Good, but not the "best brownies". I only did one thing differently with the ingredients where I used dark cocoa instead of regular cocoa. With that said, the brownie itself is good. The frosting by itself is alright (even if I had used regular cocoa, it wouldn't have changed anything since I love dark), but you absolutely cannot spread it as is on the brownies. So I scattered the frosting in clumps around the brownie, put it back in the cooling oven, and three minutes later I took them out to spread it. Worked great. However, I'd say the frosting is TOO sweet (and I'm a powdered sugar lover) and do not need to be added to the top of the brownies. I would make these brownies over boxed, but I would omit the frosting and add some kind of chocolate chips or nuts to the mix instead. And perhaps a dusting of powdered sugar on top and a little vanilla ice cream on the side. The family ate them, but I think we'd rather indulge ourselves in some other kind of sweet dessert. However, should we have a craving for brownies, I will likely refer back to these until I find one we really like. :)
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Good, but not the "best brownies". I only did one thing differently with the ingredients...