The Best Brownies Recipe

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One of my very favorite desserts growing up was homemade brownies. Not those from the box, although in a pinch, those have served me well. But, unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find the recipe Grandmother would make us when we were little. It was perfect y’all. A little bit fudgy, a little bit cakey, and a ton on the chewy side.

A chocolate lover’s dream brownie.

Or at least it was mine.

As I was going through Pam Anderson’s cookbook, The Perfect Recipe, I came across her recipe for chewy, fudgy, cakey brownies. Well, I’ll be. The name absolutely described the brownies Grandmother would make. Knowing Pam and how perfect all of her recipes turn out, I just knew they would live up to the title. I had to try it.

And try it I did.

It’s now my go-to brownie recipe. The perfect brownie in my book.

Just look at all that chewy, fudgy goodness in that photograph up there.

Are you drooling yet?

I admit, I pull mine out of the oven earlier than most people would, so you don’t see a whole lot of cakey in my picture up there.

And you can definitely add in all sorts of delicious things to this base brownie recipe. For these, we added pieces of Twix bars we’d chopped up. It’s delicious with Snickers, Butterfingers, and just about any other decadent thing you can imagine – and without.

The Perfect Brownies Recipe
 
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Brownies make a classic dessert. Made from scratch, this recipe makes the perfect brownies.
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • vegetable cooking spray
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
  • 10 tablespoons (1 stick plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
Instructions
  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Whisk flour, salt and baking powder in a small bowl; set aside.
  3. Spray an 8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  4. Fit a sheet of foil or parchment paper in pan and up two sides, so you can use it as a handle to pull cooked brownies from pan.
  5. Spray sheet with cooking spray.
  6. Melt chocolates and butter in a medium bowl over a pan of simmering water.
  7. Remove from heat; whisk in sugar and vanilla.
  8. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each one before adding the next.
  9. Continue to whisk until mixture is completely smooth and glossy.
  10. Add dry ingredients, whisk until just incorporated.
  11. Stir in nuts or other add-ins, if using.
  12. Pour batter into prepared pan; bake until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in center comes out with wet crumbs, 35-45 minutes.
  13. Cool brownies in pan on a wire rack for five minutes.
  14. Use handles to pull brownies from pan.
  15. Completely cool brownies on rack, at least three hours.
  16. Cut into squares and serve. If not serving immediately, do not cut brownies.
Notes
Used with permission from The Perfect Recipe by Pamela Anderson

Enjoy!

DISCUSS

  1. 1

    says

    My favorite recipe is cream cheese swirl brownies. I make it using a boxed mix and adding cream cheese and other ingredients to it. Love it!

  2. 2

    Tracy says

    Mmm. I like a fudgy browny with a crackly top. No nuts, no gilding the lily. But I did once dally with a cheesecake swirl brownie, and have no regrets…. As for Three Many Cooks, I just bookmarked the cheese souffle to make later this week. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. 4

    says

    I’ve never heard of Pam Anderson before (I thought you were referring to the baywatch Pam Anderson!). I would love to try those brownies, I’m trying to move away from box mixes and make everything from scratch. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. 5

    says

    the perfect brownie – fudge and chewy – so soft and utterly amazing. Hands down the best one I’ve ever had has been at coldstone creamery. I keep hoping they’ll give me the recipe someday lol. I can dream right? :)

  5. 6

    Robin Whiting says

    I like almost all brownies, bring them on!!! From Pam’s blog I would love to try that double cinnamon bread, looks delicious!

  6. 7

    Stephanie P says

    I love chewy gooey double dark chocolate brownies. I tend to under cook a bit to get more gooey in the middle and not too crusty on the outside. :) Yum!

  7. 8

    Brooke says

    The double cinnamon bread looks just divine! I love chewy, fudgy brownies, but I will never turn down a brownie, no matter what kind it is!

  8. 9

    says

    What a sweet post Robyn! That brownie just looks perfectly divine! And that would be my favorite pick for a brownie…fudgy! The fudgier the better I always say! :)

  9. 13

    Kathy says

    I love brownies, chewy and bit under done! I would also like to try the double cinnamon bread! It looks so delicious! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. 16

    says

    I prefer chewy. What I really want to try is a salted carmel brownie, I’ve never made them and I’m dying to. Thanks for the giveaway chance and for sharing that great recipe! c

  11. 19

    says

    I love Brownies NICE~Chewy with a crunchy side.Now hubby loves his brownies with chocolate fugde icing.I am going to try to make some HOMEMADE now.kick the box good bye.

    I just tried to look at Pam’s website but it says it’s under construction so I am bookmarking it for later.

  12. 23

    Christi P says

    I love a good brownie with walnuts and then I make homeade chocolate icing and put it on them while they are still warm…cut the corner piece and life is good!!

  13. 24

    Julie says

    I love fudgy, chewy brownies (undercooked just a little so they are gooey in the middle). I love to have chocolate chunks inside or perhaps salted caramel, snickers, peanut butter…brownies make pretty much anything better. YUM!! I think I need to get baking!!

  14. 26

    Jessica N. says

    I really like fudgy chewy brownies, with or without nuts, with or without frosting, with or without just about anything!!

  15. 29

    says

    I love brownies that are crunchy on the top and sides. Sometimes I love them with thick creamy sour cream chocolate frosting…Actually I was going to bake some brownies today. I think I’ll try the recipe you posted. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the great giveaway. I don’t have any cookbooks by Pam… so would be a great addition to my cookbook collection. Have a super Thursday!

    Ang

  16. 32

    says

    I am a huge fan of Picky Palate’s Shortbread Kiss Brownie recipe. You can put in any hershey kiss you want. My favorites are the candy corn kisses, caramel and the candy cane kisses! MMM!!!

  17. 36

    Kirstin says

    I love chewy brownies, and I am afraid the child in me doesn’t like nuts in them. Brownies are one of my favorites!

  18. 48

    says

    I think that picture is the most appetizing picture of a brownie I have EVER seen.
    OMG
    My mouth salivated looking at it. My eyes started doing that roll-back thing that they do when they’re having a food-gasm.

    Thank you. Thank you!

  19. 49

    Florence says

    OMG I am so happy I found your blog! I can’t wait to try these brownies, but I am particularly excited about your Best White Cake (ever) recipe. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing recipes with us!

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