Easy Milk Chocolate Frosting for Brownies

"This is hands down the best fudgy frosting for brownies! It is super simple to make too! I don't recall where I got this from, but I use it a lot!"
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Ready In:




  • Melt butter in a small saucepan.
  • Add cocoa and remove pan from heat.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients until smooth.
  • Spread over brownies.

Questions & Replies

  1. Can I frost when brownies are warm?
  2. This turned out runny as a glaze not a thicker frosting as described or as shown in photo
  3. Do you need to refrigerate prior to placing it on cooled off brownies?


  1. This was perfect on top of Recipe#484465! Very simple to make, and the perfect amount for topping a 9"x13" pan of brownies. Thin enough when warm to pour over the brownies, so you don't drag crumbs everywhere and mar the icing surface, too. Thanks for posting! Made for PAC Fall '12
  2. Awesome. Tastes amazing! Add a TBL of peanut butter and thank me later. Yum either way.
  3. very simple and very yummy, perfect for brownies!
  4. I love it! It was perfect for my brownies and you can even use it for cupcakes. I did lots of baking during this time of COVID-19. :)
  5. I saw some reviews for the frosting be runny, and I thought I'd take the risk. The frosting ended up being amazing!


  1. When I used this recipe, I added powdered sugar and cocoa powder until I got a thick consistency
  2. I made this and as with all 'cold' recipes the wet ingredients can make or break it. I went 'light' on the milk and the result was an un-spreadable ball. Six drops ,,,,,, yeah, drops.... of half & half loosened it a lot. Tasting it screamed "too sweet" so another few drops of cream and another tsp of cocoa powder toned it down a bit. Another tbsp of room temp butter made it creamier to spread and enhanced the flavor a bit. This is one of those recipes that can be 'saved' if you are not happy with the consistency by adding small amounts of wet / dry / bitter / or sweet.... and, oh yeah, butter. Not the best frosting but extremely easy and one everyone can make using ingredients that nearly everyone has on the shelf.


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