Classic Cocoa Powder Brownies with Quick Chocolate Frosting


For the brownies:

  • 1/2 cup canola oil (or another light cooking oil) 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (optional ingredients, but pecan and walnuts are so good here!)

For the quick chocolate frosting: 

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk 


1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°. Grease an 8x8-inch glass baking dishing with butter or non-stick cooking spray and set it aside. In a medium-size bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt, stir and set the bowl aside. In another small bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar, oil, and extract.

2. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the egg mixture all into the large bowl.  Use a wooden spoon to mix it all together and soon a thick batter will form. If you are adding chopped nuts, fold them into the batter now. 

3. Transfer the batter into the prepared baking dish and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until top of brownies looks done and the edges are lightly browned. Remove brownies from the oven and cool completely on a rack.

4. While the brownies are cooling, make the chocolate frosting. In a medium-size mixing bowl, lightly cream butter with a whisk or a wooden spoon. Add in the cocoa powder and corn syrup and mix well. Whisk in the oil, milk and extract until a creamy chocolate frosting forms. Cover bowl with frosting until ready to use. Spread chocolate frosting evenly over the cooled brownies.

       *Top the frosted brownies with festive sprinkles for special occasions...or just because, you know... SPRINKLES! :)

4. Serve with with coffee, tea or a big glass of ice cold milk and enjoy!

Recipe from A Little Fish in the Kitchen blog at All content is owned by Marcelle G. Bolton. Please contact the author for permission to republish.