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Retro-style Old Fashioned Iced Fudge Brownies. Taking it back to grade school today with these DELICIOUS classic fudge brownies. Picture a fudgy, buttery, milk chocolate brownie base, layered with the most delectable, roll your eyes back good, chocolate icing. These brownies are rich, sweet, and fudgy. Added bonus…these bars require only pantry staple ingredients and take almost no effort to make. They’re sweet, salty, heavy on the chocolate, and every last bite is truly delicious. The perfect treat to enjoy as an afternoon/after-school snack. And equally great for any upcoming fall gatherings…including game days. Basically, they’re pretty perfect for just about everything.

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Every single year around this time, I fall back on “old school” style desserts. The ones that our moms or grandmas would make…and we’d all happily devour. Something about September, the start of school, and fall being only weeks away, always make me crave old-fashioned, vintage-style desserts.

Granted, brownies don’t ever really go out of style per se, but these feel like a classic, retro brownie. Like the ones sold at bake sales, with the most delicious chocolate icing, and sprinkles on top.

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I don’t say things are perfect almost ever, but these really are pretty perfect. Every single bite just leaves you wanting another.

And, come on, they’re pretty fun too!

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So the inspiration?

Well like I said, it was really just the time of year. With school starting back up again and a coolness brewing in the air, I wanted to share a dessert that would be great for packing up in lunch boxes, or enjoyed as an after-school treat.

Or of course, a dessert that could be sold at all the upcoming school bake sales.

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Diving into the details – lets start with the brownie

The brownie is, of course, the best part. While maybe not the best part, since it’s really made better with the frosting. But my point is that even without the frosting the brownie is so good.

It’s my crinkle top brownie recipe, just adjusted to be a little less sweet since we’re adding icing.

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The key is to use melted semi-sweet chocolate chips and a lot of whisked eggs.

The extra chocolate is obvious, but the whisked eggs? You need those to create a crinkly top with a fudgy, rich chocolate brownie underneath. Whisking the eggs prior to mixing creates air within the eggs. This helps to create that delicious crinkly top.

The batter comes together quickly, just melt the chocolate and butter together. Add the sugar, coffee, and vanilla, then stir in the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda.

Nothing fancy at all, but I promise you, this batter yields the best brownies.

Oh, and don’t forget to stir in a handful of chocolate chips at the ends. We love a few chocolate chips swirled throughout our brownies.

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Onto the icing…the only way to make brownies better

Normally, I don’t love an overly sugary icing, but man oh man, I love this icing so much. It really does complete these brownies and gives them an “old-fashioned” vintage vibe.

The icing needs to be thick and fudgy, with a crackly top. Think of a just set top that has glazed over and stiffened, but then underneath is fudgy, loose frosting.

Very old school, very vintage…that’s what I was going for.

The ingredients are simple: butter, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, and milk.

The trick is to whisk in some almost hot milk. The heat from the milk warms the butter and turns the cocoa powder into a rich creamy chocolate.

Once the brownies are cooled, simply spread the icing over top. And that’s it…easy!

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If you’d like to decorate with sprinkles, now’s the time. Once the frosting sets, it becomes hard on top and the sprinkles will not stick.

If you’re into sprinkles you can have a lot of fun with all the different types. Target has orange and black, monster mash, and graveyard ghouls that are super cute!

When you cut into the bars, the icing will crack into the fudginess underneath. It’s almost magical, and trust me, it’s going to get you excited. One bite is all you need to become addicted…but in a good way. Because nothing beats a really great brownie!

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Looking for other back-to-school desserts? Here are a few ideas: 

Lunchroom Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Healthier Homemade Nutter Butter Cookies

Gooey Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Homemade Vegan Twix Bars

Salted Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Snickers Bars

Lastly, if you make these Old Fashioned Iced Fudge Brownies, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Old Fashioned Iced Fudge Brownies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 22 brownies
Calories Per Serving: 342 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Chocolate Icing


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9×13 inch pan with parchment paper.
    2. In the microwave, melt together the butter and 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (stir at 30 second intervals) until melted and smooth. Stir in the sugar, vanilla, and instant coffee. 
    3. In a small bowl whisk the eggs for 1 minute until bubbly on top. Stir the eggs into the chocolate mix. Add the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Stir until just combined. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Spread the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 28-30 minutes or until the brownies are just set. Let cool.
    4. Meanwhile, make the icing. Add the butter, 2 cups powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, and 1/4 cup warm milk to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat until smooth, adding additional warm milk until the frosting becomes thicker, but still drizzly. Taste, adding more sugar if needed. Spread the icing over the bars. Let set 10 minutes, then decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Let set another hour or until dry. Slice, snack, and enjoy! 


To Make Gluten Free: Use an equal amount of your favorite gluten free flour blend in place of the all-purpose flour. I recommend Cup4Cup gluten free flour or Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour. 
Storing: These bars keep well for 3-4 days at room temperature or in the fridge. 
To cool the bars quickly for icing: place in freezer for 15 minutes. Remove and frost.
To Bring Eggs to Room Temperature: place the eggs in a bowl and fill with warm water. Let sit 5 minutes.
For extra thick brownies: bake in a 9×9 inch square baking dish for 30-35 minutes. 
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  1. Wowza. Just made this. Delicious, super rich. I think I may have added too much I start coffee cause we could definitely taste it, haha hopefully the kiddos can sleep tonight. Love the texture and thickness! These are perfect for any die hard chocolate lovers!

    1. Hi Jamie,
      Happy Sunday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan

  2. Wondering if I could add some espresso powder instead of coffee granules and if so how much? Also where can I buy the fun chocolate sprinkles? Thanks

    1. Hi Delaney,
      I would just skip the coffee:) Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx

  3. Hi there! If I use UNsalted butter (because that’s all I have, and I need brownies 🙂 )
    Can I just add a touch of salt in with the flour?

    1. Hey Heather,
      You bet, just add 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xTieghan

    2. I made these last night. I’m not sure if they turned out right! They are very thin (very little rise?) I used a smaller square pan because it just didn’t seem like enough batter for a 9×13! Seems like maybe I did so.erhing wrong based on the other comments….??

      1. Hey Patty,
        So sorry to hear this, was there anything you may have adjusted in the recipe? There should have been plenty of batter for a 9×13 baking dish. Please let me know how I can help! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    These were the best brownies I’ve ever made. I actually adapted the recipe based on what I had on hand using semi sweet chocolate baking bars instead of chips and it turned out great. My husband was counting down the minutes until I let him cut into them. Thanks for a great brownie recipe and finally ending my search for delicious brownies!

    1. Hey Alexandra,
      Happy Sunday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks bunch for giving it a go! xxTieghan

  5. Made these today while snowed in since the ingredients are basically pantry staples… we cut the recipe in half because I didn’t have enough powdered sugar for a whole batch of icing and used an 8×8 and they were perfect! It’s my first time making homemade brownies (shameful) and I’ll definitely be using this recipe again. The icing reminded me of my grandmother’s and was definitely nostalgic for me. 🙂

    1. Hi Ashley,
      Wonderful! I really appreciate you giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    I made these for Christmas Day with family. They were so easy to make with pantry ingredients and delicious. I received many complements. I even gave away my printed recipe to a family member so she could make them for another get together with family a few days later. Will definitely be making these again and again.

    1. Hey Robyn,
      I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for testing it out! Have a great week! xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    These brownies. Are. So. Good!!
    I made these yesterday for the last day of yr 10 and they were a hit all around 🙂

    Thanks for the awesome recipe.

    1. Hey Danelle,
      Happy Friday!! Love to hear that you liked the recipe, thanks for giving it a try! Have a great weekend. xTieghan

    2. These brownies are amazing! Super rich chocolate-ty fudgy-ness!! Whipped them up quickly and I was impressed with their soft gooey-ness. Chocolate heaven for chocolate lovers. Thank you for a great recipe that’s a keeper!

      1. Hey Virginia,
        Happy Sunday!! So glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it!! ? xx

  8. 3 stars
    Your recipes are are often my go-to ones! This one though didn’t come out fudgy like I expected it to from your recipe title. It’s definitely more cakey and not our preference. I followed all instructions, just used a glass 8×8 baking pan and cooked a bit longer. The batter, though, was incredible! And it should be okay eaten with ice cream.

    1. Hey Jenna, I’m sorry this recipe wasn’t what you hoped it would be! Thanks for letting me know, I really appreciate the feedback! xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    I’ve made these brownies 4 times since you posted them. They are such a hit and a 9×13 pan is gone within 48 hours LOL. My favorite brownie recipe I’ve ever made!

    1. Hey! This is awesome, I’m so happy to hear this recipe turned out the way you’d hoped! 🙂 xTieghan

    1. Hey Lindsay,
      Happy Friday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thank you so much for making it! Sorry, I’ve never tried adding zucchini to these. xTieghan

  10. 5 stars
    I made these brownies without icing (as I was looking for a less sweet dessert) and they were awesome. I also made another version without the coffee granules and substituted a teaspoon of cinnamon and a quarter teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper and they were equally awesome. I did used this icing recipe on a chocolate espresso cake that I made for my husbands birthday and it was easy and delicious.

  11. 5 stars
    Made this last weekend, so good. I did think there was a lot of icing when making it, but once you take a bite it’s perfect. Love modern bakes, but also love a classic Like this that takes you back too. Xx