Old Fashioned Ultra Chewy Brownies with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting


We all have our favorite type of brownie. Some of us like them ooeey gooey, some of us like them chewy. Some like a more modern brownie that’s ultra rich and nearly bittersweet, and some of us like them sweet and mild – more of a milk chocolate brownie. Well, chewy milk chocolate brownie lovers, this post if for you (I still don’t quite understand  the semi-sweet chocolate craze. I don’t like bittersweet, I like sweet. But who knows, maybe as I continue to age and my tastes change I will start to understand it more… or maybe I will always be more of a milk chocolate loving lady =)!

I like different brownies for different moods and cravings, but the majority of the time I like them chewy, not too gooey and not overpoweringly chocolaty. I think covering them with frosting is a nice splurge and a definite upgrade too.
I mentioned before I frequently visit a local bakery and I always get the same thing – their incredibly chewy brownie covered with chocolate cream cheese frosting. After far too many weekly (and sometimes biweekly) visits there, I finally decided I needed to recreate it at home. After several attempts I have finally done it! I’d say this recipe is an exact replica of that brownie that I adore. The first time I bought and tasted one, I remember thinking it was so different from other brownies, and they are. These brownies use a far less butter to flour ratio (than your average brownie), they have no baking chocolate in them just plain old cocoa powder, they use two types of sugar and they contain a little bit of milk. These will probably be the chewiest brownies you will ever eat! It’s like a big, thick, cookie texture like brownie (you could even call them brownie cookie bars).
I decided to call these Old Fashioned Brownies for a few reasons. First, this is what I picture my Grandma making. Second, the bakery that inspired these has an old fashioned feel to  it. Lastly, I think the more modern trend of the brownie is dark chocolate, super rich and gooey and these are quite opposite of that, more classic and old fashioned.
I hope you love these brownies as much as I do!


Old Fashioned Ultra Chewy Brownies with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 12 brownies


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder*
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter , melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 1 recipe Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting , recipe follows

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 5 oz cream cheese , softened
  • 3 Tbsp butter , softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt, set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, using a wooden spoon, mix together granulated sugar, light-brown sugar and melted butter until combine. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract and mix until blended. Add in half of the flour mixture and mix just until combine, add in milk and mix just until combine, then add remaining flour mixture and mix just until combine (batter will be very thick). Pour batter into a buttered 8x8 baking dish and spread into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven 40 - 45 minutes until center is nearly set. Allow to cool completely then frost with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting and cut into squares (the frosting is a must for this recipe). Store in an airtight container.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In a mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer on medium speed, whip together cream cheese and butter until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add in vanilla and powdered sugar, then sift in cocoa powder and mix until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  2. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

Recipe Notes

*Recipe updated 6/3/13 - increased cocoa from 1/3 cup cocoa to 1/2 cup cocoa and flour decreased slightly (due to cocoa increase).


  • Faith: Oh, my word. I need these in my life. September 18, 2012 at 2:15pm Reply

  • The Cooking Actress: I think the darker chocolates are an acquired taste. I always liked both, but when it came to eating a candy especially (but also in general) I always leaned toward milk chocolate. Then a few years ago I started trying to make myself have more dark chocolate since it’s better for you. Now I like it sooo much better than milk chocolate! :P September 18, 2012 at 2:21pm Reply

  • Sylvie: The one thing I have yet to succeed in making is a brownie (the failures of my many attempts in my teens still haunt me), but this looks so good and so something a brownie amateur like me could eventually succeed in. September 18, 2012 at 2:30pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: That cream cheese frosting is absolutely heavenly! September 18, 2012 at 3:57pm Reply

  • Anu: Frosting looks delicious and a wonderful top layer. September 18, 2012 at 7:08pm Reply

  • ladydilettante: This is too delicious for one’s own good. September 18, 2012 at 7:35pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Thanks everyone for the comments, I love love getting comments! And yes there is a delicious thick layer of frosting on top to going along with that thick delicious brownie. My husband loved them so much he ate one for breakfast, what a great start to the day =). September 19, 2012 at 8:59am Reply

  • holly: The frosting looks superb, and the cake looks so fudgy and yum. September 19, 2012 at 11:21pm Reply

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction: the queen of classy desserts! i am loving these! nothing… and i mean NOTHING… beats a real chewy, dense brownie with chocolate frosting! that’s how my mom always made them :) September 20, 2012 at 12:05pm Reply

  • Nicole {WonkyWonderful}: These look amazing! I’m craving chocolate today – I’m going to go make them right now & I pinned it :) September 20, 2012 at 4:28pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Thanks Sally =)! I hope you enjoy Nicole, thanks for pinning! September 21, 2012 at 5:49pm Reply

  • Anonymous: OMG !! I will never buy another box of brownie mix. I found this recipe on pinterest and decided to try it and it will definety be on my favorites list. I didn’t have an 8×8 pan so I used an 11×7 glass baking dish and reduced the baking time to 35 min. So So Good !!

    Thanks Jaclyn for the recipe :) September 22, 2012 at 5:55pm Reply

  • Charlotte: I made these today and they for some reason were so hard!! The only change I made was halving the sugar. I don’t uderstand…. :'((( September 22, 2012 at 6:29pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: They were probably hard from halving the sugar, sugar makes baked goods tender :). June 2, 2013 at 5:23pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Anonymous – I’m so glad to hear you enjoy these. I feel the same way, boxed brownie mixes are out for me =). Thanks for the comment!
    Charlotte – These definitely shouldn’t be hard, they are much chewier than your average brownie but shouldn’t be hard. I don’t know that I would recommend halving the sugar and I would just recommend you try baking them for about 35 minutes if you like a gooier brownie. Sorry yours didn’t turn out! September 22, 2012 at 6:56pm Reply

  • Anonymous: Should I double the recipe if using 9 x 13 pan? September 23, 2012 at 6:52am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Anonymous – I think I would recommend doing 1 1/2 the recipe and reducing the baking time slightly. Double would probably work too though but you might need to bake a little longer. I hope you enjoy =)! September 23, 2012 at 9:37am Reply

  • Anonymous: These are absolutely delicious! I added a little bit of whipped cream to my frosting and they are heavenly! Thank you! September 25, 2012 at 10:27am Reply

  • Mak: I just made these with my roommates! SO yummy and easy! Thank you :) September 26, 2012 at 8:12pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Anonymous and Mak – you are so welcome! Thank you for the comments =)! I’m glad to hear you liked them, they are one of my favorites. September 27, 2012 at 7:57pm Reply

  • Carol | a cup of mascarpone: These look sinfully beautiful!!! October 3, 2012 at 2:24pm Reply

  • Lucie: Looks amazing and makes me want to get out in the kitchen and start baking October 7, 2012 at 8:04pm Reply

  • Flamemcbain: Chocolate cheese frosting??? Good Lord in Heaven…that sounds just brilliant..must make these. October 18, 2012 at 8:49am Reply

  • GingerGirl Photography ~ Amy Ferrell: Just made these and OMG how delicious were they!!!! Success in our house! October 18, 2012 at 7:28pm Reply

  • Sarah: These are so delicious! Everyone loved them. I made them on a whim when I realized I wanted to bake a treat for breakfast tomorrow morning (and these don’t require softening of butter, etc) , but too late.. everyone ate them as dessert tonight! They made the house smell divine as they were cooking. Just the epitome of Fall :) Love the texture, the taste, you nailed this one! Can’t wait to try some more of your recipes October 24, 2012 at 6:18pm Reply

  • Sarah: Oh my gosh. wrong recipe, please forget that previous comment! My apologies!
    But these look fabulous too, and are next on my list :D October 24, 2012 at 6:19pm Reply

  • Brisbane wedding hair and makeup: That frosting looks so delicious. I am going to print this out and make it for sure. November 21, 2012 at 1:27am Reply

  • Tris McCallum: These were delish! The frosting was to die for :) Great brownies this is a keeper. January 15, 2013 at 10:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Tris – I am so glad you liked them. Thanks for the comment! January 18, 2013 at 9:00pm Reply

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  • hu: Why did you only use cocoa powder? Other recipes use melted semi sweet chocolate….How would you make this as a cupcake…? Definitely going to try this recipe. Looks amazing! February 2, 2013 at 11:21am Reply

    • Jaclyn: If you search the web for brownies with cocoa powder you will find tons of recipes for them that don’t have any melted chocolate =). Some prefer that way because of convenience since cocoa powder seems to be an ingredient many people keep on hand, I used them in these because it seems more old fashioned and when I called the local bakery I asked them and they said they didn’t use melted chocolate just butter and cocoa. I think they’d be okay as cupcakes if you reduce the baking time. I hope you do have a chance to try them =). February 4, 2013 at 7:38pm Reply

  • Baby got back muscles | Enlightened Runner: […] I wanted to use the leftover Nutella I had from making these.  I found an amazing recipe for chewy brownies (my fav) and decided to top them off with Nutella Buttercream Frosting.    The verdict: […] February 11, 2013 at 8:16pm Reply

  • Renee: Oh my gosh….these are DELICIOUS!! I doubled the recipe and put it in a 9by 13 pan, baked for 42 minutes and they were perfect! I HAD to cut off a big edge piece and try it as soon as it came out of the oven. I couldn’t resist. I did NOT double the frosting and thought there was still plenty for the larger pan! Thank you for this unique recipe. I too like the old fashioned flavor and chewiness! I think they are plenty chocolatey and the brown sugar really gives depth of flavor. Now if only I could stop eating them! (Giggles..). April 5, 2013 at 2:29pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I have that same problem of being able to stop eating them :). I’m so glad you enjoyed these brownies Renee and thanks for the tip for anyone who wants to double the recipe. Thanks for your comment! April 14, 2013 at 3:36pm Reply

  • Vanzvanni: Hi! I think you have a fabulous recipe! Can i know what type of pan you used? The pans we use does affect the end product right? Thanks! May 2, 2013 at 4:31am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I used a glass baking dish for these. If you used a dark non-stick pan you would maybe want to reduce the baking time by a few minutes. I hope you love them! May 2, 2013 at 8:31pm Reply

  • Louanne: These look so amazing, and you’re right, I always have cocoa in my pantry, but it’s rare that I have a bar of baking chocolate. I’m going to make these with the gluten-free flour that I use; I’ll let you know the outcome for anyone else who would like to make them gf. June 6, 2013 at 11:36am Reply

  • Briana: These are so delicious. The frosting is definitely a must, and that’s even after I only used about a cup of powdered sugar. Definitely keeping this recipe handy! Thanks for sharing! June 7, 2013 at 11:31am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome Briana! I’m glad you liked these brownies! June 7, 2013 at 1:34pm Reply

  • Archana: Thanks for this – have been looking for a chewy brownie recipe for a while now. The last time I had a chewy brownie I was very small and then some gooey dark chocolate craze overlook Britain and I couldn’t find chewy milk chocolate brownies anywhere.

    My husband sends his thanks too :) June 14, 2013 at 1:12pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome Archana (and your husband :)! Thanks for your comment! June 22, 2013 at 4:29pm Reply

  • Nancy G: Just made these for a night time snack. They remind me of the brownies my mom made when I was a kid! That’s a good thing :) July 22, 2013 at 6:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad to hear that Nancy! Thanks for your comment! July 22, 2013 at 10:48pm Reply

  • Stephanie: These brownies are nothing short of amazing.. and the icing, my oh my! I will never buy a box again! My grandfather, who rarely eats anything that isn’t homemade, was skeptical of me- he said they were SO good and SO perfect, he could hardly believe that I found a recipe that was so good! January 21, 2014 at 9:28am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear the great review Stephanie! Thanks so much for your comment! January 22, 2014 at 9:11pm Reply

  • Vanessa: I made these brownies with a different frosting for superbowl :) I doubled the recipe in a 9×13 pan and they were great! This weekend is my SIL baby shower, so I am tripling the recipe in a 9×13 for a very thick brownie and topping them with fudge frosting! I am also making your chocolate and vanilla cheesecake cupcakes! Thank you for all of your great recipes! Every recipe I have made from your site comes out great!! EVERY RECIPE! Thank you for being so awesome! February 6, 2014 at 7:52am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear that Vanessa :)! Thanks so much for your comment! February 16, 2014 at 6:51pm Reply

  • Rosa: Is the oven temp that you recommend for this recipe Celsius or Fahrenheit. It sound like a very high temp 350 degrees for what Im use to. February 17, 2014 at 11:26pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It is in fahrenheit. February 17, 2014 at 11:33pm Reply

  • Amber: I just made these…. seriously, soooo good! The frosting is amazing and the brownies turned out so perfect! Even my fiancé liked them and he’s not a fan of sweets. Definitely a must try recipe and easy to make :) March 2, 2014 at 8:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for leaving a review Amber! So glad you and your fiance enjoyed them! March 18, 2014 at 8:42pm Reply

  • Dorena: Hi,
    Brownies look yummy, however how did you make the design on the frosting?

    Thanks March 3, 2014 at 11:53am Reply

  • Jacqueline C.: Has anyone tried making these brownies using cup-for-cup all-purpose gluten-free flour? April 11, 2014 at 7:57pm Reply

  • KC: Did you use Hershey’s Unsweetened cocoa? If not, what kind? July 22, 2014 at 7:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes, and that’s what I use most of the time. July 22, 2014 at 11:17pm Reply

  • Bec: These look delicious! How did you make the frosting design on the brownies? September 26, 2014 at 12:51pm Reply

  • Carolynn: I just made this for a friend and her daughter that just lost their husband/father unexpectedly. They were perfect, thank you so much for your wonderful recipes, your site is the first place I go when I need a good dish. August 14, 2015 at 5:34pm Reply

  • Shelley: Hi Came across your recipe for Old Fashioned Ultra Chewy Brownies today and wanting to make them but wondering is that unsweetened cocoa powder? hope to hear soon May 29, 2016 at 1:02pm Reply

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