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The Most Amazing Brownies are the perfect chewy fudge squares of chocolate. You’ll never buy a boxed brownie mix again! You can make these brownies with either baking chocolate or cocoa powder too!

Three squares of the most amazing brownies stacked on top of each other on a white plate

Looking for the perfect brownie recipe? Look no further! I’ve been making these brownies for years and have used them a base for some of my favorite brownie creations like my Oreo Fudge Brownies. Lately I’ve had so many friends ask for my basic brownie recipe I decided it was about dang time to publish just the brownie recipe itself.

These brownies are absolutely perfect. Several years ago my friend Sally had me make a boxed brownie mix for an event. We used a box so they’d all end up the same. Sally laughed when I told her I needed the box directions, not just the bag of mix because it had been so long since I had made a boxed mix. My kids and husband were stunned when they saw the completed box mix brownies. They wondered why anyone would ever eat that instead of homemade. Once you go from scratch, you’ll never be able to go back. It ruins you! Even the best, highest end of brownie mixes just don’t compare

I’ve included two recipes below, one where you use baking chocolate and one that is based off of cocoa powder. Both of them are absolutely fantastic and are really the same recipe. The only difference is where the chocolate flavoring comes from and the amount of fat needed to balance it out. Some people are all about using real chocolate in their brownies, and others love the convenience of cocoa powder so use whichever one suites your fancy!

Three squares of the most amazing brownies stacked on top of each other on a white plate
The Most Amazing 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
  • 6 ounces baking chocolate melted
  • 2ΒΌ cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1Β½ cups all-purpose flour
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 glass pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to mix together melted butter, melted chocolate, and sugar.
  • Add in the eggs, and vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Add in salt, baking powder, and flour and mix until just combined.
  • Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven when done. Serve warm or store at room temperature.

Only have cocoa powder? No problem!

Simply increase the amount of butter to 1 cup (16 tablespoons) and use 1 1/4 cups of cocoa powder in place of the baking chocolate.Β 
NOTE: 9x9-inch, 8x8-inch, or 11x7-inch pans produce thicker brownies and require a 45-50 minute baking time.Β 


Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 302mg | Potassium: 188mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 3.5mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brownies
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July 7, 2019 6:42 pm

I printed the recipe after having watched the video and followed the instructions EXACTLY. I didn’t pick up on the obvious misprint saying to bake for 30 minutes. I took them out of the oven and the inside of the brownies were almost like frosting…..very soft and runny. I put them back in the oven for another 20 minutes and they finally were the correct consistency for chewy brownies. When I watched the video a second time, I realized that Rachel said to bake them at 45 – 50 minutes or until done. Please check the recipe before submitting it… Read more »

Byul Hutchinson
June 20, 2017 7:47 pm

Have only made brownies right once. Every other time they have come out like bricks. Hoping to try your recipe and make brownies again. Thank you! Love your videos.

January 31, 2018 7:55 am

5 stars
I know this sounds stupid but could I use dove chocolate instead of baking chocolate? I would love to make these. I’ve made a ton of your recipes and they are always a huge hit unless I manage to mess up lol.

January 19, 2018 7:10 pm

5 stars
I just made your cocoa powder version as I was watching the brownie taste test on my computer, these are wonderful, and so easy to make,. My husband loves the middle and I love the outside, not a crumb is going to waste. It’s hard to believe that any other could beat yours..
Love them! Thank you!

November 20, 2017 5:50 pm

Can I use Hershey’s cocoa ?

November 4, 2017 5:06 pm

Could I substitute gluten free baking mix for flour? My daughter is wheat allergic and she loves brownies . We use Pamela’s baking mix

November 1, 2017 6:23 pm

Please could tell me if I need to measure the butter( before melting or melt first and then measure the tablespooons for more accuracy.. I will be making this for my son’s birthday party this Saturday. also can I use unsalted butter instead. I will be trying your vanilla cake recipe also. wish me luck as I will need loads of it to produce something presentable at least.

September 30, 2017 3:53 am

How do you get your brownies out the pan and cut perfect brownies, mine gosh I’ve never been able to get them out the pan and even when I cut them they never perfect!!

October 22, 2020 1:42 pm
Reply to  Radiya

I have started lining my pan with parchment paper, it helps a lot. I roll out one sheet and leave the sides long enough so that I can use it as handles to pull them up out of the pan. So easy.

August 24, 2017 8:11 pm

I am an inept baker and these still turned out great. I am throwing out my old brownie recipe because these are much better.

August 6, 2017 7:07 am

Have you ever tried half cocoa powder and baking chocolate? If possible, what are the measurements?

June 26, 2017 9:50 am

For the cocoa powder version, are you using plain old powdered cocoa or could you use dutch process cocoa?

July 6, 2017 4:35 pm

can you use unsweetened cocoa powder

Brenda McAdam
June 25, 2017 2:25 pm

My brownies puffed up about 1″ over the 9 x 9 inch pan I baked them in. What did I do wrong?

August 31, 2017 3:36 pm
Reply to  Brenda McAdam

Try greasing only the BOTTOM of the pan. Brownies need to be able to stick to the side of the pan as they bake. That way, you should get an even, flat top. Try it out in a 9×13-inch pan and see what you think.

Debbie Flanagan
June 24, 2017 8:44 pm

Can you please tell us where you get all your delicious recipes? Everything you make looks delicious

Elsa Poblacion
June 21, 2017 10:40 pm

Should we use glass pans? Can’t we use tins?

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