Recipe: Decadent Chocolate Brownies
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Published on February 02, 2021

brownies on parchment paper

Recipe: Decadent Chocolate Brownies

Relationships with food are extremely complex. How you were raised, emotions, stress, sleep, economics, health concerns and weight goals – those are just some of the factors involved.

Although it may not hold true for everyone, I believe a healthy relationship with food can and should involve the occasional indulgence. For those that need a sweet pick-me-up, most days you may want to look for something a bit more calorie-conscious like a mini-candy bar or a frozen fudge bar.

However, if a decadent chocolate brownie can curb your sweet tooth for several weeks, than I would absolutely try out the one below. I will be serving them up to my loved ones this Valentine’s Day.

Decadent Chocolate Brownies


  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the frosting

  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish with foil. Spray foil with non-stick spray. Set aside. Combine melted butter and cocoa powder and blend with an electric mixer until smooth.
  2. Beat in the flour and sugar, then add the eggs and vanilla. Mix until just combined (batter will be thick.) Spread it evenly into prepared baking dish and bake 25-30 minutes.
  3. While baking, make frosting by beating together softened butter, milk, ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder and powdered sugar until smooth.
  4. Remove brownies from oven and let stand 15 minutes. Pour frosting over warm brownies. Let cool completely before cutting and serving. Enjoy!

Lauren Cornay, RD, LN, is a registered dietitian at Avera Heart Hospital.

If you’d like to learn more about healthy diet choices, contact the Avera Heart Hospital Dietitian Team.

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