Best brownies from scratch

Classic Brownies

July 28, 2018 by Michelle

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If you’re a brownie lover, forget the box. This recipe for classic brownies is by far my favorite – and so easy to make! Some links in this post are affiliate links that earn me a commission if you purchase through them.

Plate of perfect homemade brownies

I don’t like chocolate cake. And I’m not a huge chocolate person in general – unless it’s really good chocolate. The exception to this rule is brownies. I adore brownies.

The brownies I love, however, are the chewy fudgy brownies. I am not a cake-like brownie kind of person. The good news is that delicious brownies like these are easy to make, though they sadly never last long.

Simple classic brownies recipe

So of course I had to make some last week. They are really best eaten within the first two days of making them, as the fresh ingredients turn crunchy.

I know the trend is to have brownie brittle and crispy cookie pieces, but that is the opposite of what makes a good dessert in my mind. That said, they do freeze amazingly well, and their chewy yumminess straight from the freezer is one of my favorite treats ever.

These classic brownies may be soft and chewy, but they hold together well when you cut the. Often, we have fun with them and make our brownies into special shapes. That’s when I get all the hugs and kisses and the “Mom, you’re the best!” from them. And who couldn’t use a little more loving?

All I did with these was use a Mickey shaped cookie cutter. Then I sprinkled powdered sugar on the tops of the brownies, using a sheet of paper to protect the face of Mickey from the sugar. They turned out cute, don’t you think?

Cut classic brownies into fun shapes like Mickey Mouse Ears for even more delicious fun

Generally, I just sprinkle powdered sugar over these brownies, but when I want to go crazy, I make a simple chocolate frosting and add it once they’ve cooled.

Cooling brownies thoroughly is always a requirement. I’m a of a brownie fanatic, and I learned this the hard way. How much do I love brownies? I have recipes for s’mores brownies, candy brownies, Mexican sheetcake brownies, butterscotch brownies, pumpkin swirl brownies, and more.

I’ll give you two secrets to make these classic brownies:

  • Use that parchment paper to line your brownie pan, and ensure the edges overhang the pan so you can easily pick the brownies from the pan after they’ve cooled.
  • Make sure to let your brownies cool a full two hours before you remove them from the pan and cut them. If you pull them early, they’re more likely to crumble or fall apart. They’re soft and need time to set
  • Use a bench scraper to cut them rather than a knife. This is one of my all time favorite tools in the kitchen, and it works great to create straight lines.

Easy homemade brownies

How to Make Classic Brownies

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Prepare your baking pan. You will want a 13×9 pan lined with parchment paper. Cut the paper so that it is longer than the bottom of your pan.

You want it to hang over the edge and past where the brownies will bake to ensure that your soft and chewy brownies don’t break as you remove them from the pan. Grease the top of the parchment paper and the rest of the pan, then set it aside.

Line your brownie pan with parchment paper to help remove them easily once they've cooled

Carefully melt together your chocolate and butter in a double boiler or in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Stir regularly to ensure the chocolate doesn’t burn.

When there are still some lumps left in your chocolate, remove from the heat and stir until they are melted. You do not need (or even want) to melt all the chocolate over the heat.

Add the chocolate and butter to your mixing bowl, then slowly add the sugar while mixing. Once all the sugar is in, it will look like there is way too much sugar for the recipe, but trust me you’ve done it right!

Brownie batter looks at the start like there is too much sugar, but it is supposed to look like this!

Add the egg once at a time, mixing thoroughly to ensure they are completely incorporated, but you do not want to whip them. Add the vanilla and mix until combined. Do the same for the salt and baking powder. Add the flour in three additions, mixing gently with a spatula until just combined.

Brownie batter comes together once all ingredients are incorporated

Add the batter to your pan, pushing batter into the corners with a spatula to ensure that the brownies will bake smoothly and evenly. Bake at 325 degrees for 30-35 minutes, until your cake tester comes out cleanly.

Spread brownie batter to the edges of the pan before baking

Cool for two hours before removing from the pan, using the parchment paper to lever it out. You may need to run a knife around the edge on the long sides to loosen it a touch.

Best brownies from scratch

Cut into squares and store in a tightly sealed container on the counter for up to two days or in the freezer for a month.

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Classic Brownies

Classic Brownies

Yield: 30 brownies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

These classic brownies are soft and fudgy while not being too sweet or so soft they fall apart. They taste fantastic just sprinkled with powdered sugar, or top them with a simple chocolate frosting. This brownie recipe will be your new favorite!


  • 6 oz dark chocolate
  • 12 T unsalted butter
  • 2 c sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 3/4 t baking powder
  • 1 1/4 c flour


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Line 13x9 baking pan with parchment paper. Grease parchment paper and the rest of the pan, then set aside.
  3. Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler or heavy saucepan over low heat until chocolate mostly melts. Remove from heat and stir until melted.
  4. Add chocolate and butter to mixing bowl, then slowly add sugar while mixing. 
  5. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and mix until combined. Repeat with salt and baking powder. Add flour, mixing gently with spatula until just combined.
  6. Add batter to baking pan, then bake at 325 degrees for 30-35 minutes, until cake tester comes out clean.
  7. Cool for 2 hours before removing from the pan. Cut into squares and store in a tightly sealed container on the counter for up to two days or in the freezer for a month.


These brownies are great for cutting into various shapes. They are thick enough to hold together while being soft enough to cut through easily. Dust with powdered sugar for a simple and delicious finish or frost with your favorite chocolate buttercream.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1 brownie
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 127 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 26mg Sodium: 65mg Carbohydrates: 20g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 15g Protein: 2g
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Easy classic brownies recipe - they're so soft and fudgy and absolutely delicious. This is the best homemade brownie recipe I've ever made. Such a perfect dessert for a potluck - just finish it with powdered sugar or add a simple chocolate frosting if you choose.

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  • septembermom

    Well Michelle, it seems very appropriate that my first blog that I comment on upon my return to blogging is one about brownies. I am a HUGE chocolate fan and I love brownies in every way!! Thank you for the recipe. Hope all is well 🙂

    • Michelle

      I LOVE it, Kelly! Welcome back to the world of blogging. 🙂

  • Janelle

    Mmmm. Classic brownies are the best!!

  • Gloria

    Well I know that whenever I make brownies….my family goes crazy. This simple dessert is always a crowd pleaser. Like I say time and again…it is the simple things in life that are often the best. This is the perfect example!!

  • Jolina

    Oh yeah, for really good brownies forget the box. Those are good but from-scratch brownies are awesome. And super easy to make! These look yummy! They’re a classic for a reason.

  • Veena Azmanov

    You can never have too many brownie recipes on the blog can you? I mean I see a brownie recipe and the first instinct is to save it. My kids can eat brownies every day. Now with summer vacations, we are making them more often. Sounds yum.

  • denise

    I was checking out that cake tester…..I have never heard of that! Cool! I love brownies… of my all time favorite sweets. However I usually make them from a box. Now you got me wanting to do it from scratch. Looks delicious! Love the mickey brownie too!

  • Marisa Franca

    I agree with you — cake brownies just don’t get it. They have to be dense, and fudgy with a real chocolate taste! Great tips especially using parchment paper. You don’t want to have the brownies fall apart! Right now I’m craving one of your brownies.

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