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

Brownie Frosting

I made some From-Scratch Brownie Mix this week.  I just decided that my brownies deserved a little decadence.

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 complimentary.  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.

Brownie Frosting

How to Make Brownie Frosting

You only need a few simple ingredients to create this fabulous recipe:

  • butter
  • cocoa powder
  • honey
  • vanilla
  • confectioners sugar
  • whole milk (try homemade buttermilk for a tangy twist!)

The 3rd ingredient is what throws people off, as it is not usually what we add to frosting. But don’t leave it out! It really does something magical to this recipe.

Why is it “Brownie” Frosting?

By far my favorite way to enjoy this frosting is on brownies. When you have an ooey gooey brownie (stop judging my picture above of those gooey-licious brownies, that is how I make them!) with a sweet chocolate frosting melting into every nook and cranny, it’s just magic. However, this frosting would be amazing on my Zucchini Cake as well as my Cream Cheese Pound Cake. The kids loved it there, but I prefer my pound cakes naked. 😉

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. 🙂

brownie frosting
4.91 from 33 votes

Brownie Frosting

Prep Time 2 mins
Total Time 2 mins
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 (125g) confectioners sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk, or heavy cream


  • In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment (a hand mixer works excellently here), 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. My favorite frosting for brownies is Hershey’s milk chocolate bars. Unwrap bars and have them ready to place atop brownies when they come out of the oven. Of course, they will melt, allowing them to be spread evenly over entire top. You can make the thickness of the “frosting” whatever you desire, depending on the number of bars you use. On an 11 x 13 pan, I use 6 regular bars, resulting in a 1/8″ frosting. You could use the larger, thicker bars for heavier frosting; dark chocolate and white chocolate bars are other options.

  2. Good recipe. I didnt find it sweet enough as written though, so I added extra honey and confectioners sugar and it was perfect!

  3. Kind of like knowing someone with a certain name and not liking them, and then hating that name in general! 😉

    These look amazing and I am glad you changed your mind!

  4. Oh my god! These were so good! I am not even kidding, everyone couldn’t stop sneaking frosting directly from the bowl. I was left with no frosting and naked brownies in the end! Even my 3 year old cousin was in on the competition of gobbling frosting.

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

    The three reasons you’ve listed are ALL good reasons to consider frosting a brownie. You may have converted me, as well. Phew …. I can hardly wait to make this frosting!

    Gisele ~

  6. I just made this and it is such a delicious frosting recipe. I nearly ate the whole bowl before I was able to frost the brownies. Yum!

  7. Hi there I need to make brownies ahead of time, does this recipe works if I refrigerate it after frosting? Thanks

  8. Hi, i am going to use your frosting on a baci cake. By saying powder you mean cocoa pawder? Tks for your help

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