Frosted Texas Brownies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 20

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These Frosted Texas Brownies are made with a whisk and a bowl — no mixer required! They make a huge sheet pan and are perfect for potlucks! Includes recipe video

tall overhead image of frosted texas brownies with chocolate frosting and sprinkles cut into pieces

So here we are: Halloween.

I am actually not really into Halloween. (a) I’m not really into overly cutesy things, and don’t have much of an interest in making them or eating them. (b) Blood, guts and gore has never really been my thing either.

What I do like about Halloween: dressing the kids up in cute costumes so they can bring me a bucket of mini chocolate bars, and then heading to the store on November 1 to buy up the rest of the half price Halloween chocolates.

Anyone else?

one piece of texas brownies on a white plate with chocolate frosting and sprinkles

So here I am, and I’ll admit, I’m posting today because I usually post on Mondays. And not because I feel like I need to bring you some ridiculous cookie fingers or something of that sort.

BUT I thought it was a good reason to celebrate Halloween the only way I know how: with chocolate.

Lots of it.

large sheet pan with texas brownies cut into squares and one square missing

This Texas Brownies recipe is one my mom used to make when we were at home. I’m not sure where the recipe originated, and I see the same recipe on a lot of big sites like AllRecipes,, etc., and I’m sure it didn’t originate there either. It’s just one of those recipes that everybody has. And if you don’t, you should.

These have been my favorite brownies for a really long time. They are dense, fudgy, not cakey at all and have no need for frosting. They are perfect with ice cream.

But there are times when you want something different, maybe something slathered in chocolate frosting, or something to take along and serve a great big group of people. They are equally good, but they are complete opposites as far as brownies go. These brownies are moist and cakey, but they pair perfectly with a layer of chocolate frosting!

And I think you need both!

*These brownies freeze beautifully — so you should definitely make a big batch even if you don’t have to share!

See how easy they are to make in the recipe video!

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Frosted Texas Brownies

5 from 4 votes
These Frosted Texas Brownies are made with a whisk and a bowl — no mixer required! They make a huge sheet pan and are perfect for potlucks!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 20
Calories 345cal


  • 1 cup butter melted, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup coffee cold (or use water)


  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and grease a 10×15″ sheet pan (I like to line mine with tin foil before greasing!).
  • In a large bowl, combine butter and sugar with a whisk. Add eggs and whisk until smooth.
  • Add cocoa, milk, baking soda and vanilla and whisk until combined.
  • Stir in flour. Add coffee and stir until combined.
  • Spread into prepared baking sheet and and bake for 20 minutes, turning half way. Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature.
  • FrostingIn a medium bowl, combine butter, cocoa, milk, sugar and vanilla and whisk until combined. Spread over cooled brownies and let set — or don’t! Simply cut yourself a slab and dive right in ?

Nutrition Information

Calories: 345cal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 68mg | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 470IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Barbara Thibodeau says

    I got this recipe from my mother in law 53 yrs ago. Have made it over the yrs. has always been a family favorite . Some times I dress it up to take to a party. I put mini marshmallows when it come out of oven. Then I put it back in oven for a few minutes , take it out pour frosting over it. Immediately add chopped, drained and paper dried red and green cherries along with nuts. Very Festive!

  2. Diana says

    Just tried your recipe and in general making brownies for the first time in my life! Happy with the outcome although doesn’t remind the usual brownies. Icing is amazing!

  3. Nova says

    Is this more a cake than a brownie? I’m looking at the ingredients and they are similar to my chocolate cake recipe. I have a favourite brownie recipe which uses only about 3/4 cup flour and no leavening gent like baking soda. They are dense and fudgy I just don’t see how these would be the same.

  4. angie says

    THANK YOU soooo much…!!!!!
    the best cake/ brownie ever!!!
    I’ve made it twice… but 1/2 of the recipe… next time I’ll made the full recipe!!!

  5. Mary Ann says

    I’ve been making these for many years with only a couple of differences and they are the best ever and my family’s favorite. The chocolate flavor can’t be beat….they are delicious!! When I make them I use buttermilk instead of regular milk and water instead of coffee. Also, I don’t use a sheet pan but a 13×9 pan, which makes them more cake-like. The icing goes on when the pan comes out of the oven and they are heavenly.

  6. Kelly says

    Haha yes!! My hubs is a big Halloween nut but I feel the same as you and will be heading out bright and early to the stores tomorrow morning 🙂 These yummy brownies are just the way I want to celebrate today! Love the frosting and that you made them in a sheet pan!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Haha! I am totally going! I was debating not going, because who really needs all that chocolate sitting around?! But I just like the little bars because they’re perfect for portion control — which I need!

  7. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! We call this a Texas sheet cake, but whatever you call it it’s good!! And it is so easy to transport to a party or holiday gathering! I’m not a Halloween person either, I’m more about the upcoming holidays (and feasts)!
    However, when my kids were small I did enjoy making them costumes every year!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Yes, it’s totally a cake and not a brownie! My mom just always called them Texas Brownies (that might have been the recipe name from wherever she originally got it!) so I’ve carried on the tradition. We’ll be going out because my kids love to dress up!

  8. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    I’m not really into Halloween, except for passing out candy to the kiddos who come to my door. I’m more about fall decorations and that kind of thing. I think these brownies are perfect for today, Ashley! Love this sheet pan version and that no mixer is required….yum!!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      We’ve never even been home on Halloween but I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t get any trick or treaters! Lol. We are in a weird spot and we usually take the kids out just for a little bit. Either way, I know how I’m ending my night! 😉

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