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. I made the Ucchini brownies and frosted them but didn’t know whether they need to be refrigerated or not because of the milk and butter? They are amazingly moist and yummy!

  2. I made a triple chocolate bundt cake for a friend (as requested) and decided to try this frosting recipe. It is awesome! Definitely a keeper. Thank you!

  3. I, sometimes, make brownies and once I go all out and made a frosting from a fudge-recipe! Took it from the heat about 5minutes before cooking time was up! What a feast! The fudges did not solidify and taste so good with the brownies! And, I must admit, I usually shorten the browny-baking time!

  4. Going to use the Brownie Frosting recipe on Brownies for a group gathering. The Brownies will be in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Is this frosting recipe enough for a 9 x13 dish or should I double the recipe. I could not find the size of the brownie dish in this posting. Thanks.

    1. Hi, Connie! I am part of the iambaker team. With this recipe you would have a thin frosting, you may want to increase your amounts to make sure you have enough. Enjoy your get together!

  5. I used skim milk since this was all I had on hand and it was still incredibly delicious. I made my brownies in a cobbler size pan and the layer was a little thin. Next time I will increase the ingredients.

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