Fudgy Brownies with Cookie Butter Frosting

Fudgy Brownies with Cookie Butter Frosting 3Just this last week I splurged and bought a truck load of makeup and some perfume. As far as my husband is concerned, I needed every last thing. Right girls? We need makeup. Well, I need it because I don’t wake up looking like Nicole Kidman. To be honest, everything I got only enhances my looks for the better, so he shouldn’t complain. Am I right or am I right?

To lessen the cosmetics blow, I bought my husband some nice shirts…ya know, cause spending more money is the answer. “Yup, I got some makeup today, BUT I ALSO GOT A NICE POLO SHIRT AND A BUTTON UP SHIRT FOR YOU BECAUSE I LOVE YOU!” That’s really how I said it too. Like say the first part quietly hoping it goes undetected and then talk 14 times louder for the part you want him to hear. I do it all the time.

“YOU’RE SO HOT…can you go weed the garden?”

“The store must have magically run out of Cocoa Puffs….I GOT GRAPENUTS!”

“I didn’t fold the laundry….BUT I DID UNLOAD PART OF THE DISHWASHER!”

“I MADE DINNER…we’re having leftovers.”

“Yes I had a 2 hour nap today but NOW I CAN STAY UP LATE WITH YOU AND WATCH MOVIES!”

Funny thing is it works like all the time. Maybe by now my husband loves me enough to put up with my crap. Or maybe his hearing is on the way out. Either way, I got some awesome makeup. Cha-ching!

No wait. I’ve figured it out. He KNOWS I’ll make him treats to make up for the fact that I do this to him all the time! That’s gotta be it.

There you have it, folks! The key to a happy marriage: brownies. Pretty sure brownies are always the answer. Especially these ones.

How can we get world peace? Brownies.

How can I get my daughter to sleep the night through? Brownies.

Who will clean out the car? Brownies.

Who will be the next president? Brownies.

This is my go-to brownie recipe that I pimped out with cookie butter frosting. That’s right. You heard me. COOKIE. BUTTER. FROSTING. Chewy, soft, thick, chocolaty brownies topped with creamy, heavenly goodness. And, they take no time at all to make! Perfect treats for a party or this weekend. Here’s how you make them:

Brownies 1Start by melting some butter, chocolate chips and cocoa powder together in a small pot.

Brownies 2Once the mixture is all smooth, remove from the heat.

Brownies 3Stir in some sugar,

Brownies 4then two eggs,

Brownies 5and some vanilla.

Brownie Batter 1Measure your dry ingredients out into the pot and stir stir stir until just combined.

Brownie BatterPour the batter into a greased 9×9 glass baking dish and bake at 350 degrees.

Brownies 6Hello lover. This should take 20-30 minutes to bake.

Cookie Butter Frosting 1In the mean time, find yourself a little bit of this stuff: cookie butter! It’s similar to biscoff spread but the trader joes version.

Cookie Butter Frosting 2So, take some cookie butter and throw it into a small bowl with some softened butter.

Cookie Butter Frosting 3Add in some vanilla

Cookie Butter Frosting 4and powdered sugar and stir.

Cookie Butter Frosting 5Once a thick paste forms, pour in some milk.

Cookie Butter Frosting 6Stir it all up until your frosting is lovely and smooth.

Cookie Butter Frosting 7Spread this all over your cooled brownies, cut into bars and serve.

Fudgy Brownies with Cookie Butter Frosting 2Like so. A little bit of heaven right here. Feel free to use peanut butter or not use the frosting at all. These brownies are great anyway you want to eat them!

Here’s the printable! Have a great weekend!


Fudgy Brownies with Cookie Butter Frosting

Yield: 16 small squares


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • for the cookie butter frosting-
  • 3 tablespoons softened butter
  • 3 tablespoons cookie butter {or peanut butter}
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a glass 9x9 square pan with non stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a small pot, melt butter, chocolate chips and cocoa together over medium low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Stir in eggs, 1 at a time and vanilla. Gently stir in all dry ingredients until just incorporated. Pour into prepared pan and bake 20-30 minutes or until just set. Mine was done right at 20 minutes, but my oven is also hotter than the sun. Set aside to cool.
  3. For the frosting, stir butter, cookie butter, vanilla and powdered sugar together until a thick paste forms. Stir in milk carefully and then mix vigorously to smooth out any lumps. Spread over brownies, cut into bars and serve.


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  1. Oh how I love cookie butter/biscoff AND frosting that’s applied extra thick. This is a perfect combo for me!

  2. This is torture! I haven’t had breakfast and am starving! This isn’t helping lol. I want a bite.

  3. Oh YUM! I really need to be on the look out for cookie butter in the grocery store.

  4. Hell yeah!

  5. Will promptly drive five miles out of my way to Trader Joe’s today to get Cookie Butter because those look RIDUNCULOUS, (as my kid would say)!

  6. Wowzers! I want these right now. We don’t have a Trader Joe’s in Colorado yet (tear), so I’ll be using Biscoff. Delicious!

  7. Yeah, I definitely think this is what heaven looks like. Hello, fudgy brownies! And HELLOOOOO cookie butter frosting. Please meet my face. You two will get along real nice-like.

  8. Hehe…I use this technique as well, definitely the basis for all good relationships 😉

  9. Good thing winter is coming. That is all I have to say about this post 🙂 (and I mean it in a good way)

  10. Oooh, that first picture had me wanting these for breakfast, I just want that icing all over my face!

  11. These look just insane- I think these would be a fantastic weekend treat in my kitchen. 🙂

  12. Yeowza!
    These look fabulous Lauren.

    Thanks so much for sharing yet another yummy recipe.

  13. To prove that I have absolutely no impulse control, I just threw those beautiful brownies in the oven. “But,” I said to my crazy self, “Trader Joe’s is an hour away, I have no Biscoff, and we have a peanut allergy in the house. Can I possibly substitute anything else?” I reached in my pantry and pulled out my Costco-sized container of The Greatest Substance Known to Man (some call it Nutella). Oh yes, I did. And I am not sad about it.

  14. Apparently I need to get myself some cookie butter!! Perhaps next time I’m in Portland I’ll pick some up (I’ve yet to see it here in Montana…).


  15. i love perfume and makeup almost as much as food! i’m sure i’m not the only one who waants to know what perfume and makeup! thnx

  16. I FINALLY tried Speculoos cookie butter recently, in one of those Trader Joes cookie butter-stuffed dark chocolate bars. Not what I expected, but soo good paired with dark chocolate! I bet these brownies would be just as good!

  17. You had me at cookie butter!

    I definitely need to make these and send it in a care package to the boyfriend. He’s going to be thrilled!

  18. Sounds like a trip to Trader Joe’s tomorrow, oh yeah!!!

  19. Haha, I love this post, so true- whisper and speak louder for what you really want them to hear. 🙂 these brownies are heavenly!

  20. I’ve been craving brownies for a while now and sadly every recipe I tried didn’t turn out good :c
    but I’M SO MAKING THIS tomorrow after I get back from college 😀
    my mom is a PB addict so thats a plus 😀

  21. Here’s to nice, understanding men and Brownies. New makeup is ALWAYS a necessity 😉

  22. Somehow I knew when I came here today I would find something ooey, gooey, and chocolaty and I was right! Looks delish!

  23. Wow, you have done it again! These look absolutely amazing!

  24. I don’t have a Trader Joes … where can I find cookie butter?

    • We don’t have TJ’s either. I ordered my jar from Amazon for $11.95. It came this morning. YAY!!

    • You can get Biscoff Spread at World Market.

  25. I live in Africa, so no TJ. I made the frosting with just peanut butter for the brownies, OH MY!!!
    Thanks Lauren for sharing your delicious recipes, love your blog!!!

  26. What is cookie butter?

  27. LOVE!!! Brownies are my favorite for sure. I made a version of this frosting awhile ago on cupcakes, and it was incredible! So I know it would be great here!

  28. Cookie.Butter.Frosting. *swoon* PS: I use the same tactic with my hubby when I spend too much on make-up 😉

  29. Dude, I made these tonight after FINALLY finding some cookie butter. First of all the brownies alone, are the best brownies I’ve ever made. Second of all, the cookie butter frosting…OMG.

  30. Lauren, your brownie recipe is awesome. No more box mixes for me!! I couldn’t make the frosting as I didn’t have the cookie butter on hand, but you can be sure that I will find it & make these again 😉 Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes. Thank you!

  31. I think I overplayed my hand at that one! Now whenever I compliment my other half it’s responded with ‘what do you want?’! these brownies look delicious! I’m sure you’ll have chore leverage for ages now!

  32. Love your method of softening the blow with your husband! Great idea to tell him the bad news softly and emphasize the good!:) Hilarious! These sound so decadent and I love the idea of topping it with cookie butter frosting!

  33. This is the best recipe ever. I love the easy clean up, one kettle. You are most definitely the greatest person on earth.

  34. You make me laugh… and I learned some new tricks to use on my husband… oh yeah, those brownies look amazing too. LOL

  35. These are currently cooling on a baking rack!!
    I hope its okay that I’ll be reviewing them on my blog on Wednesday — linking back to you as always!!

  36. My Cookie Butter came today I will be making these ASAP!

  37. Cookie Butter????? Guess what I’m buying tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!!

  38. You cracked me up and those look good enough to solve problems.



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