Best Chocolate Brownies (Homemade Recipe)

Chocolate Brownies

There are few things in life that bring as much joy as a warm, fudgy brownie straight from the oven. Brownies have a way of lifting our spirits and transporting us to happier times. For me, baking brownies is more than just following a recipe. Tweaking it just so until it achieved ultimate fudgy bliss. The key, I’ve found, is using Dutch-processed cocoa powder for richness and depth of flavor. Melting the chocolate and butter together ensures an ultra-smooth texture.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup high-quality cocoa powder – I prefer a Dutch-processed variety for the deepest chocolate flavor.
  • 1 cup granulated sugar – I use plain white sugar but feel free to substitute brown if you prefer.
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted – for ultra-smooth texture and richness.
  • 2 large eggs – essential for structure and moisture.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – a splash adds complexity and warmth.
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour – just enough to hold it all together.
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch – helps create a fudgy center.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt – a pinch enhances the other flavors.
  • 1 cup roughly chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips – these beauties provide chunks of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate goodness. Sea salt flakes.
Chocolate Brownies

How to Make This Best Chocolate Brownies Homemade Recipe

Preheat and Prepare

Preheat oven to 350°F and grease an 8×8 inch baking pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch and salt – set aside for later.

Melt and Mix the Wet Ingredients

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate together over low heat, stirring frequently until fully combined and smooth. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and whisk in the sugar until homogeneous. Then whisk in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla.

Incorporate the Dry

Add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet and fold gently with a spatula just until no dry streaks remain. Do not overmix.

Pour and Top

Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan, using a spatula to spread into the corners. Sprinkle the chopped chocolate or chocolate chips evenly over the top, followed by a light dusting of sea salt if using.

Bake and Cool

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs. The center should still be a bit soft and fudgy. Allow to cool in the pan for at least 2 hours before cutting into squares.

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Serving Instructions

These brownies are best served at room temperature so the fudgy centers can soften up a bit. You can’t go wrong with a tall glass of cold milk! For a fun presentation, cut the brownies into squares while still in the pan, then use a thin spatula to transfer them to a serving plate. Feel free to top with powdered sugar, vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Storage Instructions

Properly stored, these brownies will stay fresh for up to 5 days. Leave them in the pan and cover tightly with plastic wrap or foil. For longer storage of up to 1 week, cut the brownies and layer between parchment paper in an airtight container.

Freezing Instructions

You can absolutely freeze these brownies. Simply cut them into squares, lay on a baking sheet and freeze until firm, about 2 hours. Transfer to a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw at room temperature for 30 minutes or microwave in short bursts until softened. The texture may be a bit more crumbly after freezing but the flavor will be just as delicious.

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FAQs

Can I use butter or oil instead of melted butter?

No, the melted butter is important for texture and flavor. Oil won’t achieve the same result.

Do I need to grease the pan?

Yes, greasing the pan is essential so the brownies don’t stick. Use butter, shortening or nonstick cooking spray.

Can I substitute the cocoa powder?

You can try using 3/4 cup of unsweetened chocolate bars chopped but the texture may be denser. Dutch processed cocoa makes them ultra fudgy.

How long do they last?

Properly stored, the brownies will stay fresh for 5 days. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months for an instant treats later.

Can I double the recipe?

Absolutely, just use a 9×13 inch pan. The baking time may need an extra 5-10 minutes. You can also divide the batter between two 8×8 pans.

Do they really need to cool before cutting?

Yes, it’s important to let the brownies cool completely before cutting into them, about 2 hours. This allows the centers to set properly.

Chocolate Brownies

Best Chocolate Brownies

There are few things in life that bring as much joy as a warm, fudgy brownie straight from the oven. Brownies have a way of lifting our spirits and transporting us to happier times. For me, baking brownies is more than just following a recipe. Tweaking it just so until it achieved ultimate fudgy bliss.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 466 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 1 cup roughly chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
  • Sea salt flakes (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease an 8×8 pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients – flour, cornstarch, salt and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the melted butter and sugar. Mix until smooth and creamy. Then add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and gently fold together until just combined. Do not overmix. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.
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Hey there! I'm Betty Spangler. I love food, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple.