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Chocolate Brownies

This will easily become your go-to chocolate brownie recipe. They are super moist and chocolatey filled with walnuts and topped with chocolate buttercream icing.

* Make sure to read the entire blog post. Every step matters, and I’ll provide helpful tips along the way!

Chocolate Brownies

When it comes to my Dad and thinking of something special to bake for him for Father’s Day, my options become endless! This man loves sugar!! It’s probably one of the reasons why we always had dessert growing up, something a little sweet to finish off a nice family dinner; to fix Dad’s cravings!!

He’s a simple man when it comes to desserts and doesn’t like to stray away from what he already likes. His favourites include bread pudding, rice pudding, buttery sauces, custards, cupcakes with buttercream icing, anything coconut, and chocolate brownies. He loves it all, and I’m not sure there is a day that goes by that he doesn’t sneak a sweet.

I can always guess what my Dad is going to have for dessert when we are out at a restaurant or even when we are in a bakery, a grocery store or a market. He’s become the ultimate connoisseur when it comes to any of those desserts and he always says the same thing..”It’s not as good as your mother’s or your baking!” At first, I used to think he was full of it, and just wanted to always flatter us. But over the years I’ve begun to believe him. He’s a man of habit and knows what he likes, he’s gotten used to being spoiled by my mother’s baking, his mother and mother-in-law, and now me.

There’s nothing more enjoyable than baking for someone who can’t wait to take a bite, sneaks (or steals, depending on how you look at it) tastes, always goes back for seconds and is happy to know you’re in the kitchen baking for him. My Dad is one of the reasons why I bake, it goes both ways.

He’s happy getting his desserts and I love seeing him happy. It’s such a simple gift!

So for this Father’s Day I’ve decided to bake him one of his favourites that my mom consistently has around the kitchen (for him to sneak more than his fair share). There’s nothing more simple than chocolate brownies with walnuts and of course, you can’t forget the chocolate buttercream icing when we are talking about my Dad!

I had to add a picture of my Dad, because my mom was worried that I’d written him up to be an unhealthy man! He does enjoy other things besides desserts, and as he says “he treats his body like a temple”.

Love you Dad, Happy Father’s Day!

I hope you enjoy these chocolate brownies as much as my Dad does!

Happy Baking.

Me and Dad

My Dad’s Favourite Chocolate Brownies

This will easily become your go-to chocolate brownie recipe. They are super moist and chocolatey filled with walnuts and topped with chocolate buttercream icing.

  • Author: Alie Romano
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: one 9x11 pan 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


Units Scale
  • 4 oz milk chocolate
  • 2/3 cup (151 g) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (126 g) roughly chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Prepare a 9×11 baking dish with parchment paper (leave the edges of the parchment paper hanging over the sides so you can easily pull out the brownies once baked), set aside.
  3. In a heatproof bowl melt chocolate and butter on low-medium heat, whisk to combine.
  4. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.
  5. In a stand mixer beat eggs, sugar and vanilla together.
  6. Once the chocolate mixture has cooled slowly add to your egg and sugar mixture, beat until well combined.
  7. Add your dry ingredients in two batches until combined. Fold in the chopped walnuts.
  8. Pour the brownie mixture into your prepared pan.
  9. Bake for approx. 28 – 30 minutes until sides pull away and the middle is set.
  10. Let brownies cool in pan on a cooling rack.
  11. Ice with chocolate buttercream icing when cool, cut and serve. See icing recipe below.


Store brownies in an airtight container up to 3 days or in the freezer up to a month.


  • Serving Size: 1 brownie no icing
  • Calories: 140
  • Sugar: 12.9g
  • Sodium: 49mg
  • Fat: 6.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 18.1g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Protein: 2.4g
  • Cholesterol: 28mg

Keywords: Chocolate Brownies, Milk Chocolate, Dessert

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Chocolate Butter Cream Icing

This is a super smooth, buttery and chocolatey icing for all your special treats.

  • Author: Alie Romano
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: approx. 2 cups
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


Units Scale
  • 3 cups sifted icing sugar
  • 1 cup (227 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 12 oz good quality dark chocolate, melted
  • 23 tablespoons whipping cream


  1. Whip butter in a mixing bowl, until pale and fluffy.
  2. Add icing sugar, melted chocolate and whipping cream and whip until light and fluffy.
  3. Add more chocolate for a stronger flavour or more whipping cream if your icing is too stiff.

Did you make this recipe?

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I can’t wait to see what you’ve made! xo alie

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7 years ago
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Wowee these look delicious! Definitely going to have to try this one.

2 years ago
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These brownies were perfect – fudgy and slightly underdone, just the way we like them! And the icing put them over the top!

Alexandra S
Alexandra S
1 year ago
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I made these brownies because after trying the small batch brownie recipe on this blog I needed a bigger batch for a family get together. They did not disappoint. I did however use half milk chocolate and half dark chocolate and I left out the nuts and the icing, we served it with ice cream instead and they were a hit. I don’t know why, I like my brownies just plain, as is… these were great still with the missing ingredients. Still super soft as sweet enough still without the icing.

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