The Best Whole Wheat Brownies (Plus, Fudge Frosting Recipe)

This is my absolute favorite brownie recipe. You can use all purpose flour, but using 100% whole wheat makes them good for you. That’s what I tell myself, anyways.


The Best Whole Wheat Brownies

  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 7 Tbsp cocoa powder*
  • 1Tbsp fat (I use shortening)*
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour (I use freshly ground hard white wheat; you could use all purpose.)

*OR, you could substitute the cocoa powder and fat for 2 oz unsweetened chocolate squares.

Melt the butter, shortening, and cocoa powder together over low-med. heat in a medium sized saucepan. Remove from heat and add the sugar, eggs and vanilla just till combined. Stir the flour in well. Pour batter into a greased 8×8 baking dish. Bake at 350* for 30 min, or until a toothpick comes out clean from center.

If you really wanna go all out, once they’ve cooled top them off with this deliciously easy fudge frosting:

  • 2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 c. butter, softened
  • 1/6 c. boiling water (half of 1/3 c)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the powdered sugar and cocoa. Add the rest of the ingredients, beating on low until thoroughly combined. Then beat on medium for 1 min. Cool for about 30 min. so that it hardens to spreading consistency. Try not to eat it all with a spoon.

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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.


  1. I have tried so many unsuccessful Internet recipes, and this recipe is NOT one of them! They came out soooo good (cakey, moist, slight slight chewiness) and I used canola oil for the ‘fat’. The whole wheat gives it that extra something, in a good way… Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, it’s officially bookmarked ! Haha

  2. I have these in the oven as I type! Can. Not. Wait… to have a huge piece w/ ice cream & homemade hot fudge sauce… better eat two so I don’t wind up with uneven hips! LOL

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