Layered Brownies

If you’re looking for a rich, decadent dessert, these brownies would be perfect. They’re not in any way good for you, but they taste so absolutely delicious, it doesn’t even matter. Thick fudgy brownies, cream cheese frosting, and a chocolate glaze on top. Three layers that combine into one incredible brownie.

The recipe comes from one of my co-workers, Bob. Bob brings these to work when we celebrate birthdays, holidays, etc and he is well known for them. I used to sit right next to Bob, and once an email went out that he brought his brownies in, I could count on a stream of people walking past my desk to get to them. Yes, they’re that good.

Mike loves these brownies. And actually that might be an understatement. I always bring one home for him from work (the benefit of sitting next to Bob), and every time he tells me “you have to get the recipe and make these!” Well, I finally took his advice and made these for Easter dinner. They were a big hit and I got asked quite a few times if I was going to put them on the blog. Of course I said yes, and here they are, in all their sugary goodness.

The only thing lacking is the name. At work we call them “Bob’s brownies”. Bob calls them “Leah’s Brownies”, after his daughter. Mike wanted to rename them “scrumptious brownies”, but that didn’t seem quite right either. I went with the boring sounding name of “layered brownies”. Anyone have any suggestions??

And if you look at the following picture, yes, I really did take them to Easter dinner like that. How else was I supposed to get a good picture?

Layered Brownies


1 c butter, melted
2 c sugar
4 eggs
3/4 cup Hershey's cocoa
1 c flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 lb powdered sugar
1 stick butter/margarine at room temperature
1 package cream cheese (8 oz) at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla

Chocolate Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 stick butter or margarine, melted
2-4 Tbsp evaporated milk
1 oz semi-sweet chocolate, melted


For the brownies: Heat oven to 325-350 degrees. Grease 13x9 baking pan. Stir together butter, sugar, vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add cocoa, flour, baking powder, salt; beat until well blended. Pour batter into pan and bake 30-35 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from the sides and toothpick tester comes out clean. Cool completely.

For the Frosting: Beat together butter, cream cheese, vanilla, Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until you have used it all and the frosting is smooth. Pour over cooled brownies and chill.

For the Glaze: Melt chocolate and butter in double broiler, mix with powdered sugar and add milk one tbsp at a time. Try not to make the glaze too wet. Drizzle over brownies when well mixed.

from Bob

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  1. Girl those look incredible!!! I could totally go for one right now!

  2. Wow…the pictures! Incredible. And the brownies look decadent and to-die for.

  3. You are KILLING me with these. How do you not eat the whole pan???

  4. Jessica – I could go for one right now too! 🙂

    Melanie – Thanks! They really are decadent…and totally worth it. 😉

    Diaper Diaries – why do you think I took them to a family event? It would be trouble if that whole pan was left in our house!

  5. Hmm. Is 9:30pm on a Sunday night too late to make these?! They look DEVINE! I'm so excited to try them!

  6. I make my creme de menthe brownies in the same manner – only difference is that the middle layer is a creamy layer of creme de menthe.

  7. Oh those look amazing! how do you always get such beautiful and clear photos?!

  8. Elisa – It's never too late to make these 😉

    Amy – a middle layer of creme de menthe sounds incredible!!

    Simply Life – thank you!! although not all my pictures are quite so clear (see previous post for an example!). I think for these pictures it was the combination of my tripod, and good morning light coming in the window.

  9. Those look delish! Can't wait to make them!!!

  10. These brownies look incredible. And the pictures are great!!

  11. It looks fantastic!!!! So yammy!!!!

  12. Call them Bobbrownies!!

  13. They look so awesome! (and this is coming from someone who isn't a chocolate fan)

    How's Brownie Heaven for a name?

  14. Anonymous – your suggestion made me laugh out loud!

    miublaze – another good suggestion 🙂

  15. how about sweet sweet bob, for sharing the recipe…my god girl fab…..


  16. I am going to have to wipe the drool off of my keyboard…WOW do these brownies look delicious! I also make a version similar with creme de menthe, but these are definitely going on my list of recipes to try! 🙂

  17. These brownies look and sound amazing!!! I want some!

  18. If that was in my house, I'd probably eat the entire pan!

  19. Way to go Bob:) These look amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  20. You are wonderful. I'm craving chocolate. Please bring those to the bake sale on Sat!


  21. This looks perfect for a girl with a broken heart! What do you think? So thanx to you and to Bob, I'll report back to you on their mending effects… =D

  22. wow i am speechless-those look so good!

  23. Thought for a minute it was marshmallow! And wondered how that would hold up. The cream cheese layer is better- and adds so much to the brownie. These look wonderful, Megan!

  24. i'm not quite sure which layer i'd enjoy the most! not that i'd have to pick, mind you, as the combination as it is would be utterly unbeatable!

  25. Good lord those look delicious!

  26. Are you kidding me right now? 😛 It's posts like these that make me wish a "food porn warning" existed, haha. Funny thing is, I'm not even a *huge* fan of chocolate, but I would definitely inhale one of those babies.

  27. I just came across your blog. I love the pictures of how the recipe's turn out. I will be following you. Those brownies look great.

  28. Hey Megan!

    I made these last weekend and had my in-laws over. They were a hit! I put a little scoop of frozen raspberry puree on the corner of each piece and it really made it extra special good. 🙂

    I remember way back when you telling me that you have no idea how to cook. How far you've come!

    I really enjoy your blog!

    Hope all is well! May God bless you both!
    Love, Erika

    p.s. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!

  29. Erika – your comment made me laugh out loud! Then i had to explain the joke to mike haha. Thanks so much for commenting. I'm glad you liked the brownies! And I can't believe you read my blog!! 🙂

  30. Your Layered Brownies looks absolutely scrumptious. Now I gotta go find some chocolate to eat.

  31. These were incredible. My favorite brownies ever! Yum!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dumb question for you… can they sit out or should they be refrigerated due to the cream cheese layer?

  32. Kristin – I'm probably way too late getting back to you, but for future reference, I would refrigerate them. It keeps them nice and firm too. Although I just read in a King Arthur Flour magazine something about adding powdered sugar to cream cheese soaks up the water content and keeps it from spoiling at room temperature…or something. I didn't totally understand, but I refrigerate to be safe 🙂 Glad you liked them!

  33. Wow! that brownie looks too good to be true! I would sell my soul for that!! ahem…
    anyway, you know what? I think you should call them 'Bob's Brownies'. It has a nice ring to it, and also you would have a story to tell, when people ask you, "Who's Bob?"

  34. Jane – great suggestion on the name. It's always fun if there's a story behind it 🙂

  35. Jane – great suggestion on the name. It's always fun if there's a story behind it 🙂

  36. Wow. I made these when my sister came to visit me and we devoured the entire pan in a weekend. These will make their way into my "favorites" section of my recipe book with the honorable name of "Bob's Best Brownies." I'm a sucker for alliteration. 🙂

  37. twilliams0314 – I'm so glad you liked them! Thanks so much for stopping back to let me know. They're dangerous aren't they? And Bob's Best Brownies is a great name 🙂

  38. twilliams0314 – I'm so glad you liked them! Thanks so much for stopping back to let me know. They're dangerous aren't they? And Bob's Best Brownies is a great name 🙂

  39. I only recently found your blog and while looking at some of your recipes…I came across this one and at the same time my husband looked over my shoulder and said “Oh, I want those”! I followed the recipe and they came out almost too great. I think he'd eat the whole pan if I let him! Thanks for the great recipe.

  40. dkal85 – I'm so glad you liked these! I know what you mean about them being “too great” haha 🙂

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  42. I felt I should comment since I’ve been making these for 3 years now. I love them, my husband loves them, and now my family loves them after making them for family functions. always use the hershey’s special dark cocoa just because I love it. I’m going to make them again tomorrow and switch up the middle layer. My kids love the taste of coconut, but not the texture, so I’m going to sub the butter for coconut oil, and the vanilla for coconut extract. I hope it comes out as good as the original. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! 🙂

  43. They remind me of a chocolate and whipped cream dessert I make called striped Delight. But I know someone who makes the same desert and calls it Robert Redford dessert because it looks so good. So maybe you should call them Robert Redford brownies! 😉

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