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Homemade Brownies made with cocoa powder instead of expensive chocolate which makes these brownies budget friendly! Thick, chewy, chocolatey and the perfect easy dessert served with a scoop of ice cream, hot fudge sauce, and sprinkles. You only need one bowl to whip up delicious homemade brownies.

Homemade Brownies are an Easy Dessert Recipe. One Bowl and no mixer needed! These brownies use cocoa powder which makes them so easy to make.Β 

HOMEMADE BROWNIES

Do you all just love brownies? For years and years I have always stood by the boxed brownies that you buy at the grocery store. They were always the best and the few times that I actually tried making them from scratch, they were awful!

I seemed to always try out the recipes that called for the baking chocolate squares. You know, that really expensive chocolate in the baking aisle!! So not only did the brownies not turn out good, I also just bought $10 worth of chocolate for them!!Β 

That’s why I absolutely love these homemade brownies because they call for cocoa powder. I always have a container of cocoa powder in my pantry so whenever that chocolate brownie craving hits at my house we’re prepared πŸ™‚Β 

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Butter – It’s best to use salted butter as the recipe does not call for additional salt. You can always add salt to your preference. I know lots of people like sea salt on top of their brownies and that would work just fine. But for the recipe, use salted butter to help with the flavor and for contrast to the sweetness.Β 

Granulated Sugar – Yes I know it’s 2 entire cups of sugar. But as long as one person does not eat the entire pan I think it will be okay πŸ™‚ If you want to, go ahead and experiment with using less sugar. I’ve never done it so I can’t even say for sure where to start. Remember that the cocoa powder is unsweetened so you do need the sugar in the recipe to avoid a really bitter taste.Β 

Cocoa Powder – Be sure you are using unsweetened cocoa powder. They do make a dark chocolate cocoa powder that you can use in this recipe as well. I’ve never done it, but if dark chocolate is your thing then try using that.Β 

Large Eggs – 4 eggs is the correct amount πŸ™‚ I get questions all the time about “is it really 4 eggs?” Yes it is. Seems like a lot but the eggs provide so much moisture and texture to the brownies. I love a soft, cake-like, half fudgey brownie and 4 eggs will help with that. It’s also important how you mix the eggs into the batter. More on that below.Β 

Vanilla Extract – I always buy the pure vanilla extract. Yes it is expensive (which kills me when I buy it) but the flavor you get from pure vanilla extract is worth it. Yes you can use imitation vanilla extract but for the best taste, stick to the pure stuff.Β 

All-Purpose Flour – I always buy unbleached all-purpose flour but any type can be used. Bleached flour, gluten-free flour, just whatever you prefer or whatever you have in your kitchen. I would avoid whole wheat flour as that makes baked goods very dense and dry.Β 

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HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE BROWNIES

Everything gets mixed up into one bowl and no hand mixer or KitchenAid is needed. It’s very important to follow the recipe steps. I know it’s way easier to just mix all the wet stuff together and then add the dry ingredients, but it’s written the way it is for a reason.Β 

  • Stir together the melted butter and granulated sugar. This step is important because the key to a perfect brownie is to combine the sugar and the eggs separately. So make sure you really combine the sugar and butter well.Β 
  • Add in 4 eggs, one at a time, stirring the egg in completely before adding the next egg. This is so important. Each egg needs to be fully incorporated into the batter before adding the next. It provides volume to the brownie batter and makes perfect brownies each time. If you love chewy, soft cake-like, and fudgey brownies then the secret is in the eggs.
  • Add the vanilla extract and unsweetened cocoa powder and mix well. Add the flour in and use a spatula to gently stir it into the batter just until everything is combined and no flour pocket/streaks remain in the batter.Β 
  • Pour the batter into the pan and spread out evenly. It is a thick batter so I recommend dropping large spoonful’s (I use a large cookie scoop to do this) all over the baking dish and then spreading it out. This makes it easier to spread a thick batter rather than one large pile of batter in the middle of the pan.
  • You can top the brownie batter (BEFORE baking) with sprinkles, chocolate chips, peanut butter, chips, dark chocolate chips, mini m&m’s. We always end up topping ours with chocolate sprinkles or mini m&m’s.Β 

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EASY DESSERT RECIPE

Homemade Brownies are one of the easiest dessert recipes because they can easily be dressed up and served to guests or a fun ‘make-it-yourself’ brownie sundae bar at home.Β 

When I make dessert for my family, 9 out of 10 times, it’s this easy dessert recipe that includes homemade brownies + ice cream sundae bar at home.Β 

Make the brownie recipe and then cut it into squares. Set out lots of different ice cream sundae bar toppings.

  • Sprinkles
  • Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping
  • Hot Fudge Sauce
  • Strawberry Sauce
  • Nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc)
  • Chocolate Chips and/or other small candies
  • Ice Cream – We love using chocolate chip ice cream or vanilla. Chocolate ice cream is good, cookies & cream ice cream is great too. Use whatever you want!

Then everyone takes a piece of brownie, tops it with a scoop of ice cream, and then all the toppings πŸ™‚Β 

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TRY THESE OTHER BROWNIE RECIPES

Homemade Brownies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Homemade Brownies made with cocoa powder instead of expensive chocolate which makes these brownies budget friendly! Thick, chewy, chocolatey and the perfect easy dessert served with a scoop of ice cream, hot fudge sauce, and sprinkles. You only need one bowl to whip up delicious homemade brownies.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocoa powder brownies, easy dessert recipe, homemade brownies
Servings: 20 brownies
Author: Jessica - Together as Family
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, melted
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350Β°. Prepare a 9x13 baking pan and spray with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper or tin foil (spray the tin foil or parchment paper lightly if using).

  2. Add melted butter and granulated sugar into a large mixing bowl. Stir with a wire whisk until the sugar is combined with the melted butter. It will look thick and lighter in color.

  3. Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing the egg into the batter well before adding the next egg. You want the batter to look puffy and pale in color after each egg addition.

  4. Add vanilla extract and unsweetened cocoa powder and stir well to combine. Add the flour in, and use a spatula to gently stir the flour into the batter just until no flour pockets or streaks remain in the batter.

  5. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and spread out evenly. It helps if you drop large spoonful's of batter all over the baking dish and then spread it out. The batter is thick and that's how it's supposed to be.

  6. Cook for 25-35 minutes. All oven cook at different temps so set the timer for 25 minutes and watch it from there. The middle should look done (not wet and shiny) and the brownies should look puffy in the pan. Pull them out and let them cool on a cooling rack (while still in the pan) for about 20 minutes. Cut into squares and serve!

Recipe Notes

Before putting the brownies in the oven you can sprinkle the brownie batter with sprinkles, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, dark chocolate chips, candy bar chunks, or mini m&m's. We love to use the chocolate sprinkles or mini m&m's when we make these.Β 

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It's best to not overcook these! The #1 tip is to make sure the brownies are not shiny or wet looking in the middle. If wanted you can insert a toothpick and make sure it doe snot come out with wet batter. The brownies will cook slightly more as they cool in the pan on the cooling rack.Β 

To easily melt butter, place the unwrapped butter sticks into a microwave-safe bowl and cook for 1 minute. Stir together with a fork until it's all melted and combined. If needed, cook for an additional 30 seconds.Β 

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Carlee
    May 28, 2015 at 7:18 am Yum! Brownies are something I don't make from scratch much. I don't know why, because I love them! I need to try this recipe!
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      Together As Family
      May 28, 2015 at 3:10 pm I know! I always grew up on the boxed brownies, but these changed me :)
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    Liz
    May 28, 2015 at 8:50 am Thank you for the nice recipe.
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      Together As Family
      May 28, 2015 at 3:09 pm You are very welcome Liz. I hope you get a chance to make them. I love reading your comments, thanks so much :)
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        Joann Dixon
        January 17, 2019 at 4:13 pm For the brownies , is the flour plain or self rising?
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          Together As Family
          January 17, 2019 at 4:20 pm It's plain old regular all-purpose flour :)
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    Calie
    June 11, 2015 at 9:47 pm It is so easy to do and I really like it. My family will love it too. It is so interesting and amazing, Thank you for your sharing. I will try it
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    Valentine's Day Traditions - Together as Family
    January 25, 2016 at 9:31 am […] cookies in the shape of a heart, sugar cookie bars, and/or brownies. I make a pan of brownies (these are our favorite) and then once the brownies have cooled I use a heart-shaped cookie cutter and cut into the pan of […]
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    Valentine's Day Traditions - Together as Family
    January 25, 2016 at 9:31 am […] cookies in the shape of a heart, sugar cookie bars, and/or brownies. I make a pan of brownies (these are our favorite) and then once the brownies have cooled I use a heart-shaped cookie cutter and cut into the pan of […]
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    Heather
    October 15, 2018 at 7:09 pm I seldom leave reviews. I came across this recipe after googling β€œeasy recipes to bake”. I have a carry In tomorrow, and just needed something that I could bake with the staples I had on hand. I always have problems with brownies setting up and ending up β€œcake-like”. I have never used a recipe from scratch and always relied on box mixes. Never again! This recipe was absolutely delicious! So rich and flavorful, and the brownies were set up and chewy! I baked them on parchment paper which allowed for easy clean up. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe! I was able to cut a strip and gave a few bites to my family and they all loved it!
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      Together As Family
      October 17, 2018 at 9:41 am This literally made my day! I am so glad you gave these brownies a try. My kids love these brownies with mini m&m's sprinkled on top, so I make them way too often around here :) Thanks for being here and leaving your review.
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    Rose
    November 19, 2018 at 1:46 pm I made this recipe and I'm not too thrilled with the results. I ended up sprinkling chocolate chips on top and baking an additional 10 mins. I'd recommend adding additional cooca powder to the recipe and cooking an additional 10-15 mins from the stated time.
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      Together As Family
      November 20, 2018 at 3:25 pm So sorry to hear. They’re definitely not a gooey, wet brownie so the idea of chocolate chips on top sounds great.
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    Jennifer
    January 26, 2019 at 6:11 am Absolutely love this recipe. I did the half recipe in an 8 x 8. I added walnuts and dark chocolate chips on the top. Amazing! Thank you!
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    Robb
    April 23, 2019 at 4:28 pm Tried your recipe today complete with mini m&m’s. Tastes great and so much better than store bought. Thanks!
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    Eve Ridge
    June 1, 2019 at 5:56 pm Perfect. My husband has a sweet tooth,but not too sweet. fast and easy. Thank you
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      Together As Family
      June 7, 2019 at 6:06 pm So glad to hear this! I just made a batch of these too and let my kids go crazy with the sprinkles on the brownie batter before baking :) It's one of their favorite treats!

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