. They're topped with homemade chocolate frosting to make the best brownies ever!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
16 brownies

Looking for the best brownie recipe on the internet? You've come to the right place! These rich, fudgy brownies are topped with a decadent homemade frosting. The Allrecipes community can't get enough — this top-rated brownie recipe is one of our most popular desserts ever!

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How to Make Brownies

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

Brownie Ingredients

These are the ingredients you'll need to make the best brownie recipe ever:

· For the brownies: butter, white sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder
· For the frosting: butter, cocoa powder, honey, vanilla extract, confectioners' sugar

How to Make Homemade Brownies

Here's a very brief overview of what you can expect when you make homemade lasagna:

1. Make the brownies: Melt the butter on the stove, then remove from heat and add the remaining wet ingredients. Beat in the dry ingredients. Spread the batter in the pan and bake.
2. Frost the brownies: Stir the frosting ingredients together until well-combined, then frost the brownies while they are still warm. Cut into squares when cool.

How to Tell If Brownies Are Done

You'll know the brownies are done baking when the top is dry and the edges are pulling away from the pan. Baked in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F, the brownies should be ready after about 25 to 30 minutes.

Closeup of two fudgy-looking frosted brownies on a white plate with milk in the background

How Long Do Brownies Last?

Brownies will last 3 to 4 days in an airtight container at room temperature and up to a week in the refrigerator. Since these brownies are frosted, either store them in a single layer or stack them with wax paper between each layer.

Learn more: How to Store Brownies

Can You Freeze Brownies?

Yes, you can freeze brownies! It's best to frost them after they are thawed, though. To freeze brownies, wrap them tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Place them in a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to three months.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This easy and straightforward brownie recipe could be made and enjoyed without the frosting, but the frosting adds just a little bit of jazz that the family enjoyed," according to Deb C.

"These are SPOT ON," says Michelle Lo. "I added chocolate chips and walnuts for extra decadence."

"Love these brownies," raves Suzy Stevens. "I've made them several times and everyone always raves about them. Simple and way better than from the box. Delicious even without the frosting."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder


  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan.

  2. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a large saucepan. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until top is dry and edges have started to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool briefly before frosting.

  4. To make the frosting: Combine softened butter, confectioners' sugar, 3 tablespoons cocoa, honey, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a bowl. Stir until smooth. Frost brownies while they are still warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

183 Calories
9g Fat
26g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 183
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 110mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 2g
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 60mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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