The Best Homemade Brownies Recipe

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This best homemade brownie recipe is so fast to put together. You’ll have a moist chocolatey batch of brownies hot from the oven in less than 30 minutes with no need for a box mix. 

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This recipe is perfect for those times when you don’t have time to spend making an elaborate dessert. All you need is a bowl, 5 simple ingredients, and an oven.

The chocolate flavor is rich and decadent, so it’s perfect if you’re looking for a sweet-tooth fix. I confess, I make this recipe sometimes when we’re just sitting around watching TV and a craving for chocolate crops up. I used to get annoyed when I didn’t have a box mix in the house to make quick brownies, but that was just until I realized how easy they are to make from scratch.

There’s no elaborate process. You just mix the ingredients together, pour them into your baking dish and cook for 20-25 minutes. A few minutes of cooling time and you’re ready to devour your first brownie.

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Ingredients You’ll Need

This brownie recipe is made with just a few simple ingredients that you like have in the house already. That’s what makes it such a great impromptu dessert. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sugar: I use granulated sugar for this recipe. You can use a sugar substitute like allulose or Erythritol if you want to cut the calories/carbs.
  • Vanilla: Pure vanilla extract or Madagascar vanilla.
  • Eggs: Use large eggs to get the right ratio of liquid for this recipe.
  • Flour: I use all-purpose. You can actually use almond flour or wheat flour as a substitute if you want.
  • Cocoa: I use Dutch-processed Cocao powder for a deep, rich flavor.
  • Oil: I use vegetable or canola oil. You don’t really want to use olive oil because it will add a strong flavor.
  • Salt: You can’t skip the salt. It elevates the flavor so much
  • Chocolate chips: It’s not necessary to add chips to your brownies, but if you want to add them, or even some nuts, you can.

How to Make Homemade Brownies

Preheat oven the to 350° F. Grease an 8×8″ baking dish with butter or cooking spray. You can alternatively line the pan with parchment paper to get the brownies out of the pan in the easiest, cleanest way.

In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, oil, water, sugar, and vanilla. Beat them together with a whisk or hand blender.

Ingredients for brownie batter in a bowl

To the bowl, add the flour, cocoa powder, and salt and stir together until everything is fully incorporated.

Now is when you should add any chocolate chips or walnuts, if desired.

The mixture will be quit thick. That’s normal. Just pour the mixture into the baking dish and spread it out with a spatula.

Brownie batter in a pan

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

The center doesn’t need to be completely set before you take them out. They will continue to cook in the pan for a few minutes. If you like slightly gooey brownies, take them out when the top looks completely dry, but the toothpick isn’t dry. For firmer brownies, leave them in until the toothpick is dry.

Don’t get too excited! You need to cool the brownies completely before slicing. They will be really gooey in the middle until they are cooled and set up, so it’s best to wait at least an hour or two before digging in.

Do I Need to Rest the Brownies?

Once you take the brownies out of the oven, they will need to rest for a while to cool and firm up. If you try to remove them from the pan right away, they will likely fall apart on you.

Give the brownies at least 30 minutes to set up before eating. If you want them to be firm and not crumbly, you can wait 3-4 hours and then slice the brownies into squares. They will be much firmer after a few hours.

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Tips & Adjustments

One thing I’ve found to be true with brownies is that everyone likes them a bit different. You might like cake-like brownies that are fluffier, or fudge like brownies that are gooey. You might want to put chocolate chips in your brownies, or walnuts, or both.

Whatever you like can be achieved. So I encourage you to change up the recipe to suit your likes.

  • For more cake-like brownies, add 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and whip the butter and sugar until they are light, before adding the rest of the ingredients.
  • You can use butter, oil, ghee, or coconut oil in this recipe. They will each have a slightly different taste and texture, so you can experiment to find the one you like best, or just use what you have on hand.
A stack of brownies

Brownie Add Ins

You can add in anything you like in your brownies. Try:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Walnut pieces
  • M&Ms
  • Cocoa nibs
  • Toffee bits

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Yield: 16 brownies

The Best Homemade Brownies Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This best homemade brownie recipe is so fast to put together. You'll have a moist chocolatey batch of brownies hot from the oven in less than 30 minutes with no need for a box mix. 

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease an 8x8" baking dish with butter or cooking spray. Alternatively, line the pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, oil, water, vanilla, and sugar. Beat them together with a whisk or hand blender.
  3. Add the flour, cocoa powder, and salt and stir together until everything is fully incorporated. Now is when you should add any chocolate chips or walnuts, if desired.
  4. Pour mixture into the baking dish and spread it out with a spatula. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Cool completely before slicing.

Notes

  • The batter will be thick, that's normal. Just spread it out evenly.
  • Keep a good watch on the brownies toward the end of baking time. It's best to take them out on a little early than a little late. Don't let the edges get dried out.
  • You can use sugar substitute in place of the regular sugar to cut calories and carbs.

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