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Chocolate Brownies

Thick and chewy Chocolate Frosted Brownies--just like the lunch lady brownies you ate as a kid!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15
Calories: 314kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


For the brownies

  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 6 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Frosting (optional)

  • 1/2 cup butter , room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5-6 Tablespoons milk (or cream)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • In a mixing bowl add sugar and oil and stir till combined.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each egg is added.  
  • Add cocoa powder and mix.  Stir in salt, flour, and vanilla and stir until combined.
  • Pour batter into a greased 9x13'' baking pan and spread into an even layer.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting

  • Cream the butter until it seems light and fluffy. 
  • Add the cocoa powder and salt and beat until well combined. 
  • Add vanilla. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, mixing well until you reach your desired frosting consistency. 
  • Add more milk for softer frosting or more powdered sugar for firmer frosting. Spread frosting onto cooled brownies. 
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.



*you could use milk or half and half


Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 232mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 5.4% | Calcium: 2.3% | Iron: 8.3%