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
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!
- 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.
(from The Perfect Recipe via My Baking Addiction)
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Um, YUM. Must try these! Hope you're having a fun trip!
I'll have to try these. So far I've never tried a brownie recipe that I liked better than the Ghiradelli mix and I make my cakes from scratch.
Funny story about the smell of brownies baking. We went to someone's home to purchase a piano from them. Smelled heavenly brownies baking and hoped they would offer us one. It turned out that they mulched their plants with cocoa husks!
Same! Ghirardelli triple chocolate brownies are so good.
Yum! I'm sure I'll be making these soon
Brownies ARE my favorite dessert, and while I don't use this EXACT recipe, the one I use is very similar and I can vouch that they really are the best ever, and I have tried a LOT of brownies!
I love brownies more than anything in the world, but I'll be honest – I've never found a recipe that bests box brownies. Those are just SO good! But I'll give these a shot because why not?
I'm not a big fan of brownies either. But I do love brownie sundaes with a warm brownie, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and some caramel sauce … yumm
– tianna 🙂
I am really excited to try these!
Andrea Smith says
I wish I lived close to come eat these! I do love brownies. I have to tell you whenever I read your posts I definitely read it with your voice in mind, especially the loooove! Miss you guys. Hope all 4 of you are doing great!
Sarah Marie says
This is the exact same recipe I use! (and while I do love them, I try not to make them too often because somehow or other the whole pan tends to go missing in too-short a period of time…)
WOW – We love this cake, it would be on the bakeing menu very oftent. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 🙂
Last night I found myself stranded at home without a car, my husband had a class at 5. I also found myself with no food to make for dinner. So… what better for dinner than a pan of brownies! We have tried countless recipes and always end up liking the plain ol' box mixes better. But yours finally beat out the box mix! Thanks so much for sharing and rescuing our sad dinner-less evening with your fantastic brownies 🙂
This looks a lot like the famed Baked brownies (popularized by Oprah) which is our family favorite. So yummy!
Tabitha Griffith says
Looks delicious! What brand(s) of white whole wheat flour do you use?
Janssen Bradshaw says
Just whatever is in the bulk section at Sprouts or Winco or on the shelf at the grocery store or I sometimes grind my own from white whole wheat kernels. Obviously, I’m super picky.
I’ve made these twice already- once this weekend for my husband and kiddos and then a couple of days later for friends. This truly is the best brownie recipe ever, just like your chocolate chip cookie recipe! Thanks for sharing!