Recipe orginally posted and baked by Half Baked Harvest.

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.


Chocolate Icing

1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter, at room temperature
2-3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup warmed milk
sprinkles, for decorating (optional)

    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


    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!