These brownies are the classic recipe that I made for 4-H when I was in second grade. I honestly am not sure where the recipe came from….a tattered, brownie stained paged is lodged in my memory, but I’ve been making this recipe by memory since middle or high school. It’s a classic I always took to teenage get-togethers, church potlucks, and dinners with friends.
A few years ago I added the peanut butter frosting to up the wow factor. And because the peanut butter and chocolate combinations is one of my absolute favorites! (Check out my peanut butter hot chocolate for more goodness!) These brownies are nice and soft in the center with a slightly chewy edge. I always reach for a corner piece!
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- ¾ cup cocoa
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 Tablespoons milk
- ½ cup melted peanut butter
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Melt butter over low heat in saucepan. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat. Add cocoa mix until well combined. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in salt, vanilla, and flour. Pour batter into greased 9x13 pan.
- Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- For frosting:
- Mix milk one tablespoon at a time into powdered sugar with a fork. Add melted peanut butter to frosting. The frosting will be thick. Spread on brownies once they've cooled for 5 minutes, but are still warm.
I love that this recipe is so easy to mix up! I really don’t think these homemade brownies take much longer (or makes more of a mess) than a box mix. I also almost always have all the ingredients in my cupboard so they are super convenient for a last minute dessert or chocolate craving. I’m not going to lie, these brownies with the peanut frosting are DIVINE warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The perfect Valentine’s Day treat! I love them cut into cute little hearts for the holiday. But any way you slice them they are awesome!
Clearly, these homemade brownies are amazing! I hope you enjoy them as much as my friends and family do!
Do you prefer the edge, corner, or middle brownie piece?