Best Ever Brownie Recipe - Rich, fudgy brownies are homemade with lots of love and a handful of baking staples that you likely already have on hand. You’ll never make a box mix again once you’ve whipped up this easy brownie recipe!
Best Ever Brownie Recipe:
Are you a corner or center person? Either way, there’s not a bad bite to be found in this homemade brownie recipe! Crisp, chewy edges are centered around a soft, fudgy tray of brownies. Next to Banana Bread, these are my weakness and favorite treat! Making brownies from scratch is really the only way to do it. Plus, they’re so very easy to make! Just mix all of the simple ingredients together, toss them into a pan, and bake until your kitchen smells like chocolatey heaven. Trust me, after you slice into these brownies, you’ll agree that they truly are the best ever.
Is it Better to Use Cocoa Powder or Melted Chocolate in Brownies?
This recipe calls for cocoa powder, which I think is the best ingredient for achieving that rich chocolate flavor. While melted chocolate is tasty, it just doesn’t create the same depth that cocoa powder does. However, I also like to sprinkle chocolate chips into these brownies for that added chocolate flavor! After all, too much chocolate? No such thing.
Why Don't Brownies Need Baking Soda:
These brownies don't have baking soda or baking powder! That's because we want a thick, fudgy brownie that is dense and chewy. We leave baking soda/powder out to achieve that effect. Some recipes for a cake like brownie will have those ingredients.
Butter or Vegetable Oil?
I have been testing and perfecting this recipe for a few years now! In my testing I found that I always preferred the brownie made with vegetable oil over butter. The butter didn't add any extra flavor, and the oil produced the moist brownie I was looking for every time.
How to Make the Best Ever Brownies
Prepare. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish or line with parchment paper.
1. Whisk the dry ingredients. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and salt in a mixing bowl.
2. Beat the wet ingredients. Beat together the eggs, both sugars, vegetable oil and vanilla extract in a separate bowl until well combined. You don’t want any chunks of egg still floating around.
3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Use a spatula to fold everything together just until combined. Do not overmix. Make it even more chocolatey. Fold in the chocolate chips.
4. Bake. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread out evenly. Bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes. I recommend using a toothpick to check for doneness around the 25 minute mark. Remember that brownies will still look somewhat "wet" when you pull them out and that's what you want!
Storing Best Ever Brownies
Once cooled to room temperature, you can store your brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. These brownies are freezer friendly! Once they’ve cooled, you can store them in an airtight freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Don’t forget to date and label! When you’re ready to dig in, just let the brownies thaw on the kitchen counter until soft again.
Ingredient Notes for Best Ever Brownies
Flour - Make sure that you spoon the flour into the measuring cup rather than dipping the cup straight into the bag of flour. When you dip the cup into the flour, you’re really packing it in there, which results in too much flour.
Eggs - They need to be room temperature. I recommend letting the eggs sit on the kitchen counter for about an hour prior to using them.
Brown Sugar - All out? No worries! You can make brown sugar in no time by simply combining 1 cup of white granulated sugar with 1 TBSP of molasses.
Vanilla Extract - For the very best flavor, try to use real vanilla extract if you can!
Chocolate Chips - You can use dark, semi-sweet, or milk chocolate chips. They’ll all work well with this easy brownie recipe, so just pick your favorite.
Best Ever Brownie Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish or line with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and salt and set aside.
- In a second large bowl beat together the eggs, both sugars, vegetable oil and vanilla extract until very well combined.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and use a spatula to fold everything together just until moistened, do not over mix.
- Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread out evenly. Bake in preheated oven for 25-35 minutes.
- Allow the brownies to cool before slicing into squares.