This brownie recipe is completely from scratch. They are rich and fudgy in the middle. You will probably have everything you need right in your pantry to make these delicious brownies. This brownie recipe is completely from scratch. They are rich and fudgy in the middle. You will probably have everything you need right in your pantry to make these delicious brownies.

After testing a lot of brownie recipes, this recipe is finally exactly what I like in brownie fudgy and chewy with the perfect texture. One of the key ingredients in this recipe is oil. I don’t find a lot of recipes using oil, and I think this adds to the perfect brownie texture and keeps the center fudgy with crispy edges and a crinkly top.

Fudgy-licious Brownie tips

  • Use hot melted butter. This will create the crackly tops.
  • Whisk the butter and sugar together and make sure they are combined.
  • Beat in your eggs really well. This helps with a crackly top as well.
  • Don’t stir overly once the flour and cocoa have been added because that creates air in your brownie and will give you more of a cake like textured brownie.
  • Try not to overbake. You can go a little bit over on time, but if you want the fudgy texture, I would suggest sticking to time.
  • Bake the brownies on the top shelf. I find if you bake them on the middle shelf, they will dry out and cook a lot quicker than you want.
ingredients for preparing homemade chocolate brownies.
ingredients for preparing homemade chocolate brownies.

Brownie Ingredients

These brownies are all made in one bowl, which I love for easy cleanup, and I bet you have most of the ingredients, if not all of them. Here is what you will need:

  • Butter adds flavor which of course is a good thing
  • Sugar balances the bitterness of the unsweetened cocoa and adds to the texture of the brownie.
  • Cocoa Powder This adds the chocolate element you want in a brownie. I like to use Dutch cocoa, but you can use raw cacao or natural cocoa powder. I like the flavour of the Dutch cocoa.
  • Eggs add richness and provide structure to the brownies.
  • Oil They tend to bake up taller with a better crumb. They also stay moist and tender for far longer.
  • Salt & Vanilla It also helps to round out the flavour of the brownies. Salt in baking might seem odd and, to be honest, for the longest time I always omitted it from a recipe. It really complements sweet recipes really well. Using a pure vanilla is best in this recipe, but any vanilla you have will work well too.
  • All-Purpose Flour The last ingredient is and you don’t need much of it. You want to just combine it so that you can have that great fudgy texture and not cake like brownie.

Variations

  • Chopped nuts
  • Chocolate chunks instead of chocolate chips
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Mini M & M’s
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Cookie Pieces

Should I use metal or glass baking pan?

You can use either for brownies. For crispier crusts and edges on brownies I like to use a metal pan. For glass pans you may need to add up to 5 minutes to your baking time.