The Best Brownie recipe ever! These easy Homemade Brownies are made from scratch, featuring the perfect blend of chewy and fudgy brownies with a shiny, crackly top.

If you’ve been searching for the best brownie recipe, I think you will love these brownies. These decadent brownies are quick, easy, rich, moist, fudgy, and delicious! I think they are the ultimate brownie!

Stack of the best brownies on a marble countertop.

I’ve made brownies in so many ways through the years in search of the exact ratios of each ingredient to make the perfect brownie for my family. Years ago, I decided this recipe was it! I had a few requirements: crackle top, fudgy, slightly chewy on the inside, and a rich chocolate flavor that makes you instantly crave a large glass of ice-cold milk or a hot cup of coffee. This easy recipe accomplishes all of that and more!

Up close photo of rich brownies on a pan.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Quick and Easy. This recipe comes together in one bowl with a whisk!

Dependable and Versatile. This recipe has been tried and tested for over 20 years! You can easily use my Recipe Variations to make this recipe your own!

The Best Brownies! My family calls these the best brownies they have ever tasted, and I completely agree. But you can see in the comments that many of you also love these as much as we do!

Photo of cut brownies on a piece of parchment paper.

Fudge brownies are such a comfort dessert if you know what I mean. If you’ve always made them from a box mix, I can’t wait for you to try this recipe. Making these from scratch is so very easy and rewarding. You’ll never want to go back to a boxed mix again!

I previously shared this recipe in 2012, but I am updating it with new step-by-step photos, recipe variations, and tips for success!

Ingredients to make the best brownies on a metal baking sheet. Butter, cocoa powder, flour, espresso, chocolate chips, brown and granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla extract all on a baking pan.

Ingredients

Be sure to see the recipe card below for the full listing of ingredients, instructions, notes, and estimated nutritional information.

For these brownies, you’ll need:

  • Butter – I use salted butter in this recipe. If you are sensitive to salt, use unsalted. The butter adds flavor and moisture to the brownies.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – while many fudge brownie recipes call for melting chocolate for the brownie base, I wanted to simplify my brownie recipe by using cocoa powder instead. Generally, cocoa powder means a more cake-type brownie, but I’ve adjusted the other ingredients to add just the right amount of moisture to these brownies.
  • Sugars – I use a combination of brown sugar and granulated sugar in my recipe. The brown sugar adds moisture and deepens the flavor in these brownies while making the brownies slightly chewy in all the right places. The granulated sugar and the eggs create the crackle topping on the brownies. The combination of brown and granulated sugar is perfect here.
  • Espresso powder – the espresso powder enhances the chocolate flavor in these brownies (and other chocolate recipes, like my chocolate cake) without adding the flavor of coffee. While I encourage you to include it, the brownies will still be delicious if you must omit it.
  • Eggs – The eggs play an important role in this recipe. They are the only leavening agent used. Ensure your eggs are at room temperature to best incorporate into the brownie batter.
  • All-purpose flour – I use all-purpose flour in this recipe. Once the flour is mixed into the brownies, you’ll want to be certain not to overmix. Overmixing will cause cake-like, dense brownies.
  • Salt – I use kosher salt in my recipes. If you use table salt, realize that table salt is “saltier” than kosher salt; therefore, you’ll need a little less. I would use 1/4 teaspoon of table salt in place of the kosher salt in this recipe.
  • Vanilla extract – as in most baking recipes, vanilla extract enhances the flavor and sweetness of the recipe.
  • Add-ins – Add-ins are completely optional. If you plan to add them, I recommend using chopped pecans or walnuts, chocolate chips, or chocolate chunks.

How to Make the BEST Brownies

Prep. Preheat the oven to 350º F. Line a 9 x 9 baking pan with parchment paper to easily lift the brownies from the pan for final cooling and cutting.

Glass bowl with melted butter on a marble counter.
Glass bowl with melted butter, cocoa, white and brown sugar on marble counter.

Melt the butter, chocolate, and sugars. Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the cocoa powder and sugars and stir to combine and smooth.

Glass mixing bowl with chocolate brownie batter with egg added ready to whisk into batter.
Marble countertop holds glass mixing bowl with chocolate brownie mixture with flour added ready to mix.

Make the brownie batter. Add the eggs, one at a time, stirring after each addition as directed. Then, continue to stir until smooth and glossy. Stir in the salt, espresso powder, flour, and vanilla extract. Stir until combined, but don’t overmix.

Glass bowl of brownie batter mixing in dark chocolate chips.
Baking pan lined with parchment filled with chocolate brownie batter.

Next, add optional mix-ins if desired and stir until just blended. (I added optional dark chocolate chips). Then, pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.

Bake. Bake until the brownies are set, the top is shiny and crackly, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool the brownies as instructed in the recipe.

Cut brownies on a piece of parchment paper.

Cut and serve. Cut the brownies into 2-inch squares or your preferred size pieces and serve.

Recipe Variations

  • Super Fudgy Brownies – To make super fudgy brownies, substitute 4 ounces each of high-quality bittersweet and semisweet chocolate bars for the cocoa powder used in this recipe. Chop or break apart the chocolate bars and add to the melted butter. You may need to microwave for about 10 to 15 more seconds to melt the chocolate. (I use Ghiradelli or Baker’s chocolate bars and can generally find them in my local grocery stores).
  • Frosted Brownies – Prepare my fudge icing recipe and pour over the warm brownies. As the brownies and icing cool, the icing will harden.
  • The Best Gluten-Free Brownies Recipe – Substitute an equal amount of 1:1 gluten-free flour for baking.
  • The Best Dairy-Free Brownies Recipe – Substitute your favorite dairy-free butter substitute for the butter in this recipe. You can use canola oil, olive oil, or even melted coconut oil. Delish!

*Note: The results in the texture and consistency of the baked brownies may differ with ingredient substitutions.

Best Brownie Success Tips

A few success tips make a big difference in making the best brownies.

  • Melt the sugars into the butter and cocoa powder for a shiny, crackle-topped brownie.
  • Room-temperature eggs will mix into the batter more evenly.
  • Watch closely near the baking time to avoid overbaking your brownies.

Storage Tips

To store. Store baked and cooled brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

To freeze. Freeze the cooled brownies in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

Stack of baked brownies on a marble countertop.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it better to use brown sugar or granulated sugar in brownies?

Brown sugar adds depth and richness to the brownies and moisture from the molasses, giving the brownies a fudgy texture. Also, it gives the brownies a deeper color. Granulated sugar makes for a chewier brownie. The combination of both, which we have here in this recipe, gives you the perfect combination of a chewy, fudgy brownie, which is why we consider it the best brownie recipe!

Are melted chocolate brownies better than cocoa brownies?

Both types of brownies are delicious! Melted chocolate adds moisture to brownies and gives them a rich, fudge-like texture. Cocoa powder gives brownies a deep chocolate flavor.

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The Best Brownies Recipe Ever

5 from 16 votes
The Best Brownie recipe ever! These easy Homemade Brownies are made from scratch, featuring the perfect blend of chewy and fudgy brownies with a shiny, crackly top.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16

Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup (226 g) butter
  • 1 cup (84 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (213 g) brown sugar
  • 1 cup (198 g) granulated sugar
  • 4 large (200 g) eggs
  • 1 cup (120 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.58 g) espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons (9 g) vanilla extract

Optional Mix-ins

  • 1 cup (170 g) chocolate chips, optional
  • 1 cup (114 g) chopped pecans, optional

Instructions 

  • Prep. Preheat the oven to 350º F. Line a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with parchment paper to easily lift the brownies from the pan for final cooling and cutting. Set aside.
  • Melt the butter, chocolate, and sugars. Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the cocoa powder and sugars and stir to combine and smooth.
  • Make the brownie batter. Add the eggs, one at a time, stirring after each addition to fully combine into the melted chocolate mixture before adding the next. Continue to stir until smooth and glossy. Stir in the salt, espresso powder, flour, and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth and pour into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake. Bake until the brownies are set, the top is shiny and crackly, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool the brownies in the pan for 5 minutes on a wire rack. Lift the brownies out of the pan by the edges of the parchment paper and cool on the wire rack.
  • Cut and serve. Cut the brownies into 2-inch squares or your preferred size pieces and serve.

Notes

Recipe Variations
    • Super Fudgy Brownies – To make super fudgy brownies, substitute 4 ounces each of high-quality bittersweet and semisweet chocolate bars for the cocoa powder used in this recipe. Chop or break apart the chocolate bars and add to the melted butter. You may need to microwave for about 10 to 15 more seconds to melt the chocolate. I use Ghiradelli or Baker’s chocolate bars and can generally find them in my local grocery stores.
    • Frosted Brownies – Prepare my fudge icing recipe and pour over the warm brownies. As the brownies and icing cool, the icing will harden.
    • The Best Gluten-Free Brownies Recipe – Substitute an equal amount of 1:1 gluten-free flour for baking.
    • The Best Dairy-Free Brownies Recipe – Substitute your favorite dairy-free butter substitute for the butter in this recipe. You can use canola oil, olive oil, or even melted coconut oil. Delish!
Storage Tips
To store. Store cooled brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. 
To freeze. Freeze the cooled brownies in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 447IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2012.

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31 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These brownies are delicious! This is my second batch this weekend and it is your fault Robyn, that I will be on a diet for the rest of my life! Wayne

    1. Anne, for longer storage than 3 days, I recommend placing them in an airtight, freezer-safe container, and freezing them.

  2. 5 stars
    The best Brownie recipe we use for bake sales etc because it is so easy and fun for the kids to follow this recipe
    Just have to hide them from my boyfriend cause he will eat them all

    1. THanks so much, Marina. These are easy for kids to make. I’m so glad you use them for bake sales, too.

  3. Hi! I love your recipes. the chocolate cake was a dream! I wanted to know how much baking time if I use an 8×8 baking dish? thank you!

    1. Denise, I am glad you love my chocolate cake recipe. I hope you love the brownies just as much. You will need to bake the brownies just a little longer in the 8×8 pan, about 5-6 minutes. Ovens vary so I would start checking at 25 minutes. Bake until the brownies are set, the top is shiny and crackly, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs,

    1. Priscilla, you can buy bags of chocolate chunks just as you can bags of chocolate chips. They are just bigger pieces of chocolate.

  4. Are the chocolate chips to add part of the main recipe or are they considered an add in, and therefore optional? Please clarify, and thanks!

  5. 5 stars
    I am failrly new to baking and I followed this recipe for my first pan of brownies and it’s a hit! Thanks for making it easy yet very delicious, rich and did I mention easy? Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. I’m so excited you enjoyed making these, Suzanne! And so glad you like them too! Thanks so much! xo