Best Brownie Recipe

My son came home the other day and begged for brownies.  Apparently one of his classmates had a birthday and the treat they brought in was a brownie which created a craving for him.  I completely get this as I have this reaction frequently when eating something yummy so I quickly did a search on the computer for a quick, easy brownie recipe.

The search landed me on to a recipe called, "Best Brownies" which had 4.5 stars out of 4,962 reviews.  Now, I always look at reviews but I have never seen a recipe ranked so high with that many reviews.  I knew I found my recipe.  I also love that everything is on hand and you don't have to use a mixer which is always a plus as far as I am concerned.

I made the brownies, they were fantastic and one of the things I liked best about them was the frosting you put on top of them while they are still warm.  The warmth from the brownies allows the frosting to ooze into this decadent treat.  Try them, if you don't believe me trust the 4,962 reviews.

Best Brownie Recipe 
(adapted from

1/2 cup butter
 1 cup white sugar
 2 eggs
 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
 2/3 cup chocolate chips (this is my own addition)
 3 tablespoons butter, softened
 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
 1 tablespoon honey
 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 1 cup confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan.

In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, chocolate chips and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook.

To Make Frosting: Combine 3 tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 cup confectioners' sugar. Frost brownies while they are still warm.

Makes 16 brownies