Better Than Sex Brownie

By: Arlene Bronstein 

These brownies are really incredible. Cookie Stagman and I used them for a BEAUTIFUL BUFFETS, II book signing hosted by Neiman Marcus. They were such a big hit, that our book sold out! We used a package fudge brownie mix, (Ghirardelli Double Chocolate) but you can use a favorite fudgy rich brownie recipe if you like everything from scratch. There is a great one in our book on page 60! These brownies are three layers thick.

Bottom layer:

  • 1 box brownie mix or fudgy rich brownies from scratch


  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. milk


  • 6 oz. package semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tbsp. butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Bottom layer: Bake the brownies in a 9 x 9 pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray following the package instructions. Cool for at least 1 hour.

Filling: Cream butter and add confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth. Spread mixture over cooled brownie layer. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour until firm.

Topping: Melt chocolate chips and butter – cool until spreading consistency. Spread over chilled filling. 

Refrigerate again until the chocolate hardens. Cut into bars. This recipe freezes well!

Yield: 36 brownies

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In 1989, Arlene Bronstein wrote her first cookbook BEAUTIFUL BUFFETS, featuring many of the celebrated American Fashion designers. Her next cookbook, CARLOS: Contemporary French Cuisine was written for Carlos Restaurant, one of Zagut’s top Chicago restaurants, featured in Food and Wine Magazine and many other fine culinary publications. Arlene’s book, My Word Is My Bond, is a history of the Chicago Board of Trade told through 21 interviews of traders ages 40 -90. From that book, she took on the role of Executive Producer for the PBS documentary, “My Word is My Bond”, using clips from her book interviews to tell the story.  In 2013, Arlene wrote her first children’s book, How Did Nonnie Get to Heaven? The Chicago Tribune said, Nonnie conveys through exquisite imagery and the pure expression of children, that death and loss are natural parts of life.”  In the fall of 2014, BEAUTIFUL BUFFETS, II was published with 40 new recipes.