Easy Homemade Brownies From Scratch

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This Easy Homemade Brownies Recipe makes cakey brownies that taste like box mix brownies! With perfect crisp crackly tops and chewy centers, these made from scratch brownies hit all the right notes.

Stack of brownies on a cake stand

Just Like Box-Mix Homemade Brownies

For some time I’ve been searching for a way to make brownies from scratch without losing that brownie mix feel. It took a lot of brownie making and a whole lot of brownie testing (someone had to do it!), but I think I finally found it: a simple brownie recipe that tastes like “box mix” brownies but is actually made totally from scratch. These homemade brownies have just the right combo of cakey and chewy texture, plus they have that classic “crack” on the top.

Basic brownies may seem kind of unexciting, but don’t be fooled. These are anything but! Everyone needs a good, solid brownie recipe in their arsenal and this is the one!

Stack of brownies with parchment paper

Recipe Ingredients

This brownie recipe has simple ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Vegetable Oil – Just like a box mix brownie, we are going to use oil instead of butter.
  • Sugar – I use regular white sugar in this recipe.
  • Vanilla Extract – Be sure to use pure vanilla extract.
  • Eggs
  • Flour + Baking Powder
  • Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder – I recommend using dark chocolate cocoa powder. I use dark chocolate cocoa in most of my baking. In baking it makes a much more chocolatey final product. I’m sure they’d taste great with regular cocoa. But if you’re willing, give the dark a try.
  • Salt – Adding a bit of salt to desserts brings out their sweetness.

The top of a stack of brownies

How to Make Brownies from Scratch

These brownies are no fuss! Here’s how to make them:

  • Prep your tools: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×9 square baking pan, or line it with parchment paper.
  • Mix wet ingredients: Mix together the oil, sugar and vanilla extract. Add eggs and mix until well combined.
  • Mix dry ingredients: Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients: Slowly add to the egg mixture until well combined.
  • Bake: Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.

That’s it! Making these brownies from scratch is just as easy as using a box mix. 🙂

Homemade brownies on a plate

Tips for the Best Brownies

  • Use dark chocolate cocoa powder. As I mentioned above, I think dark chocolate cocoa really takes the chocolate in brownies to the next level.
  • Don’t over bake. It’s better to pull your brownies out too early than bake them for too long. Bake them until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached. If you’re unsure, just go ahead and take them out of the oven. They will still cook a bit as they cool.
  • Let them cool. These brownies are seriously good, but give them a chance to cool so that you can get that cakey, chewy texture. Plus, they will be easier to slice if you let them cool.

Stack of homemade brownies

How to Store Brownies

You can store your homemade brownies in an airtight container at room temperature. They will keep for 4-5 days.

Can I Freeze Brownies?

Yes! You can freeze brownies for up to 2 months. Let them come to room temperature, then wrap each brownie in saran wrap or foil and place them in an airtight freezer safe container.


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Recipe

Quick and Easy Brownies

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12-16 Brownies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This easy homemade brownies recipe makes cakey brownies that taste like box mix brownies! With perfect crisp crackly tops and chewy centers, these brownies hit all the right notes.


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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup + 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×9 square baking pan, or line it with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together the oil, sugar and vanilla extract.
  3. Add eggs and mix until well combined.
  4. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  5. Slowly add to the egg mixture until well combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.

Notes

Recipe modified from AllRecipes.com

Keywords: brownies, homemade, easy, from scratch, brownie mix, homemade

Recipe modified from AllRecipes.com

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309 Comments
      1. Blenda

        I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but I’ve tried this recipe 3 times, following the instructions and the video but it just doesn’t work. I never seem to get the crackly top and it doesn’t get chewy either, just a cake-like texture. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong! Maybe it’s my oven or the problem is me, lol. Did anyone else had this problem?

  1. Tanya Schroeder

    I love how perfectly cracked these brownies are, that means they are especially fudgy-just how I like them!

  2. Heather {Woods of Bell Trees}

    These look amazing. The crust on top is perfect and they look so dark and moist and fudgy! Mmmmm

  3. Rebecca @ Dorm Room Baker

    I definitely agree that sometimes it’s nice to just have a no-nonsense brownie recipe without all the crazy add ins. I love that you used dark chocolate cocoa powder–I bet it makes the chocolatey flavor even more intense! I’ll have to see if I can find some.

  4. Nichole @BudgetLovingMilitaryWife

    I love brownies and I can’t wait to try these as well as the “moist and chewy brownies”! I found your blog via Living Well Spending Less Link Party! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  5. Bonnie Eng

    For all the amazing brownie picture on FG I almost never click on them…but with yours I couldn’t resist! Will be making these tonight…they look so amazing!! 🙂

  6. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    You had me at “like box mix”! Everyone needs a good box-mix-esque brownie recipe in their tool-kit. I can’t wait to try these out!

    What do you mean about dark cocoa? I know the difference between Dutch-processed and American but I’m not sure I know how to identify a dark variety. Help! I want dark, chocolatey brownies too!

      1. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

        I had no idea that Hershey’s made two types! I’ll have to keep an eye out for the special dark and do a taste test! Bring on the dark chocolate!

  7. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    OMG these are fab! I LOVE the dark cocoa in brownies. And that top – gorgeous. Now I want brownies!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Thank you Dorothy! I already want to make these again – I shouldn’t have given them all away. 🙂

      1. Jennifer

        I tried it in a muffin pan. Cook time was about the same. I thought it would be less but had to keep sticking them back in for more time. Very good!
        Every piece is an edge piece!

    2. Jennie

      We are in Nz, the brownies were just like the ones you get in countdown, sweet and moist, even better and when the kids drive you mad you go in the room and scoff the whole lot down and feel ready to take on the world, and the kids!❤️Love them & thanks tons

      1. EW

        I tried doubling them in a 9×13 and they did not come out as well as when I made them in a 9×9 (in which they were perfect)… I might try 1.5 the recipe next time for a 9×13. Just want to pass along, as so many of the comment were so helpful and I really enjoyed the recipe.

      2. Noelle

        This recipe was amazing! I would totally suggest it. I needed to use some milk however but I would 100% recommend it 

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