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Homemade brownies on a white plate

Homemade Brownies For a Crowd

This is a HUGE recipe, but I love that - bake once for a crowd or fill your freezer with brownies for any occasion.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 42 2-inch brownies



  • 8 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups cocoa (see note)
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour


  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a jelly roll pan (12 x 17 inch).

  2. Beat eggs with a mixer in a large bowl until a pale yellow. Then add sugar, salt, vanilla and beat for 1 minute.

  3. Add melted butter and blend. In another bowl, mix flour and cocoa with a whisk until well blended.
  4. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and mix until well combined.
  5. Spread into prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until brownies are set in the middle. Cool for 15 minutes and spread with frosting.

  6. For the Frosting: Blend powdered sugar, butter, and cocoa along with enough milk to make the frosting a spreadable consistency. Somewhere between 1/4 to 1/2 cup of milk. You want a thick frosting that's barely spreadable. Spread over the brownies after they had cooled for 15 minutes. Keep spreading as the frosting melts making it even on the brownies. Allow brownies to continue to cool.

Recipe Notes


Finding the right kind of cocoa to use can be confusing. There's sweetened and unsweetened, baking cocoa...you name it. When you're looking for cocoa to buy, just look on the ingredients list and the only ingredient listed should be cocoa.


Yes. If you don't need a ton of brownies you can half this recipe and bake in a 9x13 baking dish.

Source: Real Mom Kitchen