Make-Ahead Glazed Brownies Recipe

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"Since I'm the designated 'dessert lady,' I often rely on these moist brownies for last-minutes treats," relates Barbara Robbins of Delray Beach, Florida. "I've been making the sweet snacks for years and they're high on everyone's list of favorites."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + freezing
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + freezing
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 147 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 104mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and sour cream. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk and mix well after each addition.
  2. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, cream butter, confectioners' sugar and cocoa until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in milk until smooth. Stir in pecans and vanilla. Spread over warm brownies. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. Cover and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw and cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Make-Ahead Glazed Brownies in Quick Cooking January/February 2004, p63

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