Brownies with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

I love love love brownies from a box. Please don’t judge me. Boxed brownies always have the perfect amount of gooey-ness that I love in a brownie. Especially the Ghirardelli brand. Holy hannah, those are so rich and gooey they make the back of my mouth just curl up, if that’s even possible. BUT since I am trying to rid myself of boxes in the kitchen, this recipe for homemade brownies has easily become one of my favorites and has been the number one brownie in the Banana Bread King’s life for a long time now.

Brownies with Chocolate Fudge Frosting
I made these last night and the King ate a third of the pan all by himself. He got the sugar shakes, he couldn’t concentrate and was all sorts of jittery. He got weird nightmares and tossed and turned all night. The next morning the King skipped breakfast and swore off brownies for at least a year. Then he came home for lunch and treated himself to another brownie. You really can’t swear off these brownies for very long.

I only had one, and I promise you, I did not have any jitters or nightmares. So if you can keep you’re brownie eating under control you will love these too.

This recipe comes from my mother in law. I share a lot of her recipes on here because they are GOOD! They’ve been around the block a few times and have proved themselves and she is one tough critic. If my husband is the Banana Bread King, what does that make her? Kitchen Empress?

Brownies with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 13x9 pan


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
    For the frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 TBSP cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9x13 pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl add sugar, shortening, and eggs, and mix together.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and mix until just combine.
  4. Pour into prepared 13x9 pan and bake for 20 minutes. Its okay if the center is still a little gooey. You don't want to over cook. Let cool.
    For the frosting
  1. Add butter, cocoa powder and vanilla to a bowl. Then add 1 cup powdered sugar. Beat until smooth.
  2. Continue to add 1 cup powdered sugar at a time until you've reached desired consistency. Add a little milk or water if the frosting is too think.
  3. Spread frosting over brownies and enjoy!

This recipe does NOT call for baking soda or baking powder!


  1. Amy says:

    Kate, these look delicious! Can’t wait to try. And yeah, what is it about Ghiradelli box brownies that makes them so good?!

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