Good Ol’ Homemade Brownies

This homemade brownie recipe will change your life! No more box mixes, because this is seriously the best homemade brownies recipe you’ll ever try. My whole family begs for them!

homemade brownie recipe

This may be a cooking blog, but I find myself sharing some of my deepest, darkest secrets (never having tried oatmeal before, for instance) here. So far you all have accepted me and all the horrible things I’ve kept hidden for years and years. I can only hope that you will continue to stand by my side as I reveal this next bit of private information about myself.

I prefer my brownies to be made from a box mix.

I’m sorry, okay? It’s just who I am and I have to be me. Writing a cooking blog isn’t going to change who I am. It just won’t, okay?

Except, well, I’ve recently discovered a brownie recipe so beautiful and delicious and rich and fudgy and chocolatey and oh goodness, I should just go ahead and admit it. I’m over the box mix brownies. No more, I say! No more!

Just go ahead and scroll back up there and look at those brownies! So full of chocolate! So gooey! So fudgy and scrumptious!

sugar butter cocoa

This recipe starts out by melting butter and sugar together in a sauce pan, and I know, there are lots of one bowl brownie recipes out there, but these guys are worth the extra dirty dish. Especially if your kids are your dish washers.

You’ll need to prepare yourself for this next part. You’re going to dump the cocoa powder into the sugar and butter. You’ll want to shove your entire face into your mixing bowl, but don’t do it. The butter is still hot and if you eat it all, we won’t have brownies!

Alright, so one lick won’t hurt anyone.

brownie bokeh

Look! Brownie batter bokeh! Yet another reason to love these brownies!

After you’ve mixed in the remaining ingredients, pour the batter into a buttered 9×13 pan and bake for about 30 minutes. What comes out of the oven is this amazingly delicious chunk of gooey, warm, melty chocolate. Let it cool and then slice and devour!

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Good Ol' Homemade Brownies


1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon espresso powder, optional
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x13 baking dish.
In small saucepan over low heat, melt butter completely. Stir in sugar and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Do not allow sugar mixture to boil.
Pour butter mixture into a large bowl or stand mixer
, beat in cocoa powder, eggs, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
Stir in the flour and chocolate chips until well combined.
Spread into prepared pan (batter will be very thick and sticky) and bake for about 30 minutes, until a tester comes out mostly clean. The edges should be set and the center should still look slightly moist, but not uncooked. Cool on a wire rack.

recipe from King Arthur Flour

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254 Responses to “Good Ol’ Homemade Brownies”

  1. Angie May 12, 2013 @ 9:53 pm (#

    These were definitely tasty, but I’m with the other commenters who thought they were a little more cakey than expected. Still very good though, so you won’t go wrong with making them. I’m a seasoned baker so I was confident that I wouldn’t experience what other people had posted about. I’m sure it comes down to preference and which box mix you’re comparing it to. It’s less fudgy than the one I usually buy. But again, very good recipe nonetheless. Don’t hesitate to try it.


  2. Joana May 19, 2013 @ 7:39 pm (#

    I just made these brownies and they are very, very good. Mine turned out gooey not cakey. I did find them a bit too sweet however, my husband thought they were perfect so it is all a matter of preference. I will be making these again for sure.


  3. Lauren June 26, 2013 @ 8:58 am (#

    I always preferred box mix brownies too! I found Alice Medrich’s recipe on smitten kitchen a while back and love those! Glad to be a food blogger who actually will now enjoy a scratch made brownie :) Those variations look good too!


  4. Sasha July 21, 2013 @ 3:16 am (#

    the hulk brownies weren’t very good at all. honestly, they were a ridiculous amount of work considering that they’re only brownies, which normally isn’t a problem for me, but also, they just weren’t very good, which made the work not worth it. i should have just made boxed brownies. they taste ten times better and they’re not nearly as difficult. they were too dense in a bad way, and the chocolate in them just wasn’t–it just wasn’t very fudgey. i mean, they were edible, but i wouldn’t even buy something pre-made at the store that tasted like them. they just didn’t taste that awesome, and considering how much sugar and butter and calories were in them, they had no excuse to taste anything short of amazing. they didn’t turn out anything like the picture, and i am an extremely experienced baker. would not recommend.


  5. Trista September 21, 2013 @ 9:56 pm (#

    I have made these brownies probably 7 times in the past year for various occasions, and they have never failed me. I live in high altitude and can follow the recipe to a T, and they still turn out perfectly! They’re currently baking in my oven for a potluck at church tomorrow. Thank for sharing this amazing recipe! :)


    • Karly replied: — September 24th, 2013 @ 8:27 am

      Glad you enjoy them! :)


  6. RavieNomNoms October 23, 2013 @ 9:16 am (#

    OH MY BROWNIES!! YUM. I have such a weakness for them, these look awesome.


  7. alsina shaikh November 21, 2013 @ 11:51 am (#

    can’t wait to try these dense looking ooooey goooey brownies thanx!


  8. Melanie @ Carmel Moments November 27, 2013 @ 8:54 am (#

    I’m always in search of new brownie recipes. I’d love to give this one a try. It’s looks like a favorite among many.


  9. kat January 15, 2014 @ 12:38 pm (#

    I LOVE these brownies! my favorite recipe ever! would def recommend them!! They have always turned out perfect! I skip on the express flavor and chocolate chips tho!


  10. Danielle January 28, 2014 @ 8:24 pm (#

    This is my go-to brownie recipe, this recipe hasn’t failed me yet, however if there was a way to get them more gooey, I would love to know! I make these for work luncheons and everyone loves them (I add walnuts and they are a huge hit)! Thanks for this amazing recipe!


    • Bethany replied: — February 9th, 2014 @ 3:40 pm

      @Danielle, I made them in a 9×9 dish and baked them for 50 mins. I’m at 6500′ elevation, so perhaps that helped with them turning out gooey.


  11. Sam February 18, 2014 @ 9:22 pm (#

    I did mine in an 8 by 8 for an hour, the middle could have gone longer though. Although it isn’t perfect, I don’t mind! They are extremely rich and delectable! I will most certainly make them again!


    • Sam replied: — February 18th, 2014 @ 9:23 pm

      Oh and I did mine at 355 for a half hour to.


  12. Kellie March 6, 2014 @ 10:44 am (#

    How in the world have you never tried oatmeal???? Apple cinnamon oatmeal is my fav by far. I had some this morning with a little butter and cinnamon sugar added right before I eat it. OMGosh it is sooo creamy and yummy and fulfilling and just downright good.


  13. Maria Hanrahan April 26, 2014 @ 12:05 pm (#

    OMG these look amazing! Will probably try out this recipe this weekend…. usually I prefer box mix brownies to homemade ones, which dry out too fast for me, but the photos of these make them look so wonderful….


  14. Tamara July 15, 2014 @ 6:39 pm (#

    I just came across your site (Thank you, Pinterest!) Not only are your recipes amazing, but you’re hilarious! Two of my favorite things! So thank you!


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  16. Anna August 19, 2014 @ 12:54 pm (#

    Well biscuits and gravy. I was so excited about this recipe because the pictures look so ooey and gooey shove-in-my-face-right-now-delicious. I’ve tried probably at least 10 different homemade recipes, but none compare to the box! Mmmm boxed brownie batter…. Anyway, generally I dislike baking anything from a box, but brownies are the exception to that rule. The batter for this recipe tasted JUST like a box kind, so I was super excited. But alas, mine turned out more like cake. Mwah mwah mwaaaahhhhh. Taste is still decent. Will try again with less bake time. I did 25 this time, will go for 20 next. :)


    • Karly replied: — August 19th, 2014 @ 9:19 pm


      I hope the lowered bake time helps!


  17. Avianti September 26, 2014 @ 4:45 pm (#

    Those brownies look perfect!


  18. Amethyst Moon October 17, 2014 @ 1:53 pm (#

    I made these as my first homemade brownies and they came out fabulous! I was really surprised how easy it was, and like you, I will never go back to a box mix. These are way too good!

    Thanks so much for the awesome recipe. I shared it on my blog.


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  20. Miss Bakecelot November 30, 2014 @ 2:48 pm (#

    This recipe is so great. Thank you! I’ve never been successful baking with drinking chocolates before but this came out better than expected ????. And they weren’t cakey at all. They were gooey and chewy just how I like them!


    • Karly replied: — December 1st, 2014 @ 1:55 pm

      Wonderful! Glad you liked them. :)


  21. Alice November 30, 2014 @ 7:35 pm (#

    Hi, I was suggested these by a friend and they look delicious any advice as I am used to cooking in grams not cups? thanks


    • Karly replied: — December 1st, 2014 @ 1:54 pm

      There are lots of online conversion charts you can use to convert this to grams. :)


  22. Mandie @ Mandie's Kitchen January 8, 2015 @ 11:29 am (#

    W.O.W. Such fudginess! These brownies (and your nutella brownies) look so good, it’s not hard to imagine why they are such a popular recipe!


  23. molly January 9, 2015 @ 12:38 pm (#

    these were AMAZING!!!!!! sooo flippin good!!!


    • Karly replied: — January 11th, 2015 @ 2:16 pm

      Glad you enjoyed them!


  24. Jamie M. January 9, 2015 @ 9:00 pm (#

    Just made these brownies tonight and they are fabulous! I must admit that I used to love boxed brownies but now they all taste like cardboard to me! I love love love homemade brownies! This recipe is slightly different from my go-to recipe, which uses half brown sugar, half white sugar. However, these brownies were equally fudgey and decadent! I didn’t have any issues with them being cakey or dry but they were definitely done after only 25 minutes at 350 F in my oven. My baking powder is also slightly old 😉 I also mixed them by hand (burning off my brownie calories, right?!) and am not sure if that could’ve made a difference. And I used milk chocolate chips :-)

    PS- Karly, you should try the browned butter brownies from Bon Appetit’s recipe! Very similar to your recipe except you brown the butter before adding the sugar and you mix everything in the one pot! Thanks for sharing your recipe!


    • Karly replied: — January 11th, 2015 @ 2:14 pm

      Ooh, I’ll definitely have to try those. Browned butter is amazing! :)


  25. Mila January 10, 2015 @ 9:43 am (#

    Can you please please.. consider using gram measurements too? It saves me always having to convert, each website is so different it is hard to know how to make them right with no proper measurements and no idea which site is right, some don’t even have converting for every ingredient.. cups here all vary, so we use grams that never vary or change.


    • Karly replied: — January 11th, 2015 @ 8:20 am

      Hi Mila!

      I’m afraid that I don’t use grams myself and to convert I would just use an online converter myself. You’ll want to find an online converter that you trust and use that.

      Sorry I’m not more help!


  26. Krysta March 4, 2015 @ 4:29 pm (#

    Very very good! Just made these and they are wonderful. The kids loved them and gobbled them up quickly. Wouldn’t change anything. Will be making these again!


  27. Dawn MH August 12, 2015 @ 4:34 pm (#

    What kind of cocoa did you use (dutch or natural, brand)??


    • Karly replied: — August 17th, 2015 @ 8:48 am

      I generally use Hershey’s Special Dark. Otherwise, dutch works best for these.


  28. Rachelle September 15, 2015 @ 7:05 pm (#

    Wayyyyyyy to much cocoa powder in my opinion. They also turned out gooey as many other people mentioned. Sad this recipe didn’t turn out :(


    • Karly replied: — September 16th, 2015 @ 8:24 am

      Sorry to hear you weren’t a fan of these.


  29. liz October 28, 2015 @ 9:21 pm (#

    I have made these brownies about 6 times in the last few months. I followed the recipe to a tee and they came out absolutely amazing every time. For those who had trouble, make sure your measuring you flour correctly. That could cause them to come out cake like. Thank you for sharing this recipe. My family’s favorite brownie recipe.


    • Karly replied: — October 29th, 2015 @ 9:51 am

      Glad to hear that! :)


  30. Tia November 7, 2015 @ 12:20 pm (#

    What a great recipe! I made this for the first time on Halloween to take over to my family’s house so that the grown-ups could have adult treats while passing out goodies to the little ones. They were a hit! I actually didn’t even get any more after the first taste I had before passing them out – but I’ll just take that as a compliment! I did not have a overly “cakey” issue as some of the other comments mentioned – they were gooey and wonderful, much to my delight – because it was the moist appearance in the picture on Pinterest that drew me to the recipe.

    I now have two batches going in the oven to give out to a few that heard about them and didn’t get to try (I will be sure to save a few more myself this time:)).


    • Karly replied: — November 8th, 2015 @ 9:58 pm

      Definitely save some for yourself next time! :)


  31. Christina November 18, 2015 @ 8:14 pm (#

    Karly! These brownies DID change my life. They are SO, so good and I LOVE that I never have to use a box again. I love using ghiradelli for the chocolate YUM and the batter barely ever makes it to the oven :) Thanks for this recipe!


    • Karly replied: — November 20th, 2015 @ 7:24 am

      Yay! Glad to hear that! :)



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