Rich Chocolate Brownies Recipe
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Rich Chocolate Brownies Recipe

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I'm one of those people who need chocolate on a regular basis. I looked high and low for a rich brownie recipe that called for cocoa instead of chocolate squares...and this is it. My family loves these brownies - they never last more than a day at our house. -Karen Trapp, North Weymouth, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 257 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat in butter. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to batter and mix well.
  2. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, combine the cocoa and butter. Combine the water and coffee granules; add to cocoa mixture. Stir in sugar until smooth. Frost brownies. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Rich Chocolate Brownies in Taste of Home February/March 1996, p39

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foodz User ID: 4801250 261903
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2017

"I've made this recipe many times and it's absolutely awesome. No changes at all and it's easy peasy to make. The frosting is delicious and I also use it on a chocolate layer cake.....mmmmm!!! Cannot get the stars to rate, but it's a 5 star!!"

Kelly_m14 User ID: 4073352 254300
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2016

"Turned out more cake-like than in the picture, but still very good. I skipped the frosting to save on time, so can't really rate that part. I added about a 1/3 cup each pecans and chocolate chips to the batter to fancy it up a bit since I was skipping the frosting. quick and easy, so you really don't need to buy a mix again!"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 251815
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2016

"Delicious brownies! I did not make the frosting after reading previous reviews, and they were great without it!"

Starlakay User ID: 7289429 241090
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

"Very rich and moist! Better than any other recipe I have tried. I did not use the instant coffee as we are not into that kind of coffee. I used brewed coffee in place of the water but I did need to add more to make the frosting spreadable just a few extra drops to make it spreadable. My husband really enjoyed these and said he could taste the coffee in the frosting. Make sure you have Ice cream to off set the richness of these brownies. I will make these again."

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 237258
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2015

"Very good brownies! I only added one half a teaspoon of instant coffee to the frosting, and even that was too much - I'd leave it out if I made the frosting again. Actually, I don't care for frosting, period, and I'd rather just make the brownies and leave them unfrosted. These were very soft and delicious, and I'd make them again without hesitation."

laura70 User ID: 10385 221725
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"A richer brownie recipe for when you have a taste for frosted brownies. I don't usually like coffee in brownies but this was really good,"

MOTCook User ID: 7688063 200580
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

"With the exception of the frosting recipe, this is the Hershey's Best Brownies I have been making for years. When I made them the first time, my husband said don't bother making any other recipe!"

lisamaria728 User ID: 5393068 15945
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2014

"I just made these today, and honestly, this brownie recipe is nothing special or exceptional to me. They were no better than any other brownie recipe I have made. Not bad. Just not as good as I was expecting according to the reviews. I guess I am still in search of a really awesome dense brownie recipe."

kaktoh323 User ID: 806242 9185
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2014

"These brownies are wonderful! Moist and fudgy and the frosting is delicious. Can't taste the coffee in the frosting; it just serves to enhance the flavor of the chocolate. I doubled the brownie recipe for a 9x13 pan (and added 1 Tbl. of vanilla) but only 1.5 times the frosting recipe (adding 2 tsps. vanilla) because it makes so much. Still baked for 30 minutes. Heavenly!"

jamieml User ID: 6957941 9399
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2014

"Recipe doubles well. I, too, questioned the small amount of flour (1/2 cup) in the regular recipe, but, wanting to trust the recipe as written, only doubled it to 1 cup for my double recipe version. It was perfect! Used 1 tsp. instant espresso in the doubled brownie recipe. It added a nice depth of flavor. Also used 1/2 tsp. instant espresso in the double recipe for the frosting instead of regular coffee. Needed an extra TBSP. of water in doubled recipe of frosting for spreadable consistency. Baked in 25 minutes in 9x13 at 350. Really great recipe! Thank you for sharing. I think this will now be my "go to" brownie recipe."

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