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homemade brownies recipe

Best Brownie Recipe

Ditch the boxed brownie mix and try these homemade chocolaty brownies! These brownies have a crackly top with a dense and fudgy center.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 9 squares


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick / 115g) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup (100g) dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (60g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (60g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks, (optional)


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the bottom and sides of an 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper leaving some overhanging parchment paper to make it easier to pull brownies out of the pan.

  • Place butter in a large bowl and heat in your microwave or on a double broiler until melted. You can also melt the butter in a pot on your stove top. Add your brown sugar and granulated sugar to the butter while it's still hot. Whisk to incorporate.
  • Add your room temperature eggs and vanilla extract to the butter / sugar mix. Whisk until everything is incorporated.
  • Add flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda to the wet ingredients along with any add-ins you'd like (I added chocolate chunks). Fold the ingredients together until everything is fully incorporated and you no longer see any dry ingredients.
  • Pour your batter into your prepared baking dish. Place your baking dish into the center of a preheated 350°F oven. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean of batter, but with a few wet crumbs.
  • Allow the brownie to cool in the baking dish for 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Slice your brownies. Serve plain or top with some ice cream, melted chocolate, chopped nuts, or whatever else you like!
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