I have a confession.  I have never liked Brownie Frosting. Until now! Pair it with the Best Brownie Recipe and you will be in heaven!

The Perfect Chocolate Frosting for Brownies
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Secret Ingredient Frosting

I made some From-Scratch Brownie Mix this week.  I just decided that my brownies deserved a little decadence. I opted to add honey to a basic chocolate frosting recipe and loved the results!

Brownie Frosting

Why Is This Frosting Specifically for Brownies?

Let me tell you why this is the perfect frosting specifically for brownies.

  • It’s soft, but ‘crusts’ ever so slightly after sitting out. The texture and consistency are natural and pure.
  • It is complementary. It adds to the overall flavor combination, not making one or the other the star of the show.
  • It is made to be applied to warm brownies, meaning that it locks in the moisture of the brownie itself and creates this seamless transition of velvety smoothness to a chewy gooey brownie.

Why is it “Brownie” Frosting?

By far my favorite way to enjoy this frosting is on brownies. When you have an ooey gooey brownie with a sweet chocolate frosting melting into every nook and cranny, it’s just magic. Be sure to add it to my Double Fudge Brownies, too!

Minute Frosting

Not only is the brownie frosting perfectly delicious, but it is also fast and easy. Take about a minute to come together and spreads easily over cooled brownies. I have added it to brownies right out of the oven before, and while that tastes AMAZING, it doesn’t look as pretty. If you want to tackle that delicious option, double the recipe and use half immediately then the other half after the brownies are cool.

I think it’s safe to say that I am officially converted into a fan of frosting on brownies! Hope you are too. 🙂

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Brownie Frosting

Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
This frosting is so smooth and creamy, you might not use it on just brownies!


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (125 g) confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk, or heavy cream


  • In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, or using a hand mixer, combine room temperature butter, cocoa, honey, vanilla, and confectioners sugar.
  • Turn mixer on low and let it combine ingredients for about 30 seconds.
  • Slowly add milk, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach desired consistency. You may not need all 3 tablespoons, you may need 1 more, it can vary from season to season and kitchen to kitchen.
  • Spread over warm brownies.

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Reader Comments

  1. It’s named correctly. I always use the box brownies, but never frosted them because the frostings always seemed to be more a distraction than a complement. I tried this, and it absolutely is the best. This frosting would even make the Betty Crocker box taste good.

  2. I prefer making my meals and desserts from scratch. I have never been a fan of boxed foods. These recipes are delicious. We use to make the Mayo cake every Sunday after Mass. I could not remember the recipe, so thank you for this.

  3. I made this frosting for my chocolate brownies and it is delicious!!! My grandson loved them. I will be sharing it with others. Thank you!!

  4. Just wondering how soft the brownie frosting is. I don’t like a frosting so soft they would be hard to transport.

    1. Just add more/less milk to how thick you like your frosting. I like it- it has a nice consistency and adds nice texture to the brownie.

  5. Can this be made ahead of time and placed on cool brownies later? or does it harden too much? I am traveling for a family function and want to prep ahead of time.

  6. Love this recipe for brownies. As it says it compliments the flavor and just makes them better and it’s easy to make.

  7. Is this enough for a 9×13 pan of brownies? I may have missed it but didn’t see that information.

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