The Best Homemade Brownies – Never Bake Brownies from a Box Again

The best homemade brownies I have ever tasted, plus you can make from scratch in minutes. Rich and delicious, enjoy with nuts or without.

When I was first married (nearly 20 years ago), brownies were one of the things I baked using a box mix. I had tried several recipes, and could never get that crisp edged/soft center combo that makes brownies oh-so-good. Then I found this recipe – the best homemade brownies I’ve ever tasted. I have not purchased a box mix since. You can make them with or without nuts, or half and half. The recipe is so simple that the boys can make it on their own. I hope you enjoy it, so you, too, never make brownies from a box again.

The Best Homemade Brownies Recipe

Adapted from Hershey’s Chocolate and Cocoa Cookbook

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsifted all-purpose flour, unbleached, unbromated – or – gluten free flour blend such as Cup4Cup or Pamela’s
  • 1/3 cup cocoa, preferably organic, Fair Trade certified
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional

Directions: In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, blend until smooth. In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Gradually blend dry ingredients into sugar mixture, stirring until just blended. Do not overmix. Nuts may be added at this time, or sprinkled over some or all of the batter in the pan just prior to baking.

Spread batter evenly in a greased 8 inch square baking pan, or an 8 inch round or heart shaped pan. I usually use my 8 inch glass baking dish, or double the batch and use a 9×13 pyrex baking dish. I’ve taken to sprinkling the nuts on half of the batter because my husband likes them but my boys don’t, so that way they can each grab what they prefer easily.

Bake metal pans 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees F, glass pans 30-35 minutes at 335 degrees, until edges are set. Center will be soft but will firm up at the brownies cool. DON’T OVERBAKE! Only the edges should be set up when you take the pan out of the oven. If they’re coming out on the dry side, bake them for less time or drop the temp, or both. I always bake in a heavy glass pan, so that takes longer to bake then metal, and doesn’t dry out as quickly. The Cup4Cup or Pamela’s flour blends work great! You’d never know they were gluten free.

The best homemade brownies I have ever tasted, plus you can make from scratch in minutes. Rich and delicious, enjoy with nuts or without.

If you want to mix things up, you can bake with extra dark cocoa such as King Arthur Black Cocoa. This cocoa has a more pronounced chocolate flavor and rich, deep color. The top and bottom brownie photos in this post were made with black cocoa, and paired up with fresh strawberries and vanilla ice cream.

If you want to get a little fancy for Valentine’s Day (or other special occasion), you can bake in a 9-Inch Heart Pan and use some simple stencils with powdered sugar. I cut stencils out of some scrap paper and set them on the brownie.

brownie with stencils

I used my The Pampered Chef Flour/Sugar Shaker to sprinkle the top with powdered sugar (a sifter would work, too), and then removed the stencils. If sugar creeps in under the stencils, you can remove it by gently dabbing at the excess with a damp fingertip. Isn’t it sweet?

Valentine brownies

The boys couldn’t wait until daddy got home to sample it, but they did only cut off one edge so he got to see the letters. ?

Best Homemade Brownies 2016-01-16 21:02:38 Quick and easy homemade brownies that you can make from scratch in minutes. Rich and delicious, enjoy with nuts or without.

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2438 calories
283 g
616 g
141 g
37 g
69 g
578 g
763 g
201 g
4 g
63 g

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size
578g
Amount Per Serving

Calories 2438
Calories from Fat 1228

% Daily Value *

Total Fat 141g
217%

Saturated Fat 69g
343%

Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 13g
Monounsaturated Fat 50g

Cholesterol 616mg
205%

Sodium 763mg
32%

Total Carbohydrates 283g
94%

Dietary Fiber 17g
70%

Sugars 201g
Protein 37g

Vitamin A68%Vitamin C0%
Calcium23%Iron63%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Ingredients

  1. 1 cup granulated sugar
  2. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  3. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1/2 cup unsifted all-purpose flour, unbleached, unbromated – or – gluten free flour blend such as Cup4Cup or Pamela's
  6. 1/3 cup cocoa, preferably organic, Fair Trade certified
  7. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, blend until smooth. In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Gradually blend dry ingredients into sugar mixture, stirring until just blended. Do not overmix. Nuts may be added at this time, or sprinkled over some or all of the batter in the pan just prior to baking.
  2. Spread batter evenly in a greased 8 inch square baking pan, or an 8 inch round or heart shaped pan. I usually use my 8 inch glass baking dish, or double the batch and use a 9×13 pyrex baking dish. I've taken to sprinkling the nuts on half of the batter because my husband likes them but my boys don't, so that way they can each grab what they prefer easily.
  3. Bake metal pans 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees F, glass pans 30-35 minutes at 335 degrees, until edges are set. Center will be soft but will firm up at the brownies cool. DON'T OVERBAKE! Only the edges should be set up when you take the pan out of the oven. If they're coming out on the dry side, bake them for less time or drop the temp, or both. I always bake in a heavy glass pan, so that takes longer to bake then metal, and doesn't dry out as quickly. The Cup4Cup or Pamela's flour blends work great! You'd never know they were gluten free.

Notes

  1. If you want to get a little fancy for Valentine's Day (or other special occasion), you can bake in a 9-Inch Heart Pan and use some simple stencils with powdered sugar. I cut stencils out of some scrap paper and set them on the brownie.

Adapted from Hershey's Chocolate and Cocoa Cookbook
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2438

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141g

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37g

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Adapted from Hershey's Chocolate and Cocoa Cookbook
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The best homemade brownies I have ever tasted, plus you can make from scratch in minutes. Rich and delicious, enjoy with nuts or without.

Originally published in 2012, updated July 2016.

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