Easy Double Fudge Brownies with the most amazing frosting ever.

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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?

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!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 24 brownies
Serving Size

Ingredients

Brownies:

  • 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

Frosting:

  • 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

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pour frosting over brownies and spread to coat. Let cool completely. The frosting will not harden unless you chill the brownies.
  • 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.
  • Store loosely covered on the counter, or chill to set the frosting. Will keep for up to 3 days on the counter.

Recipe Notes

If you're using a box brownie mix, make the brownies according to the recipe on the box, not my recipe.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 197mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownie, chocolate

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  1. 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!

  2. 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! 

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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?

  6. 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!