This homemade brownie recipe is crafted entirely from scratch, resulting in brownies that are luxuriously rich and fudgy at the center. Chances are, you already have all the necessary ingredients in your pantry to whip up these delectable treats.

Snacking on a delicious chocolate brownie is an extraordinary experience that captivates the senses with its rich aroma and enticingly fudgy texture. The chocolate brownie is a classic dessert that has delighted dessert tables and satisfied a sweet tooth for many years. It is a harmonious blend of cocoa, butter, sugar, and eggs. Has inspired many variation and adaptions from a simple recipe.

The methodical process of creating the ideal batter and the careful balancing of ingredients are the foundation of each great chocolate brownie. To create a balanced blend that dances on the taste buds, the artistry is in finding that precise balance between the sweetness of sugar and the strength of chocolate. As the brownies bake, a fascinating aroma fills the kitchen, building suspense and causing magic to happen. The basic ingredients become a rich, moist, and dense dessert that begs to be eaten as the oven performs its magic.

Not only is a great chocolate brownie delicious, but it also brings back memories. The chocolate brownie is a timeless and nostalgic treat that can be shared with friends over coffee, warmed up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or eaten on its own as a treat during quiet times. 

Reasons to love this chocolate brownie recipe

  • Simple Ingredients, Extraordinary Results: This chocolate brownie recipe boasts a straightforward list of ingredients, yet the end result is nothing short of extraordinary. With just a few pantry staples, you can create a dessert that’s rich, indulgent, and deeply satisfying.
  • Decadent and Fudgy Texture: If you’re a fan of brownies with a melt-in-your-mouth, fudgy texture, this recipe is a game-changer. Each bite is a celebration of decadence, offering a perfect balance between a firm outer layer and a luxuriously gooey center.
  • Homemade Goodness: There’s something special about crafting a dessert from scratch, and this brownie recipe provides the joy of homemade goodness. Skip the store-bought varieties and revel in the satisfaction of creating a delectable treat with your own hands.
  • Quick and Effortless: Time is often a precious commodity, and this recipe respects that. With its straightforward instructions and minimal preparation time, you can whip up a batch of these chocolate brownies in no time, making it an ideal choice for spontaneous baking cravings.
  • Versatile Canvas for Creativity: While the base recipe is a star on its own, it also serves as a versatile canvas for your culinary creativity. Add nuts, swirl in caramel, or top with your favorite candies – the possibilities are endless, allowing you to tailor the brownies to your personal taste.

Ingredients needed for Chocolate Brownies

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:

  • Unsweetened Cocoa The essence of Chocolatey goodness, unsweetened cocoa powder adds a deep, rich flavor to the brownies.
  • Butter Provides a luscious and moist texture, butter is a key ingredient for achieving that perfect balance in the brownie.
  • Sugar Sweetens the brownie mix, balancing the bitter notes of cocoa and contributing to the overall deliciousness.
  • Eggs Act as a binding agent and contribute to the dense and fudgy texture of the brownies.
  • Oil They usually have a nicer crumb and bake up taller. They also remain soft and wet for a much longer time.
  • Salt & Vanilla It also contributes to balancing the brownies’ flavor. While it may seem strange, I used to consistently leave out the salt in recipes for baking. It works incredibly well with sweet recipes. For this dish, pure vanilla is preferred, although any vanilla will do will work as well.
  • All-Purpose Flour Serves as the foundational structure, giving the brownies their characteristic chewiness.
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How to make chocolate brownies

  • Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a baking pan or line it with parchment paper for easy removal.
  • Melt Butter and Cocoa: In a microwave-safe bowl or on the stove, melt the butter. Stir in the cocoa powder until smooth. Allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  • Add Sugar, Eggs, oil and Vanilla: Mix in the granulated sugar, followed by the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla extract and oil stir until well combined.
  • Incorporate Dry Ingredients: In the same bowl, gently fold in the all-purpose flour, and salt until just combined. Be careful not to over mix; the batter should be smooth.
  • Optional Mix-ins: If desired, fold in chocolate chips, nuts, or any preferred mix-ins to add extra texture and flavor to your brownies.
  • Bake: Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading it evenly. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 25–30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs (not wet batter).
  • Cool and Cut: Allow the brownies to cool in the pan before removing and cutting them into squares or rectangles. This helps achieve clean, neat edges.
  • Serve and Enjoy: Once cooled, serve these delicious homemade chocolate brownies on their own or with a scoop of ice cream for an extra indulgent treat. Enjoy the rich, fudgy goodness!

Variations

  • Double Chocolate Brownies: Fold in extra chocolate chips or chunks into the batter for a doubly rich chocolate experience.
  • Mint Chocolate Brownies: Add a few drops of peppermint extract to the batter and swirl in some green food coloring for a refreshing twist.
  • Salted Caramel Brownies: Drizzle a layer of salted caramel sauce over the batter before baking for a sweet and salty flavor combination.
  • Espresso or Coffee Infused Brownies: Mix in a tablespoon of instant espresso or strong brewed coffee to intensify the chocolate flavor.
  • Raspberry Swirl Brownies: Add dollops of raspberry preserves to the batter and swirl with a toothpick for a fruity burst.
  • Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies: Drop spoonfuls of peanut butter onto the batter and create a marbled effect with a knife for a heavenly chocolate and peanut butter fusion.
  • White Chocolate Chip Brownies: Substitute some or all of the chocolate chips with white chocolate chips for a contrast in both color and flavor.
  • S’mores Brownies: Layer the batter with crushed graham crackers, mini marshmallows, and chocolate chunks for a gooey s’mores-inspired treat.

Experiment with these variations to tailor your chocolate brownies to different tastes and occasions, turning a classic recipe into a personalized and unforgettable treat.

brownie variations

Tips and suggestions

  • Room Temperature Eggs: Allow eggs to come to room temperature before incorporating them into the batter; this helps achieve a smoother texture.
  • Don’t Overmix: Mix the batter only until ingredients are combined. Overmixing can result in denser brownies.
  • Properly Measuring Flour: Measure flour accurately using the spoon-and-level method to avoid dense and dry brownies.
  • Choose the Right Pan: Use the recommended pan size for the recipe. A smaller pan will result in thicker brownies, while a larger one may lead to thinner ones.
  • Toothpick Test: To determine doneness, insert a toothpick into the center; it should come out with moist crumbs, not wet batter.
  • Cooling Time: Allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan before cutting. This helps them set and ensures clean edges.
  • Storage Tips: Store brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. For longer storage, freeze individually wrapped brownies.
  • Precision in Baking Time: Keep an eye on the baking time, as ovens may vary. Start checking a few minutes before the recommended time to prevent overbaking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use dutch-processed cocoa powder instead of regular cocoa powder in the brownie recipe?

Yes, you can. Dutch-processed cocoa powder tends to have a milder flavor. It might affect the overall taste slightly, but it’s a valid substitution.

Can I use melted chocolate instead of cocoa powder?

Absolutely. Melted chocolate can add a different richness to the brownies. Adjust the sugar in the recipe if your chocolate is sweetened.

My brownies turned out too dry. What did I do wrong?

Overmixing the batter or overbaking could lead to dry brownies. Ensure you follow recommended mixing times and check for doneness a few minutes before the suggested baking time.

How can I make vegan brownies?

Substitute eggs with flax eggs or applesauce, and use plant-based butter. Ensure all other ingredients, like chocolate chips, are vegan-friendly.

How do I make gluten-free brownies?

Substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Ensure other ingredients are also gluten-free, and consider adding xanthan gum for better texture.
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How to make homemade Brownies

This brownie recipe is completely from scratch. They are rich and fudgy in the middle. You will probably have everything you will need right in your pantry to make these delicious brownies.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 brownies
Calories 129 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 8 x 8 pan glass or metal pan

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted and hot
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil coconut oil, olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1-1/8 cup sugar super fine or granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla or artificial vanilla
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C)
  • Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking oil spray. Line with parchment paper.
  • Combine hot melted butter, oil and sugar together in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk well for about a minute. Add the eggs and vanilla; beat until lighter in color (another minute).
  • Sift in flour, cocoa powder and salt. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until JUST combined.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan, smoothing the top out evenly.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the center of the brownies in the pan no longer jiggles and is just set to the touch (the brownies will keep baking in the hot pan out of the oven).
Keyword brownies, chocolate, scratch made

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