Fancy Brownies

This is a quick and simple post because I am swamped this week. A while ago a friend showed me how to fancy up regular brownies by adding a layer of buttercream frosting and a chocolate glaze. If you have any leftover buttercream frosting this recipe will go together faster for you. Or if you must, you may use canned frosting. So for busy days when I don’t have time to be fancy, I remember recipes like this and realize I can.

Fancy Brownies
One large brownie mix- I like Duncan Hines
1 1/2- 2 cups buttercream frosting
1 stick butter
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Bake brownies in a 9×13 inch pan according to package directions. Cool and frost with buttercream frosting so that it is about 1/4 inch thick. Melt butter and add chocolate chips and stir until the glaze is smooth. Pour glaze over buttercream and spread evenly. Let the glaze set, slice brownies and serve. Makes 24 brownies.

Update- It’s a crazy week but I am hanging in there. My friend Bobby and I are feeding 30 hungry children tomorrow after the play rehearsal. Then on Friday feeding about 100 people during the play’s intermission plus feeding the children after the play. I think my friend Bobby and I will be all catered out. My friend Sheila and her daughter Amber are the directors and really have the biggest task of all. My kids are so excited. The boys are in a scene together playing Tweedledum and Tweedledee and Daelyn plays a duck. So cute.


  1. Melissa
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 7:58 AM | Permalink

    What a yummy idea! I never really thought of adding stuff to my brownies, I’ll have tot try it.

  2. Karen
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 9:47 AM | Permalink

    Very pretty and they sound delicious, too.

  3. Debbie
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 9:50 AM | Permalink

    You’re right…they do look fancy! But, how easy. I’m going to have to try them.

  4. oneordinaryday
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 10:44 AM | Permalink

    Wow, you are busy! The brownies look perfect. How’d you ever get such a clean cut?? I can never do that!

  5. Robin Sue
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 10:57 AM | Permalink

    oneordinaryday- I had chilled the brownies a bit and cleaned the knife with a cloth with each cut.

  6. That Girl
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 10:58 AM | Permalink

    And the best part is that you can change the flavor of the buttercream to really fancy them up – mint, orange, chocolate…..

  7. Robin Sue
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 11:00 AM | Permalink

    That Girl- Yes yes yes!! Mmm orange would be wonderful!

  8. Anonymous
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 11:42 AM | Permalink

    Perfect timing – I need a dessert to make for MOPS tomorrow! I happen to have cream cheese frosting on hand, so hopefully that will be just as tasty. Thanks, too, for the tips on cutting! Danielle

  9. noble pig
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 12:03 PM | Permalink

    Oh my goodness good luck it sounds fun and will be worth it!

    Great idea for the brownies, they look so elegant.

  10. unconfidential cook
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 12:28 PM | Permalink

    What a great idea! I bet plain old peanut butter (I love TJ’s unsalted) would be good in there, too.

  11. Patsyk
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 12:57 PM | Permalink

    Great way to dress up brownies! They are show-stopping! 🙂

  12. Sabrina
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 3:56 PM | Permalink

    wow, thanks. I will be making these for teacher appreciation week. Good luck this week and weekend.

  13. Juliana
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 4:09 PM | Permalink

    Wow, these brownies look just so yummie…would like to have a bite. By the way, thank you so much for visiting my site and leaving nice note, I really appreciate.

  14. pigpigscorner
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 4:50 PM | Permalink

    A great way to present a brownie! Yum yum!

  15. Kay
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 5:02 PM | Permalink

    Robin, Your blog was my very first discovered last summer and being a creature of habit, I read Big Red Kitchen FIRST every morning.
    You are so real and I love what you cook!
    At the risk of criticizing you, some of your grammar today was not up to your standards.
    Read it again, and see what you think?

  16. Karen
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 6:10 PM | Permalink

    Sounds like a busy week! These brownies do look so fancy… will have to give them a try.

  17. Robin Sue
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 7:08 PM | Permalink

    Kay- Thanks, all fixed, editor fired! Have to run now!

    Unconfidential cook- Peanut butter would be smashing under that chocolate glaze. Great idea!

  18. Sheila
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 7:57 PM | Permalink

    These were tasty; to others- I actually got some! I agree with one of the readers, peanut butter would be terrific with these.

    Thanks for all your hard work, here and at school!

  19. Penny
    Posted May 7, 2009 at 8:23 AM | Permalink

    Robin Sue, You are one busy Mom. Good luck to the kids this weekend. Love this brownie idea.

  20. Grace
    Posted May 7, 2009 at 8:23 AM | Permalink

    fancy? yes. delicious? undoubtedly. great suggestion, and great photography! 🙂

  21. Carrie
    Posted May 7, 2009 at 12:31 PM | Permalink

    I love this idea! They look so pretty!

  22. Allison Lemons
    Posted May 7, 2009 at 4:33 PM | Permalink

    Just found your blog and love it! Your photos are beautiful. I really have to try this recipe. My kitchen has been severely lacking chocolate lately.

  23. Jenn@slim-shoppin
    Posted May 7, 2009 at 9:13 PM | Permalink

    Those brownies look awesome!

    What a great idea.

    It sounds like you do have a busy week this week, it sounds like fun!

    Good Luck!

  24. Girl Fisher
    Posted May 10, 2009 at 12:01 AM | Permalink

    These were yummy! I took part of the batch on a road trip, but I left them and the car. Let’s just say they’re stuck to the top of the container now.

  25. Lisa
    Posted May 11, 2009 at 5:32 PM | Permalink

    Now why have I never thought of this? These are gorgeous! I always have brownie mix in the cupboard and I have leftover cream cheese frosting in the frig. These could be happening at my house tonight!

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