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.
Heat oven to 350°. 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.