Cocoa Brownies with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

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I learned how to cook simply by hanging out in the kitchen as a child.

It originally began with my maternal grandmother…I would stand on a milk crate in order to reach the counter top and help her make whatever goodies she would be whipping up for that day. She had these mini baking pans that I would use and she would give me about a cup of batter to ‘play around’ with. For me this was our special time and I believe the beginning of me being able to find joy in the kitchen. This joy continued as I grew, where I would find myself still hang out in the kitchen with my mom as she explained to me exactly how good food was made. I can still hear her telling me, “if you can read a recipe…then you can cook anything”. Words that I took to heart and would make sure that our house was always stocked with an endless supply of cookies, rice krispie treats, and brownies.

Especially Brownies.

Brownies are so simple to make, yet can be chocolately, chewy, spicy, bittersweet, or just plain gooey. You can add nuts, morsels, spices, or just about anything to them. Every once in a while I love a good brownie with a sweet frosting…and that is the recipe that I will share with you today.

Cocoa Brownies Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons milk

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

  • 5 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons cocoa powder


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt, set aside.

cocoa brownies dry ingredients

In a separate mixing bowl, using a wooden spoon, mix together granulated sugar, light-brown sugar and melted butter until combine.

cocoa brownies mixture

Stir in eggs and vanilla extract and mix until blended. Add in half of the flour mixture and mix just until combine, add in milk and mix just until combine, then add remaining flour mixture and mix just until combine (batter will be very thick).

Pour batter into a buttered 8×8 baking dish and spread into an even layer.


Bake in preheated oven 25 to 30 minutes until center is nearly set.

Allow to cool completely then frost with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting and cut into squares (the frosting is a must for this recipe).

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

In a mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer on medium speed, whip together cream cheese and butter until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add in vanilla and powdered sugar, then sift in cocoa powder and mix until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute.

Store in an airtight container.

cocoa brownies with cream cheese frosting


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