Easy Homemade Brownies From Scratch

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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319 Comments
  1. Dessa

    My brownies r not getting firm! They r staying runny. Wut dd I do wrong? They hav been in th oven longer than 30 minutes! An just don’t get done!

    1. Lindsay

      I’m sorry you were having trouble. It would’ve been hard for me to say why they were taking so long. I hope they turned out OK!

  2. Jennifer

    Lindsay, do you recommend using an electric mixer on this recipe? I’m worried I over beat it. Box brownies always say to stir and this says mix.

    They tasted great even though I used regular cocoa because that is what I had.  I’m sure I would like them better with the dark cocoa.

    1. Lindsay

      You could use either, but you don’t need to do a ton of mixing or stirring either way. The batter comes together pretty easily. I typically just use a bowl and whisk.

    2. Sue

      Hello •♡• This recipe looks amazing, I can’t wait to try them. But first I wanted to ask what you would suggest. I love my brownie more like a cake.As in thick like a cake.I’m not fond of brownies that are so thin.I love brownies and I’m sure this recipe is amazing and I can’t wait to try them Hopefully you can guide me what to do to use this recipe but how to go about it so they are nice and thick?¿? (•:: THANK YOU!!!

      1. Lindsay

        I’ve never tried to make them like that so it’s a little hard to say. You could try using a smaller pan or doubling the recipe. Obviously you’d need to adjust the baking time and I’m not sure exactly how they would turn out, but you could certainly try it.

  3. Melissa N

    This was just as quick and easy as the recipe said, and tasted great. Only a few more steps than using a box mix, and great for when you want brownies you can make from what’s already in your pantry!

    **used grapeseed oil instead of regular vegetable oil since that’s what we always use in our house

  4. Yolanda Pierce

    Holy oil, batman! We made these yesterday, per the recipe and they were great; also gone before bed. Decided to make them again today and replaced that vegetable oil with coconut oil, and used a touch less. They taste amazing, and nothing lost as far as the texture. My kids love them.

  5. Jenny

    I replaced the oil with melted butter and used an 8 x 8 glass pan. Mine turned out a little more like cake, so i maybe overbaked them (23-24 minutes). Next time I will try the recipe exactly as instructed because mine definitely don’t look like the pictures and are not chewy at all.

  6. Gina

    My family said these were the best brownies they’ve ever had! They were gone in about 20 min, I now have to double the batch!

  7. Karen

    Absolutely delicious recipe! Brought these brownies to Kyle’s soccer party and everyone enjoyed them! I am really grateful to have found your amazing recipe and will continue to use it for future occasions!

  8. Patricia

    Omg so good! I added a bit more chocolate and a bit less sugar plus walnuts at the end and it was perfect!

  9. Sarah

    These were the worst brownies that i have ever eaten. They are absolutely disgusting. It is obvious that you dont have taste buds if you think that these are good. Making them was such a waste of ingredients and my time.

    1. Lindsay

      Wow, you’re hurling insults at quite a few people, LOL. These are very well loved brownies, as the comments show. I’m sorry to hear you didn’t care for them.

    2. Jen

      Everyone has the right of freedom of speech and giving opinions but this is distasteful. I can’t even look for a good recipe on the internet without coming across something rude. “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Social media disgusts me. Pray for the future of our children. It will be filled with a world of bullies and a**holes.

      1. Quincy Vagell

        I’ve been trying to make vegan brownies for years and they never come out right. Always too oily, too dry, too crumbly or burn too easily. I used this recipe with an egg replacer and they’re the best brownies I’ve ever made from scratch. Thank you!

  10. Liz

    I just made this recipe and haven’t tried them yet they are still baking as I type this but tasted the mix and it was so good I almost licked the bowl clean lol and it smells amazing in here, cant wait to try them!

  11. Rafael Solis

    These came out really good, although I needed 45 mins in my oven to cook them. I would also try to add half of the sugar next time, other than that, great!

  12. Ana

    Thank you Lindsay, I made the fudge brownies last night and they were gone within the hour. So simple to make and delicious!!!

    Thank you for sharing!!

  13. Alana

    These brownies are good, but extremely cake. i wanted a brownie that wasn’t really fudge and this said it was a little cake, so i made them. they are good and have minimal sweetness but they are a lot closer to cake then brownie, rather than in the middle.

  14. Ana

    Hello Lindsay,

    The pictures are amazing and your reviews are outstanding. I want to make the brownies but someone i know has allergies to Vanilla extract, if i omit this ingredient will it still turn out the same (more or less). Thank you.

  15. Becky

    Taste was great, but they took much longer to bake than the recipe stated. At 350°, they took almost 40 minutes to bake without being soup in the middle. My oven thermometer was reading 348 so it was right on the mark.

  16. Alyssa

    Lindsay! How easy! Your directions make this seem like such an easy approach, too. I would love to make this soon!

    1. Megan

      I made this recipe using 100% unsweetened cocoa since that’s all I had. Added more vanilla (and should have added more sugar to even the bitterness) and the batter still was a little bitter. Hoping it won’t be too noticeable served with ice cream. :/ 

  17. Megan

    These brownies are absolutely delicious and so easy to make! It took me less than 10 minutes to whip them up! It did take mine around 45 minutes to bake, but hey I’m all good with waiting for these delicious treats! Thank you so much for this recipe! 

      1. Yuxi

        I loved these so much! They are always gone so quickly every time but they always take about 40 minutes to bake but still, they taste so fudgy and amazing; I’m so glad I found this recipe!

    1. Jim

      Love these brownies! I’ve made them a few times now. Instead of vanilla, I used two teaspoons of cinnamon for a Mexican chocolate taste. …Turned out great!

  18. Becca

    Didn’t have chocolate chips and was heavily craving that pillsbury box mix brownie – this is an absolutely fantastic recipe without all the preservatives if you’re looking for the same cakey/chewy/fudgy texture! Thanks so much! 🙂 p.s. i’m an edge person and these edges were INCREDIBLE.

  19. Amanda

    I’ve been looking for a good brownie recipe for a while and every time it’s fallen short. This recipe is not only simple but the brownies are DELICIOUS! I added a bit of chocolate chips and walnuts the first time but they’re amazing with it without them. They’re thick and fluffy all at once. ❤️ Definitely my go-to brownie recipe now! 

      1. Karthika Srinivasan

        I made this today and it turned out perfect !! My son enjoyed eating them. I used regular cocoa but still I felt it was more chochlatey. We felt it was more sweeter may be next time I can reduce the sugar little. Otherwise it was perfect ! Thanks for the easy recipe.

  20. Pratiksha Bundela

    Hi Lindsay,
    I tried this recipe, and Trust me, never in my life have i tasted such a delicious brownie. Everyone in my family loved it, and i had to actually make 4 batches for my brother’s office potluck.
    However, i just have one concern, the brownies were gooey and soft inside with crackling top.
    But the sides become very tough and rubbery. i don’t know what to do, hence, i had to cut sides by half inch from all the four sides. Please help.

    1. Lindsay

      I’m not sure I know what you mean by rubbery and tough. The edges will obviously cook more and be firmer, but I’m not sure how they’d be rubbery.

  21. Ashleigh Gifford

    Our batter was so super thick. I ended up mixing it with my hands to get all the flour incorporated. I saw others said theirs were more wet. Not sure the difference- I guess we will have to keep trying them to see the difference ????

  22. Li Amy

    These were awesome! I followed your recipe exactly – I baked mine for 30 minutes and they were quite gooey in the middle (didn’t stop anyone from downing them though!), so for my oven, I think when I make them again today, I will give them an extra 5 minutes. Ovens are so variable! Thanks for sharing and rescuing me from the dreaded box-of-tasty-chemicals which i normally resort too…. 🙂

  23. Brandi

    Mine are in the oven now. My one word of advice so far, MIX BY HAND! I made a mess with the first little bit of flour mixture that I added. Hahaha! But, after I started mixing by hand, it went smoothly. I expected the batter to be thicker. I guess we will see!

  24. Zeynep

    This is the BEST brownie recipe EVER!! You might not even see this but, I just want to let you know. I’ve tried a lot of different brownie recipes in the past and they never really turned out the way I like brownies. The first time I tried this recipe I was so satisfied. I’ve now been making these brownies for my friends & family for years, and everyone who has ever tasted them absolutely falls in love!! So thank you for this incredible recipe!

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