Easy Homemade Brownies Recipe – an easy one bowl brownie recipe that are super fudgy, chocolately, and delicious!
I think we all have those recipes from childhood that we will never forget. I know I have more than one, but these homemade brownies are definitely one of them. The other dessert one would be Chocolate Chip Cookies. I have had both of those recipes memorized since I was probably 10 years old. They were just a staple in our house.
I grew up always making brownies from scratch. I don’t think I knew they sold box mixes until I was in college and did the grocery shopping on my own. The brownies I grew up making were just so easy, I never even thought twice about it.
Brownies are pretty much my ultimate weakness. I think I have over 40 different kinds of brownies on the blog, and almost all of them use these homemade brownies as a base. You just can’t mess with your tried and true recipe, can you?
What You’ll Need
- Unsweetened Chocolate
- Oil – see recipe tips section for oil vs butter
- Granulated Sugar
- All-Purpose Flour
Yep – just 6 ingredients is all you need! So much better than a box mix and just as simple.
How To Make Brownies From Scratch
Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card to get the measurements and full instructions!
- Mix together the oil and melted chocolate until it is well combined and smooth.
- Beat in the eggs and sugar until everything is well blended.
- Stir in the flour and salt until just combined. As soon as there are no more white streaks you want to stop.
- Here you can get creative if you want to mix in chocolate chips, M&M’s, peanut butter chips, nuts or anything else you can think of.
- Pour into a greased and floured baking dish and bake until a tester comes out just barely clean. You want a few crumbs to stick, but not batter.
The key to the best brownies is to not over bake them. So check often and remember they do continue to cook in the pan for a little bit after you remove them from the oven. So error on the side of early rather than late.
Even these Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies use the same base. So many different things you can do, once you find a base recipe you love. But growing up, it was just plain chocolate frosting on top. Nothing extra or special, just frosting.
And you will notice, no nuts. I am not a huge fan of nuts in my dessert. Nuts on their own are fine, but I don’t want them in my chocolate. But if you are a nut person, go ahead and add them. My mom often added a few to half the pan for herself.
TIPS FOR THE BEST BROWNIES
- Butter vs vegetable oil – really either works, it depends on the recipe. I usually use oil, but have a couple recipes with butter. Butter can be a little more greasy if you use too much. And it gives it a slightly different flavor. But both work and taste great, you just have to try to see which you prefer.
- Cocoa powder vs melted chocolate – again both work. You can even look at the back of your cocoa powder container to see what the substitution is. So if you don’t have one, you can definitely substitute the other. I like melted chocolate personally, I think it gives a richer chocolate taste.
- Use a spatula – you do not need an electric mixer for brownies, just a bowl and a spatula.
- Pans – I like a metal baking pan for baking brownies. Glass works, but I think the texture is different. And if you are an edge person, I don’t think you get the same edges with glass pans.
- Baking – You really do not want to over bake brownies. The pan is super hot, so when you take them out of the oven then continue to cook. When inserting a toothpick to test for done-ness you want crumbs but not batter. So I like to start checking early to make sure I don’t over cook them.
So stop buying those box mixes and give these one bowl brownies a shot. Seriously, just a handful of ingredients, it may take you 3 minutes longer than the mix. But they are so worth it!!
More Brownie Recipes To Try
- Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies
- Grasshopper Brownies
- Peanut Butter Brownie Pizza
- French Silk Pie Brownies
- Cosmic Brownies
- Gooey Brownie Pie
- S’mores Brownies
- 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
- 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
- 2 whole large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350º F. Grease and flour an 8 inch baking dish. Or line with foil or parchment paper.
- In a bowl combine melted chocolate with canola oil, mix until smooth.
- Add sugar, and eggs, beat until well combined and the eggs are fully incorporated.
- Stir in flour and salt until the white streaks just disappear.
- Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes, until a tester comes out mostly clean.
- Remove from the oven and allow the brownies to cool completely, then top with your favorite chocolate frosting.
Amount Per Serving Calories 188Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 31mgSodium 110mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 1gSugar 17gProtein 3g
Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.
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