I realized the other day that I have yet to share a recipe for just simple, plain ol’ chocolate-frosted brownies. I was a little shocked because, um, hello, brownies are one of my favorite things on this planet. So today I am finally sharing a long-time family recipe.
The recipe comes from my Great Aunt Elva and is a family favorite. She was such a funny lady. I think she was 91 when she died. She was a huge Utah Jazz fan and would always wear Utah Jazz t-shirts, big flowery clip-on earrings and tennis shoes (I think they were Reeboks). She dyed her hair well into her late 80s . . . she was just a hoot! We all loved and adored her. Every time there are brownies at a family party, someone always asks; “Are these Aunt Elva’s brownies?”
These brownies are dense and chewy and absolutely, positively scrumptious. Then when you frost them with my yummy, favorite chocolate frosting you’ve got yourself one amazing brownie. Talk about chocolate heaven . . . . sooo good! I’m pretty sure I consumed an entire row out of the pan in a matter of 15 minutes the other day. I finally had to hide them from myself which didn’t do much good because I just got them back out the next day and consumed about two more rows . . . seriously I did.
- 1 cup butter , melted
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 4 eggs
- 2 Tbsp. corn syrup
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 C chocolate chips , optional
- 6 Tbsp. butter , melted
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 5-7 Tbsp. evaporated milk (or half and half)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
To make brownies: Place melted butter, sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla into your stand mixer or large mixing bowl. Mix on low-speed until combined and smooth, should take about 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each one. Add corn syrup. Add flour and mix on medium speed until well blended.
Stir in 3/4 cup chocolate chips, if using.
Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and spread the batter into it. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-28 minutes. Be sure not to over bake.
To make frosting: place melted butter and cocoa powder in a small mixing bowl and mix it until well combined. Add powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Beat until the frosting is smooth. If it’s too thick, add a bit more milk.