Slices of iced brownies

Gooey brownies

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(47 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins


Makes 16-20

Make our rich, gooey brownies with the kids for an easy dessert or baking project. These fudgy chocolate squares are delicious with ice cream

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze un-iced only

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal164
  • fat9g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre0g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.16g


  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 75g plain flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 3 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 4 tbsp mixed white and milk chocolate chips
  • 100g milk chocolate
    Milk chocolate squares

    Milk chocolate

    mill-k chok-lit

    Milk chocolate is classically made from dark chocolate of low cocoa solid content and a higher…

  • 75g full-fat soft cheese


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a 20cm square brownie tin with baking parchment. Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric whisk, then add the eggs one by one.

  2. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder, and add the milk. Mix everything together, then stir in the chocolate chips. Spoon into the tin and level the top. Bake for 30 mins, or until the top is set, then cool completely.

  3. Meanwhile, make the topping, melt the milk chocolate, cool a little, then mix it with the soft cheese until fully combined and silky. 

  4. Spread the topping over the cooled brownies and cut into small squares – these are very rich.

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23rd May, 2020
Nice but not really a brownie. I was a bit dubious as I've never seen a brownie recipe which uses a raising agent before. Turns out that was justified as these are more like a cake than what I expect a brownie to be (dense and fudgey).
2nd Dec, 2016
This is a truly scrumptious recipe, so easy and what wonderful results, will definitely bake these again. Well done Alex, look forward to seeing more of your recipes
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18th May, 2015
thanks Alex (not me but you the Alex whom created the brownies) for this quick and easy recipe that taste lovely
11th Feb, 2015
Made this recipe this morning, it is quick and easy but produces cake like brownies rather than the more dense fudgy brownies i was looking for! A nice result but will try a different recipe next time.
28th Nov, 2014
Oh my gosh, simply stunning!! Easy peasy but so seriously yummy. I used half milk (galaxy) and half Bournville for the topping as that's what I had in. I wouldn't change a thing. Great recipe with fabulous results. All my old brownie recipes are now redundant!!!
5th Nov, 2014
I made these as a spontaneous bake, without the chocolate topping. They were delicious and super quick and easy to make, will definitely try them with the topping next time :)
little chef
9th Jul, 2014
I made this into a brownie cake and used greek yogurt instead of cream cheese. It was so chocolaty I felt sick just looking at it! A truly magnificent recipe
24th Mar, 2014
I usually don't like brownies because they are too heavy, BUT those are so delicious and light in comparison (only poured half of the icing). I loved them, as did my six-year-old daughter and her friend. I wanted to bake some more of those yesterday. Having no more cocoa powder I just tried with what I had and replaced it by 50g ground almonds. The result may not be as chocolaty as the actual recipe but tastes great.
25th Jun, 2014
27th Jan, 2014
I've never made brownies before and I found the recipe easy to use and you use minimal ingredients. They taste amazing and I was able to cut it into 30 pieces! I don't think that they need the extra topping but you could easily substitute the chocolate drops for: Smarties, bits of Mars bar, crushed Malteasers the list is absolutely endless! Thank you Alex for this amazing recipe!


23rd Feb, 2015
does anyone know why my potatoe gratin split ? I thought it might be that I put foil over it in the oven.
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2nd Mar, 2015
Hi keelyweely thanks for getting in touch and sorry to hear you haven't had success with a potato gratin, can you let us know which recipe you were following and hopefully we can help. You can reply to this or send us an email to
28th Jan, 2015
Could you swap the cocoa powder with hot chocolate powder?
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3rd Feb, 2015
Hi RimshaM, thanks for your question. We haven't tested this recipe using hot chocolate powder but we would suggest not using it as a substitute for cocoa as it contains other ingredients like sweeteners or flavourings which could alter the result. Hope this helps. 
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