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Classic Brownies with Frosting

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. 

Classic Brownies | Kita Roberts
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Classic Brownies | Kita Roberts


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

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Yield: 24 brownies

Classic Brownies with Frosting

Classic Brownies | Kita Roberts
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes


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
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Chocolate Frosting

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


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

For the brownies

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

For the frosting;

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

Classic Brownies | Kita Roberts

Deepak Kumar

Saturday 20th of July 2019

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..

Nutmeg Nanny

Wednesday 18th of December 2013

Yum, these brownies look simply delicious :)

Christy N.

Sunday 15th of December 2013

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

Myra Kimball

Sunday 15th of December 2013

This is so cool.

Mindy Blankenbeckler

Sunday 15th of December 2013

I would try to make mine gluten free.

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