Good Ol’ Homemade Brownies

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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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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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213 Responses to “Good Ol’ Homemade Brownies”

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

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

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

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

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

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    Karly Reply:

    Glad you enjoy them! :)

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  6. RavieNomNoms October 23, 2013 @ 9:16 am (#
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    OH MY BROWNIES!! YUM. I have such a weakness for them, these look awesome.

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  7. alsina shaikh November 21, 2013 @ 11:51 am (#
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    can’t wait to try these dense looking ooooey goooey brownies thanx!

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

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

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

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    Bethany Reply:

    @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.

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

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    Sam Reply:

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

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

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