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The Best Brownie Recipe Ever has the perfect crackly top with bites of fudgy, chewy chocolate goodness. This easy one-bowl recipe means you’ll never buy a boxed brownie mix again!

Close up of three Brownie squares stacked on each other.

Looking for the perfect brownie recipe? Look no further! We tested 12 boxed brownie mixes on our live show and threw our old homemade brownie recipe into the mix. Surprisingly, they didn’t win! All our friends and neighbors thought they would, but alas, they did not. We went back to the drawing board to come up with the ultimate homemade brownie recipe that could knock any boxed mix out of the water. This is the recipe that can beat them all!

What kind of chocolate chips should I use? Can I leave them out?

We used Guittard Milk Chocolate chips in this recipe to give a contrast between dark and milk chocolate. If you are a fan of dark chocolate, use semi-sweet chocolate chunks. The whole chocolate chips that are folded in with the batter can also be successfully left out of the recipe. 

Can I add nuts? How much?

Absolutely! Finely chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts can easily be added to this recipe. We recommend 1/2 to 2/3rds cup of chopped nuts.

Should I use a metal or glass pan?

You can use either. For crispier crusts and edges on brownies, use a metal pan. For glass pans, you may need to add up to 5 minutes of baking time.

What kind of cocoa powder should I use?

We used Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder in this recipe. In addition, it was also tested with Guittard red dutch process and Ghiradelli unsweetened cocoa powder, all of which worked successfully. Hershey’s was our favorite.

Do you have the metric measurements for this recipe?

Metric measurements provide the most accurate, easy to replicate results. The metric measurements for this recipe are included in the notes section of the recipe card below. These measurements were not run through a conversion calculator, but rather hand weighed and tested.

Bird's eye view of brownies cut into squares.

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Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTube, Facebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

Close up of three Brownie squares stacked on each other.
This really is the Best Brownie Recipe ever! These homemade brownies are the perfect chewy fudge squares of chocolate. You'll never buy a boxed brownie mix again!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
  • 10 tablespoons salted butter melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup melted milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a metal 9x9 pan with parchment paper.
  • Pour melted butter into a large mixing bowl. Whisk in sugar by hand until smooth, 30 seconds.
  • Add in eggs and vanilla extract. Whisk 1 minute.
  • Whisk in melted chocolate until combined and smooth.
  • Use a rubber spatula to stir in flour, cocoa powder, and salt until just combined. Stir in whole chocolate chips.
  • Pour into prepared pan and smooth out.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Let cool in pan 30 minutes before slicing.
  • 141 grams salted butter, melted
  • 207 grams granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 12 grams vanilla extract
  • 114 grams melted milk chocolate chips
  • 99 grams all-purpose flour
  • 25 grams unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 175 grams milk chocolate chips
*Bake at 176 degrees Celsius


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 254mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1.4mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brownies
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Dale Phillips
May 9, 2020 12:49 pm

I’m 84 male, made batch misread instructions where i it said 1/2 cup salted butter plus two tablespoons, put 2 tbs salt wondering geeze that a lot, omg long story short into trash! Next day following exact instructions made them, came out perfect! You have easy receipts, especially for old guys….thanks!

June 4, 2020 7:32 am
Reply to  Dale Phillips

I love that an 84 year old male is making brownies. Nice story to begin my day. Thanks for sharing.

April 27, 2020 7:57 pm

5 stars
So easy & SOOOO good. The best brownies I’ve ever had. We made a pan for dessert & then another one for breakfast!

May 5, 2020 10:17 am

I don’t usually leave comments but this brownie is too good not to be rated. It’s a winner recipe and the brownies taste heavenly. I’m not a very experienced baker but I made it! I added chopped hazelnuts and it has a nice crunch. Thanks Rachel !

April 4, 2020 4:25 pm

Holy Cow these brownies are delicious and so easy to make. I get rave reviews when I make any of Rachel’s recipes. What amazes me is how simple her recipes are to follow and put together. If you have not tried her “The Best Cinnamon Rolls Ever” I would suggest you don’t waste time. This is another recipe that normally is thought to be difficult but leave it to Rachel to make things easy and with outstanding success. The cinnamon rolls are to die for. Hey…I didn’t mean to take the spotlight off the brownies…I just meant to say that… Read more »

Trent S
May 2, 2020 5:13 am

5 stars
Sooo delicious! Had to make after buying in bulk from localrestaurant supply during Covid and getting 5lb bags of cocoa powder & semi sweet baking chipx, and 25lb sacks of flour and sugar!
At least now we’ll have LOTS of yummy brownies to eat!

April 25, 2020 5:34 pm

5 stars
Made Made these today and added some chopped pecans. WOW. Will definitely make again

May 10, 2020 6:19 pm

5 stars
These brownies were simply wonderful! I want people to know that they are fudgey but not like the horrible underdone versions. They have great flavor and crispy edges. Nice and moist but fully cooked! I loved them and I have made many different recipes. These are the best!

May 2, 2020 9:44 pm

5 stars
Oh my gosh!!!!!!! These are the best brownies!!!! They taste better than the boxed brand!!!!! These brownies are fudgey and chewy the way brownies are supposed to be. Thank you for sharing this recipe to the world.

Tammy Boydston
May 4, 2020 7:33 am

5 stars
So fudgy and delicious! I am a foods teacher at the middle school level in California. I shared this recipe with my students during our distance learning time due to COVID – 19. Looking forward to their responses!

May 8, 2020 5:52 pm

5 stars
Easy and the best tasting brownies ever.

Van Deuren Annie
May 7, 2020 4:00 am

5 stars
I think your videos are simply thé best ever , both of recipes and thé clear explanation. I live in Belgium and i am delighted that you are taking into account our metric system , thanks for that ,because thé cups are sometimes difficult Good luck and lots of love. A fan?

April 25, 2020 3:14 pm

5 stars
You were not kidding! I will never buy another boxed brownie mix again. Recipe was easy and these ARE the best brownies I have ever eaten! Thank you. Love your recipes,

April 20, 2020 11:39 am

5 stars
You aren’t kidding, these are great! Just made them and I’m snarfing them down right now! Recipe is a keeper!!

May 12, 2020 5:46 am

5 stars
Hmmm so good. Used Ghiridelli Bitter Chips and milk & white chocolate chips, Droste’s cocoa. Toasted walnuts and brazil nuts added with confectionary sugar on top.

May 3, 2020 4:18 pm

5 stars
I tried this for the first time last night and it was unbelievably delicious and surprisingly easy. This is a keeper and thank you so much Rachel. I added walnuts and totally impressed…10 gold stars for sure.

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