Brownies are one of the baking world’s simple pleasures. Not much is better than biting into a freshly baked brownie and enjoying the rich chocolate flavor. Perhaps the best thing about brownies is how simple they are to make. Brownies are a great place to start for new bakers: you only need a short list of ingredients, a bowl, a spoon, and a pan. Once you make homemade brownies, you’ll never be satisfied with any other kind!

How to Make the Best Brownies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 16 2-inch brownies

Serving Size: 1 brownie

How to Make the Best Brownies


  • 6 ounces (1 cup) bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Assemble ingredients.
  2. Line 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper so that paper overhangs by a few inches on 2 opposite sides.
  3. Place chocolate and butter in microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave at half power in 30-second increments until butter is melted and chocolate melts when stirred. Stir until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Mix sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla until well-blended.
  5. Add chocolate-butter mixture, and mix until smooth.
  6. Add flour and salt, and mix just until combined.
  7. Transfer batter to prepared pan and spread evenly.
  8. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out with few moist crumbs attached. Run knife along non-lined sides of pan. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  9. Using overhanging parchment paper, lift cooled brownies out of pan and onto cutting board. Use sharp knife to cut into bars.

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  1. wanda Dixon said:

    I love trying new resipes especially dessert, I love to bake & can’t wait to try the brownies,I love brownies without icing I sprinkle powered sugar over mine. Thanks for sharing your recipes for lady’s like myself, that like different versions from the ones I have used before, I have many versions.

  2. Linda Smith said:

    I love this recipe it like melts in your mouth with all that chocolate and butter!!

  3. Eve Green said:

    When I first read the recipe I wondered if the brownies would be too “wet.”
    Not at all…the brownies are dense as fudge.
    I tried a second batch adding toasted walnuts… good.
    p.s. the better the quality of chocolate,the better the brownie. Thank you for this recipe. Eve

  4. Henrianna Pearce said:

    recipe does not specify salted or unsalted butter which should I use? Salted?

    • realbutter said:

      Hi Henrianna, we recommend using unsalted butter. This allows you to control the salt level in your brownies. Happy baking!

  5. Virginia said:

    Can I add chocolate chips to this recipe? I will definitely be making this as two of my grandsons absolutely LOVE brownies, especially with chocolate chips!