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Rich Chocolate Brownies

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


12 servings

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


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. 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 until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. 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.

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  • Dawn
    Aug 10, 2020

    I recall making this recipe! I'd used 4 Tbsp. of warm water in the frosting and about 2 to 2-1/2 cups of confectioners sugar. This recipe is great!

  • bicktasw
    Aug 10, 2020

    Oh my ...... these brownies are amazing! If you're craving chocolate these brownies fit the bill. Very easy (and quick) to make with ingredients most people have on hand ..... nice moist texture with a fine crumb and the frosting is the perfect topper giving the brownies a rich, deep, fudgey chocolate flavor. I give this recipe five stars for sure!!

  • Liz
    Feb 19, 2020

    Ok...your brownie forgot to mention amount of butter???? But for frosting mentioned butter twice. In your instructions you stated to mix butter with eggs and sugar...what is the butter amount???

  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Jun 1, 2019

    These cake-like brownies are delicious

  • annakate
    May 18, 2019

    i love this recipe i took this to a birthday party and it was gone in two second i love tease of home

  • PadFan
    Jan 21, 2019

    I got this recipe from Taste of Home many years ago, and it’s still one of my favorite brownie recipes!

  • juicyfruit007
    Jan 16, 2019

    These were great. Frosted and all. Although, honestly they are as much frosting as they are brownie. I made mine in a 9 x 9 instead of an 8 x 8, and it was plenty baked after 20 minutes. Made the brownies pretty thin. Very good though, and I may make again. Might try doubling the brownie part and make in a 9 x 13” pan.

  • dlynsmith9
    Nov 12, 2018

    This was a very easy and delicious brownie recipe, that is great for 2 people. I used Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder in both the batter and the icing. I did not use the coffee in the icing, but had to use an extra 1 tablespoon of warm water to make the icing smooth and spreadable. This is a keeper for a quick dessert.

  • amsm
    Jan 15, 2018

    Yummy! These brownies are moist and chewy with a great chocolate flavor. They were quick and easy to prepare. I only left out the coffee in the frosting because I didn't have any. I think they are great without it!

  • Robin
    Jan 14, 2018

    I made it and it was good!