Easy Double Fudge Brownies with the most amazing frosting ever.

These easy double fudge brownies were my undoing. I could not resist them at all!

Easy Double Fudge Brownies

Want to know what else undid me last week? Having to spend $200 on new curtains for my living room.

We got new neighbors in November. I don’t know where they moved from, but I’m betting it was somewhere where you need to leave floodlights on 24 hours a day. You see, instead of having normal backyard lights, the house next door has actual park lamp lights. There are two 14 foot tall poles with three bulbs each. They glow all night long, and it looks like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation in my bedroom.

Since I’ve already had to ask them to turn down the music in their garage (it was shaking my office, literally), I’m not betting too much on the lights going out any time soon.

So, why did I have to spend $200 on living room curtains? Because I needed red ones in the bedroom and after shopping at every single store, I couldn’t find the right color to match the bedspread. The living room curtains matched, so instead of spending $100 on curtains and $200 on new bedding, I opted to move them upstairs. Then I had to buy new ones for the living room.

All because my new neighbors think we live in a jail yard…or something. Neighbors make me want to move to the country.

The caveat? The new curtains are teal. #tealallthethings

Easy Double Fudge Brownies - make them into hearts for Valentine's Day!

So…brownies. They are much more versatile than curtains. These brownies? Are so versatile you can make them into squares.

Or hearts (for Valentine’s Day…it’s almost Feburary!)

Or you can eat them from the pan with a fork.

Or you can turn them into footballs.

Easy Double Fudge Brownie Footballs

They tell me a big game is coming up. All I know is that my husband is in a deep depression because (1) he lost fantasy football and (2) in two weeks there will be no more football until summer.

I’d do an *eye-roll* but, well. I felt the same way the second Mockingjay: Part 1 was over.

Okay so I guess at some point I should actually talk about brownies.

I mean…these are double fudge. The frosting? Is to. Die. For. I mean…just look.

Easy Double Fudge Brownies

These brownies start with 3 cups of my homemade brownie mix. I’ve been wanting to try making the mix into a 9×13″ pan of brownies for awhile because I’ve had some complaints that people got a crumbly mixture when making them.

I don’t know what they did, but mine came out perfect (like I knew they would). If you’re using my brownie mix, you can use butter or oil to make the brownies. I’ve used both so use what you have. But please? Don’t use margarine. You know how some people feel about Cool Whip? That’s how I feel about margarine.

FYI: Country Crock, butter spread, anything that is “like butter but made with canola oil!” is NOT BUTTER. Butter comes in sticks.

If you don’t want to use my homemade mix, you can use a brownie mix from a box. But please don’t skimp on the frosting.

It’s the best part.

This chocolate frosting is one of the best frostings I’ve ever had. It’s a cooked chocolate frosting, with heavy whipping cream and butter and sugar. You pour it on the brownies and let it cool. It’s like ganache but better.

Don’t skip the frosting. If I were you I’d just make the frosting and eat it with a spoon.

Er, if I wasn’t dieting. Or…something.

Easy Double Fudge Brownie Hearts and Footballs with the most amazing chocolate frosting ever!

These brownies are versatile enough for shapes. Perfect for any holiday! Which shape will you make?

Did you make this recipe?

Easy Double Fudge Brownie Recipe

These Easy Double Fudge Brownies are as easy as a box, but SO MUCH BETTER! Super rich and fudgy, they’re topped with a cooked chocolate frosting that satisfies any chocolate craving. Cut the brownies into shapes for any holiday!



  • 3 cups brownie mix (see note about using a box brownie mix instead)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water


  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (do not substitute)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules (optional, but gives a dark rich chocolate flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13” pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Stir all the brownie ingredients together in a large bowl using a wooden spoon or spatula. Spread in prepared pan and bake 22-28 minutes until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs stuck to it. Let the brownies cool completely before frosting.
  3. To make frosting: Whisk heavy whipping cream, sour cream, instant coffee, and vanilla in a measuring cup. Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Whisk in sugar, cocoa powder, and salt, the mixture will be grainy. Slowly mix in the wet ingredients. Cook for about 2-3 minutes over low heat until the mixture thickens slightly, but don’t let it boil.
  4. Pour frosting over brownies and spread to coat. Let cool completely. The frosting will not harden unless you chill the brownies.
  5. If you want to cut shapes, use cookie cutters and cut them once the frosting is cool. Add any sprinkles or pipe on football laces using white chocolate, frosting, or Cool Whip.
  6. Store loosely covered on the counter, or chill to set the frosting. Will keep for up to 3 days on the counter.


You can substitute a brownie mix (the 9×13″ pan size box). If you use a box mix, use the water, eggs, and oil called for on the box, not what I have listed.

Cut any shapes you like, or make bite sized ones for a party tray!

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  1. I am also not a neighbor fan. It’s like they know exactly how to  get under your skin…
    See brownies are pretty much where it’s all at. And the shaped ones are beyond adorable. I can’t wait to try the frosting!

  2. They look so fudgy and perfect! And the frosting…well, I could live on frosting so that’s looking pretty wonderful too 🙂 And look at you with the cute heart shapes. Wow, you are good!!! Pinned of course!

  3. MAYBE if you bring your neighbours a plate of brownies, and only tell them that they can keep them if they turn off their lights, they’ll do it?!
    I mean, I would. So I will totally eat all theirs if it doesn’t work! These look fab, as always!

  4. That frosting does look addicting! I love the versatility these can have– good for any holiday! I bet they’ll even be good for days when there’s not much to do and I just want to cram brownies in my face, right?

  5. Oh, gosh. The frosting-to-brownie ratio in these is like perfection. 😀 And the FUDGINESS of these little guys! My hungry belly can’t handle it right now. Need to try these asap!

  6. Love everything about these brownies! That frosting looks incredible!

  7. Your horror neighbor story is the reason that I am terrified to ever move.  I love our current neighbors and would be scared of encountering a situation like yours if I ever moved.  So sorry for your situation.  At least you have teal curtains and brownies to make you feel better!  🙂

  8. Annoying neighbors are the worst. Sorry that you are having to deal with their attempt to light the neighborhood…

    I want to sink my teeth into these brownies! They looks so fudgy! And that frosting! Just hand me a spoon!

  9. I have annoying neighbors too.. mainly noise. They ‘play’ the guitar (awful), and blast loud music, and sometimes I constantly hear thudding like they’re knocking down trees every other minute. How is all that noise possible? But, at least you got teal out of it? Take them some brownies and maybe they’ll be less torturous?? Haha! I relate to your husband’s sadness about football. I’m super depressed about it too!!
    These brownies look stunning. You got me with the frosting. I love that it’s cooked and ganache-like and kind of seeps all in. Looks *fabulous*!

  10. Wow these definitely look like the ultimate fudge brownies, Dorothy! I wish I could just face plant right into my computer screen. Your pictures are gorgeous! Pinned!

  11. Some neighbors are just annoying! I love these brownies and that frosting loves too good! Perfect photography as always! 

  12. I’m so excited to try this recipe. So delicious!  So inspirational!


  13. I love brownies!  It really is a perfectly versatile dessert, especially for casual events because they can be dressed up or down with a couple additions.  I agree–“buttery spreads” should never be used for baking!  Sorry to hear about your neighbors with their bright lights and loud music.  My neighbor thinks he’s so cool with his motorcycle and general vehicle noises.  (Revving up the engine for no apparent reasons when his car buddies come visit…)

  14. These look insanely good! They have that perfect dense, chewy texture. Yum. So sorry for your neighbor trouble. If I lived next door to you I’d behave perfectly so you’d bring me brownies 🙂

  15. The football ones are adorable! They would make the perfect addition to any Super Bowl party. Frosted brownies are a major weakness, as is whipped cream so I’m guessing me and these brownies will become fast friends 🙂

  16. Why can’t we be neighbors?! I’d be pissed if my neighbor had floodlights that were coming into my bedroom at all hours of the day! I love a pitch dark bedroom at night. Ugh. But on the bright side, these brownies are perfect!! I love the football and heart ones! There’s really nothing better than a good fudgy brownie. Pinned!!

  17. So sorry to hear about your new neighbors! What an awful ordeal. But these brownies look fantastic! I so adore the heart shaped ones with sprinkles. Love!

  18. You know how I feel abut brownies 🙂  These look killer – I would eat them allllll!

  19. Oh man don’t even get me started about neighbors!!!  They just seem to know how to make a Monday even worse!  Now these brownies on the other hand are just the thing to make my day better!!  I loved the heart and football, so cute!

  20. Omg, I’d totally eat that frosting straight by the spoonful too…looks so delish!! I especially love the adorable Valentines ones! 🙂 Pinned!

  21. These are so cute and delicious! Sorry about your stinky neighbors…we have someone that lives above us (we’re in apartments) and it sounds like they’re dropping 200 lb weights on the floor every night. Maybe they are, who knows? 😉 My mouth is seriously watering. 

  22. Hi Dorothy…I just wanted to tell you, you are so nice and I really enjoy reading your posts….Hope your neighbors turn out to be your best friends at some point.xxx

  23. After crying on my keyboard from blog troubles, now I’m drooling on it for these babies! Geez, you out-did yourself with this one Dorothy!! Love. them. pinned.

  24. I wish you and Mel and Jordan could be our neighbors!  Hey, how did you know we were waiting for the brownie frosting recipe from you?!  Yippee!  When I made brownies from your Best Ever mix, my family told me they were truly the best brownies they have ever tasted (and we have tried a lot of recipes, box mixes, and restaurant/bakery brownies).

  25. Your new neighbors sound just like mine! Seriously…they leave every single outdoor light on 24/7, they blast their radio all night long, & they let their dogs out to bark at 2 a.m. haha. Anyways, those brownies look amazing & very addicting! Pinned it!

  26. Ooooooooh. I have been craving brownies just. like. THESE!! And I keep telling myself I need to try your brownie mix asap. This is just the kick in the pants I needed to do it! On my bucket list for the week 🙂

  27. What is it about brownies that no matter how many brownies you’ve made or how many recipes you have piled up to try, you feel like you’re missing out unless you make the one staring at you right in the face? These look like perfect simple fudgy brownies and I can’t wait to try the frosting! I’m gonna have to move these to the top of the brownie list…

  28. Oh I love brownies.  I need to try these soon.  You know, if I wasn’t dieting!  🙂  That frosting looks a lot like the one my mom used to make on brownies that I’ve been meaning to get the recipe for!  I will definitely be trying it next time I make brownies!

  29. Dream brownie right here!

  30. You know what I always say. When it comes to brownies, Dorothy knows best. 

  31. These brownies look amazing and that rich dark frosting!!! So good, must try! 

  32. I should make the football ones for my friends, they love chocolate and are over the top into football.  🙂 I definitely want to try that frosting, it looks too delicious! 

  33. These look decadent! I have neighbor issues (mainly them parking in front of the sidewalk area of our house instead of in their own driveway and having two dogs that bark and cry bloody murder at least a few times a day), but they don’t sound nearly as bad as your situation. Park lamp lights and shaking offices does not sound good!

  34. This right here is brownie heaven! They all look so delicious!

  35. So fudgy and delicious! Your neighbors sounds rough!

  36. I am wondering how you made the heart shapes? Did you use a cookie cutter somehow?

  37. That frosting looks so decadent that I think I’ll just make a batch of that and call it dinner. 🙂

  38. Wow! I can’t wait to try this recipe. I swear by your brownie mix and have gotten wonderful results from bar form and the cookie brownies! 🙂

  39. Oh my word these look amazing!!! AMAZING!!!

  40. I can pass up cake and other baked goods, but I can never ever pass up a brownie. They are my favorite thing ever! 

    Really want to try your frosting it looks delicious! Thinking I need to make brownies tonight…. 

  41. Do you think I could leave the sour cream out of the icing? I don’t have any (or yogurt) and wanted to make this today!

  42. These look like heaven!!! Also, I’m with you…why do curtains have to cost a fortune! Sorry you have inconsiderate neighbors! That’s no fun at all! and I agree…teal all the things!! 

  43. Craving all of the dense fudg-y deliciousness of these double choc brownies right now.. they look incredible Dorothy. I love the little heart especially, perfect for Valentines!

  44. WOW! These look AmAZing. I’ve printed bot recipes and can’t wait to try them out. Love simple and delicious recipes!

  45. I usually don’t frost my brownies, but you make these look so fabulous, I’m going to have to try

  46. These are so cute with the hearts for v day and the adorable footballs! You can never go wrong with a great brownie recipe 🙂 

  47. I have been wanting brownies this week, but now I think all I really want is a pan of that frosting!!  I am seriously drooling over it right now.  Curse this workout/diet program I am currently “trying” to do!!!

  48. This is swoon-worthy!  Better than ganache, I have got to try, because just the word makes me happy.  That touch of sour cream must be the secret.  Thanks for sharing!

  49. Were these the new backyard neighbors that replaced the beekeepers? Or do you have multiple sets of crazy neighbors? Either way, that really sucks about the humongo lights, but yay for teal! 🙂 And brownies too… I LOVE that frosting on top! Pinned!

  50. Ugh, sorry to hear about your neighbors.  We’ve always have terrible luck with neighbors- our last house their grown college son still lived with them at home and used to blast the music ALL.NIGHT.LONG 🙁 These brownies are perfect for drowning away any sorrows though. I mean that FROSTING is just gorgeous! 

  51. whaaaaa?? those neighbors sound HORRIBLE-ugh I hate people.

    at least there are brownies to soothe the anger. These look so fudgy and chocolatey and insanely decadent! that frosting is fab

  52. Hello Dorothy! These brownies look soo delicious. I really want to try them. tell me one thing, will i have to beat the eggs with an electronic beater, or mix them with the dry ingredients with a fork? Coz i have heard the more you beat the eggs in the start, the softer your brownies will be.

  53. I made these brownies exactly as the recipe stated and they turned out great. I used the mix and the frosting recipe. They’re pretty rich but that’s not a bad thing! I meant to add walnuts but I totally forgot! Next time I will add some for sure. Either way, I definitely recommend making these brownies!

  54. I just want to let you know that I made your brownies for my associates at Marshalls and they were a “HUGH HIT!” Now I am making them for my very big family for Easter and I can’t wait to see the response! Hope you have a good Easter. By the way what are you making or should I say baking for Easter?

  55. well I think I have just put on 5 stones just by reading these recipes. 

  56. I used this icing recipe for a brownie box mix (I know, I know =) and I didn’t have sour cream, and the frosting didn’t set up. The frosting is still to die for! but do you think it didn’t set up because of the sour cream, or because I didn’t put the brownies in the fridge to cool? I did give them about an hour after I baked them, so they were not warm, but they also weren’t cold. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

  57. Just curious-how hard does the frosting get when refrigerated? Still slightly pliable/soft or very hard?

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