Introduction: Brownie Recipe

The easiest brownie recipe for making perfect brownies every time.  This recipe produces a rich, well-balanced chocolate brownie with a perfect crust.  While I like them fudgey and gooey with a crisp top, there are simple alterations you can make for a cakier or softer result. Use this recipe as your platform for customizing your perfect brownie!

Making brownies from scratch doesn't have to be hard. Don't be afraid of flour and chocolate - the rewards you reap will be well worth the effort.

Step 1: Materials

Hardware:
  • Scale - with this scale, you'll never need a set of measuring cups again. It's so much easier, and more accurate!
  • Mixing bowls
  • 9x13" baking pan
  • I love my Kitchenaid, but a wooden spoon works just as well for this recipe
  • Rubber spatula
  • Whisk


Software:
  • 1 cup (225 g) butter, melted
  • 3 cups (600 g) white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs (add one more for a cakier result)
  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (70 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (to give them a nice crust - omit if you don't want that)
  • 6 oz chopped semisweet chocolate or 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (180 g)


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Step 2: Prepare

Preheat oven to 350oF (175o C).

Melt butter in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with the paper from the butter.

Step 3: Measure

It's a real time saver to measure everything before you get started.  So get out that scale and a couple bowls, and let's get everything ready!

Turn on your scale, and place the bowl for your sugar on it.  Tare the scale so it reads 0g.  Pour in the sugar until it reaches 600g.  

Repeat for the flour and cocoa.  You can tare the scale again after adding the flour and before adding the cocoa, but I just added the numbers together to get the weight I'd need.  

Whisk flour and cocoa together with soda and salt.  

See, you never need to dirty up measuring cups again! 

Step 4: Add Butter to Sugar

Combine the melted butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl.

Mix!

Step 5: Add Eggs

Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each, until thoroughly blended.

Step 6: Add Flour Mixture

Gradually stir in the flour and cocoa mixture on low speed.  

Step 7: Choclify

Toss the chocolate chips in a light dusting of flour, and stir into the mix with a spoon or spatula.

The flour will keep them suspended in the batter and prevent them from all sinking to the bottom!

Step 8: Bake

Pour into prepared pan.

Spread the batter in the pan, slightly mounding on the sides so it will all bake evenly (avoiding the typical mound you get in the middle after baking).

Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Step 9: Nom

The brownies are done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  My batch initially crowned well over the pan, but later sunk back down into dense fudgey deliciousness.

Enjoy hot with a cool glass of milk or a la mode!

Comments

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RickyBobby0205 made it!(author)2012-10-17

These are my new go to brownie recipe! I haven't had much luck with homemade brownie recipes in the past, and one night the kids and I had a hankering for brownies, but didn't have any brownie mix. I came upon this recipe and had all the ingredients already, so we made these and they are DELICIOUS!!! Good tip about the baking soda by the way. Also, I seem to have the opposite problem, my brownies always are higher on the sides, and thinner in the middle. And I only left these in the oven for 30 minutes, then let them sit until cooled, since we like our brownies on the fudgier side. These are, by far, the BEST homemade brownies I've ever had!

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verybigjen made it!(author)2012-10-01

yes, this recipe is all you want and more. This is the STUFF. I just made them and while I think I needed an even bigger pan I had an 8x10, not a 9x12, they came out incredible. Mine came out 3 inches thick! I also had to add 10 mins baking time, THREE TIMES! BUT.. they cameout perfect ooey gooey and a cripsy top! OMFG.

This recipe is a keeper. I did it EXACTLY as the recipe said to, no substiutions, but i did sprinkle on some pecans on top and they were perfect too. picture perfect.

I'm terribly impressed with myself.

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scoochmaroo made it!(author)2012-10-01

Wow! This might be my favorite comment ever. Thank you!!

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verybigjen made it!(author)2012-10-01

Girl you rock, this recipe is the bomb. Everyone in house raved. This ight be my go to take along. I was told to save this. So I linked it on pinterest!

okay, once i got a ruler - TWO inches thick! Still almost too big to get in my mouth, i ate two, TWO! I might not be able to sleep tonight either from sugar rush or just knowing they are still in the kitchen with a nearly full gallon of milk waiting for me.

But yes after 65 minutes (35 + 30 extra due to thickness) min in the oven they are STILL perfect. I'm not ruling out the smaller pan for WOW factor sometime... heheh nothing impresses like MASSIVE brownies right?

you are my hero!

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scoochmaroo made it!(author)2012-10-02

Goodness! Yes, brownies take a ridiculously long time to bake. Glad they worked out for you, and now you know to plan for an hour's baking time next time. Thanks for the pin!!

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krysarenas made it!(author)2012-07-15

Just made these for my boyfriend and his sisters and it was a hit! I left out the chocochips though. Very easy to make. I also added a bit of melted chocolate for a little kick but trust me its not needed. Definitely keeping this recipe.

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TXBelle526 made it!(author)2012-04-21

Just made these while my boys (8 & 10) were out playing. They came in and took a deep breath and one said to the other "Oh my gosh, Mom's been in the kitchen and it smells like heaven."

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mistletoe made it!(author)2012-02-28

I made these with coconut palm sugar (substituted equal parts for sugar). Super-yummy, lower glycemic, and curb hunger afterward!!!

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Mongpoovian made it!(author)2009-09-22

Thanks also for including the by-weight measurements! This one's getting printed out and going into the file!

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scoochmaroo made it!(author)2009-09-22

Haha. I totally read that as "This one's getting printed out and going into the fire!" And I thought, geez, you really need to make such a point with it? Printing it out and all?

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adimapamida made it!(author)2011-03-05

I read exactly the same thing! I'm very glad that I did not put this recipe into the fire! I just made it and it's great. I loved that you put the weight and C degrees, so I didn't have to do any conversions before I began. Thanks!

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platypusymphony made it!(author)2009-09-22

I did the same thing - total doubletake

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Mongpoovian made it!(author)2009-09-22

Man, that would have been a terrible thing to say! Just so that there's no confusion: Attention Instructables community! Cherish this brownie recipe. Hiding within this comprehensive documentation is a powderkeg of flavor, waiting to wage a shock-and-awe campaign against the nation of Tastebudistan. These brownies will not tire, will not falter, and will not fail to please your dinner guests.

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big-jamie made it!(author)2009-09-25

well...i got the newsletter, seen it had brownies, immediately shouted my sister as she loves brownies, we raided the cupboards and found everything we needed....and as we speak...well...type...they are in the oven right now baking away =)

my sister managed to spill coloured sugar strands all over one corner...so wele see how that goes...i'll update you in 30 mins or so =D

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scoochmaroo made it!(author)2009-09-25

Awesome! What a great comment!! And thanks for the follow-up :)

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Amirtha+Renga made it!(author)2016-10-25

Extremely sweet!! Can get diabetes in 1 day!! I reduced the sugar to 500g bt still very very sweet.

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Amirtha+Renga made it!(author)2016-10-24

Do we have to melt the chocolate or we added it directly to the batter?

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k2iran made it!(author)2016-09-09

yesterday,i decided to try my first actual baking act :D and this brownie recipe really did the job and my brownies came out pretty good & delicious.

thanks for this nice recipe!

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k2iran made it!(author)2016-09-09

oh and another thing to mention! 30 mins of staying in oven worked for this one

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Pablokeller made it!(author)2016-02-16

I have try this recipe!!!

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cookingrecipe9 made it!(author)2016-02-13
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Leei1337 made it!(author)2015-12-09

just finished making these and they are delicious :-)

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Tayhastoomuchswagg4u made it!(author)2015-10-25

Great recipe but what is the serving size

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lebowski made it!(author)2014-12-11

I made it! Well, actually she made it.

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ForTheLoveOfFood made it!(author)2015-06-24

who is she?

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ForTheLoveOfFood made it!(author)2015-06-24

shes pretty

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mihiri.kandanaarachchi made it!(author)2015-04-29

awesome.I loved it

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kaelle made it!(author)2015-04-07

I went with the special dark cocoa for my first attempt. I can't wait to NOM NOM NOM!!!

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Bubbles+is+fab made it!(author)2015-01-29

i made it yall

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michael.malihan made it!(author)2014-12-24

Finally making it again after more than a year, the result is the one I've been searching for since I started to bake and it's PERFECT!!!

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michael.malihan made it!(author)2014-12-24

Finally doing it again after more than a year! and the result is the one I've been searching for since i started to bake! Perfect!!!

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Kirainstruc made it!(author)2014-11-15

These are the BEST BROWNIES EVER!!!!!!!! They are so good. I made them and the whole family wanted more. The chocolate-chips-in-flour trick really works too! I give these brownies a 100000 star rating!

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sharonH1 made it!(author)2014-09-16

how much does it make?

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tedwards16 made it!(author)2014-02-18

This was my very first time making any brownie of any type and trust me they were awsome. I can't wait to try some more recipies. Instead of the unsweetened chocolate I used some candie coated cheers and that was such a good idea because chocolate in grenada is way too expensive.

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dashanchen made it!(author)2014-02-17

for the people that are confused on how 3 cups of sugar is 600 grams but 1 cup of cocoa powder is 70 grams. its because cups are a measure of volume, and grams is a measure of mass...sugar is more dense than cocoa powder and therefore weighs more per unit of volume

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ddecker6 made it!(author)2014-02-14

These turned out great!!! So much better then boxed brownies.

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areyoukidding101 made it!(author)2014-01-12

Are you guys for real?! Did you actually put 600 GRAMS of sugar in this recipe. If one cup is 70 grams then 3 cups is obviously not 600 grams. Am I the only one noticing this or is it because you are all americans?#proud to be british

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scudoo51 made it!(author)2014-01-06

Holy mother of god! Just made this recipe! to die for. Thanks for sharing.

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burnybear made it!(author)2013-12-28

scoochmaroo! i sooo love your recipe! thank you for sharing this! it's a hit! I tried adding mine with marshmallows; however, the marshmallows floated on top while baking. do you know how I can make those marshmallows stay at the bottom? thanks so much!

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BrianHylandFan made it!(author)2013-12-24

I'm very confused. I'm half way through mixing these and I realized the measurements don't make any sense. How can 3 cups of sugar equal 600 gms, but 1.5 cups flour only equals 180 gms. and 1 cup of cocoa only equals 70 gms? After measuring out 180 gms of flour I transferred it to a measuring cup and discovered it only equals 1 cup. So now I'm at a loss to know how much cocoa to add. Please enlighten me.

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takelly28 made it!(author)2013-12-18

Just made these again, this time adding mini marshmallows to the mix. YUM!!!!!! I promise you, this is THE BEST brownie recipe I've EVER tasted!!!

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takelly28 made it!(author)2013-11-21

SIMPLY BEST BROWNIES EVER!!!!!!!

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takelly28 made it!(author)2013-11-21

BEST BROWNIES EVER!!!!!!! I used a 9x9 when it clearly called for a 9x13 ( i was so excited to get this recipe going, I didn't read completely) Either way, they are AMAZING!

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mcarver1 made it!(author)2013-10-23

Absolutely perfect, as written. NO CHANGES

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wnsumner made it!(author)2013-06-03

Making these today, since I'm out of boxed brownie mixes. Instead of the vanilla, I'm using Razzmatazz Raspberry Liqueur, and white chocolate chips instead of chocolate. Adding a raspberry drizzle to the top also when it's done. Sooooooooo good!!!

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blueangelical made it!(author)2013-05-09

Mm?!? Any idea what happened to my batch. Followed exactly ingredients (halved amount of all as only had that amount) inside is like toffee, top is like thin ice. Not very pleasant at all :-(

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scoochmaroo made it!(author)2013-05-15

Oh no! This looks like too much baking soda and an oven that got too hot. I'm so sorry this happened! I'm working on a new recipe I like even better.

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Tinker+L made it!(author)2013-04-28

These are amazing, but sometimes I just don't know when to stop! I cook these in a half sheet pan and then add topping: melt 3 c semi-sweet chips and 14 oz sweetened condensed milk over low heat. Remove, add 2 t vanilla and spread on brownies immediately. Excuse me, I have a birthday request to fulfill...

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hlord2 made it!(author)2013-01-19

I exchanged the regular cocoa for dark cocoa and left out the chips and vanilla (because I didn't have any ), and these still turned out amazingly.

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Kellyamr made it!(author)2012-11-08

I have copied, pasted and made these browies adding black walnuts and chocolate chips and then topped with and icing. Hubby ate all but 2 in one night!! made them again today leaving out the chocolate chips and was just as big a hit. non left in one hour!

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