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Chocolate Brownies (Homemade Recipe)

These chocolate brownies are sweet treats at their finest! If you’re looking for the perfect dessert to add to your repertoire, this one’s the best.

Seriously, these brownies are perfect. They’re gooey and fudgy on the inside with perfectly crispy edges. 

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Chocolate Brownies 

They’re a must-bake for anyone who loves fudgey chocolate.

So, why is this brown recipe so insanely delicious?

These bad boys have a perfectly cracked and crispy top with a gooey chocolate center.

Plus, this recipe comes together in a jiffy with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. 

If you can preheat an oven and mix some ingredients, you’re halfway there.

So, without further ado, let’s explore how to create this chocolatey masterpiece. 

Square Slices of Chocolate Brownies, top view


The great thing about this recipe is it doesn’t require any fancy ingredients. If you have a few baking staples and chocolate, you can whip these up in no time.

  • Butter – Always use melted butter in this recipe. It helps the brownies retain moisture so they’re rich and fudgy. 
  • Granulated sugar – For sweetness, granulated sugar is your best option. It also helps create that crispy crust!
  • Eggs – Room-temperature eggs help the ingredients bind and allow the brownies to rise in the oven. Don’t worry, it only takes about 30 minutes for eggs to reach room temperature. 
  • Vanilla extract – You can’t forget the vanilla extract. It adds a pop of richness when combined with all that chocolate!
  • Cocoa powder – For the best brownies, use a high-quality cocoa powder like Dutch-processed cocoa. It makes a huge difference in this simple recipe. 
  • All-purpose flour – Flour gives these brownies the perfect fudge-like structure. All-purpose flour works perfectly fine.
  • Cornstarch – A dash of cornstarch helps brownies rise in the oven and gives them that cracky, crunchy crust. 
  • Salt – There’s a lot of chocolate happening, so a pinch of salt helps amplify those rich flavors. 
  • Dark chocolate or chocolate chips – This is where things get insanely chocolatey. Use any type of chocolate you prefer. Give it a rough chop before adding it to your batter so it melts evenly. 
  • Sea salt flakes – A garnish of sea salt flakes accents the rich chocolatey notes, but it’s optional. They’ll be just as delicious if you don’t have any on hand. 

How to Make Chocolate Brownies

You won’t believe how easily this recipe comes together. But the result is bakery-worthy!

You’ll never need another chocolate brownie recipe ever again.

1. Prepare. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and line an 8×8 baking tray with parchment paper. 

2. Mix wet ingredients and sugar. Place the melted butter and sugar in a large bowl and whisk. When creamy, use an electric mixer to beat in the eggs and vanilla. 

3. Add the dry ingredients. Using a sifter, add cocoa powder, flour, cornstarch, and salt. Then, stir until a stiff batter forms. Once it’s combined, fold in the chocolate chips. 

4. Add to baking pan. Pour the brownie batter into a prepared baking tray and smooth it with a spatula. 

5. Bake. Add the brownies to the oven and bake them for 25-30 minutes. The brownies are ready when a toothpick comes out clean. 

6. Cool. Cool the brownies on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes. Sprinkle them with sea salt (optional) and enjoy!

If you really want to make these pop, serve them with a dollop of coffee whipped cream!

Freshly Baked Sliced Chocolate Brownies in Pan

How to Tell When Brownies Are Done

Do you like your brownies ultra-gooey, cake-like, or somewhere in between? You don’t have to adjust the ingredients to suit your needs. 

Leaving the brownies in the oven for shorter (or longer) will deliver the results you want. Pop a toothpick in the center and check for doneness. 

Here’s a quick way to create the brownies you want. 

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  • Dense, gooey brownies – If your toothpick comes out with a smear, they’ll be very gooey. 
  • Fudge-like – Place a toothpick in the center. If it’s lightly tinted with just a little bit of smear, they’re ready. 
  • Cake-like – If your toothpick is smear-free with a few crumbs, they’re ready to take out of the oven. 

Tips for the Best Brownies 

While this recipe is simple, there are a few ways that things can go wrong. Check out some of these easy tips so they’re picture-perfect. 

  • ABS (Always Be Sifting). If you don’t have a sifter, get one! It’s a baker’s best friend. Sifting the dry ingredients creates a clump-free and smooth consistency. No one wants lumpy brownies. 
  • Room temperature is key. Room-temperature ingredients blend much easier than cold. Use melted (but not hot) butter, and let your eggs rest on the counter for 30 minutes. 
  • Line your baking pan. Don’t skip this step! Brownies love to stick at the bottom of the pan. You can use a sheet of parchment paper or grease the pan with butter, shortening, or cooking spray. 
Stack of Sliced Chocolate Brownies


These brownies are perfect. But you know what makes them even better? Some tasty add-ins. Check out these variations to get inspired to experiment. 

  • Go nuts. Dense chocolate brownies and nuts, is there anything better? You can use whatever nut floats your boat, from pecans, walnuts, or cashews. For the perfect nut-to-brownie ratio, add 2 cups of chopped nuts. 
  • Candy makes everything better. Add your favorite candy to the brownie batter for an explosion of flavor. Try things like Reese’s cups, M&Ms, or chopped Snickers. There are no wrong answers. 
  • Get fruity. Dried fruit adds a hint of tartness and freshness to these brownies. However, always use dried fruit in your batter to ensure that your batter doesn’t get soupy in the oven. 
  • Make a cheesecake. Use this recipe for the base then add a layer of sweet and tangy cream cheese. Trust me, brownie bottom cheesecake is as devilishly addictive as it sounds.

How to Store 

A tray of brownies won’t live to see the light of another day. They’re so delicious. In the rare case you have leftovers, storing them is super easy. 

Here are a few ways you can keep those brownies fresh. 

To Store: Cover cold leftovers tightly with plastic or transfer them to an airtight container. Store at room temperature for 4-5 days or in the fridge for up to 1 week.

To Freeze: Double wrap leftovers in plastic and a layer of foil. To ensure they stay moist, avoid cutting them. Freeze for up to 3 months.

When you’re ready to eat, thaw frozen brownies in the fridge overnight. Then, reheat in the microwave for 10-20 seconds.

More Brownie Recipes To Try

Brownie Pie
Brownie Bottom Cheesecake
No-Bake Brownies
Cream Cheese Brownies

Chocolate Brownies (Homemade Recipe)

Course: DessertCuisine: American


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These are the best chocolate brownies you’ll ever have! They’re moist, gooey, fudgy, and totally out of this world.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup roughly chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips

  • Sea salt flakes (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8×8-inch baking pan or line with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
  • Sift in the cocoa powder, flour, cornstarch, and salt. Mix the ingredients with a rubber spatula until smooth and well combined. Then, fold in the chopped chocolate.
  • Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking pan, and smooth. Bake the brownies for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.
  • Allow the brownies to cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting into squares. Sprinkle them with sea salt flakes if using. Serve and enjoy!


  • Mix in 2 cups of chopped nuts, if desired.
  • Top the batter with more chocolate before baking for a prettier presentation.

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

13 thoughts on “Chocolate Brownies (Homemade Recipe)”

  1. Thank you so very much for your various and most of all EASY precise recipes! I can’t wait to try them, one by one! Your love for baking or just making lovable treats exudes through your sharing and variety!

    God Bless You again and again!

  2. I’ve been looking for “the best” brownie. I think I’ve found it!!! I have never made homemade brownies before. The box brownies were sufficient until recently. Just not good anymore. This recipe is extremely easy and delicious! Thank you.

  3. Love this recipe. Every recipe for brownies that I’ve found has been for cake type brownies. I made these once following the recipe as written, then I made a double batch and added a tablespoon of mocha powder to the mix. Awesome!

    • Hi John!
      So happy to hear you like the recipe 🙂
      And great idea with the mocha powder. I’ll definitely try that next time!


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