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My Go-To Brownie Recipe

The easiest from-scratch brownies recipe.  The Best Brownies recipe is almost as easy as making them from a box, which is why it’s my go-to brownie recipe.  Just one bowl and one pan required!

The easiest from-scratch brownies recipe.  The Best Brownies recipe is almost as easy as making them from a box, which is why it's my go-to brownie recipe.  Just one bowl and one pan required!

This brownie recipe is delicious and easy to whip up. Seriously, the hardest part is waiting for them to come out of the oven, as your house begins to smell of yummy goodness!  In fact, it’s so easy my daughter has been helping me make them since she was 4, as evidenced in the picture below.

Double Chocolate Brownies so easy my daughter can make them!

Are the best brownies made with oil or butter?

When making brownies that are thick and cakey, butter is needed.  If you prefer a chewy, fudgy brownie, oil can be substituted.  I personally think that brownies made with butter have a much richer flavor.  If you want to make The Best Brownies more fudgy, you can simply add an extra 1/4 cup sugar to the recipe.

How thick should brownie batter be?

When making brownies, the batter will be quite thick.  When poured into the pan, it won’t easily spread out, and will require a spoon to spread.

Overhead shot of the best brownies in a glass pan with a white linen towel and a bottle of milk.

Do you bake brownies on the top or bottom rack?

Brownies should be baked in the center of the oven, not the top or bottom rack.  By baking brownies in the center of the oven, the brownies will get cooked evenly from the top and bottom. 

Yield: 24 brownies

My Go-To Brownie Recipe

My Go-To Brownie Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into pieces
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups sugar **
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease (or spray) a 13x9-inch pan.
    2. Combine 1 cup chocolate chips (set the rest aside for later) with the butter in a large microwaveable bowl.
    3. Microwave until melted (usually around 2 minutes, stopping to stir every 30 seconds).
    4. Once the chocolate chips are melted, stir in the eggs.
    5. Then stir in the flour, sugar, vanilla, and baking soda.
    6. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
    7. Pour into prepared pan and spread the batter out.
    8. Bake for 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out slightly sticky.
    9. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.


** For a more fudgy brownie, use 1 cup sugar instead of 3/4 cup.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

The nutritional information provided here is not guaranteed to be accurate and is provided for informational (and google) purposes only.

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Sunday 22nd of June 2014

I made this and it was SO quick and easy.. I stuck to the original recipe and it came out delicious. I am DEFINITELY making this again....

Jamie H

Sunday 22nd of June 2014

Breeeeee, thank you so much for letting us know how you liked our recipe! I'm glad it was a hit-- these are made at my house far too often! :)

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Erlene A

Saturday 15th of February 2014

I love brownies! It's one of my favorite desserts & I'm pinning this to my recipe board . Stopping by from Saturday Dishes Chocolate Linkup.

Jamie H

Sunday 16th of February 2014

Thanks for coming by and pinning, Erlene!

Carrie Lynn Ingles Groneman

Friday 14th of February 2014

Ok, this looks amazing!!! Stopping by from 'chocolate link up' and I am going to have to give this baby a try.

Jamie H

Sunday 16th of February 2014

Carrie, I'm sure you'll love them! The flavor from using chocolate chips instead of cocoa powder is just so much better!

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