Brownies – Basic Recipe

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We know it seems like a stretch, but you really don’t need a box mix to bake brownies. In fact, you may already have everything on hand. Why not surprise a neighbor if you can’t eat a whole batch? It’s not like you’ll make an enemy offering chocolate.

You really don't need a box mix to bake brownies. In fact, you may already have everything on hand.

From Scratch Brownie Recipe

[There’s a printable recipe below this one.]


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups Dutch-process cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • OPTIONAL Stir-ins
    2 cups of chocolate chips
    1 cup of roughly chopped walnuts

Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a 9×13 baking pan. Place your butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat. While your butter is melting, measure the cocoa, salt, and baking powder into your mixing bowl. Give them a quick stir with a fork to ensure the salt and baking powder are evenly distributed.

Crack your eggs into a measuring cup, add 1 TBSP of vanilla, and give this a brief stir to break the yolks.

Measure out your 1 1/2 cups of flour, but just hang onto it for now.

Make sure your thermometer doesn't touch the pan itself.
Make sure your thermometer doesn’t touch the pan itself.

Has your butter melted yet? Good. Add your 2 1/4 cups white sugar to the butter and stir until well mixed. If you’re nervous about getting the mixture too hot, go ahead and use a thermometer. You are shooting for somewhere between 110°F and 120°F. Whatever you do, do not bring this to a boil. This step is to give the sugar a head start dissolving, but not to finish the job.

Carefully scrape your butter and sugar into your mixing bowl that has the cocoa, salt, and baking powder. Mix on low until just combined. If you don’t have a mixer, this one is a cinch to stir by hand as there are no long mixing times. Slowly add your eggs. Estimate about one egg per addition. It does not have to be precise.

Add the flour and stir until just mixed. Use a spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl once while mixing.

Pour into your greased 9 x 13 pan and bake at 350°F for 30 – 35 minutes. Use a toothpick to test the center of the pan. If there is batter on the toothpick, return to the oven for 2 minutes.

Place the pan on a rack to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing (use a plastic knife to avoid scratching your pan) and allow it to cool completely.

Enjoy your brownies!

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brownies and milk sitting on white cloth

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7 thoughts on “Brownies – Basic Recipe”

  1. I don’t understand why people make brownies from a box, it is SO much cheaper to do it from scratch. It only takes a little long and it tastes sooo much better.

    This recipe sounds great!

  2. This sounds Yummy! I love making brownies; it makes the house smell so good! I’ve got everything in my cupboard; I’ll try to make them tomorrow.
    Got a question for you all …………. when I make brownies, often the outer edges are done way before the center is; the edges are overcooked and the center is just done. Am I doing something wrong? It happens with cakes in my 9×13 pan, too. Do you experience this, too?

  3. I was looking for a simple brownie recipe when I came across this one. I use the optional ingredients and the brownies were delicious. I will definitely baked these again and highly recommend using this easy recipe.

  4. I'm sitting at home eating some brownies made from this recipe along with a cold glass of milk. Life is good.
    My recent post Make Brownies Last Longer


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