Easy Chocolate Brownies – You probably have everything you need to make these chocolaty treats!
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Easy Chocolate Brownies
As much as I love dessert, I don’t always feel up to making something.
I have to admit something to you … my oldest son is the brownie maker at our house. He loves to make these brownies – and asks to make them every so often.
This Basic Brownies recipe is one of the very first recipes I got when I moved out on my own. It’s been my go-to brownie recipe for over 25 years!
The great thing about this recipe is that it uses pantry staples – so you probably already have everything on hand. I love that these cook up so thick and fudgy!
Although we usually enjoy them just plain like this – sometimes, we add mini M&M’s, or add a thick layer of chocolatey frosting or doctor them up some other way.
If you’re looking for a simple, basic brownie recipe that doesn’t disappoint – definitely give these a try!
- all-purpose flour
- granulated sugar
- baking cocoa
- baking powder
- vegetable oil
- vanilla extract
- chopped nuts (optional)
How to make Brownies from scratch
Time needed: 40 minutes.
How to make Brownies from scratch
- Preheat oven and prepare baking dish.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly spray a 9×13-in. baking dish with cooking spray.
- Prepare the batter.
In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, combine the oil, eggs, and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix just until combined – Do NOT over mix.
- Put the batter in the pan and top with nuts.
Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with nuts if desired.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center tests clean.
If you run into any problems or if you would like some suggestions, be sure to read this section before leaving a comment.
Yes, you can! Allow the brownies to cool completely. Wrap the brownies tightly in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil. Freeze them for up to 3 months. To defrost the brownies, remove all of the wrapping and allow the brownies to thaw to room temperature.
Since these brownies are chocolate, your dog should NOT eat them – it could cause a serious medical emergency.
In an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap.
At room temperature, they’re best eaten within 3-4 days.
Microwave your brownie on a microwave-safe plate for a few seconds – or place it on a baking sheet in the oven for a few minutes to heat it through.
How did you like these homemade brownies?
Aren’t these the most perfect brownies ever?! As I mentioned, they’re a big hit in the Love Bakes Good Cakes house – and I’m hoping they’re a new favorite in yours as well!
Comment down below if you run into any problems and I’ll see if I can help you out! Tell me, did you make any additions or leave anything out?
On the contrary, if you loved this recipe, I’d love for you to leave a comment as well! Other readers love to see success stories!
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- 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup baking cocoa
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 4 large eggs, slightly beaten
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly spray a 9x13-in. baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, combine the oil, eggs, and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix just until combined - Do NOT over mix.
- Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with nuts if desired.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center tests clean.
- Not a fan of nuts? Leave them out.
- My family loves to top the cooled off brownies with this chocolate frosting recipe!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 bar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 96mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 4g
Please note that the nutritional information listed on this page is an estimation based on the products I used. Ingredients and nutritional information can vary greatly between brands. Always be sure to read labels.
Originally published on November 11, 2013. Updated on September 5, 2020.