Classic Brownies

These fudgy homemade brownies may be basic, but they’re anything but boring.

Classic rich and fudgy homemade brownies

What I love about brownies is how easily they come together. Even completely from-scratch, brownies take just a few minutes of prep. They’re my go-to for potlucks, dinner parties, and nights at home when we need a sweet treat. And really, who doesn’t like brownies?

In my recipe archives [3] you can find all sorts of brownie variations— with frosting [4], packed with nuts [5], swirled with pumpkin [6], stuffed with candy bars [7], etc. But this right here is a classic no-frills recipe and the brownies are simple, but perfect. They’re rich, fudgy and oh so chocolaty.

baking tip:How to make brownies with a shiny crackly crust

There are two steps to making brownies with a shiny crackly crust:

  1. Follow a recipe that incorporates melted chocolate into the brownie batter. Brownies that use only cocoa powder often bake up with a dull matte finish.
  2. Once you add the eggs to the batter, beat the mixture for 2-3 minutes. Beating the eggs with the sugar already in the batter will incorporate air, which will rise to the surface during baking and create a thin, meringue-like layer.

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Classic Brownies

These fudgy homemade brownies may be basic, but they're anything but boring.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick, 113 grams), cubed
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate (85 grams), chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional add-ins: 1 cup chocolate chips or walnuts


  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease an 8-inch square pan or line with parchment paper.
  • In a saucepan over low heat, combine the chocolate and butter. Heat until melted, stirring often.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the sugar.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, blending after each. Stir in vanilla.
  • Add flour and salt and mix just until incorporated. Stir in the chips and/or walnuts, if using.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan dish and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into squares.


Calories: 284kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 64mg, Sodium: 81mg, Potassium: 78mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 368IU, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1mg

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This recipe was originally published January 2010.

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