This is the Best Ever Brownie Frosting, and I am not messing around. Rich and fudge-like, this frosting is insanely delicious! Get ready to lick the bowl clean.
This rich chocolate frosting is silky smooth and simple to make. Taking just 10 minutes to make, and it will add a layer of wow to your brownies that everyone will love.
My dad made this Best Ever Brownie Frosting recipe for as long as I can remember. I have never had a brownie that was better than my dad’s. When I got into college, I decided it was time to learn to make my dad’s brownies.
As I phoned my dad and asked for the frosting recipe, he was delighted that I wanted to make them. What surprised me, even more, was him telling me it could be made in a microwave – this gave me less of an opportunity to ruin it! So then, I asked about his brownie recipe – something unexpected happened. My father informed me he used a ready-made brownie mix?! Unbelievable!!! My dad used a brownie mix! WHAT???
Honestly, I was shocked; how could this be? Why, why on earth did I think they were homemade? Because they were my dad’s brownies. He said he always just used Ghiradelli brownie mixes and then made homemade frosting to give it that homemade taste. Well, it is the frosting that makes it oh, so amazing! His brownies, to me, are still the bomb and can’t be beaten.
Since then, I have used Ghiradelli brownie mixes just like my dad’s brownie frosting. I also use the same brownie mixes in my Fudge Brownie No-Bake Cheesecake; it’s one of my absolute favorite recipes.
I have continued to make my dad’s brownies throughout the year. And everyone loves this best-ever brownie frosting. So while I would top a chocolatey brownie with anything else, you could add sprinkles on top of this chocolate frosting; my girls sure love them this way.
How do I make icing for brownies?
You can make several variations of frosting for brownies; I love this recipe for Best Ever Brownie Frosting, mainly because of the ease of the recipe. You could also use a nice buttercream frosting, or another fun topping is chocolate whipped cream.
How do you make chocolate frosting?
Depending on which frosting recipe you choose, it may require a hand mixer, microwave or stove topping cooking, whisk, and proper measuring tools. See below for recommendations.
Brownie Frosting Ingredients
- Cocoa powder
- Powdered sugar
I had to know where my dad got this recipe for brownie frosting, I mean, he is a fantastic cook, but he has never just made up a dessert recipe; he does make a lot of savory dishes, but sweet ones he always has a recipe.
I was not surprised when he said he got the recipe from Jean, one of our longtime family friends. Jean does have some of the best dessert recipes. I am utterly obsessed with her recipe for Pumpkin Bars.
Let me tell you this brownie frosting elevates your brownies in that it makes them irresistible. Trust me when I say you won’t have any self-restraint and end up licking the bowl clean – that’s what I do every single time! Enjoy!
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Best Ever Brownie Frosting
- 1/2 cup butter
- 6 tablespoons buttermilk
- 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar also equals 1 lb.
- In a medium glass mixing bowl add butter and cover with a plate and heat butter for 1 minute in the microwave. Remove from microwave and remove lid. Stir in vanilla and buttermilk, place back in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds, stir, then heat for another 30 seconds, stir, heat for 30 seconds and stir and then heat for another 30 seconds.
- Remove from microwave and stir in cocoa and powder sugar, until well combined. Place back in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds, stir. Heat for another 30 seconds and stir, repeat 1more time if needed, until frosting is smooth and there are no clumps. Pour over brownies, and spread evenly. Let frosting cool and harden.