Favorite Brownies Recipe | How to Make the Best Brownies

Here is how to make the best brownies that are perfect for desserts and homemade gifts.

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Like many people, we love brownies and make them often. Brownies are a go to dessert for us—not only do they taste good, they are super easy to make.

Here are some tips on how to make the best brownies using our favorite brownie recipe. These brownies turn out chewy and fudgy for us, and after many years of making brownies, these are my favorite ones to make.

Use the best ingredients that you can for making the brownies, since the ingredients are simple and the flavor comes mostly from the cocoa powder, with a hint of ground cinnamon.

These brownies make the best homemade gift if you’re looking for a last minute gift to give someone for a birthday, holiday, or other special occasion.

Brownies Make the Best Homemade Gift

With the holidays coming up, if you’re looking for the best homemade gift to give to family members and friends, consider making them a pan of brownies.

You could, of course, use a box of brownie mix to make the brownies, but it is just as easy to whip up a batch of brownies using basic pantry ingredients like flour, sugar, and cocoa powder.

Use a classic cocoa powder or use Dutch process cocoa powder. Semi sweet cocoa powder works, as does dark chocolate cocoa powder—the latter giving the brownies a deeper, richer flavor.

Brownies Are Easy to Make Using Simple Ingredients

Brownies are easy to make using simple ingredients that you may already have at home. Here is a list of basic brownies recipe ingredients.

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Baking Powder
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Optional: Chocolate Chips, Chopped Nuts, Finely Chopped Candies, Confectioners’ Sugar, Chocolate Sauce, Caramel Sauce

In this recipe, the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla are whisked together to make a creamy “wet mixture” that the “dry mixture”—made of flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt—is blended into.

Use a whisk to whip the butter mixture until it is light and fluffy in texture. To help prevent clumps of dry ingredients in the brownies, sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt, until these ingredients are separated into fine grains.

Many of these brownie making ingredients may already be in your pantry or cabinets at home. If not, they are easy to find at many grocery stores. This one bowl brownie recipe likes to keep things simple.

Tools for Making the Best Brownies

You only need a few tools to make the best basic brownies. These tools include an 8×8–inch baking pan*, a large mixing bowl, measuring spoons and cups, and a whisk. A spatula can be useful for pouring the brownie batter into the baking pan and smoothing the batter out in the pan. Lining the baking pan with parchment paper helps to make clean up easier.

*Note: You can also use a 9×9–inch baking pan—like this non stick, ceramic coated baking pan—to make the brownies. The brownies will spread out a bit more and may need less time to bake, but they still turn out delicious. Check the brownies for doneness at 20 to 22 minutes.

How to Make the Best Brownies

In our opinion, the best brownies are slightly chewy, slightly fudgy, and very moist. One of the secrets to making a chewy brownie is to not bake it too long. This can take some practice, since things like the atmosphere around you and your oven settings may impact how your oven bakes food.

That means that you may have to experiment to figure out the exact length of time to bake the brownies to get them to perfect doneness. This generally occurs after 25 to 30 minutes of bake time. In my oven, the brownies take exactly 28 minutes to bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

The finished brownies should be chewy and gooey, not tough. In fact, the brownies may be slightly fudgy when you take them out of the oven. Let the brownies rest for at least 10 to 15 minutes before cutting the brownies to serve. The brownies will continue to cook for a few minutes as they cool.

If you would prefer to have a more cake–like brownie (as many do sometimes), then here are a few tips that you can try: start with room temperature, softened butter, rather than melted butter—making sure that the butter is still soft enough to whip into a smooth blend, and add a tablespoon more of flour to your brownie mix.

To make delicious brownies, gather your ingredients, including butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla for the wet ingredients mixture, and flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt for the dry ingredients mixture.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.

Add the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla to a large mixing bowl. Whisk until the ingredients are well combined. The mixture should be light and fluffy once it’s mixed.

Next, add the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips (optional) to the bowl. Stir until all of the ingredients are well combined.

Tip: To help avoid clumps, sift the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt before adding them to the mixing bowl. A hand held sifter makes it easier to sift the dry ingredients into a bowl.

Pour the brownie mixture into the baking pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the edges of the brownie are set, but a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with just a small amount of brownie on it. (Start checking on the doneness of the brownies at 20 minutes if you use a 9×9–inch pan to bake them.)

Let the brownies rest for at least 10 to 15 minutes before serving. These brownies taste great by themselves, with ice cream, or as a brownie base for an ice cream sundae.

For a truly decadent experience, top the brownie with caramel sauce or chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Or use a sifter to sprinkle confectioner’s sugar over the top of the brownies.

Our Favorite Brownies Recipe

Here is how to make a delicious pan of moist and chewy brownies that many will love to eat.

Favorite Brownies

Here is how to make a delicious pan of chewy brownies.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownies recipe, chocolate recipes, dessert recipe, easy dessert recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 squares
Author Sweet Bacon & Pecans

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 5 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips or chopped nuts optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Add butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla to a large mixing bowl. Whisk until the ingredients are well combined and fluffy.
  • Add the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and mini chocolate chips or chopped nuts (optional) to the bowl. Stir until the ingredients are well combined.
  • Pour the brownie mixture into the baking pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the edges of the brownie are set and a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with just a small amount of brownie mixture stuck to it. (The brownies will continue to cook as they cool.)
  • Let the brownies rest for at least 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Once the brownies have cooled, use a sifter to sprinkle confectioners' sugar over the brownies, if desired.

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