Ever get a craving for classic brownies? The kind with nuts and creamy frosting like grandma used to make. This is that recipe. Perfect classic brownies with frosting. 

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Today is double awesome! I have teamed up with 19 other bloggers, hosted by Karyn of Dieter’s Downfall and Pint Sized Baker, and we are hosting a HUGE holiday favorites giveaway. There’s like a billion prizes to be one (ok, 20, including the grand prize) but that’s still kind of crazy, right?!

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Let’s kick things off with some holiday brownies. A classic recipe. Nothing fancy, no layers, no stuffing, no hidden candy surprises. Just a classic down home brownie. Because sometimes that’s all you need.
Classic Brownies | Kita Roberts PassTheSushi.com

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Classic Brownies with Frosting

5 from 1 vote
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Author: Kita Roberts
37 minutes
Serves: 24 brownies


Classic Brownies

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup pecans - chopped
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter - melted and cooled
  • 3 tbsp milk

Chocolate Frosting

  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8" baking dish with parchment paper and grease.

For the brownies

  • Melt the shortening and butter in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat. Whisk in the cocoa. Set aside to cool.
  • In the bowl of your mixer, beat the eggs until pale yellow. Add the sugar and mix well. 
  • Add the cooled chocolate mix and vanilla. Mix until combined, scraping down sides as needed.
  • Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. 
  • Pour into the egg chocolate mixture in three batches, mixing to combine. Scrape down the sides as needed and stir nonce more. 
  • Fold in the pecans. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until a fork inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool.

For the frosting;

  • Whisk the cocoa into the melted butter. 
  • Add the confectioners’ sugar in small batches and whisk to combine. 
  • Add the vanilla and add more confectioners’s sugar as needed. .
  • Spread over brownies and let set before cutting into squares and serving

Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.

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  1. These brownies look awesome. I want to eat that frosting on its own. And such a fun giveaway, I love the word scavenger hunt idea!

  2. Those brownies look so good. Yummy. Love finding your site during this scavenger hunt.

  3. Lisamarie Jenssen says:

    What a nice giveaway, you all are in the Christmas spirit for sure. Oh, and I would love to win!

  4. Sounds like a great giveaway! Kitchenaid is my favorite!

  5. Maritza Baez says:

    I would make my cake batters with it, it will ease my job.. Good luck to all..

  6. I would whip up a batch of these delicious brownies you posted! Thanks!

  7. I would make these delicious brownies for my family! I love brownies!!

  8. hot diggety dang these brownies look deeelish! i have 99 million brownie recipes and none are for the basic recipe so this one’s definitely a keeper! it’s been fun doing this giveaway with you Kita! and your pics? GORG!!! :>D

  9. Deb Young says:

    Those brownies look delicious!

  10. These look so delicious and adorable! I can’t wait to try and make them later. Another recipe to add to my “to do” recipe list!

  11. Lots and lots of bread

  12. Elizabeth Moreno says:

    I would like to make frostings, cakes, cookies you name it! My dream is to win this beautiful appliance. I’ve been trying to save up for one but something always comes up lol. Praying to win this!

  13. Kim Lechner says:

    Love making brownies 🙂 Do I need to do anything else to enter the Brownie Baking Essentials Giveaway, would love to try those brownies.

  14. Debbie Jennings says:

    A Scavenger Hunt….how fun!

  15. Brandi Bryant says:

    I would make a big batch of these yummy looking brownies in that beautiful mixer. Then I would make cookies, cupcakes, and other goodies. Thanks for this recipe and awesome giveaway. Good luck everyone.

  16. toshia still says:

    I would make cakes and cake pops for the less fortunate children on their birthday so that they can enjoy their day and see how it feels to be able to have a cake to celebrate their birthday

  17. i’d love a brownie right now

  18. Katie Olexa says:

    These brownies look amazing! Love your styling as well. Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. I’d make cookies, cakes, brownies, you name it!

  20. Shanna Uptergrove says:

    Not sure where to enter for YOUR prize!! It looks amazing, I’d love to bake some brownies for my family- except I don’t have an 8×8 pan.. hint hint 🙂

    1. You know… that’s a good question. I shall email the ring leader of this shindig and find out how exactly we are managing that (though my guess is a random winner from the comments 😀

  21. Brownies – an absolute favorite in our household!

  22. Ericka Perez-Bermudez says:

    I love brownies!!! I can’t wait to try this recipe!!!

  23. Your recipe looks amazing. I am definitely trying that soon. I don’t see how to enter your individual giveaway though.

  24. Kita, I love your nummy-nummies. Here’s hoping I win the mixer!

  25. Brandi Bryant says:

    I would love to taste some brownies and make some brownies. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone.

  26. Love me some Brownies!

  27. Alejandra says:

    The brownies look good. Can’t wait to try this recipe 😉

  28. Sherri Lindsey says:

    Those brownies look DELISH! Thanks for all that you do!

  29. Wow! Now those look like yummy brownies!

  30. I would love to win this so I can make bigger batches of royal icing and other goodies as well.

  31. Lacey Newman says:

    Those brownies look delish!

  32. I’d love to win the brownies.

  33. your brownies look so yummy!

  34. Nothing beats a good chewy brownie! Thanks for the opportunity!

  35. I would love to try make lots of different cakes…
    specially “Tres Leches” I LOVE it!!!

  36. It’s so true that sometimes the best things are basic. When I was pondering up cupcakes last night I had all kinds of ideas in my head. But I decided to put the brakes on and stick to something a bit simpler. As for what I would make in that beauty, I’m thinking a large batch of snickerdoodle blondies.

  37. I would make sugar cookies

  38. Cindi Jones says:

    The brownies look delicious! Going to try this recipe. 🙂

  39. There is nothing better than brownies! I would love to win the brownie kit for my daughter for Christmas. Thanks for the fun giveaway. 🙂

  40. i’d love to make a simple cake with a kitchenaid mixer. i’ve never had the pleasure of using one!

  41. Got to LOVE Brownies!!! Yumm!!!

  42. I’d make some light and fluffy frosting for cupcakes!

  43. Nothing beats brownies except that sweet, sweet mixer! 🙂

  44. I LOVE to bake cookies. I broke a hand mixer making cookies once.

  45. I would love to win this!

  46. Aww, yeah. Maybe crumble some gingerbread cookies on those?

  47. My younger sister who lives with me LOVES brownies (I love them too but she is addicted). This recipe is a keeper. This prize package is great.

  48. I would make everything with it. Starting with some tiramisu!

  49. barbara c says:

    the brownies made me want to have them…n.o.w…they look yummie and great..and the tag.s gave a sweet gifting to give out..thk.s..

  50. Ameena burdine says:

    Brownies are actually my favorite sweet treat. Its always hard to find a great brownie recipe. Thanks

  51. Tina Hayes says:

    I laughed when I saw your comment about the button, and then laughed harder when I scrolled down and saw the code sent to you from your fellow bloggers! Thanks for a giggle, and for the giveaway!

  52. Barbara Mc/Whenihave Time says:

    Love brownies, thank you for the opportunity!

  53. Cake, I would make a lot of Cake!

  54. Those brownies look really really good.I like your prize package.Happy Holidays! 🙂

  55. Mary McGuire Owens says:

    Everyone has room for a little brownie!

  56. I love brownies topped with frosting! The more chocolate, the better!

  57. Yum, those look delicious!

  58. Brownies are my favorite. Thank for the great giveaway!

  59. Thank you for this simple, traditional brownie recipe. IMHO, the traditional brownie is the best.

  60. We love brownies from scratch at our house and this is another great recipe to try!!

  61. Pam Gurganus says:

    These brownies look and sound amazing! Thank you for sharing. And thank you too for this wonderful giveaway opportunity! Best wishes to all those entering and happy holidays! 🙂

  62. Christina C says:

    This scavenger hunt is such a good idea! So fun. Those brownies look mouthwateringly good. 🙂

  63. sarah buki says:

    will need to try this recipie tonight!

  64. Chocolate on top of chocolate! Right down my alley …I will be making these soon!

  65. Edie Brooks says:

    I would enjoy using the mixer to make various cookie dough recipes and continue the tradition started with my grandmother and continues today… roll and cut cookies!

  66. The brownies look amazing! That Kitchenaid would be perfect for all sorts of hoilday sweets

  67. Love the post! Thanks for the giveaway!

  68. The brownies look delicious, sure would be cool to win the brownie kit and kitchen aid mixer so I could make some of these and the other great recipes I’ve seen on the scavenger hunt.

  69. Those look like the “perfect” brownie.

  70. Yay brownies! I love brownies definitely one of my favorite desserts! Anyways I would love to get the brownie giveaway I understand if not 🙂

  71. With a new KitchenAid Professional Mixer, I think I’d start with bread

  72. oops – my computer hiccupped as I was trying to comment. forgive me if this is a repeat. Please enter my name for the brownie giveaway.
    Thank you

  73. The brownies look so delicious

  74. These brownies look so good!

  75. I’ve been wanting to make brownies from scratch for a while – thanks for the great recipe!

  76. Thanks for the giveaways! <3

  77. I’m excited to get great new recipes on each blog! So much fun making treats for the holidays. 🙂

  78. Can’t wait to give these a try! Yummy!!

  79. With the kitchen aid I would continue to make moist and tasteful cupcakes and cakes 🙂

  80. Mmm! I haven’t found a brownie recipe as good as the brownies from a box, so I’ll have to try your recipe! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  81. Everyone loves brownies. Yummy!

  82. With the Kitchen Aide Pro mixer it would elevate and take my cupcakes to a whole other level… I would be able to make the lightest fluffiest cupcakes, sweetest and crispiest Macarons, and of course sweet treats with my daughters when we have mother daughter baking days.

  83. Looks just right
    A classic down home brownie. Because sometimes that’s all you need.

  84. Those brownies look soooo good… I never thought of “classic” brownies as having a separate frosting layer before, but I could see how your recipe could easily become a classic tradition around my house!

    I also love your photography– so dark and yet so appealing.

  85. I would make a poundcake

  86. Those brownies look delicious. Perhaps they would be the first thing I would make with my new mixer.

  87. Jane Downes says:


  88. Patti Brown says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe, and for both giveaways!

  89. thanks for the giveaways and for this brownie recipe

  90. I hope I win! Thanks for all your great ideas.

  91. Suranna Michael says:

    mmmmmm. Brownies. These look wonderful.

  92. Those brownies look so much better than boxed ones! I have to make these!

  93. I’d make my husband’s favorite cake – Devil’s food cake with dark chocolate ganache.

  94. I would make chocolate chip cookies!

  95. I very rarely make brownies from scratch (I’m too lazy) but yours look delicious!

  96. Heather Esposito says:

    Your brownies look delicious!!

  97. I absolutely LOVE brownies!! I’m still searching for that one recipe that knocks my socks off. This could be it!

  98. Alexis P. says:

    After I finish typing this comment I am going to run to the nearest supermarket and myself some brownies. All the images for my tummy growling. Also will be a nice little treat while I catch up with Sons of Anarchy!

  99. Cindi Jones says:

    Drooling over those brownies!

  100. The brownies look amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

  101. Yum! I love trying new brownie recipes!

  102. awesome recipe thank you

  103. margaret gerland says:

    I would love a kitchen aid mixer, I would make everything I possibly could!

  104. JODI STEWART says:

    I am so happy to have found all of these blogs through this giveaway! I can’t wait to try the brownies! 🙂

  105. Michele Rodocker says:

    I love a good giveaway and a good brownie! Yummmm! Fingers Crossed. Thanks!

  106. Ashley Outland says:

    Thank you for the amazing giveaway!!!! 🙂

  107. Thank you so much for this recipe! I’m going to make these for a friend’s birthday this week 🙂

  108. Oh my! These brownies look AMAZING! I love brownies! I hope I win!

  109. I would make cookies & brownies for the holiday season.

  110. I’d make some great whole-grain bread!

  111. Katrina Sedillo says:

    If were blessed to win this giveaway, the very first thing i’d like to make with my dream appliance would have to be homemade macaroon cookies. I’ve yet to attempt baking macaroons but now i feel inspired and how cool would that be to try something bew in a brand new appliance! thank you 🙂

  112. I would love to try the fairytale brownies!

  113. D SCHMIDT says:

    Thank you for the chance to win and Merry Christmas!

  114. christina p says:

    MMM..brownies! Thanks for the giveaway!

  115. These look yummy, I will have to try it! Thanks for the giveaway too!

    1. We have a winner! Sheryl, your comment was picked by random.org as the brownie essential winner 😀

  116. I really need to try and make me some brownies

  117. Yummy!!!! Brownies, what could be better, nothing.

  118. Rikki-Dee says:

    I love brownies!!!

  119. Hi, Im from Malaysia. I’m still hunting for a delicious brownies recipe. Cant wait to try yours!Thanks for the great recipe 🙂

  120. Ang Madsen-Gilchrist says:

    Your brownie recipe looks amazing.

  121. I’d make a huge amount of cupcakes, head to my local VA and give them away to our veterans!

  122. kathy pilato says:

    those brownies look awesome!

  123. Katie Johnson says:

    Those brownies, they look sooo good!

  124. Brownies are my guilty pleasure! I’m always on a quest to find a new recipe! I can’t wait to try yours!

  125. Jehmie Durham says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  126. There’s nothing like a good ole brownie. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  127. Sweet recipe and thanks for letting me join in the giveaway this is awesome

  128. The brownies look perfect!

  129. Teri Davy says:

    Sweet, sweet brownies

  130. JenniferB says:

    I love your gift tags in the brownie picture

  131. Myra Kimball says:

    This is so cool.

  132. Christy N. says:

    This brownie recipe sounds soo delish! Can’t wait to try!:))

  133. Deepak Kumar says:

    I am so eager to try this at home. Will definitely try it at home. Yesterday I read Red Sauce Pasta Recipe and tried to make it. It was so tasty! I just can’t explain..

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