My all-time favorite, make-from-scratch brownies recipe!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
9
Yield:
1 - 8 inch square pan
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Ingredients

9
Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch square pan.

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  • In a large bowl, blend melted butter, sugar and vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Gradually blend into the egg mixture. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Let brownies cool, then cut into squares. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

340 calories; protein 4.3g 9% DV; carbohydrates 44.2g 14% DV; fat 17.8g 27% DV; cholesterol 102.7mg 34% DV; sodium 289.9mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2007
Great chewy fudgy brownie IF you eliminate one egg and add more cocoa (1/4 cup). No baking powder or else it will rise too much like a cake. Not really deep dish but just regular size thickness. And make it easy on yourself folks this can be a one-bowl recipe. I just add all the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and slowly stir until it's all incorporated. Definitely increase cocoa and add 3 tablespoons sugar to compensate. I also used just 1/2 stick of butter and 1/4 cup applesauce and it was super moist and hopefully a smidge healthier. This is a really easy recipe and quick and fun to do with kids. Why use stuff from a box with all those preservatives when this is soooo easy. Bake no longer than 35 min in 8x8 square pan. Tip for all brownie recipes: grease only the bottom of your pan not the sides to avoid burning or turning too crisp or dark on the sides of the brownies. With a few changes this one is my master recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/10/2007
I love how none of the rave reviewers actually followed the recipe. Really people, if you have to change a recipe that much, it hardly warrants a stellar rating. As is, these are not brownies, they're cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2007
Great chewy fudgy brownie IF you eliminate one egg and add more cocoa (1/4 cup). No baking powder or else it will rise too much like a cake. Not really deep dish but just regular size thickness. And make it easy on yourself folks this can be a one-bowl recipe. I just add all the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and slowly stir until it's all incorporated. Definitely increase cocoa and add 3 tablespoons sugar to compensate. I also used just 1/2 stick of butter and 1/4 cup applesauce and it was super moist and hopefully a smidge healthier. This is a really easy recipe and quick and fun to do with kids. Why use stuff from a box with all those preservatives when this is soooo easy. Bake no longer than 35 min in 8x8 square pan. Tip for all brownie recipes: grease only the bottom of your pan not the sides to avoid burning or turning too crisp or dark on the sides of the brownies. With a few changes this one is my master recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/09/2013
I was pleased with these deep, dark, chocolatey, moist, fudgy brownies. Just for something fun and different I added quartered Oreos to the batter. When the brownies were nearly done I topped them with more crumbled Oreos and miniature marshmallows and popped them under the broiler for a minute or two until the marshmallows were melted and a light golden brown. To gild the lily even further I finished them with a drizzle of melted chocolate chips. It takes a good, reliable recipe to mess with it that much! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/10/2007
I love how none of the rave reviewers actually followed the recipe. Really people, if you have to change a recipe that much, it hardly warrants a stellar rating. As is, these are not brownies, they're cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2005
LOVE these brownies with my modifications: I only used 2 eggs and omitted the baking powder and I sprinkled chocolate chips on the top. I doubled the recipe and baked in a 9 x 13. These were everything a brownie should be - chewy fudgy wonderful! I will make these again and again! Thanks! Update Just wanted to let you all know that I made these with baking Splenda and they did beautifully and tasted delicious! Another Update - It's been a longtime since I found this recipe I make it all the time. The only thing I have changed is that we don't use choc chips anymore. This is still a major hit! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2004
Like other reviewers I left out the baking powder and used 2 eggs instead of 3. I also used just a tad more unsweetened cocoa than called for...these revisions should give you the "dense fudgy" result as opposed to the "cakey light" variety. Otherwise great recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2007
With the advice of other reviewers.... and how many could go wrong?.... I took and doubled the recipe used half the eggs called for increased the cocoa omited the baking powder and salt added a hanful of chocolate chips (that did not sink to the bottom) and chopped walnuts poured it in a metal 9x13 pan and baked it for 35 minutes after toothpick test rated it done. The results were Deep Dish Brownies to Die for! They were even better the next day! All my family enjoyed them and this recipe is just as fast preparing as a box mix but the finished product is MUCH better then ANY box mix! Try it you'll be glad you did! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2005
These brownies tasted great! They even get the nice little flaky layer on top! I waited until they completely cooled before cutting. I also only used 2 eggs and omitted the baking powder but you shouldn't listen to other reviewers when they say it only needs to baked for half an hour. The recipe says to bake 40 to 45 minutes I did 40 and even after they cooled the middle brownies were still battery in the center and you could taste the rawness. My friend liked it because she likes gooey things but I myself prefer the taste of doneness. So if you know that you have an oven that usually bakes things a bit faster than others decrease the baking time by all means. But if you usually have to bake things for a longer time than the recipe calls for (like me) then stick to the suggested baking time and maybe even extend it a little. Not all ovens are the same so basically just know what type of oven you have. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2003
I added 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup pecans and they were wonderful! This is absolutely the best brownie I have ever eaten in my life (actually those were my husband's EXACT words). Someone below compared them to another recipe on this site The Best Brownies but I think they are 100 times better than those! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2003
We had searched and tried to find the perfect brownie on allrecipes.com and the search has officially ended. These are fudgey and dense brownies and have a unique and marvelous flavor! We added lots of chocolate shavings (about a cup). These brownies rock and if you are searching for THE PERFECT BROWNIE......your search is over!!!!! Read More
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