Homemade Brownies

Is there anything better than a chocolate ooey gooey brownie fresh out of the oven? These classic homemade brownies are so simple to make and worth every single calorie.

Brownies are just one of those classic dessert recipes that always tastes better made from scratch! Just like a warm chocolate chip cookie or a slice of chocolate cake, this recipe is best homemade.

close up of homemade brownies cut into squares

Best Homemade Brownies

Brownies make me so happy. The more chocolate, the better!! Who else agrees with me?

I think we can all agree that brownies fresh out of the oven topped with cold vanilla ice cream is pretty much heaven. And whether you like the middle piece or an edge piece, they’re just too good to deny.

We love making brownies for all occasions! Birthdays, family get-togethers, school functions, or just an easy after-school snack. This recipe is rich, fudgy, and everything else you want in a brownie! This will quickly become your go-to brownie recipe—it’s definitely mine!

brownie batter with chocolate chips in a mixing bowl

How to Make Homemade Brownies

PREP. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×11 inch pan with parchment paper. Lightly grease with baking spray.

BATTER. In a medium bowl, combine the melted butter, oil and sugars. Whisk everything together well. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix for another 2 minutes.

In another bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder. Fold the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients until just combined. Gently fold in ¾ cup of the chocolate chips (reserving the rest for the top).

BAKE. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking dish and smooth until even. Top the batter with the remaining chocolate chips. Put the brownies into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes (middle should no longer jiggle).

COOL. Let the brownies sit in the pan for an additional 10-15 minutes before removing from the pan. Let cool slightly before cutting. These are definitely best served warm.

brownies from scratch in a baking dish

Brownie recipe Tips, Tricks + Additions

In order to make a “fudgy” brownie, you need more fats than flour. This recipe calls for 1 cup of butter and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. This will make them dense and perfectly fudgy in texture. Some other tips in making the best brownies include:

  • Don’t over mix the four. Stir until just combined to get the best texture.
  • Don’t over bake: remember metal pans bake much more quickly than glass pans. Also, each oven bakes a little differently, so start checking the brownies 5 minutes before the suggested bake time.

For easy cleanup, and an easy way to lift the brownies out of the pan, add parchment paper to the pan before pouring the batter.

Do you ever have trouble cutting your brownies into clean lines? Sometimes the brownies will tear or bunch up if you’re trying to cut them with a regular knife. Try a PLASTIC knife next time and it will cut through the brownies like butter. So smooth and way less mess! Genius, right?

There are tons of different ingredients you can add to homemade brownies. Get creative!

  • different flavors of chocolate chips
  • nuts
  • candy pieces
  • mint chocolates

baked fudgy brownies in a baking dish

how to store + Freeze

Store your homemade brownies in an airtight container!

It’s best to cut them first before storing them. They should stay fresh and chewy for up to 3 days. You can definitely make these ahead of time and they will taste just as yummy the next day.

Before freezing your brownies, make sure they have cooled completely. Wrap the brownies tightly in plastic wrap to get them airtight. Then wrap them again in foil. Pop them into the freezer and they will last for up to 3 months. Let them thaw to room temperature before serving.

Best homemade brownies cut into slices

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Homemade Brownies Recipe

4.91 from 33 votes
Is there anything better than a chocolate ooey gooey brownie fresh out of the oven? These classic homemade brownies are so simple to make and worth every single calorie.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 307 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter melted and cooled
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 4 eggs at room temp
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour all-purpose
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips milk or semi-sweet

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease a 9x11 pan. Line with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine melted butter, oil and sugars and whisk well.
  • Add eggs and vanilla and mix another 2 minutes.
  • In another bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder.
  • Fold dry ingredients in with wet ingredients until just combined. Fold in 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips (reserving the rest for the top).
  • Pour batter into prepared baking dish and smooth until even. Top with remaining chocolate chips and bake for 25-30 minutes (middle should no longer jiggle).
  • Let sit in pan for an additional 10-15 minutes then remove from pan and let cool before cutting. TIP: Use a plastic knife to cut with minimal messes.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

    1. I am sure it would, though I have not tried. So, I wouldn’t know if you need to adjust any other ingredients, unless I tried it out.

  1. 5 stars
    These are my go to brownies now, I haven’t made another recipe since I found these! Everyone loves them & wants the recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve begun making these almost twice a week. They are to die for! If I ever need to take a dessert to any sort of party/gathering, these are what I’m taking!

    1. I tried this recipe, 3 times on the same day.
      Don’t know what I’m doing wrong.
      It came out salty each time.
      I did not use salt instead of sugar.
      That’s impossible.
      I followed the recipe exactly.
      Please advise.

      1. If the brownies are too salty for your liking, you can omit or reduce the amount of salt. Make sure to use unsalted butter and if 3/4 tsp is a bit much, you could use 1/2 tsp or 1/4 tsp. It might take a little playing around/tweaking to find out the amount that you prefer. Hopefully that helps!

  3. 5 stars
    These brownies were amazing. I baked these a week ago, a few days into my baking journey and consider myself a beginner. These easy, delicious brownies were a hit in my house. Will definitely be baking again!

  4. 5 stars
    I just finished making these for my grandson, who, by the way, is the King of All Things Chocolate 😁, and he says it’s the best brownie he ever had (he’s 12). And I agree! Soft, chewy, smooth and delish!! My new go-to brownie recipe for sure! Thank you❤

    1. Usually baking temps are different when using glass pans. Glass usually takes a little longer. I would just start checking them at the 25 min mark, then you can add a min at a time, until done.

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you for this delicious recipe Kristyn!!!🌞 I love that the recipe calls for chocolate chips in addition to the cocoa. I followed the exact recipe, but added a cup of chopped walnuts, & used a
    9 X 9 pan. I believe I had to bake them a little longer. I just kept an eye on them. They came out crispy on the top & very moist in the inside; yummy!!!
    They also freeze well. I cut them in individual pieces, wrapped each individual piece in wax paper, & put as many pieces that would fit in each freezer bag. When I took each piece out of the freezer they tasted just as fresh & yummy
    I’m looking forward to making them again!!!
    Thank you again, & all the best to you & your family😇

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your process in making these brownies. The addition of walnuts sounds delicious! I’m so glad they freezed well too! Thanks so much for sharing! You are so sweet! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Was looking for a really quick and easy dessert to throw together for a potluck. This is by far the best brownie recipe I’ve ever made. My boyfriend said he refuses to eat any other brownies. Thank you so much for the amazing recipe!

    1. You are so welcome! It’s definitely been my go-to brownie recipe for quite a while now. I’m so glad your boyfriend likes them so much! 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    Great tasting brownie, however took an extra 20 minutes to cook. Total cooking time was 45 minutes.

  8. 5 stars
    SO GOOD! Fudgy, chocolatey goodness! My entire family loves them and I get asked for the recipe from others every time I share them!

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