This is the best brownie recipe – it doesn’t require any unusual ingredients, you make them in a single saucepan, and they come out perfectly every time. If you’re looking for the perfect brownies that are a delicious mix of fudge-y and cake-y, this is the brownie recipe for you!
I didn’t cook much growing up, but the summer before I got married, I started getting really into cooking.
My grandmother gave me a huge stack of Everyday Food magazines (in fact, those magazines inspired the name of this blog!) and they were the perfect introduction to cooking. They were packed with info about different foods and ingredients, seasonality, menus for special occasions and quick meals for a weeknight.
I started marking recipes to make and trying new-to-me ingredients, learning various cooking techniques and gaining confidence in the kitchen.
From then on, I was hooked.
And over the past 14 years, one of the things I’ve loved is finding the very best version of recipes I want to make over and over again.
The kinds of recipes that my children will remember from their childhood and hopefully want to make for their own children someday.
The kinds of recipes I don’t even have to look at anymore because I’ve made them so many times.
The kinds of recipes I can rely on to be perfect every single time.
For the last seven years, I haven’t made another brownie recipe because THIS claimed the title of the best brownie recipe in our house.
Bart absolutely loves brownies, counting them among his top three favorite desserts and so I tried a number of brownie recipes over the years.
Once I tried THIS brownie recipe, the trials stopped and I haven’t made a different brownie recipe since.
And brownies are not among my favorite desserts, but when I start smelling these baking in the oven, I suddenly remember that this recipe, well, I really really love this brownie recipe.
These brownies are the perfect cross between fudgy and a cake-y. I didn’t know such a thing was possible, but apparently, it is.
They use chocolate chips (or bars, if you’d rather), instead of cocoa powder which give them a richer chocolate flavor and better texture.
You make the brownies all in one saucepan, so the dishes are very minimal.
And occasionally, when I’m feeling extra extravagant, I put half the brownie batter in the bottom of the pan and then put two giant Symphony bars on top and then finish it off with the rest of the brownie batter.
That extra layer of nuts and toffee bits and milk chocolate are SO good (if you do that brownie variation, you’ll definitely want to cool them all the way or cutting them will be much more challenging).
The BEST brownie recipe
The Best Brownie Recipe
- 6 ounces chocolate chips semi-sweet or bittersweet
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 eggs
- 2/3 cup flour I always use white-wheat, as if that makes them at all healthy
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9x9 baking sheet with tin foil (with enough overhang on two edges that you can pull the brownies out after baking) and spray with cooking spray.
Melt chocolate and butter in large-ish saucepan over medium-low heat until completely smooth, stirring very frequently to keep from burning.
Remove from heat and whisk in sugar and vanilla.
Add the eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each one before adding the next. Whisk until mixture is completely smooth.
Add dry ingredients (with the salt and baking powder on top of the flour), and stir until well combined.
Pour batter into prepared pan; bake until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in center comes out with wet crumbs, 35-45 minutes (it's always 35 minutes for me).
Cool brownies in pan on a wire rack for five minutes. Use foil handles to pull brownies from pan. Cool on wire rack for at least 15 minutes.
Cut into 16 squares and serve warm or at room temperature.
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